Your OB & ours seem to be two different animals , ours has plenty of power to get in traffic & we traded a Mustang in on it , so I would say we know what engine power is , can't say anything going up mountains , none down here .
Enough power is somewhat subjective. If I couldn't have the 2.0L in a Bronco, I wouldn't own one. I'd like to see the HP boosted 20 in the 2.0. A little more clearance and improve the sloppy shifts would really fine tune the Badlands.The 1.5 is enough power. The electronics really get in the way of you getting to use it.
I do feel the gear shifts all the time like you mentioned above…ive been using sport mode ever since and saw that 45mph is using 4th gear (, i tried counting the gear changes from 0mph to 45) and with it i dont hear a lot moving rrrrrrttt noise from the transmission. Plus i love this mode as it gives me torque all the time.Had a long chat with the Bronco "guy" at the Ford dealer yesterday, asking about the power issues, the shifting, engine life, etc. Among other things, he said since my delivery Dec 24th - their first - they've only had one Sport in for service and that was a cracked screen which wasn't a service issue at all. He also said the the eco-boost engine deals with octane differently. I didn't understand the why's and how's, but he said to use 91 octane when it's hot and 87 when it's cold. Said I would see a difference in the hesitancy in acceleration I'm getting now using 87 in 110 degree Vegas heat. So will try that on my next fill-up. He also explained that the 8 speed transmission is trying to be "smart" and figure out how you drive - which is weird. So driving down the street at 40, then slowing a bit, can cause the transmission to go maybe from 6th to 3rd which is why we feel the constant changing of gears. At least I do. He was helpful.
Had exactly this issue on a long uphill in North Carolina headed into north Georgia. Burning smell after uphill in sport for ~30 min.I see, sport mode seems like it’s taking a while to downshift and something smells burning during uphill with sport mode for me ...im at 55mph which should be easy, maybe it will change with more mileage
100% normal for a new car to burn off various chemicals/lubricants off the exhaust from manufacturing. Nothing gets the exhaust good and hot like a hard mountain pull. Btw, you should see the smoke that pours off a brand new motorcraft reman engine once it warms up. They coat the manifolds In black paint hahaNot normal. I'd get this in to be checked. If there is a transmission problem, you want a record of it on your service history.
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