Originally Posted by STL
3.0 is equal to a 2.3 power wise and fuel economy of a 4.0
I guess if you think that power consists only of HP, then you are right. Torque is power that gets you going and towing.......the 3.0 has about 20% more than the 2.3. If you have a 3.0/auto then you will be gettung under 20 mpg.
As far as reliability goes, the duratec 2.3 and the Lima 2.3 are about the same.....the 3.0s are about as bulletproof too. Don't know much about the 4.0s but have a lot of bulletins about timing chain/tensioner rattle.