The Ford Bronco is a modern revival of the classic Blue Oval SUV, and this model has been just as popular as previous generations. However, the launch of the new Bronco hasn’t been perfect, and Ford has already experienced major problems with the SUV. Here’s how an order failure could leave owners with a 2023 Ford Bronco that doesn’t have an auxiliary switch.
2023 Ford Bronco Overview
The current generation of the Ford Bronco debuted for the 2021 model year, so the 2023 version isn’t that different from the rest of this generation. The standard 2023 Bronco starts around $32,000 and has a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 300 hp and 325 pound-feet of torque. Ford offers another engine option, a 2.7-liter V6, which produces 330 hp and 415 pound-feet of torque.
The automaker designed the Bronco for off-roading, but those two engines still allow the Ford SUV to be fast on the roads. Models with the standard engine can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about seven seconds, while the V6 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Both allow the Bronco to tow 3,500 pounds, but they’re not very fuel efficient. The standard engine gets around 20 mpg combined, while the V6 gets around 19 mpg.
You could run into trouble ordering a 2023 Ford Bronco
While the Bronco remains a popular SUV, getting one hasn’t been easy. According to Ford Authority, buyers have faced multiple problems when trying to buy a Bronco. The biggest issue relates to supply chain issues. Due to a lack of semiconductor chips and other critical parts, Ford, like most other automakers, has struggled to meet demand for its vehicles.
That has made it difficult to order a Bronco because Ford only allows customers with reservations or existing orders to get one. Not only that, but Ford also recently experienced another major problem with orders, not once, but twice. One issue was related to the Sasquatch package, which was accidentally removed from the ordering system.
The other issue concerned the Bronco’s auxiliary switch, an option that’s standard on higher trims, including the Bronco Raptor. The switch is primarily used by people who want to accessorize and personalize their Bronco. This issue occurred after the automaker updated its web-based dealer ordering system. Ford alerted dealers to the issue, but customers with a Bronco order should check to make sure their SUV has an auxiliary switch if it’s supposed to.
The automaker has faced plenty of other problems with its new SUV.
Unfortunately for fans, the Ford Bronco’s woes don’t end there. Despite being a new model, the Bronco has already had engine problems. They have mainly affected the V6 option. The Bronco has also been the subject of several recalls, including one for the airbags. That issue stems from a manufacturing issue that could cause the airbags to deploy incorrectly.
The Ford SUV has also faced other minor recalls, such as one related to car locks.
Additionally, the Bronco Sport, a smaller crossover model, has experienced even more problems. Debuting for the 2021 model year, Bronco Sport has already racked up more than five recalls in its first year.
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