Plenty? You have to put it into context, what is plenty? And how many are trouble free. I bet as many as any other engine. You cannot go by a few that report problems on these forums or turn up at bd. 100000s are not reporting problems, these are the ones you have to compare to. Not the few failures on I still believe almost all modified or possible abused. The engine is already at its safe design limit so if you modify it expect a shorter life, simple physics Im afraid. No different to any other, 350hp from a 2.3 is about right. 300-320 from a 2.0 is about the reliability limit of standard engines. Apart from merc who fully beef up and hand build a special 420. The mp375 is as far as you can go according to Ford engineers in the 2.3.
Whats wrong with plug?
Iv seen 3 engine failures this week alone, two owners from instagram and there is one on BD proformance youtube channel, non of the failures are due to the head gasket either... the 3 that iv seen just in week seems like more than 99.9 percent.. They have issues that go further than just the head gasket issue which effects rs's below june 6th 2017...
Lovely car i love them and the look but the 2.0 block is much stronger.. Its a shame because i could have gotten one with my 22k i had to spend on my new car. It was between a 2016 RS with like 50k miles or a 2018 st3 with 10k miles... I choosen the st3 after weeks of research and im so glad i did....and aint looked back and every month or so i see failures or mentions or failures on comments etc or on Focus RS owners instagrams. The gamble for me would have been too much worry as i tend to really push cars at times.