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Old 06-27-2016, 09:15 PM   #1
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Ford Eco-Boost -vs- 5.0 Litre

Hi all!

With this road trip, I realize the Ford Sport Trac may not be the bestest TV made although I enjoy driving and pulling our White Hawk 20MRB. However, I have come to realize a used 2011 to 2014 F150 Screw would be a better TV.

So, without starting a war, which engine in the opinions of those that have or have had one, I ask, which engine is really better, the ECO- Boost or the 5.0? All opinions both positive and negative appreciated.

(SWMBO is now also realizing the above, so when she considers letting me purchase a vehicle, I gotta run with it!)

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Old 06-27-2016, 09:20 PM   #2
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I'm just gonna grab some pretzels and watch this one... LOL
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm just gonna grab some pretzels and watch this one... LOL
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:58 PM   #4
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They're both perfectly capable. For my purposes, I decided 5.0 vs EB was not the deciding factor, I'd get the truck that best met my needs overall and either engine would be acceptable. I ended up with EB. It does have a very slight power advantage over the 5.0, and a more significant torque advantage, so I think in raw performance it's got a bit more pep. But it also has more parts to break. I've seen a lot of high mileage EBs however so it doesn't really scare me -- turbos are simple devices.

Both take regular fuel, both get okay but not stellar gas mileage. The EB makes neat turbo noises, the 5.0 makes lovely V8 sounds. Whatever floats your boat, either one does the job. I did kinda want a V8 rumble, but the whooshing and swishing from the EB makes me smile. And without the trailer attached, it's actually quite zippy -- something like 6 seconds 0-60, which won't beat a fast car but it'll beat a lot of regular cars.
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Pretty much ditto for me with Rootus.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:57 AM   #7
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I have the 3.5 ecoboost and a buddy of mine has the 5.0. We both pull trailers that are very close in weight. I will tell you that I can leave him in the dust pulling (although he drives like an old man). The power and especially torque are much greater. I'm not providing any scientific data here just my experience. But like someone above said, the Eco probably has more parts that could break but it has a very reliable reputation. My .02
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I believe one of the areas that is most over looked when comparing engine performance is the rear end, and how you spend the other 99% of your driving. I test drove both the V8 and the EcoBoost and both had a 3:73 rear end. I was more impressed with the EcoBoost's overall performance and especially at the low end. I also had the 65 Mustang, but its HP was at the high end of the HP range. Like a lot of members say it has turbo', but so do the diesel engines.

So, I went with the EcoBoost, I am VERY happy with the choice and so is DW. Would I do it again, YES, unless of course they make the V8 with twin turbo's an option.

The only draw back on our truck is trying to fit the 157" wb in a regular parking spot:-(

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Both can do the job. Personally, I'd go with the EcoBoost with more horsepower and about another 40 lbft. of torque. It's a towing machine and built specifically to do the job.


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Old 06-28-2016, 05:32 AM   #10
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Both will be just fine, I tow a 28 with the Ecoboost, my brother has a 26? with the 5.0 and has no issues. If you are towing near max limits I'd go Ecoboost just as a matter of preference but either are probably fine.
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