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Old 05-06-2011, 07:00 AM   #1
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F150 Ecoboost - I Stand Corrected - Premium Not Required

Checked the sales sales brochure, spoke with Ford Factory reps and got ahold of an owner and an owners manual. PREMIUM NOT REQUIRED. This powerplant is back on my short list.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:49 AM   #2
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I've had my eye on the F150 3.5 eco boost. Does anybody have one, and have they towed with it yet?
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:05 PM   #3
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I'm driving the EcoBoost. Only towed once from the dealership. Besides the sound of the turbos whining, the truck was fantastic. Barely felt the camper behind me. I was hauling an x23b, that was loaded with a full tank of water. No fuel economy metrics to share. The trip was too short.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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Got one and the towing is incredible. Towed a 23B from Kalamazoo to Tawas City, MI and averaged 10.3 mpg...pretty much what I expected but the truck handled the trailer with authority. Was able to go up the long overpass approaches @ 60 mph and never downshift. Pulling onto the highway from a rest area I used the M function and rocketed to 60 in 3rd gear, merging into traffic quickly and safely.

No regrets with the Ecoboost whatsoever. City mileage back and forth to work is 16.5 routinely.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:17 AM   #5
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Good to hear the reviews. We own a 08 King Ranch, profile pic, but just bought a 2011 Lariat, Screw with the 3.5. I have not had a chance to tow yet but my first impression is Ford has struck a gold mine on this one. I can't wait to hook up to the rig.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:45 AM   #6
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New tow vehicle

This is my new tow vehicle.

2011 F150 Lariat, Screw, 6.5" bed and 3.5l Ecoboost.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:30 AM   #7
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Per Ford's recommendations, premium is needed only when hauling heavy loads. On some of the F-150 forums, there have been some reports of overheating problems when hauling near max loads up hills in hot weather unless premium is used.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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Straight from the owners manual:

3.5L V6 EcoBoost™ engine
Your vehicle is designed to run on regular fuel with an octane rating of
87 or higher. For best overall performance, premium fuel with an octane
rating of 91 or higher is recommended. The performance gained by using
premium fuel will be most noticeable in hot weather or in severe duty
applications such as towing a trailer.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:36 PM   #9
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The Ecoboost looks quite impressive. It's on my short list for my next truck purchase.
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I would wait a few years to see how the durability of this motor is....
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