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Old 06-09-2013, 10:53 PM   #11
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I have been towing with my ecoboost since August 2012 and have had no problems. It seems to be a LOT more powerful than the 5.4 L v8 it replaced. I absolutely love how the torque is low in the rpm band, allowing you to not have to rev the engine real high to pull a hill. Good engine in my opinion.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:47 AM   #12
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Re: Ford 3.5 Ecoboost opinions

I towed my 33rlds 2400 kms last year with my 2011 f150 supercrew ecoboost. I adjusted all my weights according to a cat scale and it pulls it with ease. It has more engine then suspension so as long as u adjust where your weight is it is no problem. Most of my towing is on the flat ground but averaging 16 liters per 100 kms while towing and up to 18 liters in the hills. We dont have mountains here lol.Cheers
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:13 PM   #13
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Read this about the Ecoboost problems http://blogs.automotive.com/recall-a...on-139609.html

And this one in more detail:

http://www.thecarconnection.com/news...coboost-engine

Affects F150's from 2011 - 2013.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:32 AM   #14
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Re: Ford 3.5 Ecoboost opinions

I have put 62000 kms on mine in the last year and a half and no issues at all.....
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Underpowered for towing? First I've heard that one. Mines 2 years old with 30,700 miles on it and pulls like nobody's business. Liquid cooled turbos or not, how many blown turbos do you hear of outside the superstock tractor pulling circles? Piston aircraft engines are often turbocharged for performance at high altitudes. I haven't had the "water in the intercooler" stumbling issue that some have experienced. Would I buy another one...yup I would.

My biggest disappointment is the turbos are virtually silent. If I was a Ford engineer, I'd figure out a way to get them to whistle like an M35A2.
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My biggest disappointment is the turbos are virtually silent. If I was a Ford engineer, I'd figure out a way to get them to whistle like an M35A2.

Buy a diesel Ram! Well, at least the 3rd generation Cummins under the hood of my '05 "whistles", even with the silencer ring!
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:25 AM   #17
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I think the 3.5l is a great towing engine. I love all the low end power. We have a decently steep hill to climb to leave the trout park and the truck pulls the 26BH up that hill like it's not even there. It gets good fuel economy(for a truck) when not towing and typical gas engine fuel economy when towing.

I've only had the intercooler issue once. That was during a trip from St.Louis, MO to Gulf Shores, AL. I'd been driving non-stop at a steady 65mph in a light rain for a few hours on I-55 in MS, I let off the throttle to let some cars merge onto the highway and when I got back on it to get back up to speed the engine sucked all the water that had been accumulating from the long steady drive and caused the stumble. Now that I've hat the issue and know what conditions cause it and how to correct it I don;t think it will be an issue again.

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My biggest disappointment is the turbos are virtually silent. If I was a Ford engineer, I'd figure out a way to get them to whistle like an M35A2.
I agree! I've been thinking about getting a "cold air" intake just to hear them better...
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Thank you all for your feedback. For the trailer I have and where I go and plan to go. I bought the Ecoboost today.
It has 10,700 miles on it already. It was a lease turn in. Even talked to the guy. He was 69 years old and did nothing but go to the corner store to get beer with it. No brainier for me.

I too am looking at a cold air intake. I want to hear that baby scream like a banshee !!!

Thanks again for the feedback.
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Re: Ford 3.5 Ecoboost opinions

U won't be sorry. Congrats!
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My opinion: Any TV can tow any TT, the question is how well?

My 2cents: I think it would be okay, on flat lands, but if you have a nice steep grade, like going up the Zilwaukee bridge going up north in Michigan, I'd want the reserve power and torque of a V8, which would guarantee me getting to the crest of the bridge while maintaining speed limit and towing 6k lbs.

My experience: My brother bought one and took me for a drive.. I was waiting for the turbo's to kick in and toss me back in my seat. I was disappointed.. My '06 Durago (5.7L Hemi V8 with K&N FIPK Intake) would throw you back in your seat.

My thoughts: Not worth the $30k for what you get. I think their commercials are correct, "Best in class towing." for a V6 that is.

My wish: I'd personally would go with a Diesel, better gas mileage, more power and torque, if you're going to spend the money that is... Otherwise find a 1 or 2 year old truck and save some cash. :-)
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