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Old 06-08-2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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Ford 3.5 Ecoboost opinions

I was wondering who has one and tows with it. I am in the market.

Some people tell me it is awesome and others say it is underpowered for towing.

You can see by my signature what I tow. Figure 6000lbs total payload when I go on trips.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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The people I know that own an ecoboost love them and have no issues with towing
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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Ford 3.5 Ecoboost opinions

Plenty of power to tow a reasonable sized trailer. Payload is where u might get hit with a bigger trailer
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I have the Ecoboost and towed with it for just a few short trips (220 miles the farthest) without any issues. I take out tomorrow (9 Jun) for an approx 3200 mile round trip with the Ecoboost towing my 26BH for a two month trip. I should have a good opinion by the end of this trip. One thing is you don't get a noticeable increase in mpg when towing.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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Should be OK for your current trailer. I don't think the longevity of this engine has been established. If one of those turbos craps out after the waranty expires you could be in for a serious repair bill. I don't think there is any substitute for cubic inches, especially when it comes to towing.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:59 PM   #6
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We have the 3.5L Ecoboost in an FX4 SuperCrew with the Max Tow package, Off Road package and 6.5' bed. It's been pretty impressive in the two weeks that we've owned it.

The F150 replaced a 2004 Nissan Titan Crew Cab (5.6L V8, 5.5' bed, trailer tow package). We have an X19H, and even though you are not supposed to tow for the first 1000 miles, the camper has been behind the new truck twice. It feels like the Ford tows better than the Nissan did. That 3.5L has good low end torque and seems to perform pretty much according to the specs. This vehicle is also my daily driver, so I wanted a pickup that got decent mileage in town. We seem to get between 12 and 15mpg (in Colorado) while towing and 17 to 21 with a mix of freeway and side street driving. I expect mpg to stabilize a bit in the next couple of thousand miles. This is probably as much about driving habits as anything else; it is fun to hear those turbo chargers sing.

As far as longevity goes I did a bit of research before pulling the trigger on the Ford. Turbo technology has improved quite a bit over the years, and Ford seems to be putting a lot of research and effort into this line of engines. I did not purchase an extended warranty/service plan, but I will keep tabs on how these engines perform to determine if that might be good risk coverage down the road.

It turns out that the Nissan engines had problems with cracked exhaust manifolds, and our Titan was no exception. That was an expensive and time consuming fix, so I guess it is all relative.

If you have not driven the 3.5, you should. I was surprised. Also, if you are interested in some of Ford's tests, check out the Torture Test (realize that it was Ford that performed the tests and prepared the videos).

Hope this helps.

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Ford 3.5 Ecoboost opinions

I've owned our Ecoboost for about 14 months now. I absolutely love how it handles the White Hawk. Would highly recommend the max tow package to get the brake controller, tow mirrors, and the extra payload.

The motor had been controversial ever since it came out. Some despise the fact that it's only a V6. There have been a few EB owners that have had power failures and the Govt is investigating. There are several forums out there dedicated to F150's so take a look.

I have 13000 miles on it trouble free and yes, I would have purchased it again over any other heavy half-ton if I had the opportunity.

Best of luck with your decision!
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I agree that the Ecoboost is a good engine, but that being said, there is a problem with the engine in humid and rainy conditions.
See this article from Auto Week: http://www.autoweek.com/article/2013...news/130519889

Do a search on google for problems with Ford Ecoboost, and what you will find is that in humid or rainy conditions in some of the trucks, that when under hard acceleration when trying to pass, the engine stutters and forces you to back off. The problem seems to be caused by a buildup of moisture in the intercooler, which under harder acceleration is sucked into the engine, making it behave inappropriately.

Do your homework before making a decision. If the engine fails when towing a large trailer, do you really want a V6 or a V8?
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I can only comment on what I've read about them. There is a lot written about this motor in passenger cars, and it seems to do well, but that's a far cry from the rigors of long distance towing. They seem to be OK for towing mid-size trailers over moderate terrain. I think a lot of people have jumped on them thinking it's going to be the best of all towing world, but it remains to be seen how they hold up to heavy duty mountain towing. Those turbos are going to be running full tilt boogie and that's going to generate an awful lot of heat that the engine is going to have to deal with, and bottom line is, it's still a 6 cylinder. Ford may have overstepped a bit with their claims of 11,500 lb towing capacity, but we'll have to wait and see. For this environment, it's still a pretty young engine.
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Well I drove in the rain for about 3 hrs (East TX) today towing my 26 BH and had no problems with my Ecoboost. Time will tell
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