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Old 03-11-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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I joined the Ecoboost Family yesterday!!

I have owned my 2006 Ford F150 Lariat for about 6 years now.
220,000 miles later, it decided it needed a rest. My wife and I went to a dealership to "look" at newer trucks.
After 3 hours, we drove away with a 2012 Ford F150 Platinum with Ecoboost!!






Anyone have any tips on a 2012 with Ecoboost that I should be aware of other than the spark plugs? This truck has 60,000 miles on it so I asked them to change the plugs. They are changing the plugs for me next week.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:27 AM   #2
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Very nice looking truck.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:03 AM   #3
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Mine also is a 2012, about 48,000 miles. Had one warranty issue with one of the converters getting plugged, seriously dropping the milage. Other than that, just routine maintenance. After over 10,000 miles over both east and west coast mountains with a 5th, still only 1/2 way through the original brake pads, and original plugs!
Mileage plummets in the winter - mostly due to the longer times for the engine to come up to temp. But now that we are in the 60's here in Minn., that shouldn't be much of an issue! Towing the 3500 lb boat in the summer gets me about 15 mpg. Towing the 8,000 lb fifth wheel gets 10.5 mpg. Goes up 6% mountain grades with the fifth like a scalded cat - passes all the trucks and most other RV's. Without towing, on 35W, it gets 20-22 mpg in the summer. My usual around the Twin Cities is 17.5 mpg
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:13 PM   #4
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Nice truck! I miss the more comfy seats in my old F150.

Just make sure your payload rating is ok. Those high option trucks eat up payload like crazy!
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:29 PM   #5
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Nice looking truck. My only comments/concerns are the high weight of options on the Platinum edition and the lower payload. Of course if it has max tow and max payload, it might have more available payload than your old one.
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:30 PM   #6
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Tip.. after towing or hard driving let the turbo cool down for a few min. before shutting off the engine.. The turbo will last longer...
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:19 AM   #7
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Congratulations on the new EcoBoost and welcome to the club! Very nice looking, and should look great with your trailer. As others have posted, the SCrew Cab & 4x4 eat up a LOT of payload capacity, as does that fiberglass tonneau cover. Since that's not OEM, you'll want to get the weight from the manufacturer and subtract it from your available payload.

I love my EcoBoost, and it pulls my trailer with ease. I'd recommend you change the air filter often. Those twin turboes need a LOT of clean air to maximize fuel economy.

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Old 03-12-2015, 09:33 AM   #8
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She's a beauty, there's nothing prettier than a white truck IMO! Let me know when she reaches 200K and I may be able to afford one by then :-)
The only thing I've heard about the Eco boost, is to leave it bone stock, don't do any output mods to the engine or computer, and especially the turbos (no HP programmer's). They are at their max output from the factory from what I've heard
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Tip.. after towing or hard driving let the turbo cool down for a few min. before shutting off the engine.. The turbo will last longer...
This is a very good tip. Not sure about the gas engines, but on diesels, you can buy an aftermarket remote start, that also can be used to allow the turbos to cool down. I think their called "turbo timers" and before you exit the running truck, you hit the button on the key fob and the system acknowledges it, then you turn the key to the off position, pull it out and once you exit the truck you lock the doors with the fob, the truck will run for several minutes and then shut off.
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Congratulations on the new EcoBoost and welcome to the club! Very nice looking, and should look great with your trailer. As others have posted, the SCrew Cab & 4x4 eat up a LOT of payload capacity, as does that fiberglass tonneau cover. Since that's not OEM, you'll want to get the weight from the manufacturer and subtract it from your available payload.

I love my EcoBoost, and it pulls my trailer with ease. I'd recommend you change the air filter often. Those twin turboes need a LOT of clean air to maximize fuel economy.

Enjoy!

Thanks for the advise on the tonneau cover. That was my first concern. I like the look of the fiberglass covers, but not very useful for ME.






So I took the fiberglass cover off and replaced with the a roll up cover like I had on my 2006 F150.



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