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OL_JR

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Truck Shopping
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:23:53 PM »
          This week I sold my old GMC and am on the hunt for a new truck.  Pretty much settled on looking for a used F150.  I like the roomy cab on the Supercrew for the family and the 6.5 foot box which seems not to hard to find with these trucks compared to Dodge. The e locking diff option available on some trucks is a big one as well. 

          The only thing that I'm torn on is whether to take a chance on an ecoboost as there seems to be a lot of them out there.  Originally I was going to stick with looking for a 5.0l and might stay with that but would like some opinions from people who have put some miles on the V6 turbo.
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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 06:55:02 AM »
I'd suggest spend a good few hours researching on the internet.  Type in things like, "ford ecoboost problems", or anything else you can think to check.  Lot's of forums out there for different things with good answers to questions you google;  not to mention you get a lot better feel for potential problems. 

Last time we were truck shopping I also came across a US site of Actual tested fuel mileage for every vehicle made.  Pretty interesting results.

After proper research we bought a 5.7l hemi dodge instead of the planned chev.  Better mileage and much fewer problems in the years we were looking.  (still not big on the grill though)

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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014, 09:38:39 AM »
Couple of guys at work bought the new ecoboost and loved them at first but they both got rid of them and now they call then ecobomb.
Once they had about a 100,000 Km on them they had a severe power loss and they shop couldn't find the problem.

Now they have brand new f150's with the 5.0 in them. ;)

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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2014, 07:54:25 AM »
I bought a '13 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew with the 6 1/2' box, towing package(includes in-dash brake controller & transmission temp. gauge), powered by a 5l. engine with 6 spd.  Love the tranny, being both auto and manual.  Thus far my avg. mileage(since purchase last Sept.)on the vehicle's fuel economy gauge is 17.3 miles/gal(too old to screw with km & litres).  Lots of jam for towing our 22 ft. holiday trailer.  Overall very pleased with the unit.  Very comfortable with the heated & air conditioned seats!!!  Haven't had to use the cooling aspect yet, but my daughter attested to the fact that it sure cooled her behind in a hurry. ;)

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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2014, 07:07:36 PM »
I had a 2006 f150 with the 5.4 was brutal in fuel but liked it. Bought a new ecoboost last year, tows like a beast, pull 30' holiday trailer no problem. Not as good in fuel as they make it should, probably would have took the 5.0 knowing what I know now. Have hard shifting problems when it's cold, rear diff is leaking with 45000 km on it.

OL_JR

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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2014, 10:05:27 PM »
          Still looking but put the ecoboost off the slate I think.  Seem to hear a lot of the same thing that being that the performance is great but hard on fuel when it's performing.  Along with the intercooler problems just not a good fit for me.  I tend to hold on to vehicles for a while.  More simple, more better.

         
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OL_JR

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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 08:37:53 PM »
            Well I did exactly what I said I wasn't going to do and bought a brand new ecoboost.  I was dead set on going used but was having a really tough time finding the truck I wanted in a 5.0l with the low km's, price and options I wanted that made buying used make sense.  Decided to go new and found a truck with all the options I wanted including max tow in a decent price range, only thing was it had the ecoboost.  After having test drove both 5.0 and ecoboost engines I will admit the power kind of got to me :).
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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014, 10:44:02 PM »
Nice truck...keep us posted on how she runs..

walleyes

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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 07:52:18 AM »
Fine looking truck it will serve you well.

 The oldest runs one has had it for a couple years now with no issues.

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Re: Truck Shopping
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 08:28:10 AM »
I have a 2012 with the ecoboost and it is starting to get better mileage now with 23000 on it.
I have a few guys I know with the same engine and it seems that it doesn't really get monster good mileage until the engine has around 60000
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