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Old 04-26-2012, 10:31 AM   #11
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Do you notice the studder at 55MPH ? I do sometimes. It feels like the tranny can't decide to lock or unlock the torque converter. Bean
No, I don't have any shudder at all. But mine is a SuperCab. It seems that shudder complaints were coming from SuperCrew configurations. There is a lot of speculation as to what the cause might be. I think it is unlikely to be the torque converter. More likely in the driveshaft maybe? Well, I'm obviously just speculating too . .
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:38 AM   #12
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" the Ecoboost provides only modest amounts of compression braking"
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Engine braking is in direct proportion to displacement, as the engine is simply acting like an air pump. A 3.5 litre air pump is pretty small.
Yep, that's exactly right.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:41 AM   #13
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My 2011 F-150 Supercab has the 5.0 V-8. My first towing trip was about 1,600 miles from Amarillo to Phoenix and back, pulling a Shadow Cruiser 185FBS at about 4K#. I pulled into a headwind getting there and it's mountainous part of the way. The automatic engine braking for hills is nice, and with the 5.0, adequate for more weight than I had pushing me. I averaged 11.2 mpg driving 65 - 70 mph and as Bob reported, I was in 6th gear a lot. I purposely didn't get the Eco because I have a friend that has one and is disappointed with his mileage... and I didn't want the turbo complexity. I have averaged 21 on the hiway going to Ft. Worth and back, and I usually get 17.3 around town. To qualify that around-town figure, I live outside Amarillo so my "around-town" driving is a mix of hiway and in town... But it's a heck of a lot better than by old Expedition got... either way. I wish I had that 36-gallon tank, but the 26-gallon tank is OK... Did I mention that it's SILVER? Nice write up... Thanks, Bob!
Those are GREAT results!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:27 PM   #14
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Thanks for your thorough reveiw of the F-150 Ecoboost. I just purchased a similarly equiped F-150 with the 5.0L.... decided not to spend the extra $1095, but I have heard nothing but great things about the EB. Now I'm trying to learn about all the electronic functions (sync, voice GPS, phone, etc.)...

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Old 05-01-2012, 06:33 PM   #15
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I have only great things to say as well ,I have a 2011 (bought in aug) f150 4dr super crew with max tow pkg and eco boost . Ihave not noticed any shudder as of yet , tows are 233s with no problems , The ico is great love being able to watch the output at all times , no problems with shifting in the tow haul mod or without. Ford has actaully gone one step further the intergrated computer dash screen that has special options for towing, it will take the information of the trailer or trailers you are towing and store them , it also has what I call an idiot reminder screen that after you have answered all the questions about your trailer and you are hooked up it will go through a series of questions and pictures ex..... trailer hooked and secure , running lights, trailer jack , connection made etc... love the truck better than the 04 f150 5.4 lariat I had .
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a quick post here to bring this to the front so hockey11 can find easier
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:46 AM   #17
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One advantage that the EB guys will have is towing power at altitude. Turbocharging will be better for this... as discovered by the engineers of WWII fighters. The altitude gains and power up high were much better. For that reason, I might should have gone that route. But for me, I won't be doing that much towing at altitude, so it probably won't make much difference... again for my circumstances. Anyone reading this and making the choice between the EB and the 5.0 probably should keep the altitude towing thingy in mind... if you're going to be towing at 6,000' and above...

See you out on the road... Enjoy!
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Last time I checked, Florida (where I mostly camp) was near sea level and flat ... so maybe I made a good decision to save $$$ and go 5.0L. On a recent trip of 200 mi. w/out TT, I averaged almost 20mpg on the hwy doing 55-65mph.

EB is a good option and I'm glad it's available and gettin' good reveiws so far. When the new 2013's come out later this summer, that will be the 3rd model year the EB has been available and by then should be pretty well vetted.

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bob, your info was wonderful. We are in the market, not sure what to purchase. I was wondering what the max tow what is? Our max wgt on our trailer is about 7100#, so we were thinking a truck that would tow max 10000# would be plenty. Our E150 struggles, it's max is 7000#. Go to see a fellow Minnesotain!!!! We are also going into the Arkansas hills in 2 weeks. We hope the Van will pull the trailer, or maybe we should make a purchase sooner than planned.
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Get a 1 ton diesel.

It won't be long before you will need it. (MPG not towing and empty is around 21 at 65 MPH with the Cummins)


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