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Old 08-12-2017, 05:04 PM   #1
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Want to buy Ford 150 ECOBOOST V6. Any comments. .

I have a Toyota V6 4 runner and don't have the power for passing or going up hills at reasonable speeds. Any reason the Ford should not be purchased?
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:22 PM   #2
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Ecoburst. Get a V8.
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Cost. You can buy a decently equipped 2500 for what they want for the eco boost with lower maintenance costs.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:35 PM   #4
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Ecoburst. Get a V8.
Says the fiat ram guy, took mine through the mountains in Vermont and new Hampshire and loved the power. Will be going through the appalachian range this week to SC to see the Eclipse, can't wait. Love that ECO Boost!
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I've had mine for going on five years without issue.....none ! It pulled our TT with ease, power, and comfort !

I planned on selling it when we purchased our C class, but it really is so smooth and comfortable, we have desided to keep it!

Speak to people who own them, and not those who have " heard" stories about them !
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I have a Toyota V6 4 runner and don't have the power for passing or going up hills at reasonable speeds. Any reason the Ford should not be purchased?
I have a 16 F150 4x4 with the 3.5 EB. It is sports car fast and has the power to merge on a highway towing a 7-8K TT in a hurry where others would struggle. There are going to be haters, but there are a lot of these on the road that have many trouble free miles.
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I have a Catalina 30BHS that I tow with my 2013 Ecoboost SuperCrew. I love the power at low RPM's. I used to pull my trailer with a 2007 F150 5.4L and had to practically red line to get it moving after stopping for a red light.
If I buy another half ton (thinking of upgrading to a 5th wheel so I will need a 1 ton) i wouldn't hesitate to buy another Ecoboost.
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I have been reading hundreds of posts about the Ecoboost, since they first came out.
Overwhelmingly, the reviews are very positive, which is why I just bought a 2014 one last week.

For me, I can't fit anything longer than the 145" wheelbase at my home. Also, we won't ever upgrade from our current 2016 TT.
So the shortbed F150 Ecoboost fit the bill.

I love it so far but haven't had a chance to tow with it yet.
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My TV is my daily driver so I took a good look at F150 EB's a couple years ago to get better mpg on my daily commute yet still tow our 8,000 (loaded) TT. Although the EB is a capable engine, the F150 just doesn't have enough payload to handle our family of 5 (700+ lbs.) plus 15% tongue weight (1200 lbs.). So, IMO, the EB is more suitable for towing TTs in 7,000 range and/or with just (2) adults & no gear in the PU bed...

Since your current TV is a V6 4Runner, the EB would provide a big jump in performance for towing your current TT - just know that it does limit what you can tow/haul in the future vs. gas 3/4 tons that cost about the same new/used... For instance, in 2013 I bought a 2 year-old Ram 2500 CC w/5.7 Hemi, no rust & balance of Ram's Power Train Warranty for only $14K. It has a payload of 3,000 so we bring what we want & pack for convenience vs. worrying about balancing the load. Currently we have a fiberglass cap so we can keep bikes, kayaks, firewood, etc. dry. I also make about 3 trips every spring hauling 3,000 lb. loads of mulch (ya, we have a big yard w/lots of landscaping...)
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:19 PM   #11
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I have a 2013 F150 ecoboost and it pulls my 7,000 lb + trailer like a champ. That ecoboost handles more like a diesel when pulling a load. I've been up and down the Colorado mountains without problems and can keep up with the best of traffic.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:54 PM   #12
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There is no reason NOT to get the ecoboost f150 provided you are towing a 1/2 ton rated trailer.. I LOVED mine, I traded it for a 3/4 ton because I was near my limits..Oh About the motor? Its dreamy, It absolutely destroys the 6.4 hemi I have in my new truck in just about every way, It pulled my trailer with more authority, pulled hills a gear higher and lower rpms.. and that was with a 3:31 rear end in the f150 compared to a 3:73 in the ram I have now.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:09 PM   #13
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Agreed with most on this thread. My '11 is going VERY strong at 61K miles. I've pulled our trailer from sea level to 5500 feet in the same day and it pulled like a freight train. I'm absolutely impressed with the motor and 6 (now 10) speed transmission.

For the sheep and bow-tie lovers... Put a million plus products on the road and you're bound to find common issues. The '90's F series had transmission sensor problems, the '90's GM trucks doors would fall off and the '90's RAM's would blow trannies quicker than they could get to 60mph.

So far, the 2011+ F150's seem to be pretty good tow rigs...used correctly and maintained well. I agree that the Ecoboost motors are configured much like small diesels with their high torque/low RPM power. I do have a coworker that had his Fiat/RAM throw a rod at 17k miles (verified).

I wouldn't buy a RAM seeing as how they should come stock with a gold plated coupon for a free transmission in the glove box....

GM products....Amiri King said it best that the intake "transfers the hurricane to the tornado dispenser. "

A 1/2 ton truck is just that...Used within their rated specs, all of the Big 3 (4 if you throw in the Toyota Tundras) are all good for their intended use and very capable.

I also agree that much of the comments come from uneducated, other brand owners with no real world experience.
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I have a 16 F150 4x4 with the 3.5 EB. It is sports car fast and has the power to merge on a highway towing a 7-8K TT in a hurry where others would struggle. There are going to be haters, but there are a lot of these on the road that have many trouble free miles.


I have the same truck. It outperforms my 6.0 Superduty.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:27 PM   #15
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I pulled a 7000# TT with a 2015 EB short bed. Just 2 adults and a dog. Took the NC hills easily as long as gas stations were near. Just about maxed out though. I'd not want it in the Rockies either. Did what I expected without fail.
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Ha! They have no issues in the Rockies. I would recommend the 36 gallon gas tank for towing, though.
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I pulled a 7000# TT with a 2015 EB short bed. Just 2 adults and a dog. Took the NC hills easily as long as gas stations were near. Just about maxed out though. I'd not want it in the Rockies either. Did what I expected without fail.


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My TV is my daily driver so I took a good look at F150 EB's a couple years ago to get better mpg on my daily commute yet still tow our 8,000 (loaded) TT. Although the EB is a capable engine, the F150 just doesn't have enough payload to handle our family of 5 (700+ lbs.) plus 15% tongue weight (1200 lbs.). So, IMO, the EB is more suitable for towing TTs in 7,000 range and/or with just (2) adults & no gear in the PU bed...

Since your current TV is a V6 4Runner, the EB would provide a big jump in performance for towing your current TT - just know that it does limit what you can tow/haul in the future vs. gas 3/4 tons that cost about the same new/used... For instance, in 2013 I bought a 2 year-old Ram 2500 CC w/5.7 Hemi, no rust & balance of Ram's Power Train Warranty for only $14K. It has a payload of 3,000 so we bring what we want & pack for convenience vs. worrying about balancing the load. Currently we have a fiberglass cap so we can keep bikes, kayaks, firewood, etc. dry. I also make about 3 trips every spring hauling 3,000 lb. loads of mulch (ya, we have a big yard w/lots of landscaping...)
X2.

I have a 2016 F150 shortbed. It is my daily driver and I love it but payload is a problem even with 1600lbs. I didnt look at 250s because they would not fit in the garage. It was dumb. I should have just upgraded and parked it in the driveway and used remote start.

I have to manage weight with my trailer or I am over payload quickly. I only have 3 in the family which helps. I will upgrade likely to an F350 SRW so I can tow my current trailer better and upgrade to a 5er later. I am jumping past the 250 because adding the diesel creates a similar payload problem from the searching I have done. The other issue you run into with daily drivers is more bling means less payload as well.

If you are sticking with your current trailer or are willing to stay at about 6000lbs loaded trailer then the F150 EB is a great truck. If you think you may eventually want more, a bigger truck up front costs you less than upgrading later when You upgrade trailers. You are already buying the truck so you clearly plan to camp.

Good luck and make the best choice for your situation.
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I'm fully satisfied with mine. Just got my rig weighed by RVSEF - all green. So the way we travel, I am completely good to go. Was surprised that I'm at 14% on the tongue, thinking about how to rearrange trailer stuff to lower that and get some additional PL in the truck.
Two reasons I would trade it:
1. I have the 6.5 bed and would prefer the 5.5. Better turn radius and I just barely fit in the garage. (Would also get a little more payload).
2. The 2017+ EB engines are now hybrid injection, so that may eliminate the carbon buildup that eventually affects all direct injection engines.

I agree with all the comments about power out of the engine. When you need it, tromp on the gas and hang onto your seat. If you have a light foot, you can get great mileage when not towing.
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I'm fully satisfied with mine. Just got my rig weighed by RVSEF - all green. So the way we travel, I am completely good to go. Was surprised that I'm at 14% on the tongue, thinking about how to rearrange trailer stuff to lower that and get some additional PL in the truck.
Two reasons I would trade it:
1. I have the 6.5 bed and would prefer the 5.5. Better turn radius and I just barely fit in the garage. (Would also get a little more payload).
2. The 2017+ EB engines are now hybrid injection, so that may eliminate the carbon buildup that eventually affects all direct injection engines.

I agree with all the comments about power out of the engine. When you need it, tromp on the gas and hang onto your seat. If you have a light foot, you can get great mileage when not towing.
I had the 5.5 bed on mine, I liked the look better honestly.. But in terms of functionality I give it 3 out of 10 stars. its semi-useless.
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