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    F150 Ecoboost owners, check in

    Which engine do you have and do you like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLebowski View Post
    Which engine do you have and do you like it?
    I don't have one, but my buddy does. This is his 2nd F150 since I met him 15 years ago. The first one was a V8. The current one is the 3.5L Ecoboost IIRC.

    He prefers it to the V8. It gets better mileage and has more oomph. He has towed with it and uses it to haul stuff. I've ridden in it a lot. It seems to do fine in the mountains at highway speed, no struggling at all.

    Oh, and he's a former Ford Engineer.


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    Had a 2013 3.5 Eco. Put 50K trouble free miles on it before trading it on a F250 6.7. My good friend put 210K on his 2012 3.5 Eco before trading it. Got another friend with a 2.7 Eco in his 19í F150 with about 30K on it and he enjoys it so far.

    Change the plugs every ~50K, oil every 5K with a good synthetic and they are very reliable engines. They are thirsty when they tow though. If youíre in the boost, the MPG isnít going to be that good. Iíd look for a 17í or newer (Gen 2) if you can afford it. The Gen 2 Ecoboostís have both port and direct injection so they donít have an issue with the intake valves coking up with deposits. The Gen 1s had a few issues with that (all DI engines do if they donít also have port injection) and a few condensation issues with the intercoolers. With that said, my friend that put 210K on his Ď12 only changed the oil, spark plugs and air filter and never had an issue with intake valves gumming up. An additional benefit with the 17í and newer Ecoboost F150s is they have the 10 speed transmission which is a big improvement over the 6 speed in the 2011-2016 trucks.

    FWIW Iím looking to get back into a F150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost/10 speed. Donít need the F250 to tow heavy anymore and am tired of DDíing it.
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    Have 2014 3.5.
    Tons of torque.
    82k, no troubles.

    ETA: Mine is only 6 speed, but is max tow config with 3.73.
    Last edited by mmc45414; 12-11-2020 at 12:48 PM.

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    >Which engine do you have and do you like it?

    2018 2.7 or whatever the small one is.

    With a bare truck I get an honest 24 MPG on the highway and 19 around town. With the tall topper 19 everywhere. By my standards, an insane amount of horsepower, but then most of our vehicles have been 4 cylinder :-).

    Do I like it? I'll let you know in 20 years ... if all the whiz bang engine tech is trouble free, it will be great. If it proves expensive to maintain ... not so much.

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    Not a F150, a 2017 Ford Explorer Sport, 3.5 liter ecoboost. Love it, never thought I would say that about a Ford.

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    2017 F-150, 2.7L

    I have 135,000 on it so far. I use Mobil 1, and have done the scheduled maintenance, which has not been much. Completely trouble free with plenty of power. I tow a 25í boat a few times a year, it handles it well.

    I plan to keep this for another 18 months or so. I may go with a 3.5 at that point, just for the extra towing capacity in case I get a different boat.

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    I had a 2012 F-150 XLT with the 3.5 Ecoboost. Traded it earlier this year at about 130,000 miles. No issues.

    I now have a 2016 F-150 FX4 with the 2.7 Ecoboost. 39,000 miles. The 2.7 seems to run a bit smoother than the 3.5 I had.

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    In the desert, looking for water.
    FIL sold his Chevy 1500 4x4 V8 heíd had for ten years or so when MIL and he went to Samoa for a couple of years to run a teacher cert program, and bought an F150 with one of the eco boosts when they came back. They haul a single horse with it, plus feed and other homestead stuff.

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    Owned a 2016 F150 2.7 Eco, best truck I had, traded for F250 6.2L. The 2.7 had more ass than my 6.2L - but raw towing goes to the Super Duty!

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