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Old August 9th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Any real world feedback on the Ecoboost?

It's been out long enough now for people to form opinions. I am interested in hearing about everyday use. Daily driving? Towing? Fuel mileage? Reliability? Maintenance? Does it live up to the hype or is it a shit pile? I'm not a Ford guy but I am curious.

If one of you assgoblins post's that you get 30mpg towing 10,000# I'm bringing a 55gal drum of bleach to your house for you to drink until your turd comes out white and spring fresh.

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6000 miles on mine, averaging 16.5 miles with the tripmeter never reset since new. Showing 21mpgs at 75 mph. Towed three ATV's out to Silver lake and display showed 13.9 mpg or so.

I'm hearing mpg's get a little better at 7500 miles so patiently waiting.....

Overall, love it, no warranty issues as of yet.


I've been following this thread for comments too....
http://www.motownmuscle.com/forums/s...light=ecoboost
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It's been out long enough now for people to form opinions. I am interested in hearing about everyday use. Daily driving? Towing? Fuel mileage? Reliability? Maintenance? Does it live up to the hype or is it a shit pile? I'm not a Ford guy but I am curious.

If one of you assgoblin's post's that you get 30mpg towing 10,000# I'm bringing a 55gal drum of bleach to your house for you to drink until your turd comes out white and spring fresh.
That's with a 2wd 5 spd. cummins.
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0toncaddy and 91 k1500 on here both have them and are close friends of mine. They both seem to love them and I thought they were damn nice trucks the handful of times I rode in them. Plenty of power, and according to the dash screen, averaging around 17mpg being driven how you'd expect someone in their mid to late 20s to drive. I don't have anything bad to say about it based on my minimal experience, and haven't heard anything bad from those guys based on their as-extensive-as-it-gets-on-a-pretty-new-truck experience.

That being said, we were discussing the Ecoboost a week ago and another buddy of mine, who while biased towards GM is still pretty realistic, said the latest gen of GM trucks, even with their "old-school" pushrod V8s, are still superior to the Ecoboost in acceleration and towing, and still get comparable mileage. Pretty good point if you ask me. So basically while the Ecoboost still seems to be a great package, it's probably not as awesome, or at least as superior to the competition, as the hype would lead you to believe.
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That's with a 2wd 5 spd. cummins.
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That's with a 2wd 5 spd. cummins.
with 40" tires and 3.09 gears...


my buddy with an ecoboost says he gets slightly better MPG than his 2002 chevy 1500 4x4 did, but he didnt have any real MPG data to back that up.
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My buddy's dad has over 30k on his with no problems. Averages about 17ish for mixed driving. My grandpa has about 15k on his and he has seen 21mpg at 65 on the highway. Not sure on towing mpg but he pulls a 27' travel trailer and the truck doesn't even break a sweat with it back there.
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Isn't there a ecoboost thread that's like 20 pages long. Don't know if you've read that one, but it had lots of "real world" info in it.
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Newest one I could find is almost a year old.
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I bought my ecoboost in March of '11, and have roughly 14k miles on it right now. I ordered mine with the intentions of throwing larger tires on it right away, and planned on using it to tow quite a bit...so I ordered it with 4.10 gears from the factory. It is a crew cab Fx4, 4x4, 3.5 EB engine, 4.10 gears with the e-locker.

My tires are 305/50/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers, so they are slightly larger and heavier than the stock tires, so my mileage isn't as good as it would be with the stock setup, and the 4.10 gears hurt my highway mileage a little.

Unloaded highway mileage, I average around 17.5 doing 75+ mph. If I cut it back into the 60's, I can get 19-19.5, but that rarely happens.

City mileage isn't great since I drive like a dick, so you wont get a very accurate representation of what the truck can do based off of mine...but 15mpg is about the norm for me.


Loaded (24'x8.5' enclosed, weighing in at around 7,000 lbs), I usually see around 8 mpg doing 70 mph. Again, I'm sure I could get slightly better by slowing down, but I'm impatient and don't like driving slow.


As far as power is concerned, the truck is great...very fun to drive and more than enough power no matter the situation. Even while towing, the truck never struggles. It rarely shifts below 5th gear to make it up most hills on the expressway...it is very diesel-like honestly. A ton of low end torque, it has no problem lugging a lot of weight around at low RPM's.






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That being said, we were discussing the Ecoboost a week ago and another buddy of mine, who while biased towards GM is still pretty realistic, said the latest gen of GM trucks, even with their "old-school" pushrod V8s, are still superior to the Ecoboost in acceleration and towing, and still get comparable mileage. Pretty good point if you ask me. So basically while the Ecoboost still seems to be a great package, it's probably not as awesome, or at least as superior to the competition, as the hype would lead you to believe.

In my experience, that isn't even close to being true. When it comes to power and acceleration, no other 1/2 ton truck can keep up (and yes, I have raced my truck quite a bit, on the pavement and on the sand). My brother has a F150 limited with the 6.2 liter v8, 411 HP from the factory, 4x4, etc...and even his can't keep up with mine in a straight drag race. A friend of mine has a GM with the 6.2 liter, same story.

When it comes to towing, no gas v8 has impressed me like the ecoboost has. While some do very well towing, none have the ability to lug a heavy trailer around like the EB without dropping down to a low gear and revving to the moon to keep moving on an incline.

Unloaded mileage is slightly better with the EB than any of the half tons from what I have seen, although I have seen some new Hemi owners making some pretty big claims when it comes to mileage. If all of these guys are capable of pulling 21-23 mpg, why are they only EPA rated at 19mpg highway? In my experience the EPA numbers are usually slightly higher than what most people realistically get.

The only BIG complaint I have about the truck is the loaded mileage...but with a little displacement boosted engine, it's a given that the the mileage will suffer with a heavy trailer behind it. It needs to make a lot of boost to pull the load, and when those turbos start whistling...the MPG's nose dive.




All that being said, and admitting that the truck does everything I ask of it well...I won't buy another one. I do quite a bit of towing, and while the power of the EB is plenty to pull a heavy trailer around, I just don't like the feeling of a large enclosed behind a 1/2 ton. Even with a quality weight distribution hitch with anti-sway bars, you still get the "tail wagging the dog" feeling, so my next truck will be a 3/4-1 ton with a diesel.
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That being said, we were discussing the Ecoboost a week ago and another buddy of mine, who while biased towards GM is still pretty realistic, said the latest gen of GM trucks, even with their "old-school" pushrod V8s, are still superior to the Ecoboost in acceleration and towing, and still get comparable mileage. Pretty good point if you ask me. So basically while the Ecoboost still seems to be a great package, it's probably not as awesome, or at least as superior to the competition, as the hype would lead you to believe.
Obviously you and your buddy have not driven an ecoboost.... I bet you would be suprised at how the ecoboost accelerates and tows compared to the Chevy 6.2. The low end power for an engine with only 3.5L of displacement is just amazing.

My dad has one and I have used it quite a few times here and there. It is a crew cab 4x4. He averages between 18-20 mpg empty and he averaged 13-14 mpg pulling his jeep on a car hauler to and from South Dakota last summer. He has over 15K miles on it now with zero problems.
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I watched one struggling to pull a 21~ foot fishing boat out of pentwater lake yesterday, something my NA 6.0l had zero problems doing. There is no replacement for displacement.
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14 city. 19 highway. 10 towing a jeep. 10 at 90 and 5 at 100
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Obviously you and your buddy have not driven an ecoboost.... I bet you would be suprised at how the ecoboost accelerates and tows compared to the Chevy 6.2. The low end power for an engine with only 3.5L of displacement is just amazing.

My dad has one and I have used it quite a few times here and there. It is a crew cab 4x4. He averages between 18-20 mpg empty and he averaged 13-14 mpg pulling his jeep on a car hauler to and from South Dakota last summer. He has over 15K miles on it now with zero problems.
Gee what gave it away, the fact that I SAID I've only ridden in them and have little experience, or the fact that my buddy just SAID something, not experienced it? I couldn't have made it anymore clear. I've ridden in 2 different Ecoboosts a few times and they seem to be great trucks. I didn't even say it's NOT superior to the V8s, I said it's probably not as superior as the hype would lead one to believe.....and I still feel that that's the case. It's a great setup and it's awesome to see some new technology in the truck market. It may even be superior to the competition in all categories but I don't know and I doubt you do either....I haven't done the side by side comparisons and I doubt anybody on here has unless they're a vehicle test driver for a magazine or something. Otherwise it's lots of biased, unreliable opinions with lots of variables not being accounted for. They're great trucks, that's already been proven, but they're not the next coming of Jesus like some people are acting like. It's a half ton truck with lots of good new parts and technology, and it does what it's supposed to do extremely well. That's enough in my opinion, but everybody has to turn anything truck related into a cock measuring contest.
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Gee what gave it away, the fact that I SAID I've only ridden in them and have little experience, or the fact that my buddy just SAID something, not experienced it? I couldn't have made it anymore clear. I've ridden in 2 different Ecoboosts a few times and they seem to be great trucks. I didn't even say it's NOT superior to the V8s, I said it's probably not as superior as the hype would lead one to believe.....and I still feel that that's the case. It's a great setup and it's awesome to see some new technology in the truck market. It may even be superior to the competition in all categories but I don't know and I doubt you do either....I haven't done the side by side comparisons and I doubt anybody on here has unless they're a vehicle test driver for a magazine or something. Otherwise it's lots of biased, unreliable opinions with lots of variables not being accounted for. They're great trucks, that's already been proven, but they're not the next coming of Jesus like some people are acting like. It's a half ton truck with lots of good new parts and technology, and it does what it's supposed to do extremely well. That's enough in my opinion, but everybody has to turn anything truck related into a cock measuring contest.
Exactly my point.. You sure have a lot to say when you have not even driven the truck. Look at the title"real world feedback".
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I have a 12' F-150 XLT 4x4 Supercrew ecoboost with about 9000 miles on the ticker.
I was skeptical at first cuz the fuel numbers blew for the first 1000 miles or so.
I get 20-22mpg on the e-way at approx 72mph, 16-17mpg city.
I got about 11mpg towing my XJ up to R&V at 80 mph.
The way back was closer to 15mpg (70mph).
It is a good truck and it pulls like a SOB, not as well as a 7.3 super duty but definitely better than a 97 f-150 with a 4.6L in it.
All vehicles that I have driven and towed with.
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Exactly my point.. You sure have a lot to say when you have not even driven the truck. Look at the title"real world feedback".
Meh, I'd agree if I were claiming something extreme like them being complete pieces of shit. They're great trucks, my only point was that they're a little overhyped. I've talked to their owners and spent enough time in and around the trucks to have a decent opinion. Not expert level, but I also never claimed to be.
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I figure the motors should start to show up in wrecking yards soon and it would make a great Jeep powerplant.
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I agree with Kyle the EB F150 is the most diesel like gas half ton I have driven. I have pulled trailers with several different hemis, triton V8s, and several GM engines (5.3, 6.0, and 6.2L) and nothing has compared performance wise to the EB engine. I think fuel mileage is the only thing the EB is hard to dial in. If you drive it light or have 3.55 gears it will get you 20+mpg. Most people I know get 17-19mpg mix driving. My cousin recently found out that he picked up 1mpg by running premium.
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Unloaded mileage is slightly better with the EB than any of the half tons from what I have seen, although I have seen some new Hemi owners making some pretty big claims when it comes to mileage. If all of these guys are capable of pulling 21-23 mpg, why are they only EPA rated at 19mpg highway? In my experience the EPA numbers are usually slightly higher than what most people realistically get.
my hemi will do that if i set the cruise on the highway at 55mph on a day with no wind on a long trip. it struggles to get 16-17 on the highway going 70+ and i average 14-15 daily driving. so they are probably full of shit unless they drive like 80 year olds and never drive in town. if i were to buy another half ton i would be really interested in the eco boost.
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