Question-Anyone have F150 with ecoboost?

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by RB, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm thinking about a new truck. F150 with either 3.5 ecoboost or 5 liter. Have been reading up on both. Have read of some intercooler problems with 3.5.

    Input appreciated.
     
  2. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    I have a friend that had one for about 4 months and never had an end to trouble with it. Keeping in mind that his problems seem to echo the most commonly complained about points on the forums I have seen as well, he stated the following:

    Ticking sound that started around 4k and never left.
    Mileage was not as good as they quoted, by a fairly noticeable margin (an average of 3mpg).
    He had some pretty serious problems with oxygen sensors going out and decreased performance every time they changed them.

    Other problems I have seen/read/heard of include:

    Stall problems during heavy acceleration - running a bit rough under acceleration.
    Some mentions of rough shifting/under performing transmission.
    Some skipping while running, both at idle and and running speeds.

    As always, YMMV, but it sounds as if the 3.5 has problems that are more than average. You may want to consider waiting another year or two, so they can flay out the kinks.
     
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I have no direct experience or first hand accounts buy what I'm reading is that there is a problem with water build up in the intercooler and eventually it gets ingested in the engine. At that point it gives the computer fits and often results with the vehicle in limp mode. There is a TSB to correct the problem but it doesn't seem to address the build up of water directly. Some people report the probllem, others not so much. I have found two identical trucks except for the engine. One with the 3.5 Ecoboost the other with the 5.0 V8, both have the same options otherwise. I am leaning heavily towards the V8.
     
  4. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    If I were to choose, I would go with the V8 as well. The cost in additional fuel expenditure may be nothing compared to the unavailability or unreliability factor in the 3.5. Of course, I am more of a Chevy truck man myself, so what do I know?
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If you want better fuel efficiency, get a diesel F-250.
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Considered that but really have no need for that much truck. I picked out a nice 1/2 ton. In the process of gettin it ready and will pick up in a couple of days.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I upgraded to the F-250 after I broke shackles (twice) on the rear springs on my former F-150. What a lot of buyers don't realize are that the F-250 & F-350 are virtually identical except for the name plates and nominal weight ratings (the springs are the same, they just don't tell you that you can haul as much if your nameplate says "F-250").

    Feeding it (gas, not diesel) is a pain these days.
     
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    What the heck were you carrying that busted the shackles? Probably lucky something major didn't let go.

    I had considered going heavy but after thinking about my needs really can't justify the Super Duty. Can't really justify a 1/2 ton except for the occasional utility trailer pull, hauling a bed full of mulch or such. I had hopes of hooking up the Harley and doing some traveling but after spouses medical issues we have been pretty much grounded. We took one trip in February and have another scheduled for next month but going by air for now. Anyhow, I ended up going with the 5.0L V8. A bit less MPG than the Ecoboost as claimed by Ford but still rated for over 7,000 lbs GVWR. My current truck is still in pretty good shape and my nephew is buying it so I'm pretty much out of one and into another. I usally keep a vehicle for about 10 years so am excited about taking delivery. This is the third one I have bought without a test drive. Aren't I trusting?;)
     
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Firewood.

    The F-150 was notorious for weak shackles.
     
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Wood is fairly heavy for its size. Real easy to overload the truck. If the springs are flattened out its probably to heavy for the load. Add a rough road and things get even worse.
     
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Get a real truck and things get better! :D
     
  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Heck, this is Texas, flat for as far as you can see.
     

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