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Eco-Boost or V8?

7/17/14 @ 10:40 AM
Fisher Doon
Fisher Doon
User since 1/19/09
So with tearful regret, my plan is to sell my reliable 2003 F350 7.3 PSD, and upgrade to a newer F-150. Does anybody have anything positive regarding Ford's Eco-Boost motor, or am I better off with a 5.4? I heard the Eco-boost's fuel mileage is not so great while towing, but it tows well. Since selling my 5th wheel I only have ATV's and a boat to haul around now...hardly worthy of keeping a diesel.

Thanks in advance!

7/21/14 @ 11:46 AM
User since 7/16/01
I have an eco as well and a lot of people ask the same thing - what motor in the F150. Here would be my take. If you pull a lot and with a decent load, the eco would be the way to go. If all you pull is 3000#'s or less, the 5.0 is a fine motor for this job. Having pulled my boat 5500#'s with many trucks, the only thing that has pulled it better was the durimax with the Allison tranny. No other 1/2 ton has been as good.

The nice thing with the turbos, it does not down shift, but spools up instead. Even large hills, all you hear is the slight wind and away you go.

Just remember, as with all trucks, to make power you will burn fuel. No different here - with the turbos kick in your MPG drops.

Like others have said, if you baby it, you can get great MPG. Mine ranges from 13-24, depending on a lot of variables.

7/19/14 @ 12:18 PM
User since 4/10/06
I'm at a Ford dealership as well and hear rumblings of the Eco-boost having issues from people coming in but we haven't had any issues when it comes to repair. I've had a few customers come in saying the fuel economy isn't what they thought but it really comes down to weather conditions and way you drive the truck.

7/18/14 @ 4:53 PM
bowtech Dee
bowtech Dee
User since 10/23/12
Haven't heard of head gaskets yet but first time for anything.

7/18/14 @ 2:32 PM
User since 2/15/10
bowtech my buddy is a ford tech also and has been replacing ecoboost head gaskets at an alarming rate

7/18/14 @ 10:55 AM
bowtech Dee
bowtech Dee
User since 10/23/12
Both 5.0 and ecobost use the same 6r80 trans. Depends if you tow in or out of tow haul. Tow haul is what you want to be in if you are downshifting alot

7/18/14 @ 10:43 AM
hook, line&sinker
User since 4/18/07
I have a 2013 F150 with the 5.0 engine. I love it. Average around 22 mpg on the highway and it tolls my boat just fine. Drops down to about 15 mpg when towing.

My nephew and brother-in-law have the eco-boost. Both had problems with inclines(loss of power). Had to order new parts for it.

7/18/14 @ 10:29 AM
User since 1/24/02
2012 Eco FX4 with tow package rated to 11k lbs. Pulls 20' boat or 30' travel trailer with ease. I get 14 to 23 depending on load and conditions, 18 to work and back. The ECO is actually ahead of the 5.0 in HP and torgue, if recall correctly. You would be fine towing with either really.

7/18/14 @ 9:41 AM
Fisher Doon
Fisher Doon
User since 1/19/09
Is the Eco-Boost using the same 6 speed automatic? If so does it downshift a lot?

Thanks for the input guys!

7/18/14 @ 7:14 AM
User since 3/21/14
I drive 1 2012 150 with the huge cab and a fiberglass top. I have the ecoboost engine and like it so far (~30,000 miles). I have a running 17.9 mpg average (according to the trucks meter) and I have gotten as high as 26.1 mpg on a four hour highway trip to UP MI. I averaged just over 25 mpg on a trip to GA this winter.

I tend to baby the thing and almost never drive it the speed limit. I find 55 to 60 mph as optimal and wind and load is critical. Normally, most days, I can expect 22-23 mpg on the highway, the way I drive.

Watch out, my truck is black and I tend to drive folks nuts with my slower driving. ChuckC

7/17/14 @ 10:15 PM
User since 6/17/11
My wife has a 2013 F-150 w/eco boost and loves it. She tows a two-horse trailer at times. It gets up and goes! I have driven it occasionally (towing nothing) and has plenty of torque and power.


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