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Old 12-12-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Motor Trends Truck of the Year

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Ford F-150 named Motor Trend Truck of the Year - Dec. 12, 2011

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The big selling point for the EcoBoost engine isn't fuel economy, according to Ford, although it is somewhat more efficient than the larger V8 engines. Instead, it's the truck's towing and hauling power when equipped with the EcoBoost engine that attracts customers. The turbocharged V6 gives the truck more towing power than the larger 5.0-liter V8.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:10 PM   #2
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Hi: Donna D... The new turbos must be a diff. design than the Chrysler ones I sold in the 80's. They were not recomended for towing as the exhaust gate would remain open under load and over heat the berrings in the turbo...even with water cooling jackets surrounding the turbo shaft/blades. I'd like more info of a techy nature before I'd buy.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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I've got 22000km on one and it's AWESOME!!!!

Fuel mileage is the same or better than the 05 Tacoma I used to have but it's got waaaaay more power.

I love it.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:08 PM   #4
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I've got 22000km on one and it's AWESOME!!!!

Fuel mileage is the same or better than the 05 Tacoma I used to have but it's got waaaaay more power.

I love it.
Paul, this is what I needed to hear. I love my 2000 Ford F-150 Triton V8, but it's getting long in the tooth and will need to be replaced with another tow vehicle within the next year. I've been following another thread on CasitaForum: Ford F-150's New "Ecoboost V-6 Twin Turbo" any comments plus or minus the more comments here on FiberglassRV or CasitaForum is GREATLY appreciated. Please continue to post the things that you find Pro/Con
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:54 PM   #5
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I really don't have any complaints.

We have the crewcab, 6.5' box, 4x4 FX4. The amount of rear seat room is great for the long summer road trips we do to southern Utah and the box is perfect for 3 dirtbikes that are in it every other weekend for 8 months of the year. It's very comfortable for myself, my wife, 2 teenage kids and a medium sized dog. It's very quiet and never strains even up the steepest hills and mountain passes. The amount of torque it's making at 1600 to 2500 rpm is outstanding. It pulls very hard loaded up and is a rocket when empty. Last summer we did Ouray Colorado to Durango before carrying on to Santa Fe and it never broke a sweat over any of the 10,000' passes. The Tow/Haul mode for the transmission also works very well. The ride is firm but not harsh and for a big vehicle it handles quite well. Actually, that's probably the only con.....it's a big, long truck but a pleasure to drive.

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Old 12-13-2011, 05:10 PM   #6
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This thread and a couple of the others made me go check the prices online at the local Ford dealerships. While I realize they only list MSRP and they will discount, all I can say as far as the cost is WOW. It appears that $35k is a minimum one would have to pay to get a truck with that engine. Of course being in the frozen north, all the trucks are 4wd which adds to the cost but still WOW! Raz
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:32 PM   #7
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Never heard that one Alf, Maybe a little different but every semi I ever drove was turbo charged and all they ever do is pull a load. They're normally oil cooled, I believe.
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Here I was set on a toyota Tundra.....Donna, you got me thinking again, I was following the progress of this Truck. I will be purchasing a new tug in March, So any insight into this is much appreciated by me as well.

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Old 12-13-2011, 09:07 PM   #9
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The new turbos must be a diff. design than the Chrysler ones I sold in the 80's.
Alf,

I remember turbocharged Toyota trucks of the 80s were also not recommended for towing. I think the idea was that if you were in boost for an extended period (like climbing a long hill), it would overheat.

New Fords are different. I believe the EB has the highest tow rating of any F150: over 11,000 lb.

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Hi: All...My guess is that like anything new and different..."Time will tell".
I know semi's are turbo tows...but on a much larger scale!
The domestic big 3 are in an end run around the GOV's Cafe reg's and EcoBoost might just be the best option so far. After 25,000 K's though, I'm still more than satisfied with my V6 Nissan Frontier/Escape 5.0 combo.
The trucks I sold in the 80's had a base sticker of $7995. and I sold a lot of 'em... I guess they really were "The good old days".
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:04 PM   #11
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The domestic big 3 are in an end run around the GOV's Cafe reg's and EcoBoost might just be the best option so far.
Alf, it seems as though a more fuel efficient gas engine, suitable for towing and higher payloads, would be in the spirit of more stringent CAFE goals. Is there anything more to this?

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Alf, it seems as though a more fuel efficient gas engine, suitable for towing and higher payloads, would be in the spirit of more stringent CAFE goals. Is there anything more to this?

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Wouldn't it seem ironic that more stringent CAFE standards would result in the demise of the most fuel efficient truck on the market?
But one thing we know... They are from the government, so they must be here to help us!
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Hi: Mark Godfrey... I believe the "more to this", has to do with Ford not making enough profit with the ranger as opposed to the F150's. The bottom line usually comes down to profit!!!
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The new Ford V8 makes almost as much torque (380) as the Ecoboost V6 (420), but the former must rev much higher (4250 rpm) than the latter (2500 rpm) to do so. The V8 will do the job, but the Ecoboost V6 will do it more quietly and will seem to be straining less. I can see why people are liking it. There are a lot of happy comments about the Ecoboost from owners on rv.net and I haven't read any complaints yet.

On a somewhat related note, my assistant got a F250 diesel a couple of months ago for towing the work trailer, and I was amazed at how quiet that thing is. They have really civilized those Powerstrokes now. And of course the torque is out of this world: 800 lb-ft @1600 rpm.
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