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Old 10-21-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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I am starting to think about a new pickup and have been a Chevy guy my whole life, but I am thinking about a new Ford. I am having trouble deciding between the V8 or the V6 EcoBoost. The main thing I am looking for is MPG since I really don't pull anything. Most of my mileage is done on the Interstate and in my current truck (2008 Chevy 1500 Crew 5.3L V8) I have averaged 17.7 over 156K.

I have done a lot of reading on the EcoBoost and I am seeing mixed reviews on the MPG performance. Anybody have any thoughts on which directions I should go?
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All I know is don't put bumpers/tool boxes on a Eco.
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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All I know is don't put bumpers/tool boxes on a Eco.
The only thing I will add is a pickup bed cover (sitting below bed line). My trucks are for show, not work.
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Resale will be lower on a v6

My father in law just got a new one with the v8 and loves the thing
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The only thing I will add is a pickup bed cover (sitting below bed line). My trucks are for show, not work.
If that's the case I would buy a lamborghini
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If that's the case I would buy a lamborghini
I am not there......yet!
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:38 PM   #7
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Been a chevy guy too but right now fords are building a better ride. We just got a used 2011 f-150 4x4 and it has the 5.0. I love it compared to my 2012 chevy with the 5.3 in it I drive for work. Havent really gotten to do a lot of highway driving but for in town it has averaged 16+. That number may go up after we have had it longer and can get a better idea of what it really gets.

But it is hands down a better vehicle than chevy. A on more room in the back seat and ust an overall better ride with more power. I think you will be happy with either motor.
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I bought a new truck last year after doing extensive research on MPG. Like you, I rarely will ever pull anything other than a trailer to help someone move. I went with the Chevy because the 3 Ford dealerships were 2K over the cost of the Chevy. Basically the same exact truck except for the V8 versus the Ford V6... From what I read and researched, it would take years to really justify even the 2K difference... I average 18.3 driving through traffic on the highway about 20 miles one way 5 days a week. This is a 2011 Silverado 1500 Texas Edition.

Now, I will say that the extra legroom on the Ford extended cab would be nice if you have kids and the Ford Sync software for smartphones beats Chevy hands down, but I'm a frugal guy and have no kids.
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All I know is don't put bumpers/tool boxes on a Eco.
I can understand the weight of a replacement bumper but why a tool box...especially those made for the smaller shortbox beds?
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:53 PM   #10
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I got the EcoBoost last year for a commuter vehicle. If you are looking for mileage more than offroad capabilities, I'd avoid the 373 rear end to get better mileage. I drove the 5.0 and the Eco and the power on the Eco was much better. Nav, sync, crew, ac/heated seats. Love to drive it.

I will say if you drive it like you stole it you can be down to 16mpg on a tank. But that is still better than a 5.4 while babying it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:58 PM   #11
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Eco has more power and better MPG than the 5.0. Wasn't even a question for me after a test drive. I have a 2011 FX4 with the ecoboost and I LOVE IT!
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Go ecoboost. Your mpg will be better. Horsepower wise they feel pretty close. I've driven both. Both are awesome trucks. You really can't go wrong either way.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:18 PM   #13
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Ecoboost all the way. I have 8,000 miles on mine and average 17mpg.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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Thanks guys. I started out wanting the Eco and after some reading I was concerned about reported disappointments in mpg performance.

Its time to play let's make a deal.
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Honestly my truck is a POS! I will never buy another Ford as long as I live! Stick with Chevy!
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Been in the shop 5 times! Bought it in may... Got 20000 miles on it. Check engine light comes on every time it rains.... Ford tells me they are working on a fix.... Haven't seen it for 3 months.... My truck averages 11.8 mpg withe the tires and wheels. I will say it's got way more power than any v8 on the market and it has torque like a diesel! However I hate putting my new truck in the shop every other week!
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:28 PM   #17
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I have about 1600 miles on my Ecoboost, its 4x4 with the 3.55 gears. The truck is averaging 19.2 so far. It has gotten over 24 before. Just remember that it takes the motor between 4-7000 miles to get broke in. They say the mileage will improve then. I love the truck
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #18
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I've heard that the mileage is only like 1-2 mpg better on the eco boost than the 5.0. It seems like the extra cost for that motor negates any of the mpg advantages. Another thing to think about is the cost of maintenance down the road, I would think the 5.0 will be cheaper to fix in the event something goes wrong after the warranty runs out. Also, I think the 5.0 will breakdown less, being that it doesnt have turbos and its not a small engine pushing big HP numbers. Just my thoughts, I am also a former chevy guy that was wanting an eco boost until I actually did some reading on them. Now Im pretty sure I will be buyig a 5 liter when I get a new truck.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:39 PM   #19
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I heard from a very knowledgeable ford guy ecoboost is having tons of problems. I purchased a ford f150 crew cab last week and got the v6 non Eco boost. I've always had v8s and last truck was big diesel. I love it so far. Don't plan to pull anything big with it but coming home 7 hrs pulling empty lowboy couldn't tell it was back here. Getting great mpg - better than ecoboost and truck flat out runs great and strong. If I gave u a ride and said it have v8 you would believe it. I drove em all and for what your wanting its all u need.

Our new Chevy Tahoe has been biggest piece of crap ever and the 5.3 flex fuel is burning oil like crazy. Less than 50k miles - electrical problems like crazy

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You won't have to worry about the warranty.... It will prolly get you killed before the warranty runs out...
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:45 PM   #21
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Love it so far..... Back seat has way more leg room for passengers than my super duty did but not side by side room
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #22
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I have 14,000 on my ecoboost 4x4. I love it....
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:52 PM   #23
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About 8K on my 2012 Eco and the lifetime mpg average is 17.5. My daily commute (which probably makes up the majority of the average) is 4 signals (with two school zones, 30-50 MPH), 10 miles of freeway, and 3 more signals. Take a weekend road trip probably once a quarter.

Love the power. Haven't pulled anything with it but my father has an eco and it pulls a 22' boat just fine.
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Been in the shop 5 times! Bought it in may... Got 20000 miles on it. Check engine light comes on every time it rains.... Ford tells me they are working on a fix.... Haven't seen it for 3 months.... My truck averages 11.8 mpg withe the tires and wheels. I will say it's got way more power than any v8 on the market and it has torque like a diesel! However I hate putting my new truck in the shop every other week!
find a better dealer its not ford its your support. Eddie yalklin kingsville.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:58 PM   #25
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I have both. Mine is the 5.0. 4x4 Sounds great when you goose it . My wife's is the Ecoboost. It is a quiet engine. My
Wife gets 3 to 4 mpg better than I get.
The Ecoboost is very peppy. I was very surprised.
You cannot compare the creature comforts to the others (I checked out Chevy, ram, Toyota) Ford wins hands down.

I drove a Chevy z71 4x4 before this.
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If you are looking for mileage you need to look at dodge as well. My work truck is a dodge with a 5.3 hemi in it and I average 20-22 on the highway. I have put 60k on her this year with no issues
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I bet Ecoboost wishes he could change his screen name, lol. You gotta go give a call to "Ford". Not the dealer, but Ford themselves if service dept isn't getting issue fixed. That dealer may need a swift kick in the shorts.
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If you are looking for mileage you need to look at dodge as well. My work truck is a dodge with a 5.3 hemi in it and I average 20-22 on the highway. I have put 60k on her this year with no issues
No MPG would make me drive a Dodge! Sorry I just don't like the way they look.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:06 PM   #29
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For the extra cost of the EcoBst you can have the 5.0 getting the same mileage with a coue aftermarket bolt ons. I will be having to make the same decision when I make my next purchase.

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Go with the ecoboost, does everything great! Power, hauls, mileage, comfort, looks! Heres mine, 2012 F150 4X4 Ecoboost
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Resale will be lower on a v6

My father in law just got a new one with the v8 and loves the thing
not on an eco 6 cyl'

Ilove my eco boost, it will scream
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I got an eco boost in march, and i love it. pulls great and get about 17 between the highway and in town
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My Eco has 46,000 on it, with 0 problems. I do like the ride and the pep.
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Dont know if you have looked yet, but on the website F150forum.com there is a whole section on the eco-boost. A lot of good reading, they now have programmers, cold air kits and exhaust kits for the motor.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:25 PM   #35
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^^^^ why no bumpers or tool boxes ?
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:39 PM   #37
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Heath, I have 30k on my Ecoboost and absolutely love it. Not a single problem with it. I've gotten as high as 23 mpg on long road trips. And as for resale on a V6, just try finding a used Ecoboost. IF you find one, it won't be cheap.
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ANyone pulled travel trailers or campers with theirs yet? Just wondering how it would do with my 25'. Weight about 5300 lbs.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:44 PM   #39
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Heath we took my buddies Ecoboost crew on our elk hunt. Pulling a 14' single axle trailer loaded we average 18 MPG there and back.
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Wouldn't even try it with a 1/2 ton unless small camper. I'm sure it would do it but could it handle it in a bad situation or stop one in brake check situation . People do it all the time but not safely
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No MPG would make me drive a Dodge! Sorry I just don't like the way they look.
I am not a fan of dodge myself but I don't pay for the truck. A free truck is a good truck.

I used to be a ford guy but my last two personal trucks have been Chevys. To me the interior is just more comfortable in the Chevy.
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I drive a 5.0 for work, average 17.6 mpg. I turn the truck on in the morning and it runs till I'm home, quite a bit of idling throughout the day.
My father has the 3.5 ecoboost, he averages 16.3 mpg. Has a lot more torque, power, speed, but loses on the milage.

I would recommend the 5.0 for mpg, from personal experience.

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Guys that have the ecoboost and haven't had problem don't use their trucks like I do! I pull a 22ft boat and multiple trailers. Hell I pulled a 14" trailer to IL and back with two four wheelers and averaged just under 9 mpg... I have the max tow with 373 gears. That was not going the speed limit... Lol 85mph most of the way. This motor will pull!!! There isn't a half ton truck that would touch it IMO! However the problems I'm having aren't unusual! Google it! Ford Does NOT have a fix for the stumbling problem! They ref lashed the ECU and added a POS plastic shield to block the intercooler that they say is the problem.

Listen i was merging on to the interstate and trying to pull in front of a semi in the rain. The truck fell on it's face! Like no power! I hit the hazard lane and barely avoided be run over by the truck! This no joke! Be careful! Do your research there is proof all over the web and YouTube! Every time it rains I have this problem! I called ford they said they are working on a fix. I love the truck hate that I have to deal with this. The truck is a 2012.
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For the record, when I was pricing my work truck from the dealership the ecoboost was only $750 more than the 5.0, on a truck with the same exact specs. Now that could have changed by now, but that was the case in June 2011.
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For the record, when I was pricing my work truck from the dealership the ecoboost was only $750 more than the 5.0, on a truck with the same exact specs. Now that could have changed by now, but that was the case in June 2011.
It's a little more now. I think 1300 but I would have to check my sticker....
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Forgot to add I've also had my rack and pinion replaced under warranty. Another common problem with this truck...
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Sounds like Mr. Ecoboost is a minority of the Ecoboost trucks having problems. I'd say there is a chance you are gonna have problems with any vehicle the way they are mass produced. All brand, all models. But for the most part other than a few quirks like any new innovation that the Ecoboost rocks! Too many happy customers to prove it. Hopefully they'll get your truck fixed soon. And it sounds like with the mpg you are getting something is definitely wrong.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:46 PM   #48
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I was looking hard at the Eco before i bought my Dodge. Over 370 hp and 420 pounds of torque is just amazing coming out of a V6.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #49
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Love my 5.0 lots of power. No prob pullin that tractor (except suspension, just had to put the majority of the weight on the trailer axles). Average about 17 in the city and 23 if straight fairly level highway. Of coarse that is keeping my foot out of it to see what it would get. But since my truck does not get turned off for about 8 hrs a day ( a salesman in the oilfield) it only shows about 15 all the time but that's because of all the idling. I have a friend that has the Eco boost and he loves it also. I think ull be happy either way.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:03 PM   #50
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I have a 2012 supercrew with the 5.0. I'm very happy with it. Mine has the 3.55 rear end and pulls my camper like it's not there. Acceleration is darn impressive. I've taken a couple road trips in it and averaged 21 mpg. Around town it's getting 17. I was torn between the eccoboost and 5.0 and honestly felt like I was making a safer decision going with the 5.0. Call me old fashioned, but I want more than a few years worth of history before I call the eccoboost dead solid. I can't argue the performance the eccoboosts put out though, 213 cubic inch motor....crazy.
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