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Old 06-17-2019, 01:15 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with this engine? Wife needs a new kid hauler and looking at news Ford expedition with the 3.5 EcoBoost. Anybody have good/bad experience with it or the new expeditions?. I know it's in a lot of f-150s.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:19 PM   #2
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i would buy it again. very happy.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:20 PM   #3
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3.5 Ecoboost is an awesome engine. Love mine.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:35 PM   #4
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As long as your not pulling a trailer or weighting it down you should be happy with it. Mine got terrible (8mpg) when pulling a small 12' trailer with a quad on it. It would run a hole in the wind though.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:52 PM   #5
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As long as your not pulling a trailer or weighting it down you should be happy with it. Mine got terrible (8mpg) when pulling a small 12' trailer with a quad on it. It would run a hole in the wind though.
35's and going 75?

MPG does drop off a cliff when towing with it. I get 9 towing my 10,000 tractor, 15 or 16 towing my single axle jon boat, 19 unloaded.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:55 PM   #6
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I love mine (2012) and got 13 mpg yesterday hauling a 12' trailer with a 4 wheeler into the wind.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:29 PM   #7
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Really liked my EcoBoost...until it started leaking coolant from the turbos
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:34 PM   #8
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Really liked my EcoBoost...until it started leaking coolant from the turbos
How many miles before this happened?
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:39 PM   #9
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Started around 45-50k and got progressively worse until at 80k I was adding half a gallon of AF every 1000 miles. Was going to be about $2200 to fix it every time the crappy OEM part wore out, so I ditched the truck and got a 2018 5.0...which has far more problems
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:41 PM   #10
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Engine/powertrain is generally fine. The rest of the insides of the car will squeak, rattle, and groan within 100k though.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:41 PM   #11
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How many miles before this happened?
FTR I have 94k on mine and the only repair was a $250 throttle body.

Every vehicle out there has a a disaster story.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:50 PM   #12
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Started around 45-50k and got progressively worse until at 80k I was adding half a gallon of AF every 1000 miles. Was going to be about $2200 to fix it every time the crappy OEM part wore out, so I ditched the truck and got a 2018 5.0...which has far more problems

I am not even going to ask.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:51 PM   #13
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FTR I have 94k on mine and the only repair was a $250 throttle body.

Every vehicle out there has a a disaster story.
I have always wondered how that engine would hold up to high mileage.
But I don't consider 94k high mileage either...
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:02 PM   #14
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I have always wondered how that engine would hold up to high mileage.
But I don't consider 94k high mileage either...
I don't either yet. It is the #1 selling engine in the #1 selling vehicle in America.... been in the F150 since 2011 model year.

There are, no exaggeration, MILLIONS of them on the road.
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:10 PM   #15
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I rented a new Expedition last month. Loved it. Rode fantastic, plenty of power, 19mpg and I was driving in some hills / mountains NW of Charlotte. Ours was not the EL but it still had tons of room in it. I'd consider buying one for sure.
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:14 PM   #16
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I had one and loved the power! Hated the gas mileage! But the injectors went out at 28,000 then 32,000 then 34,000 then traded for a Chevy now I’m at 40000 and no problems
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I don't either yet. It is the #1 selling engine in the #1 selling vehicle in America.... been in the F150 since 2011 model year.

There are, no exaggeration, MILLIONS of them on the road.
mine is 2011 f150 176,000 trouble free.
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:18 PM   #18
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:22 PM   #19
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108,000+ on my F150 now. Driven everyday.

Only repair was replacing the positive clamp on the battery connection.

At 100,000 miles every fluid was flushed and replaced plugs with Motorcraft iridium. Truck doesn't rattle or squeak yet, but I drive 95% on pavement. I run good gasoline such as Shell, Exxon, Valero, and Chevron (never generic grocery gas or such). Lucas or Amzoil is added to all fuel tanks regularly. I buy it by the gallon and cuts the price way down.

I'd buy this truck again and again if they'd keep the price the same. That won't happen.

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Old 06-17-2019, 03:25 PM   #20
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My wife drives a ‘15 Navigator with the ecoboost and we both really like it. Averages 17 - 18 mpg. About 60k miles with no issues so far.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:47 PM   #21
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My wife drives a Ď15 Navigator with the ecoboost and we both really like it. Averages 17 - 18 mpg. About 60k miles with no issues so far.
For the price of a new limited or platinum excursion max you might as well go with a Lincoln navigator. 70-80k for a new excursion.
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:08 PM   #22
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my wife has had a 2018 XLT Expedition 4 wheel drive with the FX4 package since January and loves it! The options on the XLT package that we got look just like a limited. Heated and cooled seats navigation full panoramic sunroof. She has over nine thousand miles on it now and since new has averaged 19.4 miles per gallon. We easily get 21 miles per gallon on the interstate cruising at 70 to 75. Power and acceleration is absolutely there when needed and necessary. The only negatives I have about it are the innumerable amount of buttons to push and the lane keeping assist. The lane keeping assist feature is too intrusive. Also the auto stop-start function is annoying even though I know you can turn that off each time you turn the vehicle on.

It is by far the best vehicle we have had for our family.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:24 PM   #23
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The horror stories of those panoramic sunroof scare me but gosh are they cool. I was looking at F250s with that the other day. I can’t afford the F250, and I can’t afford the sunroof. But if I were rich I just might splurge.

I will say that my neighbors eco-boost F150 tows my bass boat better than my 4.7 L tundra.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:32 PM   #24
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My 07 KR 150 has 230k. Pretty pleased with the older V8. No rattles on the inside...been a great truck.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:20 PM   #25
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my wife has had a 2018 XLT Expedition 4 wheel drive with the FX4 package since January and loves it! The options on the XLT package that we got look just like a limited. Heated and cooled seats navigation full panoramic sunroof. She has over nine thousand miles on it now and since new has averaged 19.4 miles per gallon. We easily get 21 miles per gallon on the interstate cruising at 70 to 75. Power and acceleration is absolutely there when needed and necessary. The only negatives I have about it are the innumerable amount of buttons to push and the lane keeping assist. The lane keeping assist feature is too intrusive. Also the auto stop-start function is annoying even though I know you can turn that off each time you turn the vehicle on.

It is by far the best vehicle we have had for our family.
If it is like an F150, there's actually a couple of ways you can deactivate this all together. I pulled a wire like the video.
https://youtu.be/RJEzjws0k-g

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Old 06-18-2019, 06:29 PM   #26
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My wife has a 2016 explorer with the 3.5 eco boost and that car will move. I have a 2012 f150 with the ecoboost and haven’t had too many problems with it, but have had a couple small issues.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:33 PM   #27
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We went on vacation to ski in Utah and I rented a 2018 expedition EL. Came home Tuesday night and by Friday a new one was sitting in the wifeís garage. She has a limited 4x4. Great vehicle. It actually gets better gas mileage then her 2014 awd highlander. Plus It has twice as much room. We opted for the regular non extended length but it has plenty of room for the whole family and dogs and gear. By far my favorite vehicle. Itís still a Ford so I did purchase a 7 year 125k extended warranty from flood ford. I donít worry about the motor, itís the pano roof, power running boards doodads etc. that scare me.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:42 PM   #28
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Own a 2017 expedition el, itís got about 60k on it, no issues. Good motor/suv


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Old 06-18-2019, 10:01 PM   #29
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Love Expeditions!!!
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:36 PM   #30
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The horror stories of those panoramic sunroof scare me but gosh are they cool. I was looking at F250s with that the other day. I canít afford the F250, and I canít afford the sunroof. But if I were rich I just might splurge.

I will say that my neighbors eco-boost F150 tows my bass boat better than my 4.7 L tundra.

Can you elaborate on the panoramic sunroof horror stories? We did purchase a 125K mile extended warranty...and hoping we never need it.
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:12 PM   #31
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A friend of mine has the 3.5 and he loves his. I bought a 2018 5.0 So we will see how this goes although it’s my second one (last one was a 2014 but no issues).
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:19 AM   #32
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I've got an '18 3.5 and it flat out goes. No issues with mine, but a buddy has one with 60k miles and his cam phasers took a dump. There must be lots of folks with that problem because estimated fix is over a month out.
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:03 AM   #33
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Bought my wife an expedition max XLT 3.5 with all the bells and whistles and it it’s awesome. Only have around 1600 miles on it but man it’s nice. My first Ford I’ve ever purchased so I’m hoping to have good luck with it. 3 kids myself and wife and still a lot of room in the back for whatever we need to haul. So far we love it. 3.5 moves that big vehicle likes it’s a small car. You won’t be disappointed in my opinion.
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:49 AM   #34
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Wife drives a 14' Explorer with all the bells and whistles. 150k and average 21 mpg, those motors are known to take tons of abuse and still look like new inside. We have not had to fix anything except brake pads and they were still good actually. I also put a new belt on it, original plugs,battery everything else. There is some noise under the front end when turning at low speed, I think the tires are too big and wide really, a lot of tire to turn at low speed.
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:37 AM   #35
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For the price of a new limited or platinum excursion max you might as well go with a Lincoln navigator. 70-80k for a new excursion.
We bought our Navigator used. Two years old with 30k for about half the price of new. And it was priced about the same as comparable Expeditions as you mentioned. The price tags on the new ones are flat out insane!
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