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creolechef
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2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
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Father-in-law about to pull trigger on a F150 4x4. He wanted the V8 but one we found with all options he wants only has the 3.5 V6 turbo.

What are known problems on this motor? Have they been worked out in recent years? He doesn't tow anything really and he wants to keep this truck for the next 10 years or more. He is retired so it will be used mostly for around town errands and trips from bham to NOLA. Some light hauling since he does woodworking as a hobby. Might put 12k miles a year on it.

Also, any feedback on the new fuel saver system that cuts off motor when stopped? Sounds like a pain. Is it noticeable?


AUCE05
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
Yeah. They have some issues. I think the timing chain? They had milage figures are bloated, too.


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upgrayedd
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
Any time you have turbos, you're gonna have issues.


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Eli Goldfinger
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
The MPG is wildly over stated.

A buddy has an ecoboost and I have the V8 (4.8L maybe?)...anyway...I get 1 MPG better than him.


DGauTigers
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
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Also, any feedback on the new fuel saver system that cuts off motor when stopped? Sounds like a pain. Is it noticeable?


Yes! I turned that shite off when I had one in El Paso. It is very much noticeable. On the positive side, that truck has a ton of power from a dead stop.


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TulaneUVA
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
FWIW, I have the 2013 turbo 3.5 with 80k miles. No issues.

Papapogey has the same truck but is having some issues.

Calling it fair


TulaneUVA
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
Not saying I disagree that the MPG is over stated but 1) you're comparing your driving to your friends driving. Apples and oranges. And 2) no one should buy the ecoboost for fuel savings. It's meant for POWER


upgrayedd
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
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The MPG is wildly over stated.

100%

Rented an Expedition with the 3.5 Eco and rarely got 20 mpg on the highway. Had a Tahoe with the V8 (w/ cylinder deactivation) and it got better gas mileage than the Expedition.


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rmnldr
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
You're gonna need a bypass intake capacitor tune up. I can do them for $100 just swing by, baw.


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chalupa
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
I have a 2013 with 50k miles. No issues so far.


Dr RC
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
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The MPG is wildly over stated.

A buddy has an ecoboost and I have the V8 (4.8L maybe?)...anyway...I get 1 MPG better than him.



MPG on cars and trucks are always overstated b/c those numbers are derived from optimal driving conditions.

Odds are your buddy simply has a lead foot when he's driving. His brakes are probably going to need to be replaced before yours too.


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Croacka
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
Timing chain issues shouldn't affect the 2016 model, but that's from Ford


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weadjust
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
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keep this truck for the next 10 years


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He wanted the V8 but one we found with all options he wants only has the 3.5 V6 turbo.


Keep looking for a 5.0 with the options he wants


Recovered
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
Gas mileage sucks, it's nowhere near what they state. Hook a trailer up and it sucks even worse. Then when the timing chain breaks it cost 7g to fix, I know happened to me. Go to your local ford dealer and see how many are in the shop having chains replaced. It's just a 3 grand fix that ford won't say is a problem.


BenDover
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
I have the exact truck your FIL is looking at. It's been great to me so far. I bought it in January and have about 6K miles on it now. No issues at all so far, and I average 17 MPG and drive almost exclusively in the city (Austin).


Simon Gruber
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
I've seen people get almost 25mpg with the 3.5 ecoboost and I've also seen people who can't hit 20mpg. It all depends on how you drive it.


DrSteveBrule
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
6k miles with no issues is an accomplishment for an F150 these days?


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03GeeTee
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
I have a 2016 f-150 4x4 with the 3.5 ecoboost. I can easily get 21+ mpg on the interstate and have done as well as 26 mpg when driving mostly on country roads going about 60 mph.


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CajunSoldier225
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5. No issues.

I'm at 60k. I love that truck. I have a 34' camper trailer that it pulls with ease.


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Eli Goldfinger
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re: 2016 F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost help
Ecoboost Failures

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2. Timing Chain Wear: Since the 3.5L EcoBoost is turbocharged, the oil is under extreme stress. If the driver pushes it past the recommended oil change interval, the first item to show the abuse is usually the timing chain. Worn-out oil can damage the chain, guides and tensioner. When the chain is worn and stretched, the PCM detects the changes in camshaft position and sets code P0016 for crankshaft/camshaft correlation. Check out TSB 14-0194 for more information.


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