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Nannyslayer
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Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
I'm looking at getting an older F-150. I had a 2005 with the V-8 that was bullet proof. Never should have sold it. Most of what I have seen online between 2009 and 2012 has the V-6 turbo. I don't do a ton of hauling etc other than tractor/ranger---however, idea of a V6 in a full sized truck seems odd to me. Anyone familiar with said motor?


JohnnyT
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Mine is a bit out of your time frame as it is a 2013. It has 212k miles on it and still runs great. I change the oil and fluids as scheduled without fail. Mine tows my tractor with no issues.


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armsdealer
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
I'd hold out for a Coyote. Ecoboost guys like their Ecoboost motors but I am not a fan of them in an older truck. Sure if you buy a new one every few years get a ecoboost, but on an older vehicle or something you are keeping long term I would go with the Naturally aspirated option.


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Has plenty of power. Mine gets around 23 mpg


Nannyslayer
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
thank you for the input. I'm typically one of those who keeps things forever and don't put alot of miles on a truck. I was just worried a V-6 would seem under powered (prob just in my mind)


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2018 3.5 37,000 and it pulls great.


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TheBoo
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
quote:

thank you for the input. I'm typically one of those who keeps things forever and don't put alot of miles on a truck. I was just worried a V-6 would seem under powered (prob just in my mind)

I had a 2015 ecoboost (same generation/performance numbers). It outperforms the coyote (especially the lower compression 2009-2012) due to the additional torque and better torque curve. Once you drive one that skepticism will disappear.

As far as gas mileage, in normal driving conditions the ecoboost may get a little better mileage but it won't be as big a difference as you think.

That said, there were a lot of reports of timing chain issues in the very early ecoboosts, so keep that in mind if you are going after that year range.
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tigamike
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
I had a 2011 F150 with the 5.4 V8 and just got a 2019 with the 3.5L eco boost and couldn’t be happier. Much better mpg and zero noticeable drop off in any performance area I’ve been able to see so far. Tows just fine and the acceleration is def better in the eco boost. Do it and don’t look back


AFtigerFan
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My 2013 F-150 only has 60K miles but I’ve had zero issues. I’ve only pulled a trailer several times with a medium load and it was a piece of cake. But I’m sure it would have been the same with any truck.


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TigersnJeeps
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
IIRC, the early eco-boosts had some issues.

I'd suggest perusing some of the F150 forums to get more complete feedback.

I had an 02 with the 2-valve 5.4. Great truck.

Now have a 2013 with the coyote. I really like it. and it Sounds great. Mileage at anything over 65mph not much better than the 5.4.

Mileage - and towing - will also depending on your gearing.

And if you find one with the 36 gallon tank - it's great!
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ccard257
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
I have a 13 with 190k. Power is not an issue. I just towed a 23’ trailer, my family, and all their crap around NM/UT/TX for two weeks and it pulled great as long as you didn’t look at the MPG.

Speaking of. I only get about 15 in my normal driving, although I do have moderately heavy tires. I wouldn’t let fuel savings influence your decision at all.

ETA: second the 36 gallon tank. Be sure you get one with that if you plan to tow.
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Swazla
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
quote:

I had a 2011 F150 with the 5.4 V8 and just got a 2019 with the 3.5L eco boost and couldn’t be happier. Much better mpg and zero noticeable drop off in any performance area I’ve been able to see so far. Tows just fine and the acceleration is def better in the eco boost. Do it and don’t look back


2011 was the first year with the 5.0 Coyote. No 5.4. Typo?


ruger35
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
Early ecoboost engines were solely direct injection I believe and it led to carbon buildup on the back of the valves. Catch cans may help, but google carbon buildup ecoboost and you’ll see it’s across any platform the ecoboost was used in including Lincoln. I think it was around ‘15 when they incorporated a port and direct injection engine which was supposed to help.


down time
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moisture in the turbo also


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fredrod8545
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I had a 2011 3.5 Ecoboost 4x4. Lots of power, real fun acceleration, it had about 110K miles when I sold it. Never had a single problem with the engine, trans, or any major components. I didn’t mess with a catch can or any of the typical mods you’ll read about in f150 forums, and it ran fine.

Gas mileage was ok for a truck, definitely never saw 21 or whatever it was rated for the highway.
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the4thgen
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
I had a 2012 ecoboost, I got out of it earlier than I wanted to because of all the issues I read about with higher mileage. Power from the engine was great, gas mileage was not. That is the first version of that engine so they were still working bugs out. Go the V8 route if you can.
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LSUDUCKMAN67
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
Had a 2014 King Ranch I had bought with 30k on Miles. Truck was setup exactly how I wanted it..... needless to say it was my dream truck. Well at 70k had a misfire problem did a plug and coil change. Then again at 90k started to misfire again...... not to mention I had to change the whole front end out at 60k. Took the truck to several places (mainly dealerships)and they didn’t know how to fix it. Some said the intercooler problem some said there was moisture getting in somehow .....I wasn’t going to continue to do plug and coil changes. And it leave me on the side the road due to I travel a lot for work.
Went and bought a Chevy z71. I had 3 ford fx4’s before this KR and all had over 170k miles on them when I got rid of them and never had a problem I guess do to they all had v8’s. Eccoboost has power but I’ll stick to v8’s. Less moving parts one has to worry about.


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GoAwayImBaitn
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
I'd avoid the ecoboost. I've owned a couple of turbocharged engines over the years. Forced induction is cool but it comes with a price. Turbochargers wear out. It's just a fact of life. Eventually they need rebuilding. The little bit of money saved on gas goes out the window when that time comes. Also, turbocharged engines operate under more stress and heat. If you're looking for a motor that will last longer with less maintenance, I'd go with a naturally aspirated V8.


BorrisMart
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
I got a used 18 with the Coyote and that thing is fun to drive. Not sure when they started putting those in them but if you want a v8 f150, get that. They prolly have 2015s for decent prices. Lots of people trading them in right now. I could be wrong though, I know Covid has the used car market going bananas.

Edit: from what I have been told and have read the first few years of the eco boost had major problems but it appears they have it down pat now in the more recent ones. fwiw.
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Sparetime
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re: Ford F-150 Turbo V-6
This is relative in powertrain now days, most of GM and many foreign stuff is GDI naturally aspirated, three times the moving parts.

In my opinion, the 3.5L EB is the best platform Ford has built since I've been keeping tabs. I do engines for a living.

And to answer what happens if the turbo pukes on one, I charged 900 to put the FIRST one i've ever seen fail. Go by a 5.3L GDI and pay to get the pump replaced.. its naturally aspirated.


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