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Old 05-03-2015, 10:05 PM   #15
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On my 2011 ecoboost we have had issues. When passing while towing our 2014 FC (27) and full acceleration we experienced a loss of power, at the worst time. The first time Ford did a modification with some additional shielding to keep moisture out and reprogrammed the computer as well as replacing a catalytic converter. That was a couple of years ago and then recently we had the same thing happen. Ford then installed another fix and reprogrammed the computer again. Whenever this has happened the air was very moist, and we were told too much moisture was the problem.
That being said we still think this is a great vehicle. Hopefully the problem is cured,? I figured ours was the first year the Ecoboost was available and the problem has been corrected on current models. I would buy another Ecoboost.


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Old 05-03-2015, 11:05 PM   #16
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Thank you for the feedback. Good information to have from both of you 'silvers'. Going to test drive some trucks tomorrow!
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:10 AM   #17
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I have a 2012 F150 XLT, 5.0 V8, 3.73 rear end, 18-inch rims, 4wd with off road and tow package (with integrated brake controller). It's the super crew model with the long bed (6.5 feet), 36 gal tank, tailgate and side steps. The only whizz bang feature it doesn't have is the backup camera. Except for the fact that it doesn't fit in my garage (the short bed version would have fit in my garage), I love it. It does not have the extendable side view mirrors, but the standard mirrors provide good rear view visibility (as good as my previous TVs that had strap-on mirror extensions). This has been a great truck. I've had no problems with it at all and it pulls my AS like a champ.

I agree with the suggestions others have made. Check with your Ford dealers. They're offering big discounts on their remaining 2014 models. You may be able to get a deal on a new truck that's comparable to a used one and get a full new-vehicle warranty.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:32 AM   #18
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Definitely comparison shop new vs used. Pretty good deals on any leftover 2014s right now.
I have a 2014 Supercrew with 3.5L EB and 3.55 rear axle. Love it so far.
While not "must haves" the rear cam and integrated brake contoller are nice options.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:40 AM   #19
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The only complaint I have about my ecoboost is the (around town- not- towing ) gas mileage, but the towing power is fantastic! I am towing a 32' Excella, without any problem at all. Mountains, passing, etc. Never had a mechanical issue in the 35,000 miles I have on it. Mine is a 2012 157" wheelbase 4X4 crew cab with the 3.73 rear end and max towing package with the tow mirrors.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:31 PM   #20
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I have a 2011 Super Crew Ecoboost with the max tow package. It has the 3.73 gears, but I think the 3.55s would have been a better choice. My fuel economy while not towing isn't as impressive as it should be. As for power, no problems there. I towed my '73 Travelux (5400 lbs) this past weekend and it was effortless.

I haven't had any issues with the engine either, and I'm approaching 75k miles.

I agree with the previous posters too. The back up camera, integrated brake controller, and LT tires are a must. Don't get the 20" rims either, as the tires for the 18" ones are expensive enough.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:05 PM   #21
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Thank you all for sharing your experiences! Hoping to test drive today and still doing research.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:24 PM   #22
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I have had nothing but F150's for many years (maybe about 40). Anyway, with your small trailer you actually don't need the Eco-boost engine the 5lt would be just fine. Actually if the truth be known, the 5 LT gets slightly better gas mileage than the Eco-boost. That said, if there is even a slight chance of getting a bigger trailer then go with the Eco-boost. The 3.55 gears will be just fine with either engine and the 3.73 is not that big an advantage.

I normally put about 175 a 200,000 miles on my trucks before I trade them off and get a new one. You should get that distance out of either engine without putting a wench on it. Just change your old regularly and you should be trouble free.

As for options. The backup camera is huge as it allows you to hook up solo. The built-in brake controller is also nice. The seats in the higher trim version are better for the long hauls, but again this might or might not be an issue for you. I know it was for us as we often put in 10-12 hour days. If you really want to go high end. The platinum version of the f150 has two options that are not available with other options. One is the power step that is very nice as it comes out further than a standard running board. The second is a rain sensing wind screen this is a nice option as the windshield wiper will speed up and slow down based on the amount of rain hitting the wind screen. Good option if you go with the platinum version.

Have fun and look really hard at the 2014 versions as they are being discounted heavily right now and there is lots of them around.

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Old 05-04-2015, 04:32 PM   #23
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Just test drove a 2013--I was pleasantly surprised by the nice ride and really impressed with the turning radius. I'm sure it's better than the Ridgeline's. Even discounted I think the '14 are out of my price range. Hoping to make a deal on this one still under warranty.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:03 PM   #24
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A big advantage of a turbo is power at altitude. My normally aspirated V8 just runs out of steam above 5,000 feet. This is an issue when towing a trailer, especially on busy two lane roads in the mountains.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:45 PM   #25
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I am pulling a 25 foot FC with a 2013 F-150 EcoBoost. Logged over 10k miles to the West Coast and AZ from South Dakota and still love my TV. Absolutely get the OEM trailer mirrors, as aftermarket mirrors do not fold flat for getting into a single garage or while parked. I added an AMP step to the rear and do not miss the factory step.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:29 PM   #26
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Thank you all! I did it. V6 ecoboost, 3.73 rear axle ratio, tow mirrors, backup camera, 36 fuel tank.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:31 PM   #27
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2013 w 35000 mi. Thanks again. Very happy. Meg
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Looks nice! Now, you may want to consider a bed liner if it doesn't already have one (I got the Line-X spray-in liner for mine) and a bed cover of some sort to keep things in your bed safe and dry when traveling (I got the Bak Roll-X for mine). Search these forums and you'll find lots of posts on these topics.

Enjoy!
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