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Old 09-20-2011, 09:32 AM   #29
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I have one as well with supercab and 8 foot box. My payload is 2670 lb which is a lot in my opinion.
My question to you who tow: Do you tow in all six speeds or do you lock out one or more speeds? If so why?
Just wondering if it hurts to tow in overdrive. I don't use the tow haul on fairly flat terrain. That's what the manual says will give the best fuel economy.
Love the way the truck handles all situations.

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Old 09-20-2011, 01:55 PM   #30
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It will be interesting to see how the Ecoboost does long term. If Ford did their home work and sized the bottom end components to handle full time full boost torque then it should last well. I would definitely run synthetic oil in it. The nice thing about a turbo is it compensates for altitude like a turbo-diesel and it has low RPM torque. Most turbos of the past were designed for quick short bursts of HP. If you tried to tow with a turbo you would burn something up. Turbos got a bad rap in the late 80's and early 90's till you hardly ever saw one in an American made car, even Mitsubishi stopped putting them in the Eclipse. Turbos are very efficient because you are using wasted heat to drive a turbo and boost HP. So you can have a much lighter engine that puts out the same as a V10 and it gets better mileage when you are not towing because now you are paying for a V6 fuel consumption instead of a V10. Now weather it will last as long as a V10 and be as trouble free remains to be seen.

For now, I am staying with my V10 Excursion. I can buy a lot of gas for my gas hog for the cost of a new truck.


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Old 09-20-2011, 02:33 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by GinMame View Post
... However, my mechanic told me about fact that recent Ford gassers have a problem with the spark plugs getting stuck and having to be drilled out at a cost of about $300 per cylinder! Ouch! ...
I remember that being a problem when I worked in a machine shop in the mid-1980s. Of course, it was cheaper then.

The problem wasn't nearly as bad (non-existent in fact) once the factory plugs were removed and replaced with Champions. I never saw anyone who had drilled out a plug go back with Autolites.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:14 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
My question to you who tow: Do you tow in all six speeds or do you lock out one or more speeds? If so why?Just wondering if it hurts to tow in overdrive.
I just did 3000 miles towing from Southern Colorado to Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons and back. Did some extreme grades and passes. Usually left in 6 speed drive and let it find it's own gearing. On the downhills, I tried locking out 5th or 6th, or using the manual gear select to maintain or select one gear at a time. The tow mode is also great for the descents as it will help you maintain your speed based on what you have braked to. What's nice is that you have three options to suit the situation or momentum.

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