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Old 08-03-2011, 05:34 PM   #127
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My take on it is that they have a bias for what their readers report is reliable, if it coincides with what they test to be well-finished, good riding and handling, and over all good value.

To judge a car as good or bad simply based on where it's from doesn't help anybody to make a choice as to where they will be able to get a car that they can keep for a long time without it costing a lot for service.

The ratings they give for reliability are derived only from the readers that respond to CR's call for reports on the cars they drive. These are real reports from real users, no bias there.

Here's the good thing about it all:

After many years the domestic car manufacturers made their cars a lot better, and in many cases, they are getting really good ratings from CR and others.

That's a win for everyone, the workers in the local plants that make them, AND the buyers that help keep more jobs in the US and Canada while enjoying good, reliable vehicles.

Let's get back on topic now, and talk about the new F150's motor, that fabulous EcoBoost!

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:11 PM   #128
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So of those of you who actually own an Ecoboost, is Ford dealing in this economy or are they playing the supply and demand card?

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #129
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:14 PM   #130
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Great milage, great towing power!

Have had the Supercrew 4wd Ecoboost since March and really like it. Went from Montana to Minnesota, and this weekend was up in the Beartooths above Red Lodge, way up.
I know everyone has their own opinion, but I own one, drive one, tow with one, and have towed many trailers with many trucks before. I just really am glad I made this purchase (Have had surburbans and chevy pick-ups before with no complaints) but this truck is simply better than the ones I have owned before, not just read about. It may be too early to tell, as it is new, but the others were bought new also.

One point I do wonder about. I think Ford had purchased SAAB for a while, and I have had about four Saab Turbo 4 cylinders in the past, which were very high performance, and ahead of their time. I also think Ford sold the Saab line a while back, but maybe they kept some of the technology.

And yes, better milage than CR reported. Actually coming from Red Lodge this weekend, (only about 70 miles and yes, all down hill), did get just over 20 towing a 19' Bambi. Normal level towing is about 13 to 14, and closer to 20 at around 65mph when not towing, average.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:04 PM   #131
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Originally Posted by mojo View Post
So of those of you who actually own an Ecoboost, is Ford dealing in this economy or are they playing the supply and demand card?
In my case it was more like Lets Make A Deal. I found the truck I wanted by looking over the dealer inventory on line. I went to a couple of other dealers and did some test deals to get a feel for the market. I then went to the dealer who had the truck I wanted and gave them the stock number, I told them I wanted that truck and what I wanted added.( Ford brake controller) I wanted them to know when the deal was right I was buying.

As far as CR I find you can find better information just by researching the web. CR is another hold over from another age.

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:16 PM   #132
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Saab was owned by GM. Volvo was owned by Ford. Volvo is now Chinese and Saab may be dead or on the ventilator.

CR and I have had the same bias—I bought many foreign cars and trucks because they were better: more reliable, safer, handled better, better brakes. They used disc brakes, front wheel drive, rack and pinion steering first and US manufacturers were slow to adopt them. CR recommends the best ones regardless of nationality and although I disagree with some of the things they have said, they do a pretty good job overall. If CR hadn't shown how foreign vehicles were better, your Fords and Chevies wouldn't be so good now. Competition is good. And CR has given a lot of credit to the changes in US companies recently to make them competitive in the world market. So, the bias is towards quality and reliability.

I hope the EcoBoost proves out and stimulates other manufacturers to be innovative and come out with better mileage numbers.

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:18 AM   #133
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I've noted the CR bias against trucks, when I was last in the market. The reviewers made negative comments on features that a truck is supposed to have. like, "well..its awfully big", and "gosh, it takes forever to fill this giant fuel tank; hope you have lots of time.".

um...its a truck, einstein.

The other thing that jumped right out at me was their chart with the dots--black, clear, red dots indicating high and low points. Now, there were only 3 trucks available at this time. It was just before Toyota and Nissan entered the full-sized truck market. All 3 half-tons got about the same mileage. all three were given the solid black dot. That is "wrong" according to their own definition. The definition of these indicators in their own "key" on the page states .."as compared to similar vehicles". Well, then, they should all got the clear-circle. Or, one red, one clear, one black, as the trucks were rated at 13, 14, and 15mpg. Unless they consider anything with 4 wheels as "similar", and they want to compare the fuel economy of a pickup truck with a honda civic, then yeah, sure, "black dot" it is. But that ain't hardly fair.

Anyway, I still wouldn't dismiss them entirely; just be aware that they're probably not the best source for unbiased information on trucks.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:42 PM   #134
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So of those of you who actually own an Ecoboost, is Ford dealing in this economy or are they playing the supply and demand card?
One of my coworkers has been looking at the Ecoboost trucks and it looks like around here the dealers are trying to make deals. The early adopters have all jumped in and bought at sticker just to get one and now they have to deal to move the trucks. Plus 2012s will start arriving soon so the 2011s have to go.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:30 PM   #135
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Just tell them you want to lease, it's better than buying new anyway, even if you really do want to buy. I can show you on paper easy.

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Old 08-09-2011, 05:16 PM   #136
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I purchased new Ecoboost in April, had to order, because they are hardly any 157" wb, all the dealers around Vegas tried to screw me at about $2K over invoice. So, I talked to Long McArthur Ford in Salina, KS. they were at invoice and ordered what I wanted. With rebates and incentives, I purchased a loaded lariat for $40K, sticker was around $48K and with the Nav package Ford threw in a moonroof. Tried to pay cash, but dealer said if I financed at least 15K Ford credit would throw in another $1K rebate, so I financed for 30 days. Currently have 6000 miles with about 2500 pulling a 28' AS with Slide, about 9000 pounds. Getting just under 12 mpg in mountains, about 19 mpg without trailer. So far only one small problem, I will get fixed when I get home. Slight shimmy between 1st and second see Ford TSB 09-22-12. Suppose to be some shims to adjust the rear pinon angle. Pulled AS with a 08 Tundra and there in no comparsion in the "real" mountains. Tundra was at 4500 RPM at 40 mph on Vail Pass, Ecoboost around 2800 RPM at 55 mph same with same load (about 1200 pounds in bed and 9000 pounds AS).
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:30 PM   #137
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40k for a new half-ton PU? Really? WAY outta my price range.


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40k for a new half-ton PU? Really? WAY outta my price range.

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Old 08-09-2011, 07:25 PM   #139
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:46 PM   #140
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We have a 2011 Eco Boost, 3.73 rear, heavy duty towing and brake control from Ford. We are currently looking at three AS. One a 30' Silver Cloud with the lounge chairs up front, the second a 25' Silver Cloud and a 25' International. Without question if not for the weight of the 30", 8,800 GVW we would get that one. The other two are about 1,200 pounds lighter GVW. The truck is rated at 17,000 TOTAL GW of 17,000 with a maximum towing capability of 11,300.

Any suggestions. I am now in a battle with my wife over which trailer. Having towd a lot in the distant past I have always liked to be over powered and under weight maximums, but she loves the two lounge chairs and I've measured trying to figure a way to take the dinet out and replace with chairs up front but just don't think there is room

Now that we have made the decision to get our first AS we are coming up with all kinds of questions.


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