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Old 09-26-2010, 03:32 PM   #15
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We're going to see a lot of truck engine changes from everybody, gas and diesel as we get closer to the 2016 CAFE regulation kick in. The mfrs. can't meet the new corporate averages by small engined cars alone. Trucks will get smaller displacement engines with turbos on gas side. And I heard that Ford and GM will work together to bring that 4.5 liter diesel to market for 1/2 tons and maybe lower capacity 2500s and 250s.

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Old 10-05-2010, 09:21 PM   #16
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And I heard that Ford and GM will work together to bring that 4.5 liter diesel to market for 1/2 tons and maybe lower capacity 2500s and 250s.
That would be great news for us Americans!!!

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So apparently the 3.5L EcoBoost in the F150 is a tough lump. Ford put one they randomly selected off the production line through endurance testing at the Cleveland engine plant, put the same engine into a logging truck in Oregon for a while, then used that truck to tow 11,300 lb at high speed around a NASCAR track and do some steep-grade testing against competitive trucks. Then, after what Ford described as 10 years' worth of use, they put it in a Baja race truck and ran the Baja 1000 in just over 38 hours.

Granted, it's just 1 example, but it sounds like the 3.5L EcoBoost may not suck as a truck motor.

Followup: Ford F-150 EcoBoost finishes Baja 1000 in 38 hours — Autoblog
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