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Old 03-16-2018, 07:36 PM   #1
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I have a 34,000 mile 2016 F 150 Eco boost with the max towing package with cargo capacity of 1,468 pounds. It's my my daily driving as well as my tow vehicle. I tow a 27' Eddie Bauer and live in California but travel into Oregon, Washington, Colorado etc. whenever possible. Generally, when I venture out it's with my wife and dog and we usually are gone for 4 or 5 weeks. i love this truck, but I do have a feel concerns. First, when going up a long grade (maybe 6% for 5 or 6 miles) like from Salt Lake City to Park City, the radiator gauge starts reading numbers over the normal mid point. To correct this, and avoid over heating, I usually slow down and drop a gear. Naturally, going uphill with a 27' trailer I'm not trying to keep up with the traffic flow, but I am driving faster then most 18 wheelers. Second On long descents (6%), in Tow Haul mode, upon tapping the brakes, I've experience the engine revving very high and even dropping down to second gear. So often, I find myself have to apply the brakes too often slow my rig down. As I think it was mentioned in an earlier post, I don't think the Eco Boost has enough engine compression to control the descent. Also, on my last trip, I noticed my truck brakes oscillating like maybe a over heated warped rotor.
Anyway folks, I thinking now either getting a 2017 or 2018 F250 Diesel. But my hesitation is the day to day driving of the Super Duty is probably not too practical. Or, perhaps a larger block gasoline engine like the 6.2 liter Chevy 1500 (maybe better engine braking).
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In this day and age of maximum mpg's, there is no such thing as engine braking anymore. In fact, believe it or not, you save more fuel leaving a car in gear and allowing it to slow down, than placing the car in neutral.

Ford's are bad for brakes; (not the only ones mind you). As far as good quality brakes are concerned you can't beat EBC; no recycled metal in the rotors; just get the slotted ones, not the dimpled ones, and stay with green stuff pads.

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Hi Everyone,
But my hesitation is the day to day driving of the Super Duty is probably not too practical. Or, perhaps a larger block gasoline engine like the 6.2 liter Chevy 1500 (maybe better engine braking).
Thanks for reading and I appreciate all comments !
I traded to a '17 250 to tow our TB from a '16 150 2.7 to tow our '23 FC.

The first week I thought it was way better than the 150, 4 weeks in I thought I made a mistake, 3 months in and it's an awesome truck again.

-The lariat w/ ultimate package is the way to go, I got the lariat value...
-I would never again get the snow plow or camper package, it's just too rough
-I'd absolutely get the limited slip (not the locking) rear which was not avail in '17
-I would **positively** go the 6.2 / 3.73 gas route again no questions asked
-Parking in lots is never really an issue, it's big but it works
-It's 2" too tall which makes parking in garages tough / impossible
-The 4WD system is too old school to really use even after 3 nor'easters going on the 4th it just sits in 2WD most of the time because the 4WD system is nothing like 4A on the 150.
- If you go with the 18" wheels get the tire upgrade to the Goodyear Kevlar's
- The hitch is an absolute beast

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