Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by RDHUSA » Wed May 20, 2020 7:22 pm

I own a 2013 3.5L Ecoboost, bought new in 2013. I use it to pull an 7,500 lb travel trailer and have over 20K miles of towing on it. I've towed all across the country, to include extensively every year through the Rocky Mountains. It is an awesome tow vehicle within its weight class/tow class. Usually, the only limiting factor for towing is the posted speed limit and often within the Rocky Mountains I am passing every other tow vehicle on the mountain. I can't say enough good things about it. The only reason I might one day sell it is to trade up to a heavy duty F150 to tow a 5th wheel. The only maintenance issue I've had was at the 4-year mark the throttle body went out and had to be replaced. The 3-year warranty had expired but the part was covered under the emissions warranty that went longer and specifically named the throttle body as a warrantied part (the cost of repair was originally denied under the general warranty and I had to raise the claim pass the local and then regional rep to the national rep to include sending them a copy of their own emissions warranty that named that defect specifically as a covered repair: that process took about 6 months. I expect that there are a lot of those repairs that went unreimbursed to owners that just accepted Ford's word that it wasn't covered). I guess the moral of the story is one: the Ecoboost engine makes for a great tow vehicle and two: make sure you know your warranties, all of them, not just the general warranty.

Edited: originally posted trailer weight as 8,500 lbs, fat finger mistake, trailer weight is 7,500 lbs
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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by Teague » Wed May 20, 2020 7:59 pm

RDHUSA wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:22 pm
The only reason I might one day sell it is to trade up to a heavy duty F150 to tow a 5th wheel.
I'm guessing you meant F250 or 350, not 150.
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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by We'll See » Wed May 20, 2020 8:16 pm

I own a 2017 f150 screw with the 2.7 ecoboost and bought it new. It has about 45,000 miles and it has been very reliable thus far. When looking at full size trucks I specifically wanted the turbo v6. It has more low end torque versus most other half ton v8s and gets better gas mileage. Because it is a turbo, it doesn't loose power in higher elevations like naturally aspirated engines. This engine is light years ahead of the GM 5.3 v8 I had in my last suv.

I tow, haul, use it as a daily driver, take clients in it, get groceries with it, use it as a family vehicle and just about everything else.

I think v8s sound better but I like hearing the turbos spool up. In sport mode, this truck is quicker than performance cars I had in the 90s.

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by helloeveryone » Wed May 20, 2020 8:29 pm

Carguy85 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:24 pm
The Tundra has had the exact same drivetrain for the last 12 years. You are the kinda person that really loves this or hates this. Maybe it’s just my misconception but ford truck guys seem to be extremely forgiving.
Big downside is new Tundra versus new Ford is harder to get good deals on and used tundras more expensive than used Fords. But I’m not sure that that upfront higher costs guarantee lower long term costs. Definitely could argue both sides

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by grok87 » Thu May 21, 2020 4:54 am

iamlucky13 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:48 pm
beernutz wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 1:04 pm


Or listen to randos on the internet pontificating on vehicles they've never even driven.
Wasn't the internet invented for us all to share our convictions about topics for which we have no relevant personal experience?
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i thought about a ridgeline, but it has no clearance
On a positive note, they got rid of the absurd bed rail design for the 2nd generation, but then they made it look like a minivan with a pickup bed. Of course, since the Ridgeline, Pilot, and Odyssey all share a platform, in a sense, it is a minivan with a pickup bed.
never thought about that before, thanks
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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by boomer_techie » Thu May 21, 2020 7:31 am

lazydavid wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 1:05 pm
They then tore it down in front of a live audience and found it was in remarkably good shape for an engine that had been abused far beyond what any owner would ever do, for 163,000 miles.
That's one type of torture test. Now imagine a different situation: A truck driven only 5000 miles a year. It will be 20 years old before the odometer hits six digits. Lets say it is parked outside in not the best climate. Moisture seeps into the oil. And into the fuel. Due to the low miles a year, the oil isn't changed very often. Occasionally it gets taken on a long trip while due for an oil change. Now which engine is more reliable?

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by jetm19 » Thu May 21, 2020 10:35 am

I bought a new F150 14 years ago with the good advice that a V8 would last longer because a stronger engine would not have to work as hard as a V6 under the same conditions.

When I sold it 12 years later, it had 270k miles and never had the first problem. It was always driven sensibly and the oil was changed every 5k miles. I heard the new owner is still driving it out west and it still runs great.

That’s just my story that I like to tell :wink:

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by Laker1 » Thu May 21, 2020 3:16 pm

Buy the 5.0 V8 and not even close...The V8 is about as bulletproof as they come.

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by beernutz » Fri May 22, 2020 5:05 pm

Laker1 wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 3:16 pm
Buy the 5.0 V8 and not even close...The V8 is about as bulletproof as they come.
What year F150 do you own?

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by Laker1 » Sat May 23, 2020 8:10 am

2019 in an XLT for my work truck...have owned and worked on Ford V8s for about 40 years or so...

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by nxtdoor » Sat May 23, 2020 10:13 am

I have a 2015 Explorer Sport with the 3.5 twin turbo and have 130,000 totally reliable miles on it so far. I have also been running a Livernois tune in it for about 100,000 miles which boosts hp and torque compared to stock. I change the oil every 5000 miles and the air filter regularly. I am very aggressive with the throttle, so it has not been babied.

I am currently vacillating between keeping it or buying new Explorer ST with the new 400hp turbo. No qualms about the engine whatsoever.

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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by RDHUSA » Sat May 23, 2020 10:55 pm

Teague wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:59 pm
RDHUSA wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:22 pm
The only reason I might one day sell it is to trade up to a heavy duty F150 to tow a 5th wheel.
I'm guessing you meant F250 or 350, not 150.
Yes, I already have the F150, it's and F150 FX4. It tows great for our travel trailer, but the suspension system isn't really built for the weight of a fifth wheel on the truck bed so if we upgrade to a fifth wheel we'll want either an F250 or F350, depending on the weight.
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Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Post by RDHUSA » Sat May 23, 2020 11:00 pm

RDHUSA wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:55 pm
Teague wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:59 pm
RDHUSA wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:22 pm
The only reason I might one day sell it is to trade up to a heavy duty F150 to tow a 5th wheel.
I'm guessing you meant F250 or 350, not 150.
Yes, I already have the F150, it's and F150 FX4. It tows great for our travel trailer, but the suspension system isn't really built for the weight of a fifth wheel on the truck bed so if we upgrade to a fifth wheel we'll want either an F250 or F350, depending on the weight. Thanks for the catch.
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