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    12-13-2012, 10:27 AM
Dad's F250 is now around 15 years old, so that may be part of the poor fuel economy.

Another consideration is that I want the truck to fit in our garage. Vehicles last longer that way. The F150 barely fits, anything bigger will not fit at all.

Well, we spent last night looking at available trucks and have about 6 more prospects to view this weekend. Most have the V8 engine, so we may end up going that way instead. The dealer with the V6 doesn't want to play ball with the numbers, so he's out. We're in no hurry and I refuse to pay more than what I've budgeted.
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    12-13-2012, 10:34 AM
I also will not own and maintain three cars in a household with two drivers. I, personally, do not want a vehicle that sits in the driveway only to be driven once a month. The taxes and insurance costs are way more than the benefit of having a big truck that is well above our modest needs.
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    12-13-2012, 10:54 AM
I'd never tow a 7,000 pound trailer with a V6. I have a half-ton F150, but it has a V8 and my trailer empty only weighs 2,500 pounds. Even fully loaded it doesn't go much over 4,000 pounds, and I'd never ask a half-ton to pull more than that. I'm rated for 7,000 pounds, but that doesn't mean I ever want to haul that much.

Plus, it's not just the strain on the transmission, a lighter truck simply doesn't have the stopping power of the 3/4 ton or full ton vehicles.

When I'm not hauling, I get 20 mpg in my F150. I have a 4X2 though, so if you're going with a 4X4, you have to consider the weight of that because it definitely affects gas mileage.
    12-13-2012, 10:55 AM
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Actually do the math you may be surprised. A bit older truck wil have a lower tax assessment, lower insurance costs, and last a long long time as a tow only vehicle. Not to mention an extra vehicle is really handy when one of the primary needs maintenance.
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    12-13-2012, 03:09 PM
Is the f250 gas? The heavy duty gassers are horrible on gas mileage.

Joe has a lot of good points. Im not a huge fan of the cummins. But they are good trucks, and without a doubt get the best fuel mileage. My powerstroke gets 18 and its on 35" tires, but not a good example since it has a lot more in it than most people would ever want.

I bought an older honda when I was driving 60 miles a day to keep the mileage off my truck. My insurance went down. Adding a second vehicle to my policy dropped the full coverage price of my truck 40/month. Liability on the honda is 16/month. Id usually drive the truck to work on fridays and on the weekends. Plus the money I saved in gas with that $1000 honda was more than my truck payment
    12-14-2012, 11:07 AM
Sorry, we will not be owning three cars. That is not even a consideration. My question was only requesting others experience towing with the V6 EcoBoost. That's all I really wanted. (I do appreciate the correction on our trailer weight. I always thought it sounded high!) I know our driving habits, I know our towing habits. We only haul maybe 10x per year locally with a small play day style trailer. We have talked to other horse people in our area and are confident in our decision to buy an F150. None of them had tried to tow with the V6 EcoBoost, so I was trying to find someone who had.

The dealer with the V6 did not want to play on price, so DH and I will be going out this weekend and looking at other trucks we've found. After talking about it some more, we're only going to look at trucks with the V8 engine.
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    12-14-2012, 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by HorseMom1025    
Sorry, we will not be owning three cars. That is not even a consideration. My question was only requesting others experience towing with the V6 EcoBoost. That's all I really wanted.
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sorry, just tryin to help. Offering suggestions. That's all they are...suggestions. I've had about ever mix of tow rigs and daily drivers imaginable. What works for one, may not work for another, just sharing what has worked for me.

As far as sticking between the eco and the 5.4, I would prefer the ecoboost for your hauling/driving needs.

As far as towing, the turbos are going to help with torque to get your load moving. They'll also help on the highway and going uphill where a normal v6 would lack.

For daily driving, with the amount of miles you will be driving, the ecoboost will do a little better on fuel economy. But in my opinion, the big advantage in the ecoboost over the 5.4, is you will want to change the spark plugs in the 5.4 every 12-15k miles, or they'll break off inside the head, which isnt a cheap fix. I know you didnt ask about the 5.4, but figured id throw it out there lol.

Theres also plenty of tuning options for the ecoboost for mpg and towing
    12-15-2012, 07:08 PM
I have a buddy whom works at the local Ford delearship here and when we were looking for a new truck for my mom we looked at the ecoboost he generously told us that he has seen them break down to much and I would personally by one. Said something about the turbos aren't very good and they really don't do what they are told. Just letting you know. I don't know much about what he said but I do know that there was something about the turbos being bad alot.
    12-15-2012, 08:08 PM
I was actually impressed with how the turbos worked on them. Spool quick down low to get it moving. But still had good boost on the highway to give the top end that a v6 normally lacks.
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    12-15-2012, 08:46 PM
I think he said they are good as far as performance but they like to fail on them.

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