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post #31 of 36 Old 12-16-2012, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by redneckfordf2502002 View Post
I think he said they are good as far as performance but they like to fail on them.
problem is every truck has the weak links that fail. ya have to pick the one that performs the best for what you need, do your homework and know what your dealing with, then find what preventative maintenance you can to to prolong it.
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post #32 of 36 Old 12-16-2012, 11:17 AM
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There really needs to be a website that lists quirks of each truck for those of us who are not truck saavy. I am now worried over my spark plugs and wish I could change them myself!
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post #33 of 36 Old 12-16-2012, 02:31 PM
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There really needs to be a website that lists quirks of each truck for those of us who are not truck saavy. I am now worried over my spark plugs and wish I could change them myself!
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Almost every make of vehicle out there now has a fan site for owners to visit. That's where you'll usually find out about these quirks, not from the manufacturer. This is my favorite site to visit for information: Diesel Forum -
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On the ford forums the ecoboosts don't seem to be holding up to towing too well. But thats in terms of towing a lot. For what your doing I think it should be fine. Did hear the mpg complaints on them a lot too. I would definantly try one before buying.
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i have a friend that has the 2013 eco boost v6. king ranch. it doesnt get the mileage that is advertised. of course we live in the mtns. so that may go against it. he says hes only getting 20 mpg. ive never known him to tow with it. he has an older diseal ford to pull his gooseneck.

i have a 2008 f-150 5.4 triton v8 lariet. it gets 14 mpg avg. towing it drops. but i dont tow far at all. its a steel trailer and generally has close to 2000 lbs of horse flesh in it. it stops fine even with the load behind it. a v8 fan if going with a gasoline motor. i dont care for a v6 at all.
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Thanks everyone!

Update: This past weekend we went truck shopping. After a couple of "duds" (trucks listed on web are suddenly not available when we arrive...even though we called to verify!), we ended up with a 2011 F150 Lariat V8 crew cab with the big towing package. It has all the whistles and bells :). DH is out in the garage every night playing with all the new features. (Boys with toys!). I negotiated to around $6,500 under blue book.

Now I just need to call the dealer where we bought our trailer and get an appointment to repack the bearings and add a set of brakes to the second set of tires. We want to mke sure everyone is safe when taking our girls on the road.
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