Ecoboost engine burning fluids

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The 'inline 6' was 4.9L, not exactly small by today's standards.. It was a natural aspirated 2V. The T-bird V6, Ford replaced it with was junk and had head issues. GM is now doing a diesel inline 6 for the Tahoe/Yukon.
 

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The 'inline 6' was 4.9L, not exactly small by today's standards.. It was a natural aspirated 2V. The T-bird V6, Ford replaced it with was junk and had head issues. GM is now doing a diesel inline 6 for the Tahoe/Yukon.
It was small by my standards to be put in F350 dually’s and cab/chassis. Fleet owners would sometimes choose this package for endurance not power. I had the fuel injected version in a 91 F150, it had low end torque but it wasn’t my favorite powerband in a work truck with the gears it was mated with. No guts at highway speeds. The T-bird engine was designed to be in T-birds not trucks, so I agree with you on that engine. The Ecoboost 3.5 was designed for trucks, and in my opinion they hit a home run in the powerband department. We’ll see on the longevity department, I’ve got faith in it.
 
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So here's the latest drama. I picked up the truck a week ago. The check engine light was on. I pulled the code and the service manager fixed it quickly (loose connector). A few days later I retrieved my trailer from the shop. The truck spent a week with the trailer hooked up in storage, so it didn't see much action. Today I transported the trailer five miles and left it at the window tint shop. As I pulled away to head to the gas station, I noticed the throttle was not responsive. I thought maybe I'd gotten used to my electric car, because torque is instant. Got to the highway and stomped on it a few times. Nothing. My bluetooth dongle went missing (service manager jacked it?). So no gauges, but it's obvious there's no boost. Except, there's no code either. U-turned and went back to the dealership (which I had just passed while entering the highway). It's back overnight, awaiting diagnosis. I don't know if I should be angrier at Ford or at this dealership. Did I say I hate dealerships? How do you keep a car for three weeks for a repair that takes two days, then return it with a check engine light, then have it malfunction a week later. $4,000 for this? Jesus take the wheel.
 
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Mine is a 95 but they were available up until 96 I think. It looks like you missed owning one by 4 years. You can compare the Ecoboost to anything out there in any make that is offered on a 1/2 ton platform all the way up to the current model’s. You’ll find it’s a top Contender in the towing world in that class. My biggest point I was trying to make about the Ecoboost is it’s not one of those “you better stay away from that problem engine” engines. It doesn’t have a track record that supports that even though many who have never owned one would THINK it should. It actually has a very happy customer base.

I suppose the Expedition hasn't had the Eco long enough for us to really know about reliability, but if the incredibly high failure rate of the Explorer Ecos is any indication there's legitimate cause for concern for those of us that drive a lot (I put on 20-25k/year).

My good friend was still working at a Ford dealer as a mechanic when Obama came up with cash for clunkers/guzzlers program.

Um, what? lol Obama didn't come up with the CARS program. Heck, his administration didn't even come up with it.
 
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Wow…… that dealer sucks!
Once I get it back, the review will not be kind. At this stage, I'm seriously considering trading it in. I can get another 2017 with relatively low miles and re-up on a warranty. This would ensure I can get one with HD Tow since Limited and higher trims all have it, and minimize the depreciation hit.
 

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