Ford’s EcoBoost Losing Steam With Ford Loyalists
Update: Brian J in the comments below asked me to support my post with some data – here’s the data that supports the original conclusion.
When Ford’s EcoBoost engines came out, a lot of people (myself included) saw the engine as a game-changer. A bold new step forward for trucks, one that promised better fuel economy without sacrificing much power.
Years later, we’ve seen copious amounts of evidence to suggest that the EcoBoost isn’t the game-changer it promised to be. From anecdotes about mediocre fuel economy to problems with stalling and hesitation to hefty turbo replacement costs, there is ample evidence for skeptics like me to grab on to.
But what about Ford loyalists? Are they too seeing that EcoBoost isn’t what it’s cracked up to be? The answer seems to be yes – at least partially.
Some Ford Owners Openly Revolt Against EcoBoost
F150Forum.com is a popular resource of Ford truck owners, and a recent thread asking for opinions about the 5.0L V8 vs the EcoBoost V6 generated a number of incredible comments, most of which seemed to agree that:
- The EcoBoost’s fuel economy ratings are overblown and
- The known issue with stalling (caused by condensation) is a deterrent to buying the motor
A couple of sample comments:
…the lingering [EcoBoost] condensation issue…is a big factor. Granted It’s a small portion of owners but still can’t be ignored. Ingesting water can’t be good for any engine and it’s long term effect on some of these engines is unknown. I personally didn’t want to take a chance and deal with the BS to have it fixed or band-aid fix (learn more about the condensation problem here)
i’ll revisit the [EcoBoost] option if I decide to get another F150 in a few years, but there were simply too many issues and I could not justify the extra $1750 or so (with rebates) for the Ecoboost
Nobody gets the Eco because it gets better gas mileage unless they are uninformed. It might net 1-2 better mpg, but it might not. Depends on the person….get the Eco if you want more power. Gas mileage shouldn’t matter much.
seem to strike at the heart of the key benefits of the EcoBoost, at least if random forum posts are any indication.
In summary, I can’t say that I’ve done any sort of scientific analysis to support this point, but here goes: When loyal Ford owners argue that the new EcoBoost isn’t reliable OR fuel efficient, there’s a problem. Why will consumers lay down additional funds to get an engine that a) doesn’t really save gas and b) has concerns about reliability?
It says here that the EcoBoost is in danger of becoming the EcoBust…and that Toyota is wise to forgo twin-turbo V6 technology just so they can brag about MPG ratings that their owners never actually get.
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