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Old 06-18-2019, 06:29 AM   #1
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Ford expedition- Eco Boost??? good or bad

We are looking for a new SUV to tow our 21 foot. We found a Ford Expedition we really like but it has a Ecoboost Engine with a V-6 3.5 liter engine. We currently have a Navigator V-8 that has gotten too many repairs so we are looking for something different, but we don't want less engine power than what we have.
Any info would be appreciated.

We are also considering a Toyota Sequoia.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:53 AM   #2
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Ford has been eliminating the big V-8 power plants and switching to smaller v-6 engines with turbos to increase the horsepower and torque to match that of the discontinued v-8's. Not sure is you are trading one repair for another as there can be issues. Toyotas have always been trouble free in the past.
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The 3.5L has plenty of power, it's what's on my F150. New or used?
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My 3,5L EcoBoost has worked well for 3 1/2 years now, towing my 5.0TA, my cargo trailer hordes too, and sometimes my dump trailer which is 4,500 lbs dry and often carrying the same amount.

Do they tune it down it a wee bit for a smaller vehicle? Regardless, if the tow capacity is good it should perform great.
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The EcoBoost technology is amazing. Had the early model EcoBoost in my first F150 then up graded to the F150 we have now. Liked the engine so much we bought a Ford Explorer Sport with the EcoBoost for our second vehicle.
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Old 06-19-2019, 01:12 AM   #6
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We are looking for a new SUV to tow our 21 foot. We found a Ford Expedition we really like but it has a Ecoboost Engine with a V-6 3.5 liter engine. We currently have a Navigator V-8 that has gotten too many repairs so we are looking for something different, but we don't want less engine power than what we have.
Any info would be appreciated.

We are also considering a Toyota Sequoia.
We are very pleased with our 2017 Ford Expedition with a V-6 3.5 Eco boost engine. Ours has the factory installed tow package so it is rated to tow 9200 lbs. - a great match with an Escape 21 -IMHO. We almost bought a different 2017 Ford Expedition, wrongly assuming all 2017 models were rated to tow 9200 lbs. but then realized that one was NOT equipped with a factory installed tow package (so it could only tow up to 6500 lbs). So we kept looking and finally found one that had the factory installed tow package. We just wanted the extra buffer zone, to cool the engine, etc. So far, so good - tows great. Plenty of power! Good luck in your search.
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:12 AM   #7
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We live in Florida, and someone told me that the turbo can overheat in the hot and humid weather. Which it is here all the time. We went with the V8, which we were going to anyways. Don't know if that is true or not, but maybe you can research that?
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:28 AM   #8
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3.5 ecoboost

We trades in a 07 Sequoia for a 2018 Expedition .We wanted better fuel economy a better ride .We usually drive around 62-64 mph getting 10-12 for Sequoia and 14-15 for Ford .There is plenty of power 470lb of torque at 2500rpm We tow in 8th gear out of 10 speed 2000 rpm at 65 mph Great ride with our Escape21 .Make sure you buy a2017 or newer Ford they have changed the 3.5 ecoboost engine it now has port and direct injection to clean intake valves . Good luck with your quest.

Go read you tube on 3.5 ecoboost engines
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... Do they tune it down it a wee bit for a smaller vehicle?
The Expedition is built on the F-150 platform, so the two models are generally the same size, except that the pickup is longer and the SUV is heavier (due to the extra bodywork).

When the same basic engine is used in lighter-duty (such as an SUV) and heavier-duty (such as a pickup truck) applications, the engine is usually detuned for the heavier-duty vehicle, for reliability.

In this case, between the current 3.5 EcoBoost (which might be different generations in the two models), the Expedition is rated at higher power (at the same speed) and higher torque (at a lower speed) than the F-150; these specs suggest higher boost pressure.
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:48 PM   #10
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Ford has made a commitment to the Ecoboost technology. I couldn't be happier with my 2016 F150 equipped with the 2.7. It easily and economically has been towing my 5.0 for the past 2 years. i would buy another in a heart beat. There are lots of horror stories on blown ecoboost motors on the internet (has to be true right?) , and i did a lot of research before buying. Honestly I could not find 1 busted motor that was STOCK. There is a huge aftermarket out there more than willing to supply high performance upgrades for an already powerful engine. Read about a blown 3.5 just the other day that the individual is trying to get Ford to warranty it. Seems the motor let go at 105 mph at the drag strip. Yup another blown Ecoboost. Same individual had posted his dyno sheets showing an 85 hp increase with the aid of an aftermarket tuner and some other goodies. Same forum has dyno charts showing increases of well over 100 hp. Leave it stock and do normal maintenance I think you'll be real happy with the 3.5 Ecoboost. As far as towing in Florida I had no heating issues and actually got 16.5 mpg
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