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Old 02-02-2019, 12:54 PM   #1
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How reliable is the Ford Ecoboost engine?

I was talking to my step-son (who is a bit of a backyard mechanic) and was advised to steer clear of the ecoboost engines as they have issues with carbon building up in them, or something to that effect. I don't have any detail beyond that but he was told this by a friend who is a Ford master mechanic. His friend said it's an issue which Ford has been keeping under wraps.

Would like to here from actual owners about your personal experiences and your mileage.

Don't shoot me, I'm only telling you what I was told.
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:04 PM   #2
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Interestingly I heard the same about the smaller diesels being used around town and having carbonizing issues since they do not reach optimal operating temperature.
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:06 PM   #3
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That’s the same thing I was told by our two local Ford Dealers
Both recommend the V8 for the Ford F-150 .
I am sure some will question the dealers motives but I have gotten the same advice from local mechanics .
That being said no one builds a totally trouble free vehicle.
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:08 PM   #4
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FWIW: I have a friend Steve L. who towed his 17' Casita with a 2010 Ford Flex with ecoboost, the first year it was offered in the Flex. He then got a 2013 Ford Flex w/ecoboost and now a 2018 Ford Flex w/ecoboost. Why so many? They keep getting better, new vehicle 'features' too. He retired from Ford Motor (R&D) in 2014, but believes strongly in the ecoboost.
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:22 PM   #5
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I had heard there were some issues in the earlier versions but not sure what the issues were. This may be what my step-son's friend was talking about?
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:52 PM   #6
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We own a 2013 Explorer eco boost sport and also owned a 2013 F150 eco boost. In 2017 I traded in the F150 because the trade in value was so high. This is something that I never do. I am a 10 to 15 year before selling kind of guy.

My wife uses her 2013 eco boost only for short drives in town and she is not heavy on the pedal. There has been no problems with the engine so far even though there are “tails” of what could happen on the internet. If there was a mass problem with theses engines Ford would not be able to contain the results. Time will tell on theses first generation engines.

Ford has however updated the way the fuel is injected into the eco boost in 2017 with a system of injectors that respond diffently if the engine is warm or cold. This is said to control any long term build up.

I was not a Ford person at all before the eco boost, but now I am sold. Others are going to have to go a long way to catch up with their gas engines...literally.
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Have a 2012 3.5L, with 93k miles. The only issue I've encountered was highway driving in heavy rain. When I gave it gas to pass or some such the engine would bog down. Had the dealer do a TSB that had come out on the subject. They of course new nothing about it, it was something I found on the F150 forums. That was about 50k miles ago, no problems since. Other then that it's been fine. I had also heard a number of horror stories about the engine before I bought it, glad I didn't listen.
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:19 PM   #8
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Ford has however updated the way the fuel is injected into the eco boost in 2017 with a system of injectors that respond diffently if the engine is warm or cold. This is said to control any long term build up.
I seem to recall that was the issue, now that you mention it. It's been about a month or so since we had talked about this.
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We have a 2017 Ford expedition with the ecoboost. We have had no problems and are very satisfied so far. Our previous tow vehicle was a 2001 Ford Expedition with the smaller V8. Our ecoboost has much, much more horsepower and torque compared to the 2001's V8, and the gas mileage on the 2017 is just as good or better.
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:26 PM   #10
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I was talking to my step-son (who is a bit of a backyard mechanic) and was advised to steer clear of the ecoboost engines as they have issues with carbon building up in them, or something to that effect. I don't have any detail beyond that but he was told this by a friend who is a Ford master mechanic. His friend said it's an issue which Ford has been keeping under wraps.

Would like to here from actual owners about your personal experiences and your mileage.

Don't shoot me, I'm only telling you what I was told.
A couple months ago I purchased a used 2015 F150 with the 3.5L EB - 50,000 miles on it. After getting a better feel for the vehicle by driving on the road for a few hours I felt like it could be carboned up. I don't know if it still applies but when I was young the rule was to blow the carbon out by getting those rpms up. I did that (shifted down and let it roar) after which and still today seems to be a-okay. I am not sure how long the vehicle may have been sitting or what kind of driving history it had. Maybe my imagination or just the thrill of it.
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