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3 blown Ford EcoBoost engines in 3 months

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3 blown Ford EcoBoost engines in 3 months

http://www.f150forum.com/f70/first-time ... ost2681123

http://www.f150forum.com/f70/ghosts-eco ... ost2841991

It's a ton of reading, so here's the gist of it.

1. Guy buys a nice new F150 with the EcoBoost
2. His nice new engine blows up. Ford eventually replaces the engine under warranty, but with some difficulty along the way
3. The new engine in his truck blows up shortly after getting his truck back.
4. After a lot of headaches and issues Ford once again installs a new engine.
5. Once again, his engine blows up. That's 3 engines in 3 months in the same new truck.


I think it's safe to say it's nothing the owner is doing to blow those engines up. Even if he was super hard on the truck, no way he kills 3 engines that quickly, not without breaking all kinds of other things too. Besides, Ford would have found evidence of wrongdoing by him. It's probably not 3 bad engines either, that's too unlikely. It's gotta be something else in that truck that is causing the engines to self-destruct. A ford engineer is now apparently working on his truck and they hope to get it repaired right this time and get him back on the road with the same truck.

He has tried to get them to buy back the truck with no luck. They have offered a slight discount on rental cars along the way, but otherwise have not supplied him with a rental or demo vehicle. There's been a ton of other headaches along the way for him. Ford Canada has really dropped the ball on this one.

Even if that truck is fixed properly, it has no resale value and never will ever again. Perhaps he could trade it in at a dealership, but he'd never be able to sell it privately, unless he didn't disclose its history. Ford Canada really should have bought that truck back for fair market value.
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I guess Ford shouldn't be making turbo charged trucks. Should stick to the V8s. 3 engines blowing up in 3 months. I cry if it was me who is the owner.
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Not the first time I've heard of an EcoBoost failure. Luckily for him it's under warranty. EcoBoost is really nothing more than just a marketing scheme. GM's new 5.3L V8 achieves better fuel efficiency and more power than Ford's EcoBoost.
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Thanks for that entertaining link. The EcoBoost has been a very good engine for most. It's got very impressive power. I will be buying a new truck this fall but I won't be buying one with an EcoBoost (nor likely a Ford either). The extreme temperatures alone that a gas turbine engine is required to run at day after day, year after year, means it is most unlikely to have the longevity of a traditional V8. If I leased an F-150 that might be fine but I plan to keep my new truck for a long time...
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Ctrl-Z wrote: Thanks for that entertaining link. The EcoBoost has been a very good engine for most. It's got very impressive power. I will be buying a new truck this fall but I won't be buying one with an EcoBoost (nor likely a Ford either). The extreme temperatures alone that a gas turbine engine is required to run at day after day, year after year, means it is most unlikely to have the longevity of a traditional V8. If I leased an F-150 that might be fine but I plan to keep my new truck for a long time...
Me too, which is why I got the Hemi, it's a proven and reliable engine. I looked hard at the ford trucks but I just don't have a ton of faith in an engine like that in a truck.

What I put my truck through yesterday probably would have killed the EcoBoost.
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Wow I would not even want to think myself in his shoes. If I were to buy a truck, I would rather get a Ram / 1500 anyway.
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What's stupid is that they would rather waste money replacing 3 engines at a cost of probably close to 10, 000 rather than to buyback the truck, sell it for scrap and parts, and replace it with a new truck, if there is some unknown and weird problem going on with it causing it to blow engines every so often...

...Honda's and Toyota's on the road have over 500k on them, how can this poor soul blow an engine so quickly?
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Shaner wrote: Me too, which is why I got the Hemi, it's a proven and reliable engine. I looked hard at the ford trucks but I just don't have a ton of faith in an engine like that in a truck.

What I put my truck through yesterday probably would have killed the EcoBoost.
+1. If I need a truck, I will end up pulling all sort of things. EcoBoost turbo will just die easily. I pick a diesel engine if I need a truck.
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Jim321 wrote: What's stupid is that they would rather waste money replacing 3 engines at a cost of probably close to 10, 000 rather than to buyback the truck, sell it for scrap and parts, and replace it with a new truck, if there is some unknown and weird problem going on with it causing it to blow engines every so often...

...Honda's and Toyota's on the road have over 500k on them, how can this poor soul blow an engine so quickly?
This. Wow I went to that thread and that was quite a read. Unreal customer service from Ford. Just unreal
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Ctrl-Z wrote: Thanks for that entertaining link. The EcoBoost has been a very good engine for most. It's got very impressive power. I will be buying a new truck this fall but I won't be buying one with an EcoBoost (nor likely a Ford either). The extreme temperatures alone that a gas turbine engine is required to run at day after day, year after year, means it is most unlikely to have the longevity of a traditional V8. If I leased an F-150 that might be fine but I plan to keep my new truck for a long time...
Apparently.

Ford has sold about 500,000+ vehicles equipped with EcoBoost engines globally since 2009.
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casperr wrote: This. Wow I went to that thread and that was quite a read. Unreal customer service from Ford. Just unreal
Talk about bad PR. It's amazing that Ford corporate could be that ignorant.
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Shaner wrote: Me too, which is why I got the Hemi, it's a proven and reliable engine. I looked hard at the ford trucks but I just don't have a ton of faith in an engine like that in a truck.

What I put my truck through yesterday probably would have killed the EcoBoost.
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Wow that sucks major ballsack for the owner!

After the second engine I would've pushed them to buy it back under the lemon law.
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DJ_Peanuts22 wrote: After the second engine I would've pushed them to buy it back under the lemon law.
What lemon law? There's no buyer protection in Canada.

I would wait for the engine to blow a 4th time, after an expert Ford mechanic had his way with the repair, proving beyond a reasonable doubt there is nothing they can do to fix the issue. Then I would sue Ford for more than the value of the vehicle, eventually settle out of court so they can cover up that the problem exists.
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Ctrl-Z wrote: Would have already bought a 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie - loved the features, price was good - if the payload was acceptable. It wasn't, not even close.
I know what you mean about the payload, it's lacking due to the suspension changes they made with the new Rams. Doesn't affect me much though, I rarely have a lot of weight in mine.
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ford has never been that reliable
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My 1.6L EcoBoost was replaced on my 2013 Escape back in December during the engine recall. Found an oil leak into the engine and Ford had them replace my engine and told them not to touch it at the shop afterwards. As they wanted the engine sent back so they could inspect it at the head office. Replacement has been fine since and love it compare to my old '08 Escape 4 cylinder engine. I think there is something else other than the engine that is causing it to go on them thrice
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I'm reminded of an incident an engineer told me of in Texas. A guy bought a Ford Diesel, a PowerJoke engine. And about a year later, one of its castings had ruptured that carried coolant, and subsequently, the engine melted.

Engineers examined the thing as it was shipped back to the factory, couldn't figure out what was wrong, other than, it was fairly clear that there was some sort of cavitation occurring because of coolant boiling in a particular part. Needless to say, the guy was issued a new engine, and life went on for another year.

Same problem again, the engine was drained, the parts sent to the manufacturer for metallurgical inspection. Couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. Another engine later....

Finally, Ford demanded to have their engineers look at the failed engine as it was installed in the truck upon warranty presentation. They flew a couple engineers out from Detroit to take a look.

Turns out the rancher that bought the truck, first thing he did, was remove the "anti-freeze" (it doesn't generally freeze in Texas), and replaced with water.

The increased surface tension of the water, and the lower boiling point, created a very substantial amount of micro-boiling which eventually caused severe erosion of the casting.

The problem wasn't detected with the parts returned from the dealer as they were obviously shipped back to Ford without the coolant present.

Basically, the problem was attributed to 'redneck maintenance practice' (of improperly dumping the anti-freeze and installing just plain water). The warranty claim was denied, and the customer had to buy his own replacement engine.
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