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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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