Originally Posted by engineermike
I noticed a couple of odd things that I can't help but share.
- Its a fleet of 57 regular cab ecoboost f150's. I've known you could get these since the start, but have yet to see one in real life. They start at $29 for a stripped one and all of the '11's have the max tow package, allowing the full 11,300 towing capacity. The only ones with the LSD rear have 3.73's, making it basically an ugly looking but equally performing version of the tremor. Interesting choice for a fleet of 57 hauling a light payload.
- Chris74 joined this month and posted that 17 of his 57 eb's had major engine damage. ChrisC74 also joined this month complaining his brand new platinum (EB no less) crapped out with only 1000 miles on the clock.
Not impossible, but an interesting coincidence for sure.
ChrisC74 is not me!.....I don't have a platinum! I have a 2011 FX4 and like the truck.....no issues with it. Yes I am a new member here (joined to post about this issue) but I read the threads regularly and have been a long time member of other F-150 forums
Our company fleet has 126 vehicles. We have F-150's in many configurations. I was the fleet manager for 10 years at a company with a fleet of 45 trucks and we merged with another company on July 1st 2011 and I became the fleet manager of the new company. So I inherited a bunch of vehicles that where purchased by the other company's former fleet manager (A young lady).
I would have never purchased those trucks, in that configuration for our application. But the fleet manager doing the purchasing, let's just say she wasn't very knowledgeable in trucks. She certainly didn't understand payloads, gross vehicle weights, gear ratios, etc. etc. I was annoyed that these trucks had been purchased and rolled out in the field. I knew they weren't a good choice but she was sold on the idea that they would return amazing fuel economy.
I would bet that my fleet has some of the earliest 2011 ecoboosts out there and we have accumulated millions of combined km's on these trucks already. So it's a pretty significant sample size. Now that the trucks are getting 130,000+ km's on them the problems are cropping up.
Like I said, people can think I'm a troll, bull****ter, whatever.......nobody here has to believe me. I'm just here sharing my experience and telling you all that I think we have a serious problem with timing chains.
....and I think you will all soon see!