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Old 02-11-2019, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by dykzeulb View Post
Isn't premium recommended on all engine configurations now per the manual?
For towing and very heavy payloads, premium is recommended in the 2018 F150. For day to day driving, I am comfortable using 87 octane in the Gen 2 EcoBoost with the dual fuel injection. For the Gen 1 motor in the SHO, we still error on the side of caution and run premium.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by D_D_in_KY View Post
I had two 2.7 liter SCAB trucks and loved the MPG. Now in a 3.5 liter SCREW but we are still in the break-in period (less than 5000 miles). I used the ECO mode a fair amount in the 2015 ( 6 spd) and really can not say the fuel economy was better. Thanks for starting the thread. Will be interested in seeing future posts.
The 2015 trucks only had Normal, Tow/Haul and Sport as modes. How exactly were you using the Eco mode?
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:05 PM
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The 2015 trucks only had Normal, Tow/Haul and Sport as modes. How exactly were you using the Eco mode?
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:42 PM
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<-KJP-> Thanks for pointing that out.. So I used ECO mode ONLY on the 2018 before the wreck at 9733 miles. Most of my driving up to that point was local , shall we say within a 25 mile driving radius of home. I am not a heavy footed driver with respect to take offs from lights or stop signs. We made one and half trips to Michigan with that vehicle with a normal round trip racking up 1000 miles. On the interstate I would normally select ECO mode as it seemed to be less aggressive with the adaptive cruise control (ACC)system. As you may know, with the ACC one has a tendency to get behind someone going slightly slower than one's set point and stay there. At least that was my problem. When I would move to the left lane the vehicle would downshift several gears to reach its set point. Normal speed on the interstate is best defined as limit plus 2 mph. Local, out of town driving is defined about the same Limit + 3mph to get the transmission to shift into 10th. In town I don't think I switched to ECO mode all that much.
The first 500 miles I used only the normal mode as the system learned my driving habits. After that I wished a I could change the driving mode default to ECO.

I wish I had recorded more of my usage with the 2.7 and the 10 spd. combination.

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Old 02-12-2019, 02:14 PM
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I found ECO mode is great for icy or slippery driving conditions because it puts such a delay on the acceleration. The wheels don't spin as much in ECO.
That's the only time I'll use ECO though.
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