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Old 02-11-2014, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by iFord View Post
For the way I use my truck, the 3.7 and 3.5 should be good for me. I'd probably even think it's more powerful than my current 5.4!

Anyway, I don't know which engine I'll get in me next truck, but I'm happy with all of them from my reading about these engines. I'll definitely look hard at the 3.5, and it's at the top of my list.
I had a 2010 Fusion Sport with the 3.5 and it was a blast to drive. I traded that for a 2013 Explorer limited for my wife with a 3.5 as well. I think its a great engine and moves my wifes Explorer well. Shes getting about 20mpg, and expect 21ish in the warmer months.
To the reference to the 5.4, Ive owned a 03 f150 and currently a 08 f150 both with the 5.4's.
The 5.4 delivers it power and torque much lower, and almost feels lazy compared to the 3.5.
For light duty truck use I think it will be a great engine, but it wont have the lower end grunt of the 5.4.
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Anyone seen or driven one of these in an F150 yet?
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Has anyone heard of any issues with the direct injection engines as far as needing carbon cleaning? I know it's part of the maintenance program on my m5..... Every 40,000 miles. Obviously comparing these engines is comparing apples to oranges but it's the same principle.
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Anyone seen or driven one of these in an F150 yet?


A contractor where I work has bought a black one for a fleet vehicle, its a XL, supercab, 4x4, pretty stripped down, has the steel wheels. he's had it for about a month, and has put 2000 miles on it. He's been averaging around 22, and that's mostly interstate, 70-80 mph, loaded with about 500lb's of tools. On one trip (about 200 mi) he got 26 round trip, that was babying it, going 70.


Those numbers are pretty dang good, considering we are still on winter gas here. Next time he comes through, I want to have him drive it on our scale, I would like to know what it weights.
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I also owned a fusion sport and concur with both the fun to drive factor and the awful mpg factor. I'll add in it was a great Winter vehicle and was totally trouble free for me.
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Old 04-09-2015, 12:28 PM
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The 3.5 N/A is the same engine as the 3.5 ecoboost but without the direct injection and turbos. It has port fuel injection. The old 3.7 was the same engine with a larger bore.


In the 70s-90s V8 trucks had 150 hp. I know, I had a few. So the 3.5 should be more than adequate.

I orded my RCSB 4x4 with the 3.5 base engine. I can't see ever needing more than 283 hp in a 4300 lb truck. It's rated to tow 7500 lbs. Most I would ever tow is a 3000 lb car on a 2000 lb trailer. So I have a good cushion and didn't even bother with any of the other engines.
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Wow, rated to tow about 7500 lbs, eh? I don't think we'd ever go that heavy in a travel trailer. Our current trailer is 3600 empty, towing maybe 5000 loaded. And, the new 3.5 is not direct injection, eh? Last week at dealer getting my '02 out of shop, I talked with service manager on his opinion of newer truck engines. He loves the 3.7, said that thing has been tough, trouble free, and would do me well. Of course, same for 3.5 NA (wha' does NA stand for anyway? I know it means no turbo...). I'm going to see if I can find the highest end SuperCrew with the 3.5! No Lariat I reckon. Ethyl won't like that.
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Wow, rated to tow about 7500 lbs, eh? I don't think we'd ever go that heavy in a travel trailer. Our current trailer is 3600 empty, towing maybe 5000 loaded. And, the new 3.5 is not direct injection, eh? Last week at dealer getting my '02 out of shop, I talked with service manager on his opinion of newer truck engines. He loves the 3.7, said that thing has been tough, trouble free, and would do me well. Of course, same for 3.5 NA (wha' does NA stand for anyway? I know it means no turbo...). I'm going to see if I can find the highest end SuperCrew with the 3.5! No Lariat I reckon. Ethyl won't like that.
NA = naturally aspirated
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I spent a lot of time and lost a bit of sleep deciding on what engine to choose. I test drove the 2.7 eco boost the 5L ffv and the 3.5L ffv.
In the end I went with the 3.5. The dealership really pushed the 5L but I could not justify the upgrade for my needs.

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In the end I went with the 3.5. The dealership really pushed the 5L but I could not justify the upgrade for my needs.
Same here, I just had no need for the power of the 5.0
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