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GGfx
GGfx

I hate the new 6 speeds in the Silverados. I hate that 1-2 shift in the middle of a turn from a dead stop at a 4way. Also hate the placement of door handles and the interior materials. However, not enough to buy a Ford though, although if I did, that EcoBoost would be hard to resist. Their testing included 24 hours(I think) of 100mph 8000# trailer towing without any failures, that's pretty impressive. But, I also believe that starting your motor cold is the worst thing you can possibly do, as once warmed up and oiled, there is literally no wear.Will keep my 05 Gmc until I buy something it can't tow!

CMG1981
CMG1981

I don't know, I appreciate the significance of getting that power out of a V6, and I'm sure this could just be the first stepping block, but gas mileage doesn't appear that impressive. The article says their tank average was 17.2mpg... I do the math at the pump every time on my 2005 Sierra (5.3l, 4 speed auto, 4wd) and average 17.5mpg. If I was looking for a new truck, I'm not sure I'd gamble on a new motor design and would rather get another 5.3 from GM... if anything, with the 6 speed, it should get even better mileage than my 05.

lasvegascolonel
lasvegascolonel

Yes, Ford has tested it. Though most of the cars I've had over the past 45 years have been Fords, my only caution is that Ford's powertrain warranty is weak compared to GM and Chrysler in that it only has a 60K/5yr warranty; whereas the other U.S. manufacturers have a 100K/5yr warranty. Of course, Toyota and others is as weak as Ford's. I'm sure the EcoBoost will do well. Like I said before, this would be a great engine for the next generation Mustang because I suspect V8s are going to be largely gone based on government edicts...just like the large U.S. cars are gone now. I heard the 4 cylinders will be the new 6 cylinder. We'll see I guess.

seeyouincortez
seeyouincortez

Ford has done extensive testing on the EcoBoost engine in several tests, 165,000 miles of "severe abuse." Go to the Ford website and look for the EcoBoost videos. This is a great engine for this truck.

lasvegascolonel
lasvegascolonel

While buying the V6 EcoBoost is a gamble, it's one a lot of people are taking. No one is sure how long-term durability of this 6 cylinder engine is in a heavy pickup. The mileage savings is very little, but with the extra torque, the performance is enhanced. This engine is also available in the Taurus and would be a great engine, I think, for the next generation Mustang which will be smaller, and if you believe Ford, will be modern with an IRS. Some have questioned the turbo's effect on the engine long term. All I know, Ford is charging more for the 6 cylinder over the 5.0L V8...just like they're charging more for the 4 cylinder turbo over the V6 in the new Explorer. We'll see if people bite.

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