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Thread: 150,000 miles of abuse and the EcoBoost still dyno'd like it was new.

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    Yeah there's no good reason to kill the panther, fleet services would definitely continue to buy and buy for years to come.
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    I am doubtful that Ford will cease Ranger production forever. There will be some sort of replacement eventually, its too large of a market for them to ignore and let Toyota, GM, etc take over. Plus with EPA mandated mfg fleet MPG requirements, they will need a small pickup in the lineup to keep their numbers where they need them.

    Hell, I was reading somewhere the other day where they say the 1/2 ton pickup may be on the way of the dodo bird due to how tough it would be to meet mpg requirements. Current 1/2 tons average what, 15-17 mpg at best? It would be a huge undertaking to get a 1/2 ton 4x4 up to 35 mpg (of course ecoboost is a step in the right direction). I would not be shocked if in 10 yrs all you can buy new is either a Ranger-sized pickup, or a diesel HD style rig.
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    While I am a huge Ford fan, I don't see this as a big deal. Any modern engine should yield similar results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tirefryr View Post
    While I am a huge Ford fan, I don't see this as a big deal. Any modern engine should yield similar results.
    Did you not watch the head to head? It beat the bejeezus out of the Chevy and Dodge V8's.



    And as far as Ecoboost being a blow to the 4 cylinder efficiency idea, it is certainly not a game changer. Have you seen the price tag on the Ecoboost? You can't get an ecoboost F-150 for less than 27,000 for the most basic model possible. As far as I'm concerned, they can keep that. And I will sit back with the rest of the median income working class who can't even afford an 18,000 4-cyl compact truck.
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    I was simply stating that with the advanced materials and engineering we have today, this feat should be attainable by any manufacturer.


    I agree with you all on the money front. Even the "cheap" Focus has become obscenely over-priced.

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    Sure, its attainable, but nobody else has accomplished it yet. Thats why its exciting
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    I don't know about that. They all have their own torture tests that we see or hear of. With the economy the way it is now, manufacturers are going out of their way to sell, so I won't be surprised to see more stuff like this.

    What I find more beneficial to the cause is the thousands of Crown Vics on the road for fleet use that have been to hell and back with 400K+ miles on them with nothing more than routine maintenance.

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    The last shop I worked at had a lot of taxi cab customers. It was routine to see Panthers with 700,000+ km (~450k miles). There was one '01 Town car, an airport taxi (was on the highway 24/7) with 1.7 million km, or slightly over a million miles, on it. And everything worked. The driver was very fussy, and if there were so much as a glove box light not working he'd have it in the shop. It was in every other week for an oil change, too, and even though the oil would have 3k miles on it, it would come out of that pan almost as clean as new...
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    that sucks.
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