I certainly won’t disagree with your friend. I will qualify my interest in the Ecoboost engine platform though. I like the concept in certain applications, but wouldn’t want it in others. I do appreciate direct injection turbocharged engines for my typical usage. I am normally a sedate driver who drives mostly around the city. Occasionally, I will take brief moments and play with the ponies either for fun or to get ahead of oncoming traffic. I do not regularly tow or haul heavy loads or cruise the highway that much. Furthermore, I’m very timely with oil changes and avoid excessive periods of heavy foot syndrome. The Ecoboost suites me in a car or smaller truck like the Ranger. It will normally give me more mileage, with the option of great power and responsiveness when needed or wanted.sweetandsour wrote: ↑Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:10 pm
Now, if I towed a heavy trailer, boat or camper often. If I did a lot of highway driving using a full sized truck. If I had a heavy foot and didn’t mind poor mileage, I would rather have a naturally aspirated V8 engine. They will get up to speed and hold it better when cruising down the highway and it’s a simpler more straightforward design. The Ecoboost will run hot and require more input from the driver and not worth the hassle under those sorts of conditions in a full size truck.
I have no doubt that if an Ecoboost needs repairs it will be more expensive and harder than most naturally aspirated engines. They, just like any turbo charged engine requires strict adherence to oil changes and the direct injection might gum up the backside of the valves eventually, requiring work and maintenance.