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Old 01-25-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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Ford 5.0L Engine

Looking at a 2014 F150 with the 5.0L V8. I have a lightweight, 4,000 GVWR trailer and not likely to ever get much bigger.

Any thoughts on the 5.0L engine? Is it reliable?

Thanks for your help.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:55 PM   #2
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I had a 2011 F-150 with the 5.0 litre engine. I only put 25,000 trouble free miles on it before I traded it for a F-450.

I really liked the F-150. At the time I had a 5,500lb trailer that the F-150 towed. The truck knew it was towing but I towed this trailer 600 miles one day and 400 miles the next without any driver fatigue. MPG was 20 highway not towing and 10.5 towing.

I give the Ford 5.0 litre engine the thumbs up.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:29 PM   #3
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5.0 needs to rev. Be prepared.
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:59 PM   #4
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I have a 2015 F-150 with the 5.0. I'm towing a trailer that weighs 5,640 lbs loaded according to the CAT scales. It tows it just fine. The gas mileage towing is about 10-11 mpg. You should have no trouble towing a 4,000 lb trailer.
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I had a 2011 F-150 with the 5.0 and pulled 6,200 with it. That was a bit much for it in the hills but it would maintain 65mph, but it was in 3rd and revved up to 4,400 rpm doing it. I put 59,000 miles on it before going to a diesel. Very good engine in my opinion.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:34 AM   #6
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There are a lot of 3.5 litre eco-boost trucks out there. They would make a better all around truck. Slightly better solo fuel economy and more pure grunt when towing.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:52 PM   #7
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From all reports I have read the 5.0 seems to be a great engine and more than up to the task of pulling that weight. Don't be nervous if the rpms climb a bit. That is by design and it will run like that happily all day long. For that weight though, no sweat
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Great choice, don't hesitate. I really enjoyed mine for almost 3 years.
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:17 PM   #9
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5.0L engine

I have 33,000 on my F150 v8 and I love it. I just bought a TT weighing 48 dry and everyone tells me I will have no problem, we will see I bring it home tomorrow.
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I have a 2004 F150 5.4 liter V8 with 82k miles and tow package and love it, I pull a 2016 Coleman CTS 16 FB with now trouble, I also pulled a 25 Ft TT with it prior to the Coleman. Never had a problem. When I get a newer truck, it will be a Ford PU too.
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Nineoaks - if you like your 5.4 litre engines F-150 you will be amazed buy both the 5.0 and the 3.5 eco-boost. When I bought my 5.0 litre F-150 it was early in the new model cycle. The eco-boost was not available. I test drove the 6.2 litre F-150 1st. Then the 5.0. I thought it was another 6.2.

To give you an example Car and Driver tested it at 6.9 seconds zero to sixty. By comparison the Ram 5.7 Hemi was 6.8. The eco-boost was 6.2 and the old 5.4 litre F- 150 was over 8 seconds.

So if you like the 5.4 you will be all smiles when you buy a newer truck. Except for the nose bleed price.
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A turbocharged 3.5 may zip around unloaded but there is no replacement for displacement.

It's like comparing a race horse to a plow horse. Bigger is better.
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The Ford 3.5 litre eco-boost has 420 ft. lbs. of work horse producing power. That torque is a diesel engine like produced at a low RPM.

Bottom line - engines manufatured today are the best ever. The OP will have to really try hard to buy a bad truck.
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