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Looking for a Used F 150? - Most Reliable F 150 Engines

September 20, 2018

Looking for a Used F 150? - Most Reliable F 150 Engines

The Ford F 150 has been the best-selling pickup in America for 25 years and counting. There are a lot of reasons the Ford truck has enjoyed that success but at the heart of it, reliability has been the feature that puts grins on the faces of their owners. And reliability depends heavily on the performance of the piece of machinery that makes the truck run, the engine.

Over the past decade Ford has introduced four different engines for the F 150 and while all of them performed well enough to keep the truck in the number one sales position nationally, some were better performers than others. If you are looking for a used F 150, it might be helpful to have an idea of how the engine stacks up against other Ford engines from different model years.

With that in mind, let’s take a quick snapshot of the four powerplants used from 2008 to 2018:

4.6L V8 Introduced in 1996

We’re not positive but we believe the 4.6L set some kind of longevity record for truck engine production at Ford with its run from 1996 – 2010. There really never was much hype about it even though it was listed on Wards 10 Best Engines list from 2005 to 2008. There were virtually zero major complaints about its dependability from consumers. Although it only put out 231 hp, it was one of the most reliable engines used in the F 150.

3.5L EcoBoost V6 introduced in 2011

In 2011 Ford dumped the V8 and replaced it with an engine designed to deliver fuel efficiency and the power of a twin-turbo. It was a brilliant idea for the market at that time but its debut was less than stellar. The company received 52 engine concerns related to stalling, stumbling or sluggish performance from consumers. However, the 2012 version of the EcoBoost V6 reflected new and improved engineering and dramatically improved performance generating 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque becoming one of the most satisfyingly powerful F 150 engines.

5.0L Coyote V8 introduced in 2011

This one is a bit of a mystery. At the same time, Ford was introducing the fuel-efficient EcoBoost V6, it offered the same engine for the F 150 that powered the smoking hot Mustang GT. This big V8 generated 385 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque and absolutely nobody complained about its performance or reliability. They did, however, complain that it was naturally aspirated which translates into thirsty. This Mustang engine gets 14 mpg city and 19 mpg on the road.

2.7 EcoBoost V6 introduced in 2015

This one offers the best of both worlds, performance and fuel efficiency. This V6 delivers 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque and sips gas producing a 19 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway. It really hasn’t been in production long enough to be called “most reliable” but it is off to an auspicious start.

Of course, the Ford engine story continues. A new High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost was introduced and it may well be on its way to “most reliable.” But if you are looking for a used pickup, the engines we have listed here may help you decide on what year works for you. Check out our Elk Grove Ford website for used F 150s and then give us a call for a test drive!

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