I had a 4.6L T-bird with the composite manifold that cracked a water passage. Fortunately, the crack was found when the car was at the dealer for routine maintenance, so the manifold was replaced with no problem.
Putting the oil filter on top of the engine is really smart. I wish Ford, and everyone else, had been doing that years ago! I would surmise that the cartridge-type system has an anti-drainback valve built into it somewhere.
I remember reading that the 6.7L Powerstroke uses cracked connecting rod caps for strength. If cracked caps work in the Powerstroke(and obviously they do!), they'll do fine in the 2.7L.
Ford stopped building it; the world keeps on going. Get past it and move on.
A "hit-and-run" post. LOL
Q, I sometimes wonder if there is a market for a Transit Connect pickup truck. The problem there is the chicken tax.
- Huge 4x4 trucks aren't suited for ice events and slide quite beautifully on their roofs when treated with disrespect. -
greatday, truer words were never spoken!
I never cease to be amazed at the idiots who think that with 4wd, they can go as fast as they want in bad road conditions. They have to be smarter than the ice, which evidently is too much to ask of some people! HA HA
Not enough market for a new Ranger. Besides that, what platform would they use? There isn't enough volume to justify a new single-purpose platform.
- Ford is not focusing on sales of number of cars, they are focusing on profitable sales and sales margin. -
Exactly right - and that's where the focus should be. Give me a company that sells 1 million cars at a handsome profit rather than 2 million at break-even or worse (which is what the industry used to do).
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: If sales alone guaranteed profits, GM, which spent nearly 75 years as the world's largest automaker prior to going bankrupt, would have never gone bankrupt (and the people who are screaming about a decline in sales never seem to acknowledge that fact).
Q, I'm not surprised that VW is having these problems, given the company's relentless push to become the world's largest automaker. When you get too big, things get out of hand.
IMO, it depends on how you drive it and how well you maintain it. Even the best-built engine will eventually fail under severe abuse and without proper maintenance. The turbodiesel engines in Class 8 OTR trucks can go 700,000 to 900,000 miles before an overhaul these days; 30 years ago, overhauls were needed at 300,000 miles. Granted that's a different type of engine than the EcoBoost, but it shows that the longevity of turbocharged engines is much better than it once was.
When you get a chance, do a search on "EcoBoost torture test." There are six videos which discuss Ford's EcoBoost torture test and the teardown of a twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 at the North American Int'l Auto Show. It's very good.
Locally, we have two no-brand stations and one BP station that carry it. It's not cheap, though - it runs about 80 cents to $1.00 per gallon more than 10% ethanol, more expensive than even diesel fuel. I've cut back on how much I buy for my truck($4.40/gallon gets rather expensive!), but I do buy it for all of my lawn and garden equipment ... they run so much better on pure gas than on 10% ethanol, and it doesn't eat up carburetor gaskets like ethanol does.
You might check the pure-gas and buyrealgas sites to see if you can find something close by. I know that there are at least two stations in Lorain which carry 100% gas. Alternatively, a lot of marinas carry 100% gas because fuel containing ethanol can wreak havoc on boat engines.
That's great! My brother is thinking about leasing an ATS when the lease on his Honda runs out in December.