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.
- The 60-mph mark comes in 5.2 seconds, the quarter-mile covered in 13.9 seconds at 98 mph. -
I remember back in the 1980s when the Mustang GT 5.0 did 0-60 in about 7 seconds and the quarter-mile in 14-15 seconds at 85-90mph. How times have changed!
I have not owned an F-150 with the EcoBoost engine, so I can't say anything about its performance, but I do have a 2013 F-150 4WD with the 5.0. If you go the 5.0 route, I can very easily say that you will not be disappointed. I get 15-16 around town, and I could get 16-17 if I used a really light foot(but where's the fun in that?). Using 100% gasoline also helps, as opposed to the 10% ethanol most stations sell. And when the 5.0 gets wound up, it's scary fast ... 3000-4500 RPM is the sweet spot. :-) I expect to have a custom Flowmaster exhaust system installed before the end of the year.
Exactly right. Henry also cut the workday from 10 hours to 8 when he doubled the wage. It was a win-win for everyone.
- Unions can force a company to lose billions and go into bankruptcy. -
No, they can't. Don't believe me? Look at how Caterpillar broke the UAW.
The UAW, or any union, can't **force** any company to "pay up."
If the UAW can force a company to do something it doesn't want to do, explain why the UAW cannot stop companies from moving production out of the country.
- 560 Mustang lovers = .0000033% of the population of the entire country which is significantly less than 1%. -
LOL, do you really think that 16 million Dutch are going to buy Mustangs? Your logic is, ahem, "not logical."