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Long Term Test Ford F-150 EcoBoost Update 1
Oct15

Long Term Test Ford F-150 EcoBoost Update 1

By Kevin Gordon

I would be remiss if I did not apologize to all of the readers of Techshake for the delay in getting this first update to you. Since, we purchased the truck at the end of June, we have added 5,000 miles to it. Since the miles are being added so quickly, we plan to provide updates at 5,000 mile intervals going forward.   As most of the questions we have received about the truck focus on fuel economy that will be first after the break. If you’re interested in more frequent updates on the life and times of the truck, please follow on .

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Review: 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5-Door
Aug09

Review: 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5-Door

By Kevin Gordon

If you have ever watched the BBC’s Top Gear you have probably heard the presenters discuss how much they respect Ford’s cars. In fact, the Ford Mondeo is one of the very rare cars that all three presenters agree is a great car. I have always found this to be a bit odd considering the general ribbing that those pecky and hilarious Brits continuously give the stereotypical American. How can Ford’s products can garner such respect with the most stringent of automotive critics? If you listen closely their love of Fords cars come from the way that they drive, much the way the American auto magazines endlessly gush about BMWs. Here again was a point of confusion for me. I have driven a lot of Fords, including living in a family that owned a number of 1990s era Tauruses (SP?). Few of these cars ever caught my attention as being great to drive. Even their much-loved Mondeo was a commercial flop in the states when it came here as the Contour/Mystique. Sure the SVT version was a nice car, but what did they sell… 31 of them?

Back to the point. When the 2012 Ford Focus ended up in the Techshake parking lot for a week, I was expecting to spend my time focusing on economy, practicality, and other things that auto journalists have to do in order to have the chance to spend time in exotics and supercars. As it turns out I wasn’t in for such a boring week.

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Long Term Test F-150 Purchase Process: The Best Way To Buy a Car
Aug05

Long Term Test F-150 Purchase Process: The Best Way To Buy a Car

By Kevin Gordon

I constantly find myself cringing when I am at a car dealership and I witness the following happen: Kenny “The Sap” Consumer walks into his local Honda dealership and is greeted by “slippery” Sam the salesman. Kenny says he is interested in a Honda Pilot, one “with the DVD system”. Sam the salesmen says that he thinks he might have one or two of those available, but immediately begins to explain how popular they are. Both people walk off to make a copy of Kenny’s license and Kenny the poor sap has taken his first steps towards paying thousands more than he needs to when purchasing a car.

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Long Term Test Introduction: 2011 F-150 FX4 4×4 EcoBoost

By Kevin Gordon

After having the chance to spend two weeks with the new EcoBoost motor in a Ford F-150, we were left wanting more.  After coming to the conclusion that this engine and truck are something special, we have added our first long term test car to the Techshake Garage. We are pleased to introduce a 2011 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost 4×4 145″ SuperCrew that we will be driving, testing, and documenting for the next two years. We plan to provide a full view into daily life with this truck. Additionally, we hope to use it as a test bed for some select after market items.

Stay tuned for the full details of the truck, including an interesting purchasing process. If you have any questions that you would like answered, please leave them in the comments and we will do what we can to get them answered.
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Review: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost 4×4
Jun24

Review: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost 4×4

By Kevin Gordon

I have heard that the first step to beating an addiction is admitting that you have one. Automotive sales prove that Americans have an addiction to full size pickup trucks. Recent fuel prices have pushed some potential truck buyers into withdrawal as they make more fuel efficient choices. Since full size pickups still drive enormous sales numbers even with gas above $4.00 a gallon (in the US) the challenge is to keep sales high as gas prices continue to rise. As a result, manufacturers have attempted a number of strategies to push up their MPG numbers. Some use packages that push up their economy numbers and others have gone so far to deploy hybrid drivetrains. Ford took a new approach and put a small displacement direct injected V6 with two turbos into the 2011 F-150 and have branded it the F-150 EcoBoost.

During my time with the truck I found myself describing the engine to people who knew nothing about the motor as a diesel design that runs on gasoline. I was shocked at how many well informed “car guys” had no clue what this motor was. I have know about it since it was a very early rumor on the Internet and have spent an unhealthy amount of time watching it progress into a mass produced product. This includes all of and also their seemly relentless advertising during televised auto races. While it might strange to say that this engine is using diesel technology, with direct injection, water cooled turbos, and a slight whistle while boost builds, it isn’t a giant leap. So has Ford changed the truck game and allowed buyers to fulfill their jones for a full size pickup without the pump penalty? Hit the jump to find out.

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