The 5 Most Common Ford 1.6 EcoBoost Problems - 1.6L Reliability (2023)

The 1.6L GTDI engine from Ford is among the first engines in the EcoBoost family. It made its debut in 2010 and is in quite a few Ford and Volvo models. Ford 1.6 EcoBoost engines offer 148-197 horsepower. Not bad for a small engine that’s fuel efficient and reliable. While it is a very solid engine from a performance standpoint, there are some significant issues that some 1.6L EcoBoost owners face. In this article, we discuss a few common problems with the Ford 1.6 EcoBoost and finish up with overall thoughts on reliability.

If you are interested in some more EcoBoost engine information, we also have guides for the 1.5L EcoBoost and 2.0L EcoBoost which share quite a few attributes, problems, and best modifications with the 1.6.

The 5 Most Common Ford 1.6 EcoBoost Problems - 1.6L Reliability (1)

What Cars Use the Ford 1.6L?

Under Ford the engines are simply known as the 1.6L EcoBoost engine. However, Volvo badges the engines as the B4164T. There’s also another number at the end of the Volvo engine code depending on the specific variant of the 1.6 inline-4 engine. Anyways, the 1.6-liter turbo engine is in the following Ford and Volvo models:

  • 2010-2018 Ford Focus
  • 2010-2018 Ford C-Max
  • 2013-2016 Ford Escape
  • 2013-2014 Ford Fusion
  • 2013-2016 Ford Fiesta ST
  • 2016-2017 Ford Fiesta ST200
  • 2014-2016 Ford Transit Escape
  • 2013-2016 Volvo V40
  • 2010-2018 Volvo S60
  • 2010-2018 Volvo V60
  • 2011-2016 Volvo V70
  • 2011-2016 Volvo S80

The 1.6L EcoBoost engine is also in a few other international models. Most models – especially in the US – began switching to the newly developed 1.5 EcoBoost engine around 2015. Power varies from 148-182 horsepower depending on the specific year and model. However, the Fiesta ST200 receives a 197 horsepower 1.6 EcoBoost engine.

4 Common 1.6 EcoBoost Engine Problems

A few of the most common issues on the Ford 1.6 l EcoBoost engine are:

  • Timing belt
  • Coolant Intrusion
  • Overheating
  • Carbon build-up
  • Spark plugs & ignition coils

We discuss the above problems in greater depth throughout the rest of the article. However, let’s add a few quick notes before moving on. We’re calling these some of the most common problems. That doesn’t exactly mean they’re truly common and affect a large number of engines. Rather, when things go wrong these are a few likely areas.

Overall, the 1.6L turbo direct injection engine from Ford is pretty solid. There were a few significant problems in the early days that were resolved pretty quickly. We’ll discuss where relevant and circle back to 1.6 EcoBoost reliability at the end of the article.

1) Ford 1.6 EcoBoost Timing Belt

Timing belts on the 1.6 inline-4 turbo engine don’t really seem like an issue at all. However, the Ford EcoBoost is an interference engine. This means there is some overlap in the area the pistons and valves travel. If a timing belt were to fail then it could be very bad news. It’s possible for the pistons and valves to contact each other, which could lead to bent valves.

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Ford calls for a timing belt replacement interval of 10 years or 150,000 miles. It’s a long interval for a timing belt, but they are pretty reliable nowadays. We’re still surprised Ford opted for a timing belt as many modern turbo direct injection engines utilize timing chains. They’re typically true lifetime parts, but some companies do struggle with timing chain tensioners and other poorly made parts.

Anyways, the timing belt on the 1.6 EcoBoost engine is mostly a non-issue. We haven’t seen or heard of many issues with the timing belts. However, it’s important to check the belt from time to time. This can help avoid any serious repair bills as belts rarely fail out of the blue. Rather, they begin failing over time so occasional inspections can help detect any issues early.

1.6L GTDI Timing Belt Failure Symptoms

Possible symptoms of timing belt problems on the Ford 1.6 EcoBoost include:

  • Ticking / odd sounds
  • Check engine light
  • Poor operation

Ticking sounds or other weird noises from the engine may signal the timing belt is on its way out. It’s one symptom that may show itself before the 1.6L timing belt ultimately fails. Again, inspect the timing belt from time to time especially once you’re north of 100,000 miles. If a timing belt fails you’ll likely notice tons of symptoms and poor operation. Misfires, check engine lights, rough idle, etc all might point to a timing belt problem on the EcoBoost engine.

Ford 1.6 Inline-4 Timing Belt Change

As a reminder, the service interval for the Ford 1.6L timing belt should be every 10 years or 150,000 miles. Double-check the owner’s manual for confirmation. We also think it’s a good idea to physically inspect the belt occasionally.

Anyways, timing belts are generally cheaper to replace or repair compared to timing chains. The belt itself comes in under $50 and it’s not a challenging repair for the DIY crowd. However, it’s important to ensure the 1.6 EcoBoost timing belt is done correctly with the right tools. Less confident people should consider going to a repair shop, which can add about $200-400 to the bill.

2) 1.6L EcoBoost Coolant Intrusion Issues

Coolant intrusion has been a major source of frustration for owners of Ford’s 4-cylinder EcoBoost models, particularly the 2.0L engine. Although the 1.6L EcoBoost is less affected, coolant intrusion has been shown to be an issue on nearly every first-generation EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. The problem lies in a flaw with the open-deck cooling design and, more specifically, with the head gasket that secures the engine block to the cylinder head. The inadequate mating surface causes coolant to leak into the combustion chamber, causing an array of potentially serious issues. Cylinders 2 and 3 are the most impacted. However, this issue was mostly resolved in Gen II 1.6L EcoBoost engines manufactured after April 2019.

Coolant intrusion can lead to serious and potentially fatal engine problems. When coolant continually leaks into the cylinders, it quickly depletes the coolant levels and causes other issues if not monitored regularly. Ignoring the problem can result in corrosion, misfires, overheating, fouled spark plugs, engine fires, and even complete engine failure. Ford was forced to issue a technical service bulletin due to the severity of the issue and a class action lawsuit is underway.

1.6L EcoBoost Coolant Intrusion Fix

In general, coolant intrusion is pretty obvious when it affects a 1.6L EcoBoost. You can tell by observing if your engine consumes a significant amount of coolant without any visible leaks underneath the vehicle. Unfortunately, fixing the problem is not simple and often requires a replacement engine. Many owners of 2.0L EcoBoost engines have struggled to get Ford to address the issue, especially when their vehicle is no longer under warranty. This problem is more prevalent in first-generation 1.6L EcoBoost engines, as the second-generation engines have a stronger deck design.


Therefore, it’s crucial to keep a close eye on coolant levels. Overheating may occur if the coolant levels are low, which can result in long-term reliability and longevity issues.

3) 1.6L EcoBoost Overheating Issues

There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to problems with the Ford 1.6 EcoBoost engines overheating. There have been several lawsuits, service bulletins, and recalls related to overheating problems. In 2017, Ford issued a recall for some 2014 Escape, 2014-2015 Fiesta ST, and 2013-2014 Fusion models. The main issue seems to be running low on coolant, which causes the cylinder head to overheat, crack and leak oil. Some even ran into fires due to high-pressure oil leaks. Ford added coolant-level sensors as part of the recall.

Anyways, we typically try to avoid writing about recalls and other issues that have been addressed. It seems these problems mostly affect earlier models, and there were some updated parts. However, it’s hard to say whether or not these issues were fully resolved given lawsuits are still popping up as of the last year or two.

Ford 1.6 GTDI Overheating Fix

It appears the ultimate cause of overheating is low coolant. Normally that wouldn’t be a defect as all engines lose some coolant over time, and it’s important to top off as necessary. However, in cases where there is excess coolant loss, it makes sense that coolant very well may be leaking into the cylinders.

Regardless, ensure you’re checking the coolant and topping it off as needed. If that’s done properly then the risk of overheating, cracking the head or head gasket, etc is minimal. Of course, coolant leaking into cylinders could cause other long-term concerns over engine reliability and longevity.

4) Ford 1.6 Turbo EB Carbon Build-Up

This is far from the first time we’ve talked about carbon build-up on direct injection engines, and it surely won’t be the last. Direct injection (DI) is excellent technology with lots of benefits to power, fuel economy, and emissions. It’s common on many modern turbo gasoline engines, like the Ford 1.6L EcoBoost. However, DI does come with one primary disadvantage.

All engines naturally produce some degree of oil blow-by. This oil travels toward the intake tract and often gets caught up on intake ports and valves. It’s not an issue by itself, and it’s something that used to be a rare topic. Port injection (PI) used to be the most common fueling on gasoline engines. PI sprays fuel into the intake ports, so any oil blow-by wasn’t an issue as the fuel is able to wipe it away.

However, the 1.6 EcoBoost direct injection engine doesn’t have that benefit. The injectors spray fuel directly into the cylinders, just as the name direct injection suggests. As such, these oil deposits build up on intake ports and valves and cause carbon build-up over time.

It’s not a major problem and many modern DI engines live with this flaw. Surely, plenty of Ford 1.6 turbo engines will live their whole lives without ever cleaning the carbon deposits. However, over time, excess carbon build-up can cause some performance and drivability issues. It’s likely a good idea to clean the 1.6 l EcoBoost intake valves every 100,000 miles.

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1.6 EcoBoost Carbon Build-Up Symptoms

A few symptoms that may point to excess carbon build-up on the Ford 1.6 EcoBoost engine are:

  • Power loss
  • Misfires
  • Rough idle
  • Stuttering/hesitation

As carbon deposits form on the intake valves, they begin restricting airflow to the cylinders. This causes the Ford 1.6 EcoBoost to lose power and performance. However, power loss is hard to notice as it occurs slowly over years and tens of thousands of miles.

Otherwise, carbon build-up on the 1.6L EcoBoost engine may cause misfires. Those misfires, in turn, can cause things like rough idle, stuttering, and poor performance in general.

Ford 1.6L Turbo Carbon Build-Up Fix

Walnut blasting remains a highly proven and successful method of removing excess carbon deposits from intake valves. The process involves a heavy-duty shop vac and walnut media shells. If you have the tools it’s a very inexpensive job to tackle as it’s mostly labor related.

Once you access the intake valves the cleaning process can take about an hour. Of course, the 1.6L GTDI intake manifold must be removed to access the intake ports and valves. Labor can add up so expect this job to come in around $300-600+ at a repair shop. Again, it’s probably good maintenance to complete every 80,000 to 120,000 miles but it’s generally not a serious or urgent issue.

5) 1.6 EcoBoost Ignition System Problems

Alright. We’re finishing this article with something we don’t consider a true problem. Spark plugs and ignition coils are standard maintenance on any gasoline engine, including the Ford 1.6L EcoBoost. Ford states the service interval for spark plugs around 90,000 miles. Ignition coils typically last about 1.5 to 2x as long as spark plugs.

However, the 1.6 EcoBoost is a turbo direct injection engine. Turbos and DI can be a lot harder on spark plugs and ignition coils. Those who don’t utilize the turbos and performance often may see decent life out of the plugs and coils. However, start using the boost often and the spark plugs and coils can wear down quickly. This is especially true if you intend to tune or otherwise mod the 1.6L turbo engine.

Spark plugs and ignition coils are standard wear-and-tear items. They rarely fail suddenly on the 1.6 EcoBoost, but rather become less effective as they age. Again, it’s not something we consider a true issue, but we would be surprised if many saw 90,000+ miles out of the spark plugs. It’s a cheap repair, so don’t overlook something so simple.

Ford 1.6L Spark Plug Symptoms

Symptoms that may point to old, worn spark plugs or ignition coils on Ford 1.6L turbo engines include:

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  • Misfires
  • Rough idle
  • Poor performance

Misfires are usually the first sign of tired spark plugs and/or ignition coils. That may also be accompanied by rough idle and poor overall performance. Ignition coils last longer than spark plugs, and they’re also more expensive. As such, if you run into these issues spark plugs are usually the best starting point.

However, ignition coils lie on top of the plugs so they’re easier to access. If you notice misfires then check the fault codes to find out which cylinder is having trouble. You can then swap the ignition coil from that cylinder to another good cylinder. If the misfires follows then it might be time to change the coils. Otherwise, spark plugs are the likely culprit.

1.6 Inline-4 Spark Plug Replacement

Ford 1.6L EcoBoost Spark Plugs:

Ford 1.6L EcoBoost Ignition Coils:

Fortunately, plugs and coils are some of the easiest maintenance to complete. Even novice DIY’ers can quickly knock out the job in a driveway or garage. A set of 4 spark plugs for the 1.6 EcoBoost is about $65. Ignition coils come in around $90 for a set, so they’re a little more expensive. These are quick jobs for mechanics and the labor shouldn’t be more than $150, so be weary if anyone quotes more.

Ford 1.6L EcoBoost Reliability

Is the Ford 1.6 EcoBoost engine reliable? We’ll give the engine average remarks for reliability. It definitely hasn’t earned the best reputation due to some recalls and lawsuits. However, the 1.6L turbo engine is far from the worst. There aren’t many flaws or failures with the 1.6 EcoBoost, so that’s good news. Some may be skeptical due to the overheating problems, but the internet does have a tendency to blow things out of proportion.

A lot of 1.6 EcoBoost reliability comes down to maintenance. Use high quality oils, change fluids on time, and fix issues in a timely manner when they occur. It’s all basic stuff that should be done on any engine. However, it’s generally more important on turbo direct injection engines like the EcoBoost. Stay on top of maintenance and chances are most will have a fun, reliable experience with the Ford 1.6L inline-4.

1.6 EcoBoost Common Problems Summary

Ford 1.6L variants were among the first in the EcoBoost family, which dominates a large portion of Ford’s modern line-up. They’re excellent engines that provide solid performance, efficiency, and reliability for their size. However, there seem to be a few more concerns with the 1.6 EB compared to some of the others.

One major concern revolves around potential design flaws with coolant leaking into cylinders. This causes low coolant which may ultimately lead to overheating, head cracking, fires, etc. We think it’s likely over-blown due to some recalls and lawsuits surrounding these issues. Otherwise, there really don’t seem to be many major issues with the Ford 1.6 EcoBoost.

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Stay on top of timing belt changes as it is an interference engine, so belt failures may cause further damage. Carbon build-up is a consideration, but it’s simply a downside to direct injection which is great tech. Turbo engines can also be a bit more maintenance intensive as they do like to burn through things like spark plugs and ignition coils.

What’s your experience with the 1.6L EcoBoost engine? Are you considering one?

Leave a comment and let us know! Or check out our 2.0 EcoBoost problems article


How long do 1.6 EcoBoost engines last? ›

How long will an EcoBoost engine last? As with all mainstream engines, EcoBoost engines have been designed to last. They should easily clock 80,000-100,000 miles with little need for repair, so long as the vehicle is regularly and properly serviced.

What problems does the Ford Focus 1.6 T EcoBoost have? ›

One of the problems with the 1.6EcoBoost engines, as well as the 1.0 EcoBoost before 2015 is the problems with the cooling system. The extreme scenario is overheating of the head, cracking (or bursting of the engine block), oil leaks and car fires. Ford eliminated the factory malfunction as part of a service operation.

What is the recall on Ford 1.6 EcoBoost? ›

It said “certain 2014 Escape, 2014-2015 Fiesta ST, 2013-2014 Fusion, and 2013-2015 Transit Connect models with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engines had low coolant levels. The result it said was that the “engine cylinder head may overheat, crack, and leak oil.” The recall fix was for dealers to install coolant level sensors.

What year did Ford make the EcoBoost problems? ›

Ford Ecoboost Lawsuit Overview

The suit argues that Ford had known about problems with its Ford EcoBoost engine since at least 2010. Multiple Ford customers have made direct complaints about the EcoBoost engine to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA).

Is a 1.6 engine good? ›

In a word, yes! 1.6 litres is a popular engine size, as it bridges the gap between smaller 1.0 and 1.2 litre units and larger 2.0 and 2.2 litre designs. In practice, this means an attractive compromise between fuel efficiency, refinement and performance.

Which EcoBoost engine is most reliable? ›

Various sources argue that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost is the most reliable.

What year did the Ford Focus start having transmission problems? ›

Ford's DSP6 PowerShift transmission, first installed in 2012–2016 Ford Focus and 2011–2016 Ford Fiesta cars, had numerous engineering flaws and defects that its resulting problems caused several lawsuits and a federal investigation.

Which Ford Focus is most reliable? ›

Ford Focus models 2010, 2011 and 2018 are highly rated for their reliability and durability. Unfortunately, the models released from 2012 to 2013 fell short on their ratings.

Is there a recall on EcoBoost engines? ›

The issue affects 333,342 model year 2020-2023 Ford Escapes and 188,436 model year 2021-2023 Bronco Sports in the U.S. All vehicles are equipped with the three-cylinder 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 181 hp (135 kW/183 PS) and 190 lb-ft (258 Nm) of torque in the Bronco Sport.

Why was the Ford EcoBoost discontinued? ›

Upgrading the imported EcoBoost engine could drive the costs further and might result in lacklustre sales, which is the case with the existing version as well. Therefore, Ford India will be withdrawing the EcoSport EcoBoost in India. The EcoBoost, though small in displacement, scores high on fun-to-drive quotient.

Are Ford EcoBoost turbos reliable? ›

Overall, the Ford Transit Ecoboost is a great engine, but it is not without its problems. The most common issues are overheating, oil leaks, and turbocharger failure. However, you can prevent these problems with proper maintenance. Regularly check your coolant level, change your oil, and service your spark plugs.

What are the problems with Ford EcoBoost? ›

1 Litre EcoBoost Engine Problems

Loss of engine power and serious valve damage is commonplace on higher mileage EcoBoost engines. The EcoBoost engine features only direct fuel injection with no fuel to naturally clean leading to a build up of carbon on the intake valve stems, which restricts airflow.

What years of f150 EcoBoost to avoid? ›

F-150 Model Year To Avoid Buying Used

Some of the worst model years of the Ford F-150 and the ones you should avoid buying are 2004, 2005, and 2010.

Did Ford fix the EcoBoost problems? ›

Ford corrected this design flaw with the second-gen 3.5 EcoBoost. Cost: The best approach is not to allow the carbon to accumulate so bad that it causes problems. However, once the buildup becomes excessive, an effective fix is to conduct walnut blasting.

Are Ford EcoBoost engines unreliable? ›

For the most part, the Ford EcoBoost found in many models has proven overall to be a good and reliable engine. However, due to design engineers trying to improve on a design that already works to improve its performance, it can sometimes turn into one of those “the best laid plans of mice and men” type of thing.

Is a 1.6 too much for a first car? ›

Anything under 1.5 litres would be recommended. From this, you will get to experience the thrill of driving, without having too much power so that your insurance will be too high. Also, having a more powerful car isn't always the best idea if you aren't very experienced.

How much horsepower does a 1.6 turbo have? ›

turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque (N Line and Limited)

Is 1.6 L or 2.0 L engine better? ›

The smaller engines are sometimes sweeter running and a little smoother but have to be revved harder to get the performance. Often the 2.0 litre actually has better real-world fuel consumption because it has to work less hard to move the same weight of car.

What fuel is best for EcoBoost? ›

For best overall vehicle and engine performance, premium fuel with an octane rating of 91 or higher is recommended.

How long do Turbos last in EcoBoost? ›

How Long do Turbos Last on the 3.5 EcoBoost? The 3.5 EcoBoost life expectancy has improved greatly in recent years, and Ford reports the turbo engine to offer approximately 150,000 miles. However, if you take care of the engine and get regular maintenance and services, it can last up to 250,000.

What are cons of a EcoBoost engine? ›

V8 vs Ecoboost pros/cons
  • Ecoboost Pros. More power. Better towing. Better MPG.
  • Ecoboost Cons. Turbo lag. Possibly less longevity. More complex motor (more stuff to break) doesn't sound like a cool V8.
  • V8 Pros. V8 sounds great. Engine is easier to work on. Possibly more longevity?
  • V8 Cons. Less power. Less mpg.

Which Ford models have transmission problems? ›

Which Ford vehicles are having transmission problems? Aside from the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus, the automaker's most recent transmission issues involve their 10-speed automatic transmission, which has been used in 2017 and newer F-150 trucks and full-size SUVS such as the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition.

Did Ford fix the transmission problems? ›

No, Ford hasn't fixed its transmission problems. Ford refuses to repair or replace the 10-speed transmissions, according to multiple lawsuits. What Ford tells consumers contradicts what Ford tells its dealerships. Drivers have reported that Ford told them the unusual gear shifting is “normal” for their vehicle models.

What years did Ford use the CVT transmission? ›

Ford previously partnered with German supplier ZF to offer a CVT in the Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, and Ford Freestyle models between 2003 and 2008, but that partnership dissolved in 2008 when the Ohio plant producing these transmissions closed.

What is the best Ford Focus engine to buy? ›

Petrol models

We've been impressed by 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol that's now common across the Ford model range. The more potent 153bhp version is the one to go for if you can afford it because it betters the 123bhp engine for fuel economy and performance.

Which Ford is more reliable? ›

Ford Fusion

In terms of reliability, the Ford Fusion is the most dependable model in the lineup. In the highly competitive midsize car class, the Fusion achieves the same reliability rating in the J.D. Power vehicle dependability study as the Toyota Camry and the Mazda 6.

What are the main problems with Ford Focus? ›

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What is the Ford EcoBoost scandal? ›

A class action has been filed against Ford Motor Company alleging that vehicles equipped with Ford's 1.5L, 1.6L, or 2.0L Ecoboost engines have a coolant leak causing engines to overheat.

Does the EcoBoost engine have a timing belt or chain? ›

The Ford 1.0 litre EcoBoost engines use a Wet Belt instead of the traditional Timing belt, the main difference is that the Wet Belt runs inside the engine and a timing belt runs on the outside of the engine.

Is EcoBoost worth the money? ›

The Ford Mustang EcoBoost is a really good car. While many still don't consider it a “real” mustang, it's still a really good performance car. As we discussed the 2.3-liter engine has proven itself with impressive performance numbers. It's quick and manages to get quickly close to the entry-level V8 Mustang offering.

What is so special about the Ford EcoBoost? ›

The EcoBoost Engine delivers powerful performance and better fuel economy than larger displacement engines. In most conventional engines, some energy is lost in the exhaust. But in the EcoBoost, the turbocharger uses the force of the exhaust to push more air into the engine, generating more power.

Is EcoBoost just a turbo? ›

EcoBoost® is the name of Ford's line of turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engines that are designed to deliver greater horsepower and torque while also providing greater fuel efficiency. First produced in 2009, EcoBoost® engines now come in many varieties and power a diverse selection of Ford vehicles.

How do I know if my EcoBoost turbo is bad? ›

The symptoms of a damaged or failing turbo are:
  1. Loss of power.
  2. Slower, louder acceleration.
  3. Difficulty maintaining high speeds.
  4. Blue/grey smoke coming from the exhaust.
  5. Engine dashboard light is showing.

What is the most reliable F-150 engine? ›

Obviously, the best Ford F-150 engine for longevity is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrain. However, if you're a fan of the 5.0-liter engine, and you're still wondering which F-150 engine is the most reliable between the 3.5-liter EcoBoost or the 5.0-liter, the answer is straight-forward.

Which Ford engine has problems? ›

Ford EcoBoost Engine Problems All Ford Owners and Used Car Shoppers Should Understand. Here's a recent warning to Ford owners and used car shoppers considering buying any of the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines that are known to have this common problem that can be prohibitively expensive.

Do Ford EcoBoost engines require premium fuel? ›

The short answer is no. But, even though it's not required, there are instances where premium fuel is strongly recommended. The Ford F-150 EcoBoost is a 3.5-liter V-6 twin-turbocharged engine, and using these turbochargers, it is able to provide V-8 power with V-6 fuel economy.

Which F-150 EcoBoost is best? ›

If you're looking for an engine that delivers the best-in-class tow rating for the Ford F-150, then the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine is the right choice for you.

What mileage does a Ford F-150 become unreliable? ›

Realistically, strive for 200,000 miles or more, but expect 150,000” – “The average Ford F150 can last between 150,000 and 300,000 miles depending on the model year and the truck's usage and environment.

What year model F-150 is the most reliable? ›

You're best off sticking with these 10 model years. The Ford F-150 truly needs no introduction.
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Where is the 1.6 EcoBoost engine made? ›

Global production

The V6 EcoBoost engines are being assembled at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 in Brook Park, Ohio. The 2.0-liter I4 EcoBoost engines were produced at the Ford Valencia Plant in Spain in 2009. The 1.6-liter I4 EcoBoost engines are assembled at the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant in the United Kingdom.

Which EcoBoost engine to avoid? ›

The first and most prominent issue with the 1.0L Ecoboost engine is its tendency to blow head gaskets. The 1.0L had a faulty lower hose in the engine's cooling system that would allow coolant to escape slowly. So, as the engine slowly ran itself out of coolant, the owners didn't often take notice.

Which is better V8 or EcoBoost? ›

Clearly, the EcoBoost is the best option if you want more horsepower, torque, towing capacity, or better fuel economy. However, the V8 engine is rated to haul more cargo and comes available on more trim levels.

How many miles can you put on an EcoBoost engine? ›

The EcoBoost is built tough and is designed to last a long time. A factory standard 3.5 EcoBoost engine can give you up to 250 000 miles (402 000 km), and more if the vehicle has been well taken care of with regularly scheduled maintenance and no major alterations.

How long should an EcoBoost engine last? ›

The 3.5 EcoBoost life expectancy has improved greatly in recent years, and Ford reports the turbo engine to offer approximately 150,000 miles. However, if you take care of the engine and get regular maintenance and services, it can last up to 250,000.

How many miles will a 1.5 EcoBoost engine last? ›

However, the introduction of the EcoBoost engine and a completely new powertrain in 2013 dramatically damaged the durability of the compact SUV. Vehicles that are part of the 2013 to 2019 generation may only run up to 130,000 miles. In some cases, owners are seeing their engine replaced as early as 27,000 miles.

How much HP can a 1.6 L EcoBoost handle? ›

Ford 1.6 EcoBoost Specifications
Compression ratio10.0:1
Max power @ RPM197 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque @ RPM199 lb-ft @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
Cylinder HeadAluminum
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What years of F-150 EcoBoost to avoid? ›

F-150 Model Year To Avoid Buying Used

Some of the worst model years of the Ford F-150 and the ones you should avoid buying are 2004, 2005, and 2010.

How much does it cost to replace turbo on F-150 EcoBoost? ›

The average cost for a Ford F-150 Turbocharger Assembly Replacement is between $1,172 and $1,336. Labor costs are estimated between $351 and $443 while parts are priced between $820 and $893.

How often should you change EcoBoost oil? ›

Never exceed one year or 10,000 miles between oil change intervals.

Why was the EcoBoost engine discontinued? ›

The discontinuation of the EcoBoost variant could be due to the upcoming BS6 norms. The Ford EcoSport utilises the award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that develops 125PS of power and 170Nm of torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

What are common EcoBoost problems? ›

The most common issues are overheating, oil leaks, and turbocharger failure. However, you can prevent these problems with proper maintenance. Regularly check your coolant level, change your oil, and service your spark plugs. Give your engine space to breathe, and check the belts often.

What is the difference between Ford 1.6 and 1.5 EcoBoost? ›

The 1.5 produces 178 horsepower—the same amount generated by the 1.6—but 7 fewer lb-ft of torque, at 177. Yet the stick-shifted 1.6 is good for ratings of 25 and 37.


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