Does Ford's family of EcoBoost engines, which use turbocharging and direct injection to boost output and reduce emissions, have a phantom member?
A customer from out of state recently stopped by Big Sky Ford-Lincoln in Torrington, Wyo., looking to get the oil changed on his 2011 Ford F-150 as he headed toward Yellowstone National Park. Dealer Martin Gubbels says the fellow, who came from the Midwest, was chatty and very friendly.
"He was very proud of his EcoBoost" engine, Gubbels says. The customer was eager to see the dealership's oil change area, so Gubbels escorted him to the service bay, where the hood was raised on the customer's truck. Gubbels could clearly see the engine was a 5.0-liter V-8. Gubbels did a double take: On the driver's door was Ford's distinctive blue, green and silver EcoBoost badge.
One small problem: There's no such thing as a 5.0 EcoBoost -- or any EcoBoost V-8, for that matter. The only EcoBoost engine Ford sells on its F-150 is a 3.5-liter V-6.
Gubbels says the customer told him he had purchased the truck new.
"Yowza," says Gubbels. "Whoever was smart enough to sell it to him put an EcoBoost sign on it. That's how popular EcoBoost is."
A Ford spokesman declined to comment.