In my first answer to this http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2300828/buying-a-mini-suv-lincoln-vs-audi-acura-have-you-even-heard-of-the-lincoln-mkc#latest thread from early this morning, I asked if anyone has any experience with modern turbo chargers, one of which is Ford’s Ecoboost. So far there have been no answers, but it wasn’t my thread.
My experience with turbo cars goes back to a couple of 4-cylinder SVO Mustangs about 25 and 26 years ago. They seemed to me to be Ford’s attempt to get a quart of power out of a pint engine. It worked, and my turbos did not fail, but I know at least one of them was tired and noisy. A new turbo was about $1200 at the time. Then there was a Merkur XR4-Ti that I bought with a hole blown in the top of one piston. After replacing the piston, I found that the waste gate was not wasting properly, and 20 PSIg of boost was foisted on the poor little engine. No wonder it had a holey piston.
So, are the new ones better? Will they last as long as the cars and trucks they help to propel? What do you think?