Wow man, when it rains it pours! You needing a new engine sounds like a bunch of crap to me. One thing I noticed when taking mine in to the stealership, is both places acted like they didn't want to do the work. Its so easy to say that you need a new engine, when really its probably something else. Who knows. I've read a many of threads about people with these NBS trucks needing new motors. Some had less than 500 miles. Are you still under warranty?? For your sake, I hope so. As for me, I'm still weighing my option. Like your truck, my runs fine going down the interstate, I also pull a boat bout every weekend too. The stealership saying that I need new timing chains, tensioners, belts, you name it, is a bunch of crap!! If it was really that, then I would be having way more trouble than I am now. As a matter of fact, I put over 300 miles on it, this past weekend, and it never acted up once
Like you, i'm trying not to sour on the best lookin trucks on the road. Been a Ford man all my life. I will give Ford one more chance, probably when the 2011 or 2012 models come or when ever Ford makes a drastic change. My 2001 5.4 was a Ford owners dream, plenty of power, and the only thing that went wrong with it in 4 years was the starter went bad!! Very impressed with the older style models. Wish I could say the same about these models.
Once again sorry bout the mess your in, but I wouldn't give in to what the stealership is tellin ya. If it is under warranty then go for it, if it's not let Ford have it!! Keep me posted.