Yeah it continued all the way through.
I still maintain that the Ford V8's all the way through the modular, OHC (both SOHC and DOHC) era regardless of displacement are some of the nosiest engines ever produced when it comes to the underhood racket made by all those extra moving parts versus the GM OHV engines of the same time frame.
Most of the clicking and ticking we hear is normal for our engines. My 97 F150, 2001 Grand Marquis (4.6L 2V), 2004 F150 (5.4L 3V) and both Mustangs (Coyotes) click and tick their collective asses off, to the point that I had stopped noticing it until someone else brings it up.
I will say that while people were searching for causes for some of the louder ticks, problems have been found with specific parts and pieces (the belt tensioner on the Coyote is one that comes to mind), so kudos to those who took the time to track these issues down.
That said, most of the ticking is absolutely normal, the variance being one's own sensitivity to those noises.
Both 4.6's and the 5.4 that I previously owned all went well north of 100K miles before I offloaded them and are still running for their new owners today. I never had a problem with any of them. I expect that both of my Coyotes will out last the cars they are installed in, too be honest.
And I am sure that the 2015+ Coyote will be noisy as well, its the nature of the beast.
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