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Old 10-02-2006, 01:30 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Small diesel's

My dad and I have been throwing ideas around and we keep thinking that GM or Ford need to build a small 4cylinder diesel for half-ton pickups and vans. He thinks a 3-5L I4 in these vehicles would sell like crazy for fleet owners. Im tending to agree with him, the advantages we see are outstanding, and I wouldnt hesitate in swapping one in my truck.

What do ya'll think? or
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:05 PM   #2
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diesels are perfect for any truck IMO
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:59 PM   #3
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You want to see 3 or 5-litre diesel pickups?....I'm not sure that would work in the US. It would work well for small cars, but when you're talking about that sort of size engine, 6-cylinders are often better in my opinion!
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:50 PM   #4
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do you consider 3.5 as small? for a half ton pick up or van, thats quite alot!!!
our vans here (where i work) are 3.5 tons and have a 2.5, not much power (90hp i think) but a good amount of torque
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:25 PM   #5
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Ill show you an example or two of the average truck on our side of the pond


5.3liter v8 petrol or 6.6L turbodiesel V8 550+lb ft

and these came with a 8.1 L V8


all chevy I know
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do you consider 3.5 as small? for a half ton pick up or van, thats quite alot!!!
our vans here (where i work) are 3.5 tons and have a 2.5, not much power (90hp i think) but a good amount of torque

Most CARS have more displacement then that.
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I think ya'll misunderstood me, I was refering to fleet applications, something that would last many, many miles between services and get great effeicentcy. Not for a performance swap, IMO we need to drastically change our driving habits in the US to make our resources last longer.
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I think ya'll misunderstood me, I was refering to fleet applications, something that would last many, many miles between services and get great effeicentcy. Not for a performance swap, IMO we need to drastically change our driving habits in the US to make our resources last longer.
i knew what you meant!!! we have a fleet of 40 3.5t vans! (and some of them have lasted more than 120,000 miles
and 2 40ft Renault 13 litre V8 trucks
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i knew what you meant!!! we have a fleet of 40 3.5t vans! (and some of them have lasted more than 120,000 miles
and 2 40ft Renault 13 litre V8 trucks
Vehicles last for as long as the company allows, most fleet buyer replace them every couple of years anyway! You have two V8 REnaults?
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yes why??? they are powerful! 510bhp!!!
ugly things they are! they should get the mercs or the scania!
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:38 PM   #11
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yes why??? they are powerful! 510bhp!!!
ugly things they are! they should get the mercs or the scania!
I thought you meant those old things, and that they were petrol, lol. Now I'm assuming they are Diesel?.....proper lorries?
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