It seems like this was intended for a 4.4 l diesel for the f150 or SUV's but it just never happened.
Technically, it did happen. Land Rover is using Ford's 4.4L diesel in the Range Rover in Europe. Unfortunately, we don't get it stateside. Kind of a shame since it's supposedly a very nice engine. It makes 308hp and 516ft-lbs of tq in Range Rover trim.
While gas is now direct injection in many vehicles, it still is young and still requires spark plugs. I really like my V10 and it would be better if it were direct injection. The fact is Diesel has more BTU's per gallon than does gasoline, that's where the economy is. I know this is rather direct from a new username, but diesel engines are getting better with time as well.
The fact is Diesel has more BTU's per gallon than does gasoline, that's where the economy is.
Economy? What economy? Diesel has been consistently costing more than gas, and a diesel trucks costs a ton more to buy and look after ?!?
Would you buy an f150 for a family vehicle with DPF, urea, EGR, etc ? I wouldn't.
I would consider swapping a pre-emissions diesel into an f150, but this new technology is insane, and not cost effective unless you drive a ton of miles.
IMHO, for diesel trucks to become a huge asset again, they either need to get more reliable, cheaper, or the price of diesel needs to go way down. Do any of those things sound like reality?
I am putting a dt360 engine in a 2008 f250:
I agree that diesel is a whole lot more and regulations are killing it. Wow, I think the only way it could seem like you hate diesel any more would be if you typed all caps.
There is a reason that diesel (when you compare the same size gas and diesel engines) get better fuel mileage, it is because of the btu's per gallon of diesel versus per gallon of gasoline. It's basically the same with gasoline and methanol (or other alcoholic fuels). You are correct in your summation that the economy of diesel has been eroded with all the new reg's and equipment combined with the higher price for diesel. That is why my dad hasn't been taking his boat out as often (he has the 6.0 powerstroke in his F250) and when he does, it's not as far.
When you look at towing, diesel engines have the advantage over gasoline engines with the amount of torque they produce (again the btu's per gallon). For most American's, diesel is of no real advantage unless you are looking at bio diesel. However, for myself a diesel would be better for me because I have been towing a lot. I wasn't towing much last year, however in the last couple of months business has picked up to where I actually use the capabilities of my truck. I currently have a V10, and a 7.3 diesel would really help getting up those hills with a full load. When I do buy my next truck, it will probably be a 2001 or older truck, mainly because the 7.3 is a more reliable engine (imo).
Give me a 4.10 rear end and an 8 speed manual in my 2013 F350SRW and I would order it Monday.
Literally, we don't NEED more power. We need economy, reliability, clean diesels. Gimme max boost in every gear at 1400 rpm and I will be just fine. Smaller engine, work it easy with gearing, makes better longevity and economy. (at least I think it would)
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