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Old 02-12-2013, 04:51 PM   #43
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Ken, I use fuelly for virtual new vehicle shopping all the time. It gives a real world view of actual mileage as recorded by people who at least care a little about economy, otherwise why would they bother typing in the data every time they gas up. Interesting too is the range of mileage for identical vehicles but different drivers. Obviously the driving style can have a huge impact on mpg.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:57 PM   #44
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I never knew about the site, thanks. I was looking at trucks wondering what load was in the back or what was being towed. it's fun to look around at all the different combos
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:01 PM   #45
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Bill, when I bought my last car, a 2007 RAV4, I really debated 2vs 4 wheel drive. The 2wd was $1000 cheaper and got a little better mileage. When I looked at 5 year old used Rav4 prices though, the 4wd option increased the used value more than $1000. Especially up north, I think people expect SUVs to have 4 or AWD, and demand quite a discount to settle for 2wd.

I'm probably going to get a 4 WD jeep grand cherokee next summer. I bet a 2wd Laredo V6 model is the least expensive (around $30,000 if you are serious about not wanting a lot of fancy options) rear wheel drive vehicle you can get outside of a pick up truck. 6200 lbs towing capacity and 24 mpg highway is pretty good.

The replacement for the Liberty is coming out later this year but I bet the 2wd version will be FWD as it is built on the Dodge Dart platform. I can't imagine it would tow more than maybe 2000# either.
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Thanks Denny, I'm in the same thought pattern as you except resale doesn't concern me. My everyday drivers are driven until the "wheels fall off" as the expression goes.
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Today in USA today has section B cover story about Chrysler announcement that they will offer a diesel in their standard duty Ram 1500 truck.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #48
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Diesel is the way to go. They pull great and the maintenance on the is minimal...mostly oil changes
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:54 PM   #49
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Ya, those gas-o-lene engines are real maintenance hogs, what with new spark plugs every 100,000 miles & oil changes only 1/2 as often as diesels you hardly ever get a chance to go to the dealership for service.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:33 PM   #50
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yup its hard to believe that some of the gas-o-lene engine builders actually expect you to find the time in your busy schedule to change the oil ever 20,000 miles these days!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:51 PM   #51
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Gale Banks will be selling these engines in the US with the associated computer module. It would make a good retro-fit for make Tow Vehicles. I can see these installed into Tahoe's, Suburban's, Wrangler's, older station wagon's, and any car that would fit a small block V8. These motors will be a hot riders dream for the fuel efficiency.
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Per #51: Which engines?????
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:26 PM   #53
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Gale Banks is a diesel performance shop. I was speaking about the new 30 liter diesel.
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30 liters, wow, must be for a Kenworth!
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Gale Banks is a diesel performance shop. I was speaking about the new 30 liter diesel.
Presumably this is the Gale Banks 630T, which is a 3.0 litre of course. It is made by VM Motori.
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Not to be sour grapes, but I doubt if there will be much of a market within the FGRV market to have a single source diesel engine installed for around (WAG) $20k+, in a 10 y.o. TV.

In the Diesel "Performance" market, where they seem to have lots of money to throw around, maybe.....
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