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Old 03-12-2012, 06:35 PM   #113
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1. Yes, I would buy 2l diesel truck to pull my F/G if money would be an issue ( $15K-25K) with towing MPG > 20.
2. No, I would not buy 2L diesel truck because it is a diesel.
Yes, and don't forget torque. I am considering a VW Passat TDI for tow power + mileage.

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:03 PM   #114
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I would love to have a small Diesel, but here in Indiana the price you see on the sign as you pass the truck stop is for exempt trucks only and the auto Diesel is more expensive because of the taxes.
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I would get a diesel in a second - no wait - I just did!

But I would NEVER ever, ever, ever! buy a tiny truck under ANY circumstances (and not even then!)

A full size Duramax is rated to get the same fuel mileage we are talking about here
(20 plus MPG) so why buy an "unknown" brand, just to get the same fuel consumption with less vehicle?
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Lacking 2012 E.P.A. Certification, Mahindra & Mahindra Trucks Are Longshots for U.S. Sales - NYTimes.comAlthough the Mahindra is basically a non-issue, I still find this thread really interesting as far as the diesel conversation.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:45 PM   #117
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Mahindra is not anymore unknown than your Isuzu, "Duramax".
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........................ But I would NEVER ever, ever, ever! buy a tiny truck under ANY circumstances (and not even then!) ....................
Allow me to phrase it in my words to make sure I understand you correctly, - you would not by a small, tiny, tin can truck even in after life; did I understand you correctly?
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I would get a diesel in a second - no wait - I just did!
I would like a half-ton diesel. No dually, please.

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Mahindra is not anymore unknown than your Isuzu, "Duramax".

Hmmmm....

So in your view, a Mahindra which requires emeregncy service, in "small-town anywhere", USA would be as easy to get parts and service for as would a Chevrolet/GMC???
In your view Mahindra Dealerships would be as common as Chevrolet dealerships are, and parts would be in stock at every O'Reilly's?

Just curious
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Your Duramax is a Isuzu Diesel, if every Chevy garage has a Diesel tech then you will be good. Mahindra is Indian but built in the U.S. as far as I know, they've been building farm tractors for quite awhile now. When I had my Duramax the only problems were the Chevy parts and my buddy has a Mahindra tractor and the only problems with it have been in the hydraulics and they are parts from Prince hydraulics. I wouldn't be afraid of a Mahindra small Diesel but I would prefer Toyota to use one of their Diesel forklift engines in a Toyota Tacoma.
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One of the "selling" points of brining the Mahindra truck to the US is there's already mechanical "dealers" setup across the country. Granted, you won't see shiny chromed vehicles, but it's all about the running gear if you breakdown in farm country. In fact, you'd probably find more places to get a Mahindra fixed than a Smart Car in the US.
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If Subaru diesel would be available in US I would give it very strong consideration and change my F350 with Bigfoot to a smaller trailer.
I am not sure if Subaru Diesel would work in US, we have different time zone....

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i haven't read all this thread but i haven't seen VW mentioned.
i used to pull my 13ft boler with a 20 year old vw rabbit that had
over 400,000k on it. a 1.6L diesel 5speed, good times!!
it got 35-40mpg pullin and over 50 empty.
todays VW diesels are way more powerful and better mileage.
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Perhaps Mahindra will join forces with Ssangyong Motor Co. to get small diesel trucks in US. We will see.

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl...ra-distributor

Ssangyong Motors Australia - Actyon Sports Ute

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Thanks for the links George.

In the first link they say this:
"Mahindra has taken giant steps in a different direction. The Indian company now owns an interest in Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor Co., which has its own interest in entering the U.S. market."

The second link to Ssangyong Motors; indicates these trucks have a 2300 KG braked towing capacity. That is a 5000+ Lb. Delve through the specs and you will find there is a 750 KG unbraked tow capacity (1650 lbs).

There looks to be lots of interesting options. I sort of liked the rear cap that made it look like a station wagon or SUV. The only thing I didn't really like about it was that the steering wheel was on the wrong side for North America.
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i haven't read all this thread but i haven't seen VW mentioned.
i used to pull my 13ft boler with a 20 year old vw rabbit that had
over 400,000k on it. a 1.6L diesel 5speed, good times!!
it got 35-40mpg pullin and over 50 empty.
todays VW diesels are way more powerful and better mileage.
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Today's VW diesels are a lot more powerful, but they get lower mileage than your rabbit. The last ones that got really great mileage were the 100hp ones. My father has a 2006 Jetta that regularly breaks 50 MPG. With the newer ones, it's not unusual for them to be getting mid 30s.

My 2003 was rated at 42/49, a new one is rated at 30/42.
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