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Feb 14, 2013 (8:26 am)
That happened to my Miata's stereo, albeit slowly. First the top 3rd went dim. Then the middle. Then the bottom. Still worked but I saw nothing in the display, funny.
It was about 16 years old so I just replaced the whole head unit myself.
I kinda regret selling that car.
Back on topic....wonder if the SkyActiv-D would wedge in to the ND Miata?
#8088 of 9298 Re: - [ateixeira]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 14, 2013 (8:41 am)
Oh, I think it's topical. The "pro" that you should buy a diesel passenger car because it'll last longer than a gasser doesn't hold a lot of water in real life to me. *Something* is going to break sooner or later.
Some high milers don't have diesel on their radar either.
#8090 of 9298 back to the V6/inline question
by steve_ HOST
Feb 14, 2013 (8:44 am)
"Ram plans to shake up the light-duty pickup market with the introduction of a diesel engine. A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine will be available in 2014 Ram 1500 pickup trucks beginning in the third quarter of this year.
Neither pricing nor fuel economy was announced.
"Truck owners have been asking for it, and Ram will be the first to offer a diesel powertrain in the half-ton segment," Ram CEO Fred Diaz said in a statement released by the automaker.
None of the competitors in the light-duty pickup market offer a diesel engine."
2014 Ram 1500 Gets V6 Diesel Option
(lol, Juice, you beat me by mere seconds. Your keyboard must have more torque than mine).
Feb 14, 2013 (8:52 am)
I have probably had more diesels of varying configurations from cars to trucks to construction equipment than you have. Of course maybe you too have had a PILE of them over the years, but regardless... it is irrelevant in that I don't need to presently own a TDI in order to have an educated opinion on them.
Like I said before, let's keep in touch..and see how the Jetta is doing even in its next 180000, let alone the other 40k on top of that. When you start getting up there, every mile starts to really show its age.
I probably should have elaborated my point, which is: in most car-like applications is that you have to love a diesel for the way it runs. Period. Yes, it can show fewer running costs initially. But tally those offsets up after you have replaced the big $ items I mentioned trying to double and triple your present mileage, and all of a sudden it's not the initially perceived ea$y ride you thought it was gonna be.
Feb 14, 2013 (9:03 am)
Been reading a bit about this lately..the writing was on the wall. But this time they (Chrysler) did something smart...even if it is going to be a V, which admittedly is no surprise whatsoever in engine bay compact space and weight constraints.
Let's hope they don't BUTCHER the poor engine with poorly designed emission devices that kill the engine , which will further cement another nail in the North American perception of diesel engine's coffin in small vehicles.
#8093 of 9298 Re: - [steve_]
Feb 14, 2013 (9:20 am)
At 182k and 13 years, I have niggling little stuff happening
At 105k miles and 23 years my wife's Lexus has some issues. the LCD for the radio is completely dark. The radio antenna goes up, but does not go back down without assistance. So even top luxo barges have issues if you keep them long enough.
#8094 of 9298 Re: BIG News [ateixeira]
Feb 14, 2013 (9:29 am)
Chrysler under Fiat management is arguably the best of the D3. I don't think there is any question that the Ram HD diesel PU trucks are head and shoulders above GM and Ford. They may be ugly but if you have to tow a big load they are the truck to buy. Cummins knows diesels far better than Ford, IH, GM or Izusu. I also think the Inline configuration is stronger than the "V"s.
Now can Fiat/Chrysler beat the socks off of GM and Ford with a Ram 1500 diesel. I hope they do. They have been gaining market share at a good pace so far.
#8095 of 9298 Re: - [dudleyr]
Feb 14, 2013 (12:00 pm)
Indeed, off topic, but as a comparison (mentioned more than once on this thread) , we are shooting for as a short term goal 25 years for two Toyota Landcruisers 1994/1996. On topic we wish even then they were diesels. Each has 200,000 + miles. I can say that without a doubt both in items gasser and NON gasser related has cost more in both unscheduled and scheduled maintenance than any diesel I have the same mileages.
#8096 of 9298 Re: - [steve_]
Feb 14, 2013 (12:59 pm)
The "pro" that you should buy a diesel passenger car because it'll last longer than a gasser doesn't hold a lot of water in real life to me.
I remember hearing that adage for years as I grew up.
Back in the 1960-80's, there was probably some truth to it.
But, I think the durability of gasoline engines (in general) has improved dramatically in the last 25 years, with things like fuel injection and all...
Still, if I was into lots of primarily long-distance highway driving, I might very well opt for a diesel, probably of European design. Lots of experience with diesels there...