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Old 06-06-2010, 06:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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What makes me scratch my head is someone concerned about fuel consumption using 3 times the fuel I do per mile.

Instead of the v10, why not go for the Cummins diesel? Economy figures in the 20 mpg range are common, and 30 mpg is possible. You'll lose 4 cylinders and 65 hp, and gain 10 ft llbs torque. My uncle with a 2500 with the cummins and a 5 speed manual, 4wd and a crew cab regularly got 20 mpg and could haul anything.

The 8L V10 has 300 hp, 450 lb ft, and gets single digit fuel economy.

The 5.9L I6 has 235 hp, 460 lb ft torque and gets 15-30 mpg.

Seems like a simple decision to me......

RIP Maxima 1997-2012

Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
I think you missed the point I was trying to make, which is that it's not rational to do either speed or fuel economy mods for economic reasons. You do it as a form of recreation, for the fun and for the challenge.
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