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Old 10-12-2012, 04:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Another vote for the 1.9 TDI - it has all the advantages -

- Can run on veggie oil
- Available, find a scrappie TDI, and if it breaks there is another one available
- Conversion kits for N/S installation are easy
- Tuneable, up to 180hp/300+ lb/ft if you like being able to stuff 'vettes without trying.

The 5 cyl Merc is good if you like a "plugger" type engine - enough torque to keep going forever but nothing much more. Its kind of a European truck engine fitted to a car.

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:34 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by pete c View Post
I also own a 3 liter V-6 ranger. The vulcan V-6 is a very good reliable motor, but, they don't call it the 3.slow for nothin'.
Haha 3. slow
It was a thirsty truck as well, I never tried to get good mileage in that truck, 20-21 mpg was the numbers i was seeing with it. Sold it, bought my Beetle and enjoy 3 times the mileage.
For every $50 i put in the Beetles tank i would have had to put $150 into the Rangers tank.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:14 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by pete c View Post
The benz I5 turbo version is the way to go. Plenty of power and they will outlast that S-10 a few times over. BTW, I am talking of the old (85-earlier) OM-617. It is cast iron, top to bottom and will go a million miles if maintained at all. The newer benzes are partly aluminum and don't have anything close to the same reliability/longevity.
Can you say heavy? The turbo is the only choice to get any torque at all out of the cast iron Benz engine.
I'm not coasting, I'm shifting slowly.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bennelson View Post
Turbos are nice, but I can never seems to find anything affordable with a turbo on the used market.
You could buy a turbo and make it fit.
I was able to find my holset HE351VE turbocharger on cregslist for $180.
You could buy a working used IDI diesel cheap and a working used small turbo charger for dirt cheap and make them work together.
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Originally Posted by bennelson View Post
My S10 is a 1995, so it is pre-ODBII.
I think it's all less of an issue because of that.

Turbos are nice, but I can never seems to find anything affordable with a turbo on the used market.
Not being OBD-compliant is a good point, since it solves all the issues in that matter. You can use any engine, either all-mechanical or electronically-controlled. Would worth to take a look at a Mercedes 240D (yes, the 4-banger one).

If its 4cyl OM616 can move the van below (Spanish-made Mercedes-Benz MB180-D, with an upgraded 79-ish hp version of the engine and a FWD transaxle), wouldn't be a bad option for an S10.

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