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Old 11-01-2009, 07:44 AM   #11
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Re: Ford Diesel Engines Are History

As TwinStick says, the V/10 is going away too...
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:56 AM   #12
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Re: Ford Diesel Engines Are History

Perhaps we'll see more GMC 3500 cargo vans with a Duramax 6.6 for the basis of future builds? That Duramax is one fine engine.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:24 PM   #13
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Re: Ford Diesel Engines Are History

One of the things that makes the Duramax such an excellent engine, (which it most unquestionably is), is the unbeatable Allison transmission. (Which is, of course, in true to form American Big three logic), not available in the vans.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:45 PM   #14
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Re: Ford Diesel Engines Are History

I was wondering about that. For the GMC Savanna, they list a 6-speed auto available, but its not listed as an Allison. Also something of a bummer is the lack of factory AWD for the 3500 vans (available for the 1500). Won't someone ever get it right???

Hell, its all academic anyway as I'm not in the market for a new ride.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:47 PM   #15
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Re: Ford Diesel Engines Are History

IMO, if someone got it right, it would have a Cummins & the option of either a 6-speed auto or a 6-speed manual, with the same gear ratios in both. 1st- 6.29 2nd- 3.48 3rd- 2.10 4th- 1.38 5th- 1.0 6th- .79 Rev- 5.74. The trans with those gear ratios turned the mild manered Hemi into a whole different animal.
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