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Old 09-27-2013, 03:33 PM   #41
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Re: How little engine power is just barely enough?

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Also, the V10 idles smoother. But mostly I think I would feel inadequate with only a V8 after having had a V10. And no way would I ever consider a V6 in a full size van unless it had a couple turbos included By the time I hit 500,000 miles durability of the Transit should be pretty well established....
Would that be the case even if you didn't tow such large trailers?

The standard non-turbo Transit V6 (same as used in F150 pickups) is rated around the same HP as the V10. Obviously it wouldn't be able to tow as much, but if intended only to drive the van, wouldn't it be more than enough? Particularly with a 6-speed auto.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:08 AM   #42
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Re: How little engine power is just barely enough?

Yesterday I pulled my 5x8 trailer with dirt bike up the Columbia River gorge. There was heavy deer hunter traffic, it was raining hard, and the wind was blowing 30-40 mph. We're talking walls of water. It was nice being able to put the cruise control on 65 mph (the speed limit) and use all of my attention for steering and seeing.

If I had a v6 or even a smaller v8 I'm guessing I would have had to pay some attention to maintaining speed as well. Sometimes having more than enough power is just convenient and comforting.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:50 PM   #43
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Would that be the case even if you didn't tow such large trailers?
Yup If I bought a car today it would be Flex wagon with the 3.5L EcoBoost. If I'm going to spend big bucks on a new car or van, it better not be slow.
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