I emailed Dodge to see if they were planning on offering a diesel 1/2 ton 1500
or Dakota next year or in the near future. Their response was negative which
was the same response I received after also emailing GM and Ford. Toyota
states on their web page that they have no plans to introduce diesel engines
in the U.S. any time soon. Nissan didn't respond but I wouldn't buy one of
their butt ugly trucks anyway. With the advent of low sulfur diesel this
fall in the U.S., along with the ever rising price of gas, it would seem now
would be the perfect time for the introduction of a 1/2 ton diesel. Dodge did
say the Dakota will be offered with a flex-fuel engine option for 2007. If
it's a V8 I guess that'll be my next truck.
All of the current diesels that American automakers put in their light duty
pickups would be too heavy for 1/2 ton and Dakota vehicles to handle.
Why are you stuck on 1/2 tons? Step up to a 3/4 ton pickup or Ford Excursion
if you desire an SUV.
The Jeep Liberty diesel is made by VM Motori of Italy
(www.vmmotori.it). It is designated R 425 DOHC. A major reason you
will not see this in a RAM 1500 is because DC is scared it would be a
hit. A hit with those who would otherwise buy a 2500 Cummins powered
diesel, in which case they would loose money on the sale and also on
the maintenance. Remember 2500 and 3500 series trucks are cash cows
for auto makers. Until the stats show a diesel 1/2 ton would generate
enough new buyers or enough buyers from a different segment to replace
the loss of larger truck sales you will not see it.
Correct. However, it weighs about 2/3 as much, or around 750lbs. Bit much
for a half ton or small pickup. It also has the same height dimension as the
6BT version, which means its too tall to fit under a smaller pickup's hood.
This is likely the reason why the 4BT wasn't used for the Liberty.
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
yes i know the liberty isnt a p/u but that wasnt my point. the point was i
believe that would be an ideal engine for that platform.
and as i understand it the CRD is made by an italian based company (cant
remember the name of it now)
im sorry i was reverting back to other engines in my mind. i wrote that
after a 13 hour night shift in the factory. i was more than just a little
fried. forgive my error on the displacement of the engine.
No apology necessary ... I was thinking that perhaps DC offered two
different CRD's. I would still want the bigger of the two, mind you.
I was quite impressed with the CRD Liberty. Very much worth the $$$.
naturally i would agree *grin*
we love it. thing is stout and Tara is reporting 25 mpg to and from work
looking forward to first trip to the lake with it (and the boat of course)
and the first long road trip to KY to see the inlaws in it. im looking
forward to impressive performance and mpg out of it. if the round town
numbers are any indication naturally.
On Sat, 13 May 2006 21:28:56 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Electrician)
There is a very big reason for this. Diesel are very bad NOx emission
generators (about as bad as 7 to 10 like gas trucks) and they have
gotten by for years because there was no serious regs to limit it.
Well, that changes in 2008 big time and detriot is struggling to meet
it with current models and it only gets tighter in coming years which
makes them a lot less atractive to auto manufactures for compliance.
2007 diesel emissons are nothing compared to NOx limits that start in
2008 and get even tighter after that. I look for diesel to lose favor
in the next 5 to 7 years in detriot because of this because they will
cost more to make, warrant for emissions and that together with cheap
diesel fuel being gone for good all adds up to a less than bright
future for them in SUV's. Starting in 08 they will have full fludge
CAT's on them too, not just the current thermal reactors for
particulates that are called CAT's by some.
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