Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Greg asks: Why have the manufactures dropped the old reliable engines that put out a lot of load-moving torque right off of idle? I’ve always found such vehicles a lot more pleasant to drive as they are able to shoulder the load in the lower RPM band where they are also quieter and even more fuel efficient. The experiences I’ve had with a limited amount of newer pick ups left me grateful my old one is so reliable yet and I’m nowhere near forced to buy new. What I’d really wish for would be a new 300 six ford with a 4/5 speed transmission. They could move massive loads reliably and dependably when called on and they suited my needs just fine.
My reply: You can thank Uncle. Which is to say, the government. Which is to say – the arrogant control freaks who are “the government.” These control freaks think your next new vehicle – car or truck – must average a certain mandatory minimum miles-per-gallon. Currently, the mandatory minimum is about 36 MPG. If they don’t, they get fined – and of course, these fines are passed on to the buyer. So engines get smaller – to use less gas. But this has a cost, too.
To make up the horsepower lost via less displacement, these small engines are turbocharged. A turbo isn’t cheap. In fact, it costs a great deal more than the gas “saved.”
But no matter – as far as the control freak busybodies are concerned. But it is going to be very hard for these creeps to keep it up given the way they are tearing down the economy – and because gas is now well under $2 per gallon, making any “savings” absurd vs. the costs being imposed.
The key to ending all of this is repudiating “the government’s” having anything whatever to say about how much gas our vehicles burn. If they wish to “conserve” let them. But they have no more right to force us to “conserve” things we’ve bought and paid fo than they have to tax the things we paid for, like our homes.
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