Although I do have a soft spot for big blocks(lots of power potential), I think the best thing GM did was put a Diesel in the Suburban(great torque for towing or just moving such a large beast and fuel economy), I also think the stupidest thing GM did was to stop offering the Diesel in the Suburban(especially the Duramax). The biggest/heaviest thing they build should have a Diesel as an option. The initial cost may not be cheap but it will pay for itself in the long term as well as have a higher resale value. I have heard from alot of sales reps at various dealerships that this has been a huge complaint from alot of customers which has affected sales. The rumor is that GM is going to be offering a V6 version of the Duramax in 2007, time will tell.
The concept of the diesel has been around for a long time. There have even been some diesels that run on peanut oil, which can be very cheap to grow and distill. Not to mention the lower operating RMP and longer engine life.
My folks just bought a 37" Bounder motorhome, complete with a CAT 300HP turbodiesel. They went from about 7-8 MPG gas to about 10-11 Diesel.
We bought a horse trailer online in North Carolina, and drove from Rhode Island to pick it up. We averaged about 12mpg even with the trailer in tow. Gotta love the 454! Not great gas mileage, but you'd never know we even towed anything back since we tanked up just as frequently on the way back, as the way down.
Steve how much acreage would you need to have to be able to harvest your own peanut oil??? :shock:
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