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PassmyGas
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:29:52 AM

With gas prices that high and possibly going higher, do you think that you will downsize your engine with your next purchase of a new vehicle?
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lwood655
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 8:56:42 AM

no 6 cylinder is small enough
jhome
All-Star Author Maine

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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 11:50:20 PM

I need sufficient power for my pickup to plow and haul a trailer so I am not looking for a "smaller engine." However I am looking for an engine with better fuel economy
coffeerage
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 6:08:12 PM

No, just one with more power and fuel efficiency.
Bowlerman10
Sophomore Author Fort Worth

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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 5:57:58 PM

maybe not smaller. Just more fuel effecient
nichols
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 3:25:17 PM

yes
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 12:38:45 PM

No plans for a new vehicle but if we do the engine size will be about the same.
thirty8paces
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:40:17 AM

Nope.
MertieMan
Champion Author Lexington

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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:31:32 AM

Absolutely NOT, the one I have now is small enough, but it gets the job done quite efficiently.
GustheCat2
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:23:19 AM

No
herbiepopnecker
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 11:42:43 PM

Yes. The newer model has a smaller engine with better mileage AND 4% more HP
urpostman
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 9:35:33 PM

yes
Jake92876
Champion Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 8:51:21 PM

Just bought a larger engine actually.
Camry05
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 7:55:28 PM

yes
rick_evans
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 3:58:02 PM

I've been a small engine guy since living through the OPEC oil embargo driving my first car a V8.
TomB2
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 2:25:41 PM

Thinking about an Eco Boost V-6
nichols
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 11:42:32 AM

yes
happylilly
Champion Author St. Louis

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 1:59:54 AM

no
Hemond
Champion Author Providence

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 1:09:26 PM

I've got a 2.4l 4 and its much more powerful than I need. I never use its power. I wish it was a 2.0l. I'd rather have the mileage. I get 30mpg but a 2.0l would do better , maybe 33mpg?
Thumper52
Champion Author New Brunswick

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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 5:40:44 AM

No
_Sparty_
Champion Author Denver

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:20:23 PM

Solar
coffeerage
Champion Author Las Vegas

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:10:33 PM

No, I don't care to struggle on the hills we have around here.
mohrorless
Champion Author New York

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 5:58:43 AM

Nothing less than a 6 cyl for me! Gotta haul boy scouts and their equipment for camping trips and anything smaller won't cut it.
jimmy123NE
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 5:05:47 AM

Same size like I have now, small.
SmoknFord
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:22:35 AM

A diesel engine maybe
Jake92876
Champion Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 1:34:54 AM

No. Luckily I don't drive enough for mpg's to be a huge deciding factor.
pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 10:31:27 PM

I have 2 identical Impalas, except for engines. The 3.4L gets 32-33 mph highway, the 3.8L gets 29-30 highway. The 3.8L has more get-up-and-go.
GrumpyCat
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 9:12:58 PM

A smaller engine is no assurance of higher MPG. If you drive a small engine hard you may very well get slower acceleration AND poorer MPG.

At 70+ MPH a friend's 3.0L Toyota pickup got better MPG than my 2.2L Sonoma. But at 60 MPH I beat him handsomely.
magpie2013
Champion Author Milwaukee

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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 5:00:04 PM

We have a 4 cylinder GMC all terrain gas mileage isn't much better than my Nisson truck.
BuzzLOL
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 4:56:32 PM

. Putting bigger, but more efficient engines of my own design in my current vehicles... so will have more power and more MPG...
46chief
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 3:24:40 PM

Can't get a smaller engine than what I have.
taterhead122
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 2:20:59 PM

I did when hail totaled my Dodge Magnum with a v-8. Went down to a Buick Verano with a 2.4 4 cylinder. Mileage did increase very nicely, but sure miss that power. But the Buick runs good, doesn't lose speed on hills, so it's all good.
gasylarry
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 1:50:32 PM

no
dassfg
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 1:34:34 PM

No. Small / medium / large can all perform & get good millage
Seekingone
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 12:22:08 PM

no
TomB2
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 12:14:48 PM

Maybe a V-6 next time, just maybe.
magpie2013
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2013 5:31:19 PM

We have a 4 cylinder car and a v-6 truck.
shstew
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2013 11:44:24 AM

I can't go much smaller and still get decent performance.
plans72
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2013 9:03:00 AM

Efficient, economical, without getting smaller.
coach39
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2013 10:24:37 AM

No
Thumper52
Champion Author New Brunswick

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2013 10:13:44 AM

No, I'm fine with the size I have
nourdives
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 9:18:28 PM

no
NickoliMB
Champion Author Manitoba

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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 12:24:58 PM

With gas prices every purchase of a vehicle now has the economic factor as a thought.
Gypsy_tech
All-Star Author Minnesota

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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 11:56:53 AM

I currently have a 2000 Saturn SL with a 1.9 and a 99' Subaru Forester with a 2.5. They both are getting pretty old so I'm looking to get something for around town in 2 years. It's going to be electric with at least a 80KW motor.
I'm not sure if that equates to smaller as it has about the same Hp as the Saturn.
Then a second vehicle for hauling and road trips or I'll rent a car for road trips.
thirstyV8suv
All-Star Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 11:21:58 AM

Possibly but love having a V8. Perhaps if I could find a diesel six cylinder or a turbocharged six cylinder I would consider it.
46chief
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 10:32:28 AM

Nope. Can't get much smaller than what I have in our Ford Focus!
Jake92876
Champion Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 10:10:47 AM

Nope. Luckily for me I don't drive enough that I need to make mpg a priority.
SpeedyGonzoMD
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 6:54:53 PM

If I settle for a regular aspirated vehicle, the 2.4 - 2.5l looks to be a good choice. I might even sell out and consider a hybrid.
AFOS
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 6:45:09 PM

2.4l 4 is the right size. But since the car is 10 mos old, who knows what the choices will be when/if I buy another car
ace12012
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 3:19:33 PM

I would have to drive it first but would consider it.
nourdives
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 12:22:13 PM

no
stonejd
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 10:21:34 AM

I have a matrtix, 1.8l and it has 200k on it
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