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discostew

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Bullshit!

ALL of the Motronics engines had the same risk of oil pump failure.

Not even the P38s were immune, in fact, I’m not sure the only reason we saw fewer failures of the P38 engines was due to a slightly less fragile cooling system.

I have encountered busted oil pumps in ‘99s, but have yet to encounter one on a GEMS truck.

If cares for at all, an RV8 is every bit as robust as an LSx or SBC. They are all related and had the same design engineers involved as they all came from the 265
I thought it was a front cover dowel pin on the 03 or 04 engines. I remember seeing that on a few engines. When you put the gasket on the block you can tell the gaskets out of position. On one of those engines I took that dowel out of the block and ran it. Never saw it again, and Rover wasn’t fixing the shit under any warranty extension.
 

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I thought it was a front cover dowel pin on the 03 or 04 engines. I remember seeing that on a few engines. When you put the gasket on the block you can tell the gaskets out of position. On one of those engines I took that dowel out of the block and ran it. Never saw it again, and Rover wasn’t fixing the shit under any warranty extension.
I am pretty sure some 03s did have slightly wonky dowels that let to pump failure. I have only owned one 03, and it was a champ.

For what its worth, some new cars can have catastrophic oil pump problems, Chevy included. ZL1 camaros and C7 Z06s can suffer exploding oil pumps even at low mileage. Before the car market became a cartoon these were very cheap for their performance level, and are still a bargain. Although rare, the potential for replacing a DI, supercharged engine on my own dime or trusting a random dealer tech to do it under warranty made me pass on these. Ford dealers mark up GT500s to the moon, the standard C8 engine is boring, they're everywhere and the Z06 will be marked up to mars, the camaro is a camaro, and I don't want to be associated with Dodge owners anymore. BMW ruined the front end of their M cars. Can't win these days.
 
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DiscoDiego

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I understand, however, I'm not talking about touaregs or lightnings. I'm talking about specifically the 1.9 ALH and it's proven reliability. It's pretty dang hard to find one without bigger nozzles and a tune with less than 250,000 miles. lol they just work. Again, it was just a thought. I drive my tdi every day, I drive my rover a lot, I often dream of that combination. About the work thing, I understand.
just do the 5 cylinder version, 200hp 300ftlbs torque. done, tune it to 300hp
 
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just do the 5 cylinder version, 200hp 300ftlbs torque. done, tune it to 300hp
My 1.9 ALH is making 122whp & 228wtq with stock stuff and a tune. I just recorded 51mpg on my last tank of fuel. The motors are very very very simple and all over the place for pennies and still safe on the transmission. That's the only reason I brought it up. However, If you wanted, bigger nozzles, a tune and headstuds they'll make 300ftlbs safely all day. They like lifting the heads above 25psi so hold em down with good studs. We used to pull sand rails on trailers behind the tdi's and burn the tires off getting on the highway. Such a blast of a little motor.
 

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Good article on it.

It will still be illegal in California and every other state that follows CARB regulations.
... and, honestly, I can't think of anything that great about TD5.
 

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It will still be illegal in California and every other state that follows CARB regulations.
... and, honestly, I can't think of anything that great about TD5.
Very true yet there are States that thankfully do not follow the CARB regulations.

They were very popular in Brazil when there in Discos and Defenders. Never drove one though. Our 110 had the International HS 2.8l engine.
 
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Definitely depends where you are. Around here, you could swap any engine into any vehicle and drive absolutely care free. No inspections, no emissions, and LEOs couldn't care less.

As far as diesels, a Td5 would be ok, but an R2.8 would be much more enjoyable to drive. A Chevy six would work fine, but that's a lot of work to end up with similar power/economy as a RV8.
 
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pinkytoe69

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I wish there were more of these.

Looks like most are, as only 14 states require it. You're pretty much fine as long as you aren't on the west coast or Northeast:

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I'm kind of surprised Hawaii isn't on this list given how environmentally conscious the entire state is. I wonder if they don't do it because everything is already expensive enough...
 

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Looks like most are, as only 14 states require it. You're pretty much fine as long as you aren't on the west coast or Northeast:
Well, considering that this list covers 37% of the country's population, it is quite a bit.
I'm kind of surprised Hawaii isn't on this list given how environmentally conscious the entire state is.
I am surprised HI has even a semblance of emissions requirements. They'd have to shut down all agriculture if they went on that list.
 

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I am surprised HI has even a semblance of emissions requirements. They'd have to shut down all agriculture if they went on that list.

There's often an exception to be made for commercial or industrial interests if the economic impact is large enough and the lobby is effective. For all of its perceived environmental credentials, Washington State has a track record of doing just this.
 
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pinkytoe69

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I am surprised HI has even a semblance of emissions requirements. They'd have to shut down all agriculture if they went on that list.

They don't for passenger vehicles. They had a safety check which would basically just check lights and brakes, but I think they're scrapping that this year.

Mass commercial agriculture isn't really a thing now. The land that wasn't turned into rich people estates is used for smaller "craft brewery" boutique style farming. Monsanto does mostly experimental hocus pocus on their land.
 

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Well, considering that this list covers 37% of the country's population, it is quite a bit.

Even if you're in a state that follows CARB standards, they only apply if you're in a county that does testing. Many rural counties do not, such as mine.
 

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Even if you're in a state that follows CARB standards, they only apply if you're in a county that does testing. Many rural counties do not, such as mine.
True, I have a neighbor with a few vehicles with deleted emissions equipment who has property either in East San Diego or Imperial County.
Still... Running into an overzealous highway patrolman (or an angry neighbor) and getting referred to BAR, or not being able to insure the vehicle, is not something I'd look forward to.
 

DCDisco

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So has no one figured this out? I would love to drop my truck off and come back to a new LS in it, but I would be happy with any engine that gives reliability and more power than my worn out 4.0.
 
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