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Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 04:20 PM
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Posted By SteVTEC
Yeah probably 3000-3200 at 80 sounds right. I...

Yeah probably 3000-3200 at 80 sounds right. I think it does about 2700 at 75, which I remember distinctly because when towing with it I always tried to keep it up at those speeds because it was "on...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 01:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SteVTEC
You must have had the 1MZ powered 4AT RX300. Same...

You must have had the 1MZ powered 4AT RX300. Same powertrain in our Highlander. Definitely doesn't run 3800 at 80. Probably more like 2800. Technically it doesn't even have an "overdrive" gear with...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 01:03 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 61,208
Posted By SteVTEC
haha! :p (10 chars)

haha! :p (10 chars)
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 01:00 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,470
Posted By SteVTEC
Technically my old RAV4 V6 is faster than our...

Technically my old RAV4 V6 is faster than our X5d. Make sense, both have about the same peak power but the X5 is over a thousand pounds heavier. 425 ft-lbs of torque vs barely clearing 220 ft-lbs at...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 12:16 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,470
Posted By SteVTEC
BTW the spool rates between the N54 and N55 are...

BTW the spool rates between the N54 and N55 are pretty much identical, as proven by the curves on this dyno. Biggest reason for the N54 is so that BMW could claim "twin turbos" because they knew it...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 11:22 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,470
Posted By SteVTEC
Nope, nope, and nope. You're making gross...

Nope, nope, and nope. You're making gross generalizations that aren't necessarily true, and on part b you're not even talking about the engine. You're talking about the driver. As always, things are...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 11:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SteVTEC
The most fun I ever had driving a car was a Seat...

The most fun I ever had driving a car was a Seat Toledo in Germany, with a 5-speed manual and about 105hp. I beat the absolute **** out of that car and have a photo somewhere of the thing pegged...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 07:06 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,470
Posted By SteVTEC
^ Don't think you need to worry. In the case of...

^ Don't think you need to worry. In the case of the BMW 2.0T they've gone all out with dual balance shafts and active motor mounts, and even have active noise cancellation in the cars to cancel out...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 07:03 AM
Replies: 786
Views: 61,208
Posted By SteVTEC
Why don't we flip these engine failure stats...

Why don't we flip these engine failure stats around a bit.

Honda (1 in 344) = 99.7% are fine
Toyota (1 in 171) = 99.4% are fine
Mercedes (1 in 119) = 99.1% are fine
Lexus (1 in 101) = 99.0% are...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 06:47 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,470
Posted By SteVTEC
Modern turbo petrol engines with direct injection...

Modern turbo petrol engines with direct injection and much higher compression ratios than in decades past, with quick spooling turbos that can make peak torque at under 2000rpm which enables them to...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 06:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SteVTEC
Technically the peak efficiency point of the...

Technically the peak efficiency point of the engine in terms of BSFC might be between 2000-3000rpm if not higher on some engines, but keeping it below 2000 means you're never burning almost any fuel...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 04:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SteVTEC
Yeah. That's not true. Keeping the engine as...

Yeah. That's not true. Keeping the engine as loaded as possible at the lowest RPM it can in the highest gear possible is precisely the way to achieve best efficiency (while under load), and is how...
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 04:30 AM
Replies: 786
Views: 61,208
Posted By SteVTEC
That's just engine reliability. There are many...

That's just engine reliability. There are many many points of failure in a car. And even a "failure" in the engine category doesn't necessarily mean that you're stranded on the side of the road dead....
Forum: Car Chat 04-25-14, 04:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SteVTEC
You'll definitely get better MPG keeping revs...

You'll definitely get better MPG keeping revs below 2000rpm. It's not the torque curve that you want to look at, but rather the BSFC curve, except that these are proprietary and rarely published...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 07:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 487
Posted By SteVTEC
Looks like the combination of a Crosstour and a...

Looks like the combination of a Crosstour and a Chrysler Crossfire from the side. After how amazingly (un)successful the 5er GT has been, I can't believe that BMW is doubling down on these here with...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,214
Posted By SteVTEC
"3.2-liter six-cylinder diesel with 106 hp and...

"3.2-liter six-cylinder diesel with 106 hp and 181 lb-ft"

LOL that's a naturally aspirated diesel and not a turbodiesel, obviously to keep costs way down. LUMP! haha
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 04:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 487
Posted By SteVTEC
You're looking for near V8 levels of power then,...

You're looking for near V8 levels of power then, which that engine won't deliver. The 328d with 180hp/280tq had some nice scoot to it too, but definitely slowed down noticeably with a full load of...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 487
Posted By SteVTEC
Crap, I just saw another one of these today, a...

Crap, I just saw another one of these today, a 335i GT in Estoril Blue which is exclusive to the M-Sport package. $3100 for the M-Sport "line" and it still doesn't even come with M-Sport brakes....
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 04:15 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,940
Posted By SteVTEC
Pretty impressive, but at least according to CR...

Pretty impressive, but at least according to CR the reliability of all of these trucks is pretty darned good. Six of one, half dozen of the other as far as reliability track record for the past 5...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 01:49 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 61,208
Posted By SteVTEC
Yup they really screwed the pooch on that one,...

Yup they really screwed the pooch on that one, which is why I avoided it. Mine is an N55. I'd rather be driving a top spec 255hp port-injected NA N52 "330i" E93 with no turbo, no wastegate(s), and no...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 01:41 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,470
Posted By SteVTEC
:) Those engines made so much torque that they...

:) Those engines made so much torque that they could turn super tall OD gears and get 30+ mpg on the highway when the imports were only making upper-20's at best, and still had decent...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 61,208
Posted By SteVTEC
BTW, from personal experience, I think the "poor...

BTW, from personal experience, I think the "poor reliability" of German cars is a bit over-stated on here. I've had a few minor issues with my 335i, but had way more issues with my RAV4. Many of them...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 12:26 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 61,208
Posted By SteVTEC
Comparisons to more loaded but used Bimmers, vs a...

Comparisons to more loaded but used Bimmers, vs a new Acura TLX or fully loaded Honda Accord are still on topic, I think. :)

Seriously, if i really wanted a TLX, and it definitely has appeal to...
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 12:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 487
Posted By SteVTEC
It's certainly not underpowered. Just everything...

It's certainly not underpowered. Just everything else about the cars are wrong, especially these GT designs. :vomit:
Forum: Car Chat 04-24-14, 12:10 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,470
Posted By SteVTEC
BTW, my favorite V6 engine of all time is still...

BTW, my favorite V6 engine of all time is still the GM 3800 Series II/III engine. They had awesome throttle response, tons of torque immediately available right off the line, and made GM's large 4000...
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