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    Hmm New service van 6 or 8 cylinder??

    I need to buy a new service van. Will a 6 cylinder gas 3/4 ton be sufficient. The salesman tells me no problems. I only have experience with V8. Are you guys driving V6 satisfied with them.

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    Is the ground level or hilly...
    Are you lead footed or a passive driver...
    Will you ever tow a trailer or no...
    Will you load down the van with parts and tools and systems or simply carry minimal supplies...

    Better IMO to know what you NEED...
    Than buy something without understanding what you need...
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    I am a downsizer my self but i distrust the turbo engines from ford if that is the v6 you have in mind. If it was a naturaly aspirated v6 i would go for it. It should get better mileage sitting at stop lights and idling in the heat while you log your work. Also a v6 has less parts to replace like injectors and such.

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    V8 and you wont regret it. V6 engines are for Honda's! Lmao...

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    4 cylinders are for hondas and up to 50,000lb comercial vehicles.
    Quote Originally Posted by CEAS-AC-TECH View Post
    V8 and you wont regret it. V6 engines are for Honda's! Lmao...

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    Quote Originally Posted by R600a View Post
    4 cylinders are for hondas and up to 50,000lb comercial vehicles.

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    Ok. I still say v8 in everthing i own tho. Ive veen eyeing a 455 riding lawnmower swap lately...

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    That is funny.
    I really want a 1 ton dualy chevy with a 4 cylinder diesel.
    Quote Originally Posted by CEAS-AC-TECH View Post
    Ok. I still say v8 in everthing i own tho. Ive veen eyeing a 455 riding lawnmower swap lately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by R600a View Post
    That is funny.
    I really want a 1 ton dualy chevy with a 4 cylinder diesel.

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    Man now your talking apples and oranges... Lol diesel power out does gas... By far. 4cyl gas engines are for this new generation. It helps them read facebook while facetiming freinds.

    Try that with a v8.lol

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    V6 and work it to death, or V8 and get from point a to b. All my trucks are 6.0 V8. Wouldn’t go any other way.


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    I have yet to see an engine worked to death all I've ever seen is under maintenanceed to death. I think the days of smaller Motors being unreliable are pretty much gone as long as you pick out a good motor and do reasonable maintenance.

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    V6 and the lesser in a big van make it feel underpowered.

    https://youtu.be/qzVBpddpK2k

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    I have the ford 6 with eco-boost or some garbage. It struggles with the freeway on ramp. Iowa hills arent too bad so I don’t notice it there. I drive a lot of miles on the interstate so after I (finally) get up to speed, it isnt too bad. Since I am not paying the gas bill, I would prefer the 8.
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    I’ve had-
    ‘92 E250 4.9L I-6
    ‘97 E250 4.2L V6
    ‘05 E250 5.4L V8
    ‘06 E250 4.6L V8
    ‘11 E250 4.6L V8
    ‘19 Express 6.0 V8

    The V8 trucks have been much more enjoyable to drive. My favorite so far has been the Chevy. 341 hp and 373 lb-ft makes a fun truck to drive around all day.
    The ‘92 and ‘97 wouldn’t get out of their own way. Although I ran a lot of refrigeration out of those trucks so I was carrying at least 10 bottles of refrigerant with me at any given time.
    None were install trucks. All were for service. All were standard wheelbase. I’ve driven the new transit. The standard non-turbo V6 drivetrain is nice but I don’t care for the truck it’s wrapped in.
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