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Old 12-02-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey
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[quote=SOON2BNSURPRISE;21952410]Our neighbor did the same on his 32 Ford. Seems that that Engine or motor (LOL) is a regular intruder into the Ford frames of old. By the way my former neighbors car turned up in Hot Rod Magazine way back in the early 80's.[/QUOTE

That type of stuff won't happen any more when they put me in charge. By the way, to all you G.M. guys, get ready to say goodbye to your Ford 9 inch
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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The old Ford 300 cid inline 6 cyl deserves a mention.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Interesting that people list the Chrysler 440.

Jensen Interceptors were made with the 383 for a year or two and then with the 440. The 383s are faster and hold up better. 440 was too heavy for the added HP and reliability was terrible. And when you own a Jensen, saying reliability is terrible is a big statement.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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I had a MB 1984 SD turbo diesel that I bought new. What a POS it had absolutely no power and the mileage sucked. I would not have another MB diesel even if they guaranteed it for a million miles.
I don't know if it's the same engine you are talking about but mine sucked.
Well, it sucked for you that is. The OM603 is probably one of the most famous engines of all time, but there is one person out there at least for whom it sucked. Too bad.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:52 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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LS engines. Reliable, simplistic design, easy to work on, high HP with efficiency.

GM LS engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yes this is today's best from GM but I doubt it will have the longevity of the SB. 50 + years is a long run for the same basic design.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:55 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Well, it sucked for you that is. The OM603 is probably one of the most famous engines of all time, but there is one person out there at least for whom it sucked. Too bad.
Too bad is right that was my second MB the first was a 6cyl gas that was great but after the lousy service I got from the diesel I took MB off my list of future cars.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Interesting that people list the Chrysler 440.

Jensen Interceptors were made with the 383 for a year or two and then with the 440. The 383s are faster and hold up better. 440 was too heavy for the added HP and reliability was terrible. And when you own a Jensen, saying reliability is terrible is a big statement.

I had a Super Bee with a 383 Magnum...... pretty nice old ride as long as you didn't have to turn.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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Too bad is right that was my second MB the first was a 6cyl gas that was great but after the lousy service I got from the diesel I took MB off my list of future cars.
My first one was an OM617 and it got about 30+mpg and would run all day tached out and never made a squeak. So, it was easy to add MB as my next 6 cars 4 or which I still have. Of course one of those is the M103 to which you probably referred and which I would have added to the best motors. My 300SEL is no longer pretty after a couple hundred thousand miles but it drives like new and I still have to look at the tach to see if it is running because it is so quiet.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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IMHO the S14 in the real M3 bears at least honorable mention as a long-lived, high output, but reasonably economical engine. And one that contributes to the fun factor of the M.

The Honda S2000 engine - not sure of the model # - is another excellent engine.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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... jeeps inline 6 (I believe?) that powered the cherokee and others for many years before being retired for no good reason(and thus killing the cherokee) is also a solid engine
Two thoughts on this thread:

1. Defining "best" is one of those things that is in the eye of the beholder and varies by characteristics, be it horsepower, efficiency, easy to work on, long-term reliability, etc. To auto MAKERS, it's cost to produce, freedom from warranty bugs or recalls, and other factors.

2. I had AMC's inline 6 in my '76 Pacer and my 87 Jeep Cherokee (last year that AMC owned the Jeep Corporation). Wonderful engine. Stood the test of time and was a cinch to work on. I now have it in my '99 Grand Cherokee (125k miles) as I did not want Chrysler's new V-8 that year.
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