Tom, a jolly eastern-European transmission shop owner speaking to a young me after I'd enquired about upgrading from a Powerglide to a TH350:There was a good reason why the powerglide was called a "slushbox".............
The six speed in the 2018 Silverado I just traded in shifted like a slushhbox. That's why it's gone.....Tom, a jolly eastern-European transmission shop owner speaking to a young me after I'd enquired about upgrading from a Powerglide to a TH350:
"Boy, Tom love Powerglide and hate it. I love it because is best transmission ever made - it never break. I hate it because if all transmission like Powerglide, Tom have no job."
I've never owned a turbo 4, but have had many loaners. imho if all a person knew were that, it'd probably be ok--plenty of torque. But what a racket the way that it's achieved. Imagine if growing up we had such 4 cyls? They'd be outrageous in a great way. I'm talking like the original VW GTi or Porsche 944. It's a feeling of dread to me, thinking one day I would be spending A LOT of money on a EV or 4 cyl turbo. We're being "trained" as consumers to pay more, for less. 52 oz orange juice that is a half gallon. Or get $800 off of an overpriced cell phone, by giving us your old one that we can resell for $600. In both cases, 2010 was better--the OJ was 59 oz lol and the top of the line smart phone was $599 with a 2 year contract (subsidized--this is still the arrangement with corporate accounts, and briefly available with consumers when a new phone comes out and you get the old one). Stuffing 6 cyl. into premium well over $100k vehicles is disheartening...I will when it happens. I love the sound of a V8 with a nice exhaust and the simplicity of most of them over the turbo charged 4's and V6's. I will keep mine going as long as possible.
My uncle had a Suburban like the one in your pic. external oil cooler hose burst, engine seized. They were able to replace the bearing caps by cheating from underneath, back on the road. Us shade trees are able to do much less on those fancy new engines, I even heard VW is locking out experts with software to include indie shops. So the old V8s will always have their places in our garages, as we spend our way into the future....I won't deny I love the idea of a dashboard that's really a screen, and being able to modify views, collect stats, etc.Both engine designs have their place, but I expect we will continue to see more small displacement engines with forced induction.
I have had NA V8s since I first started driving, but I have to admit the 3.5 Ecoboost in our Expedition is very impressive. It gets better mileage than any of the other V8 powered SUVs we have had, and the performance is excellent. 115K miles, and all it has needed is a set of spark plugs and a throttle body.
Like in the 60's "gross hp" V8's? Being born in 1976, I grew up with terrible V8's, like a truly lazy 150-200hp and 300ftlbs... And so until pretty recently, production gas V8's just seemed kind of bad to me... Don't rev, terrible mileage all the time, not much hp really, and a big heavy iron block to make sure whatever they got put in was super nose heavy and didn't handle that well...I miss the real v8's that made a lazy 400+ HP and 500 Ft lb off idle.
Only electric pull like old school big blocks.
The watered down stuff we get today isnt very exciting.