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Baby D-Max Update #1 – Issues, MPGs and Mods

So far we’ve put a healthy 3,000 miles on our 2016 GMC Canyon 2.8L Duramax.  This time frame included the end of winter, with a few surprise snow storms, spring rains and now the warmer weather as summer approaches. As winter held on until early April, we were caught in more than a few snow ...

Mercedes Oil Cooler Seal Leak on 3.0L V6 Engines

The 3.0L V6 Mercedes Diesel engine has proven to be a strong and reliable motor.  This engine is used in everything from an E-Class sedan up to the 3500 dually Sprinter vans.  The combination of power, durability and fuel economy makes this engine a superior choice everywhere it is used.  The Achilles heel of this ...

Yes, the 2.8L Duramax is a cousin of the Jeep CRD 2.8L from VM Motori

We get asked this question all the time, and, there is a lot of confusion about the actual source of the Colorado/Canyon 2.8L Duramax.  It isn’t a “real” Duramax, even a “GM” engine, nor is it technically a “VM Motori” engine.  It is the result of a strange bit of history involving buyouts, competitors and ...

WeatherTech AlloyCover Review

WeatherTech’s line of Made-in-USA tonneau covers come with WeatherTech’s reputation for great build quality and fit that they built on their lines of floor mats.  Will WeatherTech’s new offering be compelling enough to be chosen over existing options?

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VW Announces the EA288 Evo – a 2.0 TDI “Mild Hybrid”

Hybridization of the diesel engine has been done here and there mostly by Mercedes Benz.  Ultimately, adding a hybrid drivetrain to a diesel engine has complications that gasoline-hybrids don’t suffer from, namely cost (diesel engines are already more expensive to make than gasoline engines) and decreasing returns (diesel engines are already efficient, sometimes as efficient ...

Bosch Announces New Diesel Injection Technology to Solve Nox Emissions

Nox emissions are the primary cause of the “dirty” label that is applied to diesel engines. Nox emissions are linked to urban smog, ozone formation and breathing problems. However, diesel engines emit much less CO2 than a gasoline powered car, which is why diesel is a desirable option to combat the global warming effect of ...

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Audi Q5 TDI Review: Why would you drive anything else?

Our impression of the Audi Q5 was always that of the red-headed stepchild – the platform was old, and the rear tail light situation was odd.  When Audi put the 3.0L TDI in it we largely wondered why anyone would choose the Q5 over a Touareg or a Q7.  We finally got a chance to ...

Fenced In: TDIs Stored Across the US

VW currently has 37 secure storage facilities across the US that are home to close to 300,000 cars, according to the administrator hired by VW to handle the emissions scandal. Factories, closed military bases, stadiums, and airports are just a few of the storage locations. The total numbers of bought back cars is impressive: 335,000 ...

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