What is or Was The Most Day in Day Out Reliable Engine Ever Made?

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July 13th, 2009 1:27pm
I would like to start by throwing out two that I can't decide which is more reliable First the 1UZFE-4.0 V8 found in the Lexus LS-400 models, Second would have to be the famous 22re 4cyl. I would tend to lean more towards the 1UZFE just because I have seen these engines personally with upwards of 500,000 miles with no major rebuilds on a consistent basis.

Now it's your turn tell me what you think is the most reliable Engine ever made whether it's was or is for a car, heavy truck or piece of equipment.
July 14th, 2009 12:48am
Honda b16 is pretty decent, any of those 4 cylinders last forever...
July 15th, 2009 12:32am
In my opinion the Detroit Diesel 353 engine was the best,when rebuilt properly they give years of trouble free service in the most extreme of conditions.I used them in Timberjack forwarders and skidders,one had 18000 hours on it before it finally gave up.
July 18th, 2009 11:56pm
I'm dating myself but the Chevy 283 cu. in. gas engine. They stopped making them I'm sure because they were so reliable. I had a freind with a Chevelle powered by a 283 and it had an engine knock that went on until the day he sold it.

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August 12th, 2009 3:30pm
caterpillar enigine are the best ever made. And for the big rigs is mack never had a problem with them started no matter how cold it was


August 12th, 2009 7:20pm
My Toyota Tercel engine. That thing just went and went, even when i stopped putting oil in it.
August 13th, 2009 8:39am
this could invariably go on forever..... Put it this way, if the company is still around they made some good choices posibly in their engines. some of the most common toyotas 2LT, gm's 350 line. but you must stop and think. its the application used as well. a deere 6088 as a genset last typically 40,000h a semi truck may go 500,000kms or more easily before an inframe. a komatsu dozer with komatsu engine (cummins b,c, or say k19 commonly go 10-15,000h before overhaul, and not always due to failure, simply hour'd out. Hell if you want to go old school think about the continental engines made by amc among others that ran on gas,disel, kerosene, or jp8 jet fuel, or even engine oil in M35a2 military deuces forever and on. this question will never die
August 13th, 2009 1:52pm
I used to drive a 87 Freighliner cabover with a 15 speed and two spped rear end. The haul was from Prince George to Vancouver with Tycrop super B's in 1995 that truck had 1.7 million kms on it's original long block. I think that Big cam 400 Cummins mechanical motor was doing well better than average. Dennis Verspeeten a.k.a. Verspeeten Cartage had VED12's that had 2 million kms on them from running auto freight team Texas to Oshawa and Ste Terese Quebec. :huh: There is my two cents...
September 5th, 2009 11:10am
The 225 slant six was a good engine
September 5th, 2009 2:52pm
One of our drivers made a 15-mile trip unknowingly that his engine is without radiator (removed by the night shift), he only discovered the missing radiator when he hit a pothole full of water in the parking area and steam billowed into the cabin. There was no damage to the ISUZU 6BD1 engine... I was amazed, I never know before that this engine could run like a DEUTZ engine...
January 18th, 2010 3:35am
With proper maintenance, the 7.3L International Powerstroke.
January 19th, 2010 6:53pm
In my opinion, there is quite a few engines. The 7.3L ford powerstroke v8 has always been good. Any chevy v8 small blocks are great. Toyota 4 cyl motors. Honda engines are great as long as you maintain them, if not, they tend to smoke because of the valve seals. The 4.0l straight 6 in the jeep tj's and cherokee's are great motors too, they've been around since WW2. And VW diesel's are great aswell. I've worked on them all, and can say this comes from experience.
January 20th, 2010 12:24am
This topic is really a never ending one but for what it's worth the chev line up in small or big block are unbeatable!!!But it's only fair to list what i would call the worst as well. And what else could it be but the northstar engine.Going back to when i was little and my Father always said you can't beat cubic inches
January 20th, 2010 1:43am
I'm going to vote for the b series 5.9 liter cummins. in mechanical 12 valve form.
June 28th, 2011 4:11am
the international dt 466. pre e.g.r engine. hands down, runs forever.
July 10th, 2011 4:35pm
GM's 305, had on in my Camaro for 376000 miles got packed...Hard!

Toyotas 4afe from corollas, and who can deny the Ole 2 smoke DD Screemin Jimmy !! = Solid engines

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