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    Wow what a joke. I'm glad they are gone.
    I really can't complain. I've lived in this house for the last 8 years and have had zero problems besides this one.



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    Would the European turbo diesel pass US emissions standards, especially CA emissions? How much would reengineering to meet US standards affect performance?

    Just asking, because I don't know...
    My understanding is that the VW TDIs in Europe and the US are basically the same engine, with some tweaking done in the US models for emissions. The EU is also stiffening diesel emissions standards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    Would the European turbo diesel pass US emissions standards, especially CA emissions? How much would reengineering to meet US standards affect performance?

    Just asking, because I don't know...
    It doesn't really effect the performance in terms of horsepower/torque. You lose some performance due to the extra weight of the emissions equipment, and potentially some fuel economy with diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration. Most of the "reengineering" is figuring out how to fit the extra pieces into the exhaust system, and how to make them talk to the ECU.

    There are three main parts to the exhaust aftertreatment - Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and Selective Reduction Catalyst (SCR). The DPF pulls soot out of the exhaust to reduce the visible black smoke. The DOC breaks down unburned diesel fuel. The SCR pumps ammonia/urea into the exhaust to convert the NOx to nitrogen and water. Each of these has sensors to monitor temperatures, pressures and exhaust gas concentrations.


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    If I recall correctly, for heavy duty trucks (Class 8 semis, not 1 ton pickups) the emissions requirements are going to be identical starting in 2014 for EU and the US. I don't know if this is the case for passenger cars.


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Everyone wants a club cab truck these days even though the box is only 5.5' long. 2014 GM is offering a 5.5' and a 6.5' option. Make sure you know what you are getting as the 6.5' will be one long son-of-a-gun.

    BTW, most 20' garages are 20' on the outside dimension...



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    Quote Originally Posted by nfrine View Post
    BTW, most 20' garages are 20' on the outside dimension...
    I wondered about that



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    Quote Originally Posted by nfrine View Post
    Everyone wants a club cab truck these days even though the box is only 5.5' long. 2014 GM is offering a 5.5' and a 6.5' option. Make sure you know what you are getting as the 6.5' will be one long son-of-a-gun.

    BTW, most 20' garages are 20' on the outside dimension...
    Check out the Dodge Ram Long Hauler - a 1-ton dually 4-Door Mega Cab with 8' box and extra fuel tanks, total capacity of 160 gallons of diesel and a "single fill-up" range of 1600 miles. 2800 Miles in the Incredible Ram Long-Hauler Concept - Motor Trend


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Make sure you install truck nuts, semi stacks, and overly large whip antennas for your truck . Also, buy a FERD FTeenThousand, not no F150!



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    My pickup would barely fit in my garage (when I parked in the garage). The width of the garage is a problem - can't fit the truck, the Corvette, and then lawnmower/tools/etc in the garage at the same time. Plus, attic access is in the garage, so have to keep that area clear. Not having a basement really sucks.

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    Don't just worry about your length. Check you height also, I'm not sure how tall those new dodges are, but the Ford Exhibitions are 6'8" tall I believe. Most standard garage doors are 7' tall, if your door doesn't go up all the way, you could also have issues there.
    6'-8" is huge. No way you would fit in any sort of parking garage - many of them around here are 6'-7", a few are down to something ridiculous like 6'-4". That always makes me nervous in the truck, as the antenna will hit objects. As far as navigating the garages, it can be done. Not sure if being in Houston means that the garages are a little larger to accommodate trucks or not.



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