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#4692795 - 03/12/18 07:04 PM used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder
clarkflower Offline


Registered: 12/27/11
Posts: 721
Loc: US
Looking for a used car. I see lots of 4's out there.

In Ca I was given a Kia with a 4 and 80k on it. I think the same engine as the small Mazda. It ate a quart of oil a week.
I drove it for 2 years now 113k and it would not (and would never again) pass emissions.


I find this a little scary. Am I wrong to avoid all 4's

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#4692799 - 03/12/18 07:05 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10135
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: clarkflower

I find this a little scary. Am I wrong to avoid all 4's
Yes
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#4692806 - 03/12/18 07:12 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: Nick1994]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3709
Loc: Utah
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Originally Posted By: clarkflower

I find this a little scary. Am I wrong to avoid all 4's
Yes



REALLY? Please elaborate "NICK".


Many very reliable 4 cylinders out there........

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#4692810 - 03/12/18 07:14 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: CKN]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: CKN
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Originally Posted By: clarkflower

I find this a little scary. Am I wrong to avoid all 4's
Yes



REALLY? Please elaborate "NICK".


Many very reliable 4 cylinders out there........
He asked if he’s wrong to avoid all 4 cylinders. I said yes, he is wrong.

Just because 1 burned oil doesn’t mean they all do.

As you can see, I own a couple
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#4692814 - 03/12/18 07:15 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
clinebarger Offline


Registered: 12/19/13
Posts: 1924
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: clarkflower
Looking for a used car. I see lots of 4's out there.

In Ca I was given a Kia with a 4 and 80k on it. I think the same engine as the small Mazda. It ate a quart of oil a week.
I drove it for 2 years now 113k and it would not (and would never again) pass emissions.


I find this a little scary. Am I wrong to avoid all 4's


That had nothing to do with it being a 4 cylinder.
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#4692819 - 03/12/18 07:18 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
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The problem is that specific engine (or the previous owner), many 4 cyl engine won't burn oil and many V6 do. Typically it is the low tension piston rings.
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#4692820 - 03/12/18 07:19 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
SirTanon Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 2162
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
Yep, you're wrong to avoid all 4-cylinder engine cars. Please note the Fusion in my sig. It has the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine, and as you can see, it's got a ton of miles. Still gets me back and forth to work 110 miles round trip, every day.
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#4692822 - 03/12/18 07:20 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: Nick1994]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3709
Loc: Utah
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Originally Posted By: CKN
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Originally Posted By: clarkflower

I find this a little scary. Am I wrong to avoid all 4's
Yes



REALLY? Please elaborate "NICK".


Many very reliable 4 cylinders out there........
He asked if he’s wrong to avoid all 4 cylinders. I said yes, he is wrong.

Just because 1 burned oil doesn’t mean they all do.

As you can see, I own a couple


Sorry...my bad. I misread the post.

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#4692823 - 03/12/18 07:21 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 10061
Loc: Indiana
4 to 8 cylinders is a wide wide range.

Hmmmm. Do I want a .308 bolt action or a compound bow?
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#4692829 - 03/12/18 07:26 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 1233
Loc: Wishin' I was in Wi
There is a member here with 590k on a 2007 K24 Accord.

All you need to do is research the specific engine(s) you are thinking of. Every brand has a few issues within their lineup -- over time.

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#4692832 - 03/12/18 07:30 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: dlundblad]
clarkflower Offline


Registered: 12/27/11
Posts: 721
Loc: US
Originally Posted By: dlundblad
4 to 8 cylinders is a wide wide range.

Do I want a .308 bolt action or a compound bow?


I'll take the trebuchet

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#4692837 - 03/12/18 07:33 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4098
Loc: North Carolina
The more cylinders the better.

I've had a V12-sized hole in my life for the last 5 years, and my turbo-four, flat six, and old V8 just don't fill it.
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#4692838 - 03/12/18 07:33 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4098
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: clarkflower
Originally Posted By: dlundblad
4 to 8 cylinders is a wide wide range.

Do I want a .308 bolt action or a compound bow?

I'll take the trebuchet

It is the superior seige weapon.
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#4692843 - 03/12/18 07:37 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3866
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
Myself, personally, I will never buy another V engine in a transverse layout. Longitudinal?(RWD, Subaru AWD) heck yes.
but for transverse,FWD applications, Inline engines for me.

too much hassle to access/work on the rear bank of a transverse V. (Just My Opinion...)
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#4692856 - 03/12/18 07:50 PM Re: used car 4 6 or 8 cylinder [Re: clarkflower]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18911
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
If you eliminated all 4 cylinders from the list you would be missing out on some really great engines.
I like L4 engines, fewer moving parts, generally easier to work on, cheaper to repair and maintain and many are quite powerful. In the right size body they generally provide much better fuel economy,

The problems arise when they overload the engine by putting it into a vehicle that is too heavy, the engine has difficulty getting into its power/torque band reducing performance and acceleration.

2cents
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