The V-8: Will it Outlast Smaller More Economical/Reliable Engines?

Ford 5.4 liter V-8 SOHC engine

As some wonder, will the beast (V-8 Engine) that has been around for many, many years last longer and possibly be more reliable than the much smaller V-6, 4 cylinder, Electric, and Hydrogen engines? But, before the answer lets get the chilling facts that will shock you.

Car manufacturers are making their engines smaller to be more fuel efficient and are also using light weight material to cut down on the vehicles weight. And what you may, and may not have known is that the higher your car revs, the more damage it puts on your engine. So for example, you have a Ford 5.4 liter SOHC engine, a Dodge 5.7 liter HEMI,  a Honda 3.5 liter I-VTEC engine. SOHC meaning Single Over Head Cam, HEMI meaning Hemispherical Combustion Chamber,  and I-VTEC meaning Intelligent Variable valve Timing and lift Electronic Control. You now would automatically think the Honda will last longer because its a Honda and Ford has a bad reputation for reliability and Dodge not being as bad as Ford and not as good as Honda. Well, Ford and Dodge are more reliable than Honda in some ways. The V-8 revs lower than than a V-6 putting less wear on the engine. There for, making the V-8 more reliable and if it does have problems they are usually cheap and easy to fix

Ford 5.4 liter Triton V-8 SOHC engine

Dodges popular invention that is well loved by people who bought trucks with this engine The 5.7 Liter HEMI V-8



Honda’s V-6 Competitor to the V-8
The 3.5 liter I-VTEC



I did mention 4 Cylinders vehicles, Electric, and Hydrogen powered vehicles. Do not worry, i did not forget them.

Story time: You had a gas guzzling  SUV/ Truck that got 13-16 mpg in the city and roughly 18-23 on the highway. You got tired of having to pay for its weekly drink. So you are going to try and sell or trade it in for a smaller 4 cylinder car or possibly a  Electric or Hydrogen powered vehicle. Depending on where you live and on your taste of style and the research you have done. So, finally you have made your decision, you buy an electric car for your self and someone else you know buys a 4 Cylinder car and one of your best friends from work buys a huge V-8 SUV.

Honda 1.7 Liter I-VTEC Engine (4 Cylinder)

A couple years down the road The V-8 and the 4 cylinder are running as smooth and as efficient as they were  just as they came off the production line. And the electric car has minimal problems such as a few shot batteries that are in dire need of changing but still running smooth. And all is good… All the cars lasted as long as they were supposed to except the electric car which had many, many, many batteries changed costing a fortune. So you resort to the Hydrogen powered vehicle. That was the best thing happened to you because you got the latest invention that will soon revolutionize the world. As you are on your second car your friend with the V-8 put up a mind blowing 227,000 miles on his car with some minor problems such as the transmission, tires, thermostat, and a gas leak. And the other person you know with a 4 cylinder has 167,000 miles on his car but had more engine wear and tear than the V-8 which surprised the mechanic that the person took it to. That is because the engine revs higher and faster than a V-8 allowing it to put more damage on the engine leading to bigger problems…. I’m not saying that I am against 4 cylinder cars, Electric powered cars, or Hydrogen powered cars. I just stated a possibility that it might happen, These conditions of the cars were based on their owners somewhat taking care of them.

Hydrogen powered engine

Ford 5.4 liter V-8 SOHC engine

So, as a conclusion, the V-8 engine can indeed outlast smaller more economical engines. I’m also not saying that you should buy a V-8, you should do your research to find the car that fits you best.


Electricity powered vehicle.

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