Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Four Cylinder Engine

The Four Cylinder engine has been used in cars and trucks for around 100 years now.

Technically the first was in 1890, but in its second year of life (1913) the Chevrolet company was selling a car with a 4 cyl engine. They have been made with displacements from less than 1 to almost 3 Liters (although bigger ones have been made in the past). The inline-four is the most common engine configuration in modern cars.

Is it no wonder I have owned mostly cars and trucks with 4 cyl. engines?

I have considered a car with three cylinder engine, but I was formerly concerned about how long they last. Today it looks like they will last quite a while, but I think the jury is still out.

Over the past 7 years, the price of fuel hasn't consistently gone up, however, so fuel mileage may not be as big an issue as it used to be.

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