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RE: NoID: "Certainly the small block Chevrolet engine is arguably one of GM's greatest engineering achievements."

I don't think you could find anybody to (knowlegably) argue against that certainty.

RE: "However, some people liked the Olds engine and it was highly regarded by some buyers for its dependability."

These people liked the appearance of dependability instilled in them by the GM/Olds marketing people. There is no way they weren't better off with the Chevy engine.

RE: "Though it didn't turn out very well, at all, I suspect that GM chose the Olds 350 in their attempt at converting a gasoline engine design to Diesel for the strength of its block."

Not to be too cynical, but there was probably also consideration that the average Olds buyer was considered a better "target" for sale of an outrageously overpriced diesel option.

RE: "I recall reading and watching news commentaries at the time that reported criticizing of GM by Oldsmobile buyers for their not sufficiently advising buyers of the substitution,"

I'm sure people who obtained their information about auto engines from Nader and the ABA were happy to supply the "news" with sound bites, but I'll bet you didn't see many mechanics interviewed.

SB (nothing against the Olds V8. Several of my drag racing customers still run it)(but it ain't now, never was, never will be no small block Chevy)

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