Well, we’ve had the new engine in the van for about 6000 km and an update is due!
I think it is safe to say that we are quite happy with the work that GoWesty has done. The 2.3 litre engine produces enough power to cruise along at interstate speed with no problems…including up hills. The extra power lets us merge properly in all conditions and is great for passing slower vehicles.
We have had only one problem with the van. If you read the blog regularly, you’ll remember that picture of coolant leaking out of the back of the van. We called GoWesty and they suggested that it may be the new expansion cap on the coolant expansion tank. They offered to ship us one free, wherever we were, but we declined as it meant we had to stay in one place long enough for the shipment to reach us. Instead, we found a new cap in Denver and installed it right away. GoWesty was right, it was the cap and all is well now.
The nicest part about the new power, is the fuel economy. When doing 70-75 MPH (110-120 KPH) I get a measly 19 MPG (~15 l/100km). When doing 65 MPH (105 KPH) I get a better 22 MPG (13 l/00km). When doing 62 MPH (100 KPH) I get an amazing 25 MPG (~11 l/100km). Now we mostly go 100 KPH and let cars pass us, its worth the cost in gas! Before the new engine, I was able to get only about 22 MPG (13 l/100km) at best, in all conditions.
So we know have one less worry on our trip. Our vehicle is reliable and ready to take us wherever we need to go.