Originally Posted by -=Gib-McFragger=-
And spends more time in the shop than on the road, as well as stopping at every gas station to fill up.
Actually, Pushrod V8's of the same displacement as OHC V8's tend to have better fuel economy.
And the mechanical simplicity of the pushrod layout and valvetrain makes them cheaper to work on, easier to fix and less costly to maintain throughout their lifetime.
The Hemi Chrysler is using now is really just a "named" V8 that they've been using for literally decades. It's a very stout platform, not to mention that they have done away with the ridiculous AT that kept many a transmission shop's owners kids in college. Initial quality has been very high on the 300/C and Magnums.
As a for instance, the V10 in the viper is basically a modified version of the V10 they used in their Ram pick-ups. Very reliable indeed. Most reliability problems with the Vipers have been brakes and throw-out bearings.
BTW, I still maintain that we don't need an automobile forum