Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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Welcome to the forum.
The required power in vehicles is very personal thing. Some say that 350HP in AMG models is not adequate and do some modifications to increase it.
In my life I did own 300 hp BMW and I did own 21 HP Fiat126. Sure BMW was more enjoyable, but Fiat was way cheaper and got me to the destination as well.
I live in the mountains and owning lot of cars I figured out that for 2 tons car I need at least 130 hp to be able to make the grades without going into crawl. The 173 HP we have in E300DT is very comfortable and I can even accelerate on the grades. 90 hp in VW Jetta tdi was making the grades just fine as well.
You should check the hp ratings for those engine but per my knowledge 220cdi is having at least my personal minimum, so unless you are one of those power freaks, any of those engine will be comfortable for average driving.
Smaller engines are also way cheaper and easier to DIY
Last edited by Kajtek1; 08-03-2012 at 03:06 PM.