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2016 Colorado 2.8L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel

The Chevy Colorado was named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year® for 2015. Fast forward a year later, and reminiscent of Groundhog Day, the 2016 Chevy Colorado has once again earned the award, but this year there’s a diesel twist.

The 2016 midsize truck model is available with a 181-horsepower, 2.8-litre inline-four Duramax diesel, making it the only truck in its class (along with the GMC Canyon cousin) to offer such an engine.

Some other reasons cited by reviewers for the back-to-back victories include capability, dynamic performance, and overall driver enjoyment. The truck is engineered to drive small and light, feeling more like a crossover than a truck, and resulting in unusually sharp steering and deft handling.

The Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine provides an impressive 181 horsepower. It also offers torque of 369lb/ft, towing capacity of 7,700lbs, and fuel economy of 22 city/31 highway; each rating representing the Best-In-Class.

The cabin of the Duramax is very quiet thanks to added acoustic damping in the dash and engine cover, and a trick piece of engineering that cancels out the engine’s torsional vibrations.

Dubbed “immensely versatile”, the new Duramax delivers best-in-class fuel economy, superb drivability, and superior towing and payload capacity. Definitely worthy of the Motor Trend truck of the Year® title two years running!

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Colorado 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel.

Winnipeg’s premiere diesel centre is Western Turbo and the Diesel Service Centre at IamDIESEL. Whether you need parts, service, or regular maintenance to your diesel vehicle, or just want advice about a new truck, visit us today!

2016 Nissan Titan® with 5.0L V8 Cummins Turbo Diesel

Representing the first complete redesign of the Titan since its 2005 inception, the 2016 Nissan Titan® XD Crew Cab is the first in the lineup to feature a 5.0L V8 Cummins® Turbo Diesel engine, providing massive torque, impressive efficiency, and legendary Cummins® reliability.

Canadian market research conducted by Nissan revealed that 7,000 owners of half-ton pickup trucks feel they need a slightly bigger truck for towing, while 7,000 owners of ¾-ton trucks believe they have too much truck for their average load. The redesigned Titan falls in between these two main categories in terms of payload, towing capacities and price.

The Titan® XD has sufficient weight and power, plus heavy duty brakes, to make pulling a heavier trailer almost effortless. It also boasts a removable gooseneck hitch, hydraulic cab mounts, a fully boxed ladder frame with military-grade steel, and an Aisin® 6-speed transmission.

All of these features combine to offer heavy towing capacity with better fuel economy and a more comfortable ride than the average ¾-ton.

Click here to download specifications and build your own Nissan Titan®.

Winnipeg’s premiere diesel centre is Western Turbo and the Diesel Service Centre at IamDIESEL. Whether you need parts, service, or regular maintenance to your diesel vehicle, or just want advice about a new truck, visit us today!

Heavy Duty Diesel or Gas Pickup Truck, Which is Best for You?

Have you been mulling over getting a heavy duty diesel, but you’re just not sure if you should make the switch or not? It’s true, a diesel truck will give you more power and more engine life overall.

There are a number of pros and cons that are dependant upon many factors, from your lifestyle, to your job, to what you do in your leisure time.

If you have friends with diesel pickup trucks, talk to them about their experience and satisfaction with their vehicle. Read this article for more details about the major differences between diesel and gas pickups.

If you have more questions after your read, we’d be happy to answer them!

Truck News

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Isuzu Trucks has announced the latest addition to their N-Series diesel trucks – the NPR-XD.

The NPR-XD bridges the gap between the NPR-HD (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500-lb) and the NQR (17,950-lb GVWR) with a weight rating of 16,000-lb.

“This new diesel model meets a number of vocational applications and requirements that previously might have required moving from an NPR-HD up to the NQR,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice-president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Now, the NPR-XD offers more payload capacity at an even more competitive price.”

The new NPR-XD standard cab will be available in the 109-, 132.5-, 150 -and 176-inch wheelbases. The crew cab will be available in 150- and 176-inch wheelbases. Every NPR-XD is powered by the Isuzu 4HK1-TC 5.2-litre diesel engine and with a six-speed automatic transmission the powerplant gives 215 horsepower.

2015 Silverado 3500 HD

At Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo, we don’t just fix diesel vehicles-we love them too.  Each year, we eagerly await the announcements for the upcoming models of vehicles, particularly trucks from the big three.

Chevrolet’s 2015 3500 heavy-duty pickup offering looks like a real winner to us.  It represents the culmination of a refresh of the line that General Motors began in 2011, and the styling is brutishly beautiful.  The available Duramax 6.6 L Turbo Diesel, mated to an Allison 6-speed automatic makes 765 lb.-feet of torque, and the 3500 can pull an almost unimaginable 23,000-pound load, with a payload exceeding 7,000 pounds.  This truly is a heavy-duty truck.

The new Silverado is really about work – astoundingly capable, it comes with features that make it easier to tow and haul an incredible volume of stuff, taking full advantage of the power available under the hood and at the wheels.  Chevrolet’s redesigned the standard trailer hitch to tow up to 19000 pounds, made an on-board trailer brake controller available, and added Hill Start Assist, which will keep the brakes engaged until you’re on the throttle, reducing the risk of rolling back.

When in tow/haul mode, or when descending, the Duramax will use a diesel exhaust brake to keep you off the pedal, increasing safety as well as the life of your braking system.  An incorporated sway control system will adjust the brakes on both the truck and the trailer to keep you between the lines in windy or rough conditions.

Available in regular cab, extended cab (with forward-hinged doors, a first for Silverado, allowing easier access for rear passengers) and a full-on crew cab, the interior of this truck is completely redesigned, and can be equipped with a centre-mounted 8-inch touch screen to keep you in touch with both your truck and Chevy’s MyLink for everything from music content to navigation.  All buttons and controls are oversized, so you can actually use them when you’re wearing your work gloves.

IamDIESEL Diesel Service Centre is the service branch of Western Turbo, Winnipeg’s premiere diesel centre.  We’re huge fans of all things diesel.  If you need maintenance or service to your diesel vehicle, or you just want to talk about new trucks, visit us today!

Diesel Pick Up Trucks: Should I Buy One?

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a diesel truck, but there are some downsides to owning a diesel as well. It’s always a good idea to look at the pros and cons before you hand over the dough.

The number one reason people buy a diesel pickup truck is for the power you get in a diesel engine. If you want a heavy duty truck for hauling loads or pulling a trailer, a diesel has advantage over a gasoline engine. That’s why you’ll see a diesel pickup under most fifth-wheels or sitting on construction sites.

The second biggest reason for buying anything with a diesel engine is the long life. A typical gas engine may run for 300,000 to 500,000 miles. A diesel, on the other hand, will generally give you substantially longer life. Add the long life to the fuel economy and it makes a gas engine seem like a pretty poor bargain.

So, with all this going for it, why wouldn’t you want to buy a diesel truck? Well, there are a few negatives, and most of them have dollar signs attached to them. A diesel pickup will usually cost you a little more than an equivalent with a gas engine. The price per gallon for diesel fuel is going to be more than gasoline (but your mileage per gallon should out weigh this negative). A diesel uses quite a bit more oil in the engine than the gasoline engine, too. An oil change will cost significantly more and good quality approved lubricants with superior filtration can provide extended drain intervals.

You’ll get a slower take off with your diesel than the pickup sitting in the next lane and they’re meant for long hauls more than cruising around town. Stop and go driving can actually be significantly harmful to your diesel. If you rarely put your truck to hard work, a gasoline engine may be a better choice. Sub-zero weather and diesels can be a problem too and The Diesel Service Centre can provide you with options ranging from engine/fuel heaters to OE approved fuel conditioner like the Stanadyne Performance Formula.

If you’re looking for a heavy duty, long-lasting truck, a diesel is a good choice. Quick spins to the grocery store and back? Get yourself a small gas pickup with good mileage. That’s all you’ll need.

We used ATF and Gasoline too, a very long time ago.

 Urban Myths of Fuel Additives Statement by Mike Munroe


As a young apprentice keeping fixed timed diesel engines running all winter, it was a common practice to add automatic transmission fluid or other products to our machines in an effort to keep them running smoothly. We even used gasoline as additive to help them start and sometimes kerosene. Perhaps the worst concoction we used was a combination of methyl hydrate and chlorethylene to prevent freeze ups. Still widely used are Isopropanol and kerosene mixtures as combination anti-gel and lubricity additives.


ATF and the trade names associated with automatic transmission fluid was at one time very simple SAE 10 engine oil with red dye added to distinguish it. With the introduction of sophisticated automatic transmission technology came the demand for the lubricant to perform additional duty such as react like a hydraulic fluid and perform the duties of a coolant. ATF now can contain additives up to 30% of its content. Some of these additives have poor solubility at lower temperatures.


Some of the additives found are Boron, Molybdenum, Calcium, Zinc and Phosphorus and are formulated with other elements to form complex compounds to provide the necessary demands of the ATF. Some of these demands are viscosity improvers, friction modifiers, anti-wear agents, dispersants, metal deactivators, friction control and many other requirements specific to the make of transmission.


Modern fuel systems have the same demands as their predecessors. The requirements are pretty simple, clean, and dry and lubricate. With higher injection pressures and emissions controls, the basics of the fuel are even more important than before. Adding ATF and the associated additives can be harmful to the fuel system, the engine itself and perhaps negate the benefits of any emission controls or exhaust after-treatments.


Your choice in fuel additives should be limited to those approved by the engine manufacturer or the fuel system manufacturer. Stanadyne Fuel Conditioners are approved and readily available at the Diesel Service Centre.


We don’t use frost shields on our windows anymore.



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More competition for the Big 3

India auto maker, Mahindra, wants a piece of the North American automotive pie, the company is applying for EPA certification and are looking for dealers willing to sell thier compact diesel pickup truck in North America.  Although the name is unknown in Canada and the U.S., Mahindra is sold worldwide and has a 64 percent market share for its pickups and an 80 percent share for its SUV’s in India.  This compact truck will directly compete with the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier and may have a slight edge as it is the only truck in this group with an available diesel engine.

Dodge is taking a step forward with its award winning diesel truck of the year, the Dodge Ram Cummins, by being first in class to have standard exhaust brake systems installed on the 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks.  Normally these brake systems are only available on highway semi rigs to help with stopping power and extending brake life.

Terrastar Set New Standard – 4/5 Class Truck Market

Navistar has unveiled the International TerraStar Class 4/5 commercial truck touting a wide range of commercial-duty features, from its commercial-duty MaxxForce 7 V-8 diesel engine to the largest, roomiest cab available.  The International TerraStar sets a new standard in the 4/5 class truck market. GM and Ford announce the most environmentally friendly and powerful Heavy Duty pickup diesel engines ever produced, in the 2011 6.6 Duramax and the 6.7 Powerstroke “Scorpion” respectively. The new Duramax boasts 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of  torque with an 11% increase in fuel economy.  The new Ford 6.7L Powerstroke “Scorpion” will produce 385 hosrepower and 735 pound-feet of torque, but so far Ford hasn’t released much more info on the upcoming motor other than it’s lighter, more powerful, more reliable and the only thing being transferred from the outgoing diesel is the Powerstroke namesake.  Meanwhile Hyundai introduces an advanced auto-diesel powertrain in its new iX35 compact SUV to directly compete with BMW’s new X1.