By on January 30, 2012

The good old Chrysler 318 engine has been around since, oh, around the start of the Iron Age. From about 1,000 BC to 2002 AD, the 318 and its LA engine relatives were installed in Chrysler products, and they did a fine job. If it hadn’t been for the cockroach-grade immortality of the Chrysler Slant Six, in fact, we’d probably be talking about the 318 as the most unkillable engine Detroit ever made. In 1992, Chrysler updated the 318 (which had gone to a roller cam a few years before) with high-pressure multi-point fuel injection and more emission-friendly heads… and they called it the 5.2 Magnum, no doubt because the original Dodge Magnum hadn’t been good enough to justify such a cool name. As I discovered in a Denver wrecking yard last week, at least one Dakota owner was proud enough of his Magnum to apply a full-body vinyl wrap to his truck. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • EBFlex: This is laughably bad. Far more money and weight and it only has an 80 mile range? And after that you are...
  • Astigmatism: So, in your view, Biden nixing a single in-process pipeline is more responsible for raising oil prices...
  • el scotto: @TimK Depends on the engine. Turbos have changed from the 80’s when you had to let them run for a...
  • el scotto: Since 2016? The sharks, I mean class-action lawsuit lawyers are in a frenzy. Most manufacturers just say...
  • el scotto: @redapple, Sir, some alternative thoughts. My grandpa had a John Deere Gator. He used it 2-3 days a week...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Jo Borras
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber