road and track magazine recently commented on the durabilty testing of fords ecoboost. their favorite test to see was an ecoboost engine runing at full tilt until the exhaust glowed red. shutting it off and runing supercooled water through the system until frost formed on the dyno plumbing, and repeating the process. for a week.
i know they all do similar tests, but it would be fun to watch. especially since it would be on their dime and not mine. as far as diesel 1/2 tons go, the prices would be at/near what 3/4 ton diesels are at. shoot, a 1/2 ton pickup now is approaching 40,000 bucks