I've tried posting this twice, but stopped out of confusion. I think I may have a handle on it now after more research... Maybe.
The Infiniti G35/G37 sedan:
2002-2004 G35: early 3rd Gen chassis, old 3.5L engine
2005-2006 G35: facelifted 3rd Gen chassis, same 3.5L engine
2007-2008 G35: new 4th Gen chassis, updated 3.5L engine (I think?)
2009+ G37: same 4th Gen chassis, "new" 3.7L engine that is supposedly the same as the updated 3.5L, stroked to 3.7L, plus a new type of variable valve timing.
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Originally Posted by Phillie Phanatic
The 2nd gen Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, and Mazda Tribute came out in model year 2008 with carried over 2.3 I4 and 3.0 V6 with 4 speed auto.
In 2009, Ford replaced them with new 2.5 I4 and 3.0 V6 with VVT and paired them with new 6 speed auto.
After owning a B7 A4 with the FSI engine and becoming awfully good at cam follower swaps, I was frustrated that VWAG would ever do something like this.
Then, I owned a B8 A4 with the TSI engine and a timing chain tensioner failure.
Now, I'm on the 3rd generation EA888 in my mk7.5, and am praying to all the automotive gods out there that the 3rd time is the charm...
On topic, I always thought it was odd that VW did this for the mk5.
I specifically looked for the "2008.5" versions of the GTI before settling on my B7.
Kinda glad that I didn't find a GTI.
The Toyota FJ80/FZJ80 Land Cruiser.
When they first switched to the 80-Series body in 1990, the trucks still had the older axles/diffs and hopelessly dated 4.2L 3F(E) straight six.
In 1991 they introduced the new diesel 1HDT for the rest of the world and the glorious 1FZ-FE 4.5L straight six gasser. These trucks also got newer diffs and axles and become the true 80 Series that we all know and love. Those 1990/early 1991 trucks with the old engines are really weird.
Jeep did a couple of wacky things for the JK Wrangler. It started out in 2007 with the terrible 3.8L motor, ancient 4 speed auto, and awful Pow Pow Power Wheels quality interior.
In 2011 they put a totally redesigned Little Tykes quality interior, in 2012 the took the 3.6L Pentastar and Benz based 5speed auto and put it in the JK and finally had a drivetrain to be competitive with other vehicles from the early 2000s.
When the Ford Aerostar launched, your engines choices were the Lima 2.3-liter inline 4 and the Cologne 2.8-liter V6. Just a few months into production, the 2.8 was replaced with the Vulcan 3.0-liter V6. Making a change like that in the middle of a model year is a total Ford move.
You think you hate it now, but wait 'til you drive it.
2002-2004= Z33 chassis + 287HP VQ35DE
2005-2006= Z33 chassis + 287-300HP VQ35DE
2007-2008= Z33 chassis + 306HP VQ35HR
2009+= Z34 chassis + VQ37VHR
It's not that whackadoodle though. '02-03 Maxima kept the same body and got the 3.5 and a 6 speed manual. I think the F10 was new for 2011, at which time the 528i had the N52, which got swapped for the N20 just 1 year later.
2000 Passat switched to (still 058 block) ATW 1.8T with DBW. 2001 B5 Passat, still on the 98-00 body style, new 1.8T engine (06A block AUG with VVT). Only lasted 6 months before the B5.5 refresh and the AWM arrived.
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2019 Tiguan SE 4Mo Orange, temporarily stock. 2001 Passat 4Mo wagon, 1.8T/6sp swapped, Konis, coilover sleeves, A6Q H+R Race springs.
2005 Golf GLS, 2.Slow, Auto, GTI suspension, sways.
2001.5 Passat GLX V6, stock. (son#1), 2000 Passat GLS V6 fwd Tip wagon, stock (son#2)
2016 4-cyl F30s still had the N20 motor, despite being the first year of the facelift:
And, honestly, it's fine. The N20 is a perfectly good motor:Although 335i models step up to the 340i designation for 2016 and gain a new, 320-hp turbocharged inline-six, 328i models like our test car soldier on with the current N20 2.0-liter turbo four.
Aided by the autobox’s launch control, our rear-wheel-drive test car was one of the quickest 328i sedans we’ve tested, needing just 5.2 seconds to hit 60 mph and 13.9 seconds to cover the quarter-mile with a trap speed of 99 mph. Little has changed with the N20 mill, save for some acoustic tuning that lends it a throatier, albeit synthetic, growl.
‘19 Guards/Aurum GT3 RS Weissach
‘18 RS3: APR stage 2, BBS CI-R: 10.72 @ 130.5
‘18 Raptor crew cab
‘09 997TT 6MT: 65mm VTGs, 730 whp E85
Past: Evo 8, R35 GT-R, F80 M3s, C6 Z06, 991TT-S/GT3, etc
The GTO really was unusual in that it got the LS1 for '04 and then the LS2 for '05-06.
Same with the Cadillac CTS-V (1st gen.)- got the LS1, then the LS2 late in the run.
The Euro M3 was a much bigger difference- the US M3 was 3.0L S50 240hp for '95, then went to 3.2L S52 still with 240hp. The Euro S50 was 3.0L 286hp (also in Canada), then 3.2L S50B32 321hp.