- Jul 15, 2010
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Any opinions on buying a 2003-2012 3/4 gas 4x4 truck? Yes diesel is out of the question! Looking to spend 18-22K
We had one of the first 6.0 in a Suburban for '07. Never thought it was a dog but it definitely wasn't efficient either... It pulled our 25 Daytona with relative ease, much better than the previous gen Sub with the 5.3. Only 6.2 I drove was in a new Tahoe last year, that thing flat moved!Wasn’t that 6.0 gasser a dog and poor mileage and the 6.2 much improved?
This is pretty accurate. The 4L80 REALLY sucked the life out of that engine it seemed. Dead reliable though. The 6L80 is a MICH better trans. The only work truck I had was a 2015 I believe with the 6 speed and even with the heavy loaded service body it NEVER felt weak.
U speaking from personal experience, because I had an 01 and my brothers still got an 04 and both had plenty of get up and go, even with 8-10K in tow.
2 valve V10's from 01 up are solid. Only 99/00 had the 3-4 thread heads.I have been looking I think I’m convinced with the Ford. I see that you can get the 6.2 v8 or the V10. Anyone have comments on either of these engines in 3/4 ton 4x4. I know you want the 2005 or later V10 due to the 3 valve head.
That is true. 2 valve makes 310 hp 425 Tq. The 3 valve makes 362 hp 460 tq.I have heard that the 3 valve head engines make a lot more power then the 2 valve heads
My ‘02 is a slug under 4000rpms.U speaking from personal experience, because I had an 01 and my brothers still got an 04 and both had plenty of get up and go, even with 8-10K in tow.
my 8.1 has the Allison in 03.As many have mentioned, don't overlook the 8.1 and 4l80 combo, Shane. Not a truck, but I have a 4x4 suburban with that combo I use to tow that 34 Eliminator I've brought to you a couple of times. It's been solid and does just fine on power, even pulling the boat up Cottonwood Cove Road from the lake to Searchlight when it's 110 degrees out. Mileage isn't very good, but I don't really expect it to be when I'm towing that beast.
It's pretty fast when not hooked to a trailer. I never thought they built Suburbans that accelerate so quickly. It's got about 145K miles on it and the only issue I've had is a dead fuel pump earlier this year, which decided to happen while we were doing some offroading out in the middle of nowhere, but that's a whole other story.
Mine could be had inFind yourself a 2000/2003 F250 or F350 4x4 with the 7.3L Diesel. They last forever and less than you listed to spend. You'll have to be patient to find one without a shitload of miles, but they're out there. (FYI - Mine has 318K Miles and still runs awesome!)
Exactly, I always thought my 03 Suburban 3/4 had one years later I found out it didn't. Was pretty dang bulletproof.
Do you have the 4.10 rear end?Have an 04 2500hd 198k on it 6.0 yeh it aint the fastest but gets job done.I had the 4l80 rebuilt at 170k it was working fine but most milage on mine is towing so i had rebuild done while i had the extra money and as a preventitive deal.
Like said mpg aint the greatest but if empty and keep under 65 it can do pretty good.towing at 60-62 it does better too break that speeds i go from 250 miles with lance camper and boat to 200 miles per tank.
Mine was fine and even better after a custom tune and yes I've heard the gas mileage complaint, mine was 10 all day, But big toys cost bigger moneyMy ‘02 is a slug under 4000rpms.
Fuel mileage is well into the single digits even towing my 3000lb boat up any sort of grade.
That is correct. If you look at the front end of a 1st Gen Chevy Duramax you'll see a filler strip under the grill (the GMC's had them all the way through the '07 classic). That was due to the body lift (essentially) that had to be installed to fit the Allison in the trans tunnel since the half ton and the HD's shared the same cab and sheet metal.
If you wanna sell it, let me know. That's what im looking for - another gas 2500 chevy.I am the original owner of a 2005 chevy 6.0L 480LE 4x4 with factory 4:10 gears. 186K trouble free miles. I couldn't be more happy with how it performed over the years. It tows stuff in the 8K lbs range perfectly. I have towed 10k occasionally for shorter distances less than 60 miles without issue. It is no longer a daily truck for me, it sits until I need it for it specialty use which is expedition type camping and salt water shore fishing camping.
Here is the problem with it... It only kbb books for about 7500 bucks. So I will probably not sell it because for that little bit of money, I would keep it just to go to the dump or loan it to my kids to move stuff around...