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T Scott
04-21-2008, 09:33 AM
Does anyone have experience with the older Chevrolet Diesels? I am considering purchasing one to pull the boats around with and Home Depot runs on the weekend. I am looking at a 94 silverado 4x4 extended cab with 135k miles on the 6.5 turbo diesel. Any words of advice onthis setup? I know gas engines pretty well, but have never owned a diesel.

BrianM
04-21-2008, 09:40 AM
From what I know they were terrible dogs for a diesel. When I was selling GM new in 99 and 00 we would hit a trade lower if it had that diesel in it as opposed to the 454 gasser. They had a pretty bad reputation.

I am sure someone with more diesel knowledge will chime in.

6ballsisall
04-21-2008, 09:43 AM
They aren't powerhouses like the Powerstrokes and Cummins of similar years. If you could pick one up cheap then and use it like you plan it might not be a bad gig. I seem to remember them being tough on their injection pumps but ICBW.

MIMC
04-21-2008, 10:09 AM
T Scott -

I work for GM (service engineering) and as much as I would love to see a Chevrolet in your driveway, I have to tell you to stay away from the older 6.5 diesels. The engine itself was pretty decent, some cylinder head issues on the earlier ones, but the big issue was the piece of crap Stanadyne injection pumps. These pumps failed on a regular basis, under warranty they were about $1200, customer pay is higher. They can be sent out to repair facilities but it's just a matter of time before it fails again. I have seen instances where customers never had issues, but the majority do fail. I really have to recommend the Duramax.

Any questions feel free to PM me.

Thanks -
MIMC

Ric
04-21-2008, 10:40 AM
Anybody have an ipod connection in the new diesels?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-21-2008, 10:41 AM
Anybody have an ipod connection in the new diesels?



The only have those in 1500HD's

6ballsisall
04-21-2008, 10:43 AM
Will a 84 Nissan pickup haul my X80 safely to and from the lake?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-21-2008, 10:45 AM
Dude, an 84 nissan wont tow a 12ft Lund Fishing boat around the block.

6ballsisall
04-21-2008, 10:47 AM
Dude, an 84 nissan wont tow a 12ft Lund Fishing boat around the block.

Oh sorry, I forgot to mention it's been repowered with a new Nissan block. It's rated @ 180 hp. It's really fast, I beat a Toyota Yaris stop light to stoplight 3 times!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-21-2008, 10:56 AM
Just get a 1500HD and be done with it 6balls.

6ballsisall
04-21-2008, 10:57 AM
Just get a 1500HD and be done with it 6balls.


Theres no such thing sir........

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-21-2008, 10:57 AM
Theres no such thing sir........


WHAT???????

Ric
04-21-2008, 11:12 AM
Why is there only 2 of you participating in your grand plan hump?

stuartmcnair
04-21-2008, 11:17 AM
My mother's business partner had one of those. Spent more time on the back of a tow truck than it did on the road. Stay away from it.

6ballsisall
04-21-2008, 01:09 PM
If I put 20" wheels on my 84' Nissan will that increase it's towing capacity?

TX.X-30 fan
04-21-2008, 01:29 PM
If I put 20" wheels on my 84' Nissan will that increase it's towing capacity?



Yes it will in conjunction with a weight distributing hitch. :D

6ballsisall
04-21-2008, 01:32 PM
Yes it will in conjunction with a weight distributing hitch. :D

Would that make it equivalent to a 1500HD then?

TX.X-30 fan
04-21-2008, 01:51 PM
Yes as long as the muffler bearings are well lubricated!

Jerseydave
04-21-2008, 02:25 PM
Does anyone have experience with the older Chevrolet Diesels? I am considering purchasing one to pull the boats around with and Home Depot runs on the weekend. I am looking at a 94 silverado 4x4 extended cab with 135k miles on the 6.5 turbo diesel. Any words of advice onthis setup? I know gas engines pretty well, but have never owned a diesel.

Sounds like you won't be putting too many miles on it, but that's what diesels are for. You do know that diesel is at least $1.00 more/gal than gas, right? Plus maint. costs more for a diesel (more expensive filters, more quarts of oil)

My work truck is a diesel, only because it weighs 24,500 lbs. (Freightliner) If you're just running to Home Depot or towing ski boats sometimes, look for a nice Silverado 1500 with the 5.7 V-8. Go with at least 3.73 gears if you can. You can buy those trucks relatively cheap, Suburbans even cheaper. 18 mph highway should be realistic I would think. (I use to have a '97 Silverado P/U, great tow machine for anything 6000 lbs. or under)

Just my $.02 :D

SierraDump
05-30-2008, 01:21 AM
I have a 6.2 CUCV as my daily driver. I also have 6.5's at work.

If you get a 6.5 with a turbo it is better. Especially at higher altitude...

I don't have a turbo and live at 6200ft. It doesn't have a whole lot of HP (I think 130HP stock, new). But it does have a ton of torque and I can tow anything.

Diesel may be $1.00/gal more, but you will get better gas mileage (if it is tuned and in proper shape. ) So it is kind of a wash. Diesels are great. don't let anyone tell you they are junk. They aren't a brand new Duramax etc... BUT THE 6.5's ARE CHEAP.

As for the injection pump failure - I haven't had that problem on my truck OR any of our work trucks (85-90's). We have 1,000's of miles on these trucks, most are over 200,000 ea. If you keep gas in them and don't run them dry the pump should be fine.

I love my truck. It may be old but runs forever and tows great.

I say pick it up if the price is right.