I am looking for a replacement for a Windstar van. We like to go camping, so
it needs to be large enough for two adults and two large teens, plus big
tent and luggage. I am thinking something like a Chevy Blazer or
Suburban....but ideally it should be manual transmission and deisel. I think
they are both usually auto trans/non-deisel gas-guzzlers. Can you get either
of those models with manual shift and deisel engine?
We are not talking a new car here, an older model that would be say, $6000
or so. We like the extended cab trucks, but with the more reliable and
economical deisel engines, they may be priced out of our range, unless it is
a run-down one with 300K miles on it. I'd consider a deisel truck (if good
on mileage) if it had around 200K miles on it, but probably not if it had
300K miles. Thanks for your input.
Older Suburbans are available with a diesel up to the new body style, but I
think you will be hard pressed to find a standard tranny.
A bit of advice that I have stated in the past: don't get a diesel just for
the better mileage and cheaper fuel costs because it will take LOTS of
fill-ups to make up the difference in price of repair parts if needed. If
you are looking for longevity and torque, then you're in. A few simple mods
over stock and you will be pleased. Stock, you may be displeased if
comparing to a 454, but you'll still out pull a powersmoke :-)
See www.gm-diesel.com for comments if you're serious about a diesel. Keep
in mind, if you own a diesel, you had better plan to drive it like one if
you want it to last. Otherwise, put your money into a gasser instead.
Count on an added 5-10 minutes minumum to ANY trip you make for warm up/cool
I really like mine, though! '95 K2500HHD 6.5 TD
Gee, you should be able to find a nice used truck for 6,000. Blue
book on a 92 is only about that. Be aware that many of the deisels
(and gas trucks for that matter) have been used to haul trailors, so
get the rear end checked out.
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