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Thanks, that is the info I needed. My confusion on the vin code is
from a web site I located via google.
which appears to list more than one engine for several vin codes.
<p>Thanks agiain for the info.
<p>shiden_Kai wrote:<blockquote TYPE=CITE>"Bill" wrote
<p>> I am looking at 1997-2001 chev and GMC vans. I note that somehave 5.7
<br>liter and others 5.0 liter engines but the same vin engine ID. What is the
<br>difference besides power. i.e. reliability, durability, etc betweenthese
<br>engines. I am a long time do it myselfer and know how hard itis to work on
<br>an engine tucked under the dash.
<p>It's not possible that some of the vans have one engine or the other,and
<br>yet they both have the same VIN letter. The 5.0 is an "M" engine,the
<br>5.7 is an "R" engine. They are pretty much identical, other thenthe bore