6 cyl what? The new V6 in the GM is a pretty snotty engine but it needs
to be twisted a bit to get the power. With a crew cab I'd probably go
with the small 8, Should get as good in the mileage by virtue of lower
engine load for the weight.
I am shopping for a used Chevy or GM full crew cab, 5' bed post-2009
Basically looking for the cheapest/earliest one that has side air bags.
I have seen a couple of possibilities - but they have sixes.....
Straight or V, dunno.
Can a generalization be made re/a certain group of model years?
It seems that from 2007-2013 Silverados/Sierras only 6 cyl was the
If my own experience with a 1994 GMC Jimmy with that engine is any
guide, it should be just fine getting up to 70 mph quick enough. Even
in the higher elevations of Colorado.
OK that would be the 4.3 V6. Great engine. BUT not real good in a full
sized truck that you intend to use as a TRUCK. They are fine in the
smaller trucks or if you intend to run it as a car. You would be working
it hard in a full sized truck.
5.3 isn't a bad V8. Be sure tht whatever you look at has been kept up to
date recall wise.
Where does "TRUCK" kick in load-wise?
I'm thinking 80% just me and about 100#, but 20% me plus 500#
(specifically, towing a small boat/trailer that has a GVW of about 400#)
No altitude involved. The 70 mph merge is the critical factor.
Well, I took a deep breath and went with the 6: 2015 4wd Silverado
w/full crew cab and 6.5' bed. .. .. 4.3L IIRC.
Geeze! .. .. Onboard electronics and ergonomics have come a looong way
since 2005: imagine..an easily-readable speedo that actually tells the
correct speed... And the BlueTooth feature on the radio be da bomb
The diff between this V6 and my F-150's V8 is easily noticeable, but the
V6 has gotten us up to 65 mph lane speed on all the on-ramps I have
tried so far. ...
The six makes up for the diminished torque with higher RPMs. .... Punch
it, and you will see 4,000 just like *that* ... Also, on cruise control,
speed will drop sooner/more frequently on slight upgrades; triggering a
downshift, 3,000+ RPM, and a few seconds of the lower speed until it
I am looking forward to finding a relatively-short uphill ramp where
right lane speed is 70 MPH. .. .. That will be the acid test.
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