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.
Per Steve W.:
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?
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.
Per Steve W.:
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.