March 26, 2006ive been looking for a new truck to tow my beast. im looking at the '90 though 2000 silverados, 3/4 or one ton. does anyone know what year the vortec came out? also, ive heard that the diesels before the d-max are not too good, is this true? any pros-cons i can get about the '90-2000 trucks, gas and diesel would be great, thanx
March 26, 2006ya, im a chevy guy. would take a lot to get somethin else, GMC is close though. but do prefer chevy.
March 26, 20062001 is the first year of the D max. the previous 6.5 is a good diesel but lacks power and you cant do much to get tons of power out of it. do a search non dmax problems i know the heads warp or crack and there were some other smaller issues with them. if the dmax is too much money then a good ol 454 in a 3/4 ton is the way to go. the 454 will be painfull on the gas pocketbook but will tow well.
a early deisel that puts tons of power out is the cumminsin a dodge 3/4 and 1 ton. from 96 to now. it has the best numbers and is known to be the best built out of the big 3.
March 27, 2006do you happen to know the specs on the 6.5 turbo diesel? HP, TQ, tow rateing, ect.?
March 27, 2006docfranco knows everything on those dieseld post up in the cali forum im sure he will chime in.
hes the guy that owns that big green scout. he did a 6.5 converion diesel to it.
March 27, 2006wasnt '96 the first Vortec? I've got an '06 3/4 ton HD that I tow with and love it. Its got the 6.0, auto and 4.10 gears. It will run off and leave a '95ish Cummins out of the hole with both of us haulin our rigs ... but of course he can pass a fiew gas stations( I get 9mpg loaded) and pulls on me in the hills.
March 29, 2006i think im going to go with a mid '90s chevy or GMC, 3/4 or 1 ton, with the 6.5 turbo diesel. ive been doin some research on them and they seem to be a good engine. obviously they are no d-max but they can be beefed up. thanx for the input guys.