Hey yall i just have a quick question on how much life expectancy i should have with a 2000 silverado. the low down is i just got to a new base and am looking at a silverado with 150k on it which recently had about 2K worth of work done to it at a certified GM mechanic. New starter, new second cylinder, all fluids replaced, oil changed, new O2 sensors and a few other things all of which are under warranty. This is going to be my main means of transportaion so i dont want to be left stranded. I plan on keeping the truck for a year mabe alittle more. basicaly until i go down range again and have enough for a new ford. Sorry for the long read and thanks for all the help guys.
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In my opinion and the opinion of many GM techs that I have spoken with the 4.8, 5.3, and 6.0 line of motors are the best that GM has ever put out. That is saying a lot when the old reliable 5.7 was used with such reliability for such a long time. I bought my first 5.3 liter truck back in 2004 and have had one just about ever since. I wouldn't think twice about buying it if it runs and checks out. You may even change your mind about the future Ford purchase. If you have any questions there are many here that know the motors very well. Good luck with your purchase!
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Thanks Mr Shamrock i just want to make sure im not walking into a money pit. As for rethinking my ford purchase, my grand dad worked for them for 25 years so im pretty sure when he finds out i bought a chevy pickup he'll be on the first plane over to whoop my a$$ lol
You may find that the 4.3 isn't enough engine for the truck... Don't get me wrong, it's a great and reliable motor, but it's more suitable for a S10 or blazer and I think you'll find yourself yearning for more power especially if you haul anything with it. Fuel economy won't be any better (or marginal at best) simply because it will be working much harder than the V8 options
Good luck with your purchase, but personally I would shy away until I found a 5.3. If you plan on selling in a year the 5.3 is much more desirable to potential buyers as well
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