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Old 03-30-2007, 04:03 PM
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I am in the process of looking for a Silverado 1500 4x4 ext. cab, to replace my '01 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I know the gas mileage on the 4.8L and the 5.3L are very similar, and HP wise, theres only 10-15 HP difference between the 2 motors. My current tow rig is my '01 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.0L inline six cylinder and it does alright towing my toys but my wife has an '02 Avalanche w/ the 5.3L and i love the torque of the 5.3L. She gets as good of gas mileage as my JGC does. Anyone haul a 2 place snowmobile trailer or Bass boat equivalent to mine with either the 4.8L or the 5.3L? Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanx in advance, Jim
 
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:40 PM
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The 5.3 is much better for towing. it has much more torque than the 4.8. Don't get me wrong, the 4.8 is a very reliable engine, and makes decent power, but I don't even know why GM still makes it. It gets the same fuel mileage and everything... I'd say go with the 5.3.
 
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Old 03-30-2007, 11:05 PM
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I agree with MrLM7. Go with the 5.3L bro, you will be happy you did. You know the worn out statemtent, "there's no replacement for displacement?" Well, it holds a lot of truth in this matter. The 4.8L is a fantastic engine, but if I had the choice I would go with the 5.3. Lastly, my wife and I are big Jeep fans and we own a 2004 Wrangler Sport with the 4.0 I6. Trust me bro, you will not believe the power difference and towing capacity difference with the 5.3 in comparison to the 4.0. I wish you the best of luck and happy truck shopping!
 
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:54 AM
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5.3 dude.
I couldn't afford the 5.3 and with the gas prices going the way they are I'm ok with it. but with my puny V6 It seems that I am just chasing the power I could have gotten with the 5.3.
 
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I haul my 18.5' center console boat all the time. I have the 5.3 and it tows really well. I wish I had the 4.10 rear end though for the heavier trailers.
 
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:35 PM
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I wish I had 4.10's too Smoke!! BigTexasChevy has 4.10's in his 07 Z-71 and it is amazing how well it performs.
 
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Yeah I had a brain fart when I ordered my truck. I was told the towing would not be that much better, but the fuel milage would be terrible. What I didn't remember to think about was I was going to put larger tires on anyways so it would have evened out. I tried to get the dealership to give me a good deal on getting them changed a month after I bought the truck, but no go. I will remember next time, although I kept my last truck 12 years so that will be a while.
 
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:03 PM
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Man that really sucks! You know, I can't believe the dealer said that there wouldn't be much difference in towing! What an idiot! I would love to throw some 4.10's back there in mine, but it costa pretty nice penny.
 
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Yeah it is expensive. I think the best price I have found is around $1000 per differential. But everything is more expensive here. I see the salesman every now and then and give him **** about it. I knew better, but brain fart.
 
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Hey another stupid questions but when you say $1000 per differential to get 4:10 gears im guessing you have to do then front and back? not just the back. Thanks
 

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