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03 3500 v8 4wd dump?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Surfside, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44

    Do you own one? Looking to sell my Tacoma and 94 2wd dump to purchase this truck? Just wondering of any common problems that any might know about. Truck has 26000k on it,and will look pretty sharp with my new xblade. Any info on the motor and its back ground would be helpful. I know thats what carfax is for but im trying to save the pennys for the truck and with the lack of snow for my first year is tough. Thanks all!
     
  2. Turfmower

    Turfmower Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    Here is mine
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  3. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44

    Looks nice! The truck I'm looking at is a Chevy with a v8. Your dual tanks made me take a second look.
     
  4. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    They will all be V-8's. :rolleyes:

    Is the one your looking at a 6.0, 8.1, or 6.6 Diesel?
     
  5. Turfmower

    Turfmower Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    Mine is a 6,6 diesel. All the chassis cabs have duel tanks. 50 gallons between the 2 tanks.
     
  6. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I know that.

    Seems Surfside isn't very knowledgeable about the product he's interested in buying. I was just trying to help him out.
     
  7. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44

    :dizzy: :dizzy: Sorry for all the confusion. I think the key word is Chevy, its a 5.3 v8. The motor is also used in Tahoes and Suburbans. Just wondering if there is any common problems with this engine. Thanks again?
     
  8. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Confusion?

    You seem to be the one confused!

    The 5.3 isn't found in any 3500

    If it is a '03 3500 Dump, it has either the: 6.0, 8.1, or the 6.6 Diesel.
     
  9. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44

    O.K I am on my way to see for myself. The dealer gave me that info now lets see..............
     
  10. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Dealers always tell the truth :nod:

    Dealers are always knowledgeable about their product :nod:

    Sure he didn't say...."It's just like the 5.3 found in all the Tahoe's and Suburbans out there"? In which case he's likely talking about the 6.0.
     
  11. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44

    :salute: Sir Yes Sir ! Well I was confused or the dealer was. The tag said 6.0 v8. Thanks!
     
  12. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    No need to make fun of me. I'm just trying to prevent you from making a fool of yourself. ;)
     
  13. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44

    Yes and I Thank You for that. I found out it was a lease truck and noticed it has had a plow on it before. I intend to use this as a plow truck and for landscaping/maintenance. I do wish it was deisel.
     
  14. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Thats a great engine, lots of power but the gas mileage sucks, count on 10-12 MPG. I have seen quite a few in auto & RV trader in Ohio for around 23,000 but no blade.

    Regards Mike
     
  15. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44

    Thanks! Well right now I am filling a 6cyl Tacoma and a 94 Chevy dump. I figure I'll save alittle with having only one truck. What about the tranny, Allison? What are some of the major differences between 03 Chevy vs Gmc?
     
  16. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    The 6.0 will not have the Allison behind it.

    It will have the tried and true 4L80.

    Chevy and GMC differ only in hood/grille/fenders.
     
  17. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 670

    How much do they want for it?
     
  18. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    get the carfax, if you cant afford the car fax, what makes you think you will be able to fix a tranny or rear end problem if the truck has been previously negalected. Especially since it was a lease. My ma leases her cars, and ill tell you what, I feel bad for who ever buys it after she turns them in. For me, im real anal about my trucks, but I own them, if I leased, I wouldnt give a rats a$$ lol. Sorry if its discouraging, but be careful when buying a lease.


    anyway, there great trucks and if you can find one, a diesel, under 25k snatch that badboy up.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2006
  19. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    I feel that a 3500 dually dump w/the 6.0 is underpowered and will get absolutely horrendous gas mileage. I would opt for an older diesel.
     
  20. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 153

    I've had both. Currently have the 6.0 gas/auto, nice setup, although I did loose a tranny at 5k. It happens. Otherwise great. As far as opting for an older diesel, if you are refering to an older 6.5, I've had one and would consider shooting myself in the foot before having another. Also, mileage wise, again, I've had both, also had ford gas, then a ford diesel. The 6.0 gas so far has been a close second to the 7.3 powerstroke mileage wise. Not enough of a differance to justify the cost, thats why I currently run a gas burner and probably will continue to due so. I will say that if you tow heavy consistantly, like 12k and over daily, than I might consider a diesel. If your deal falls through, might consider selling mine, 04' with 15k and a blizzard 810. Almost time to trade again.....