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Chevy 6.2 diesel 3500 4x4

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by turfguy87, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. turfguy87

    turfguy87 Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 30

    Does anyone know anything about the 6.2 liter Chevy diesel made by Detroit Diesel?

    I am considering buying a 1988 Chevy 3500 4x4 (automatic transmission) with the 6.2 liter diesel from a friend. Truck will have new injectors. No known issues. The truck has little rust (on cab corners) and needs new tires. Transmission was replaced recently with the upgraded version. The asking price is $2,000. Is this a good deal?

    Were these good engines?
    Were they used on larger commercial vehicles?
    I know they were used on Hummers (both military and civilian models)

    Is this a good plow truck?
    How does it compare in power to the gas versions?

    Thanks... any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. sparky8370

    sparky8370 Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    For a wealth of info on the 6.2 and 6.5's you should check out dieseltowingresource.com there are people who live and breath those engines over there.
  3. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

  4. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    From that I understand, they are good if you are meticulous with maintenance. I have a chevy with the 6.5TD and its easy to work on and pretty cheap and easy to get parts. Beware though, they have no power and are slower than slow but they are decent engines.
  5. turfguy87

    turfguy87 Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 30

    What do you mean they have no power? Are they good for pushing snow? Do they have good torque?
  6. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    the power you are going to get out of it is going to be little better then a good ole chev 350 it well plow ok, more importantly how is the suspension on the truck?
  7. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    when getting into an older diesel you have to remember that they are not the power house diesels like are out today. I have a simaliar truck with the same motor. its a great truck, it does plow alot of snow for me, and the best part about it , IT SIPS FUEL!!! if you need anything else feel free to drop me a email or pm.
  8. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I have limited experience with the 6.2 but enough to know a few things. They are gutless but will push snow just fine. They are good on fuel. They dont really like to start when its really cold, they smell good IMO. I wouldnt hesitate to buy one.

    Is it a SRW or DRW?
  9. MRBachand

    MRBachand Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    They are gutlesss in comparison to newer turbo diesels pulling campers and etc on the highways. They will push Snow like a champ, And average 20-25mpg to boot.
  10. turfguy87

    turfguy87 Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 30

    9' plow

    How do you think a 9' plow would work on one?
  11. towpro570

    towpro570 Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    i had a 6.5 in one of my older tow trucks it has a western pro plow 8.6 it pushed good with the 6.5 but on feb 17/2007 i blew the oil line to the turbo so their went the engine the truck sat until may of this year when i stumbled on a 89 c3500 4 door 2wd with a good 6.2 pulled the 6.5 and put the 6.2 in i think i have more power then the 6.5 and can't wait to put the plow on :nod:
  12. 4wheelposi

    4wheelposi Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    The 6.2 is as powerful as any gasser of that era, change oil, flush coolant, KEEP IT COOL. If it's the old square nose style with the solid front axle you will have one heck of a plow truck. I had a millitary version when I was younger. It could plow circles around any other truck i have seen. That truck with a flatbed and a 9' fisher is a plowing machine.
  13. turfguy87

    turfguy87 Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 30

    It's the style that was made until 1998 I believe.
  14. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    Edit- I cannot read.
  15. turfguy87

    turfguy87 Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 30

  16. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    i dont think the 6.2 had turbos i know the 6.5 did. correct me if im wrong though
  17. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    I typed something ridiculous because I misread something.
  18. towpro570

    towpro570 Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    92 hd3500 straight axl 2wd