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Silverado 1500 diesel?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by JohnDeere2320, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. JohnDeere2320

    JohnDeere2320 Member
    Messages: 52

    So whats the story on a 1996 Silverado 1500 with the 6.5l diesel? I found a low mileage one that looks to be in great shape. Just curious if anyone has had any experience with one or knows something about one. I assume being a half ton it has the 4l60e transmission, but I know the 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks with the 6.5 have the 4l80e tranny. If it does have the 4l60e, is the engine derated so as not to over power the weaker tranny?

    Thanks for any info. Mike
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Interesting. Never knew it was an option.
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Never heard of that. I'm guessing it's really a 2500. I don't think GM has put a diesel in a half ton since the 80's
  4. JohnDeere2320

    JohnDeere2320 Member
    Messages: 52

    Im sure that it is a half ton. This is the first ive heard of one. Kind of cool as I bet it would yield great mileage.
  5. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I think it has the 4l80 in it.
  6. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    I know GM made a few half tons with the 6.5s in the mid 90s, quite rare and every now and then I will see one around here, dont really know anything about them thought.
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Come on Palmer! Everyone knows they put the 6.5 in the half tons. :nod::laughing:

    My next door neighbor got a new 1500 with the 6.5t in '95 or '96. Nice truck, excellent fuel mileage.

    I have know idea what tranny it had though.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  8. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Of course there were 1500's equipped with the 6.5, there just wasn't a ton of them built. Could even get one in an extended cab Z71 if you wanted. Even in a 2 door Tahoe/Yukon if you looked hard enough or ordered one. Every one I've ever seen had the 4L80E behind it but there's claims some Tahoe/Yukons used the 4L60E since towing capacity was rated lower.
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I have never seen one, so there! But every time I go to like the Autozone looking for a headlight bulb they ask me if my Tahoe has a diesel. I should have known better.......

    Maybe I should ask to have that post deleted. While it wasn't sarcastic or derogatory, it was indeed non-factual info ;)
  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Now if you can find a 2 door tahoe with a 6.5t, those are really rare.

  11. JustinD

    JustinD Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    There are quite a few 6.5 1500 GMC/Chevy pick up around here even some Tahoe/Yukons too. Like someone said they get awesome mileage.
  12. chevyman51

    chevyman51 Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    i see them advertised all the time in auto trader mags. but i do't know about the tranny
  13. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    seen 1 or 2 of them.

    1/2 ton with 700r4 or 4l60-e and 2wd only.
  14. Storsy23

    Storsy23 Member
    Messages: 39

    my friend has a 97 gmc 1500 with the diesel in it, it is in excellent condition and he has a 7.5 straight blade fisher on it and ive plowed with it and it does a damn good job i keep offering him money for it but he never wants to sell haha yeah im not sure about the tranny tho but i due kno they are pretty much like bud diesel and you cannot do much to em horse power wise but if i found one id buyit in a heart beat
  15. Storsy23

    Storsy23 Member
    Messages: 39

    bus diesel *
  16. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

  18. BoyneCityGuy

    BoyneCityGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    where in Michigan are you? my buddy just sold his, you might be looking at it, the guy he sold it to seemed a little sketchy, and i think his was a 96
  19. JohnDeere2320

    JohnDeere2320 Member
    Messages: 52

    Im in the lansing area. The truck was in Decatur. The truck was a 96 4x4 and only had 94,000. I called him yesterday to see if it was still for sale but he said he had sold it. Kinda sucks because those trucks are rare especially with that low of miles on it.
  20. BoyneCityGuy

    BoyneCityGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    That is a bummer. i go to school at MSU, and helped my buddy sell his in the lansing area here, his had about 120,000 though, still pretty low. he had done a lot of work on the truck and its pretty nice, im kicking myself for not buying it as a driver...i dont know what i was thinking...