View Full Version : 2000 GMC 3500HD - Thoughts?
07-07-2009, 06:30 PM
What does everyone think of this truck? It should be able to snag it for about $5000. The seller says it runs rough until it warms up then it just runs okay, not great - any thoughts on what that might be? Look like its worth messing with?
"2000 GMC 3500H.D. 15,000 GVW. 59 K MILES.
6.5 TURBO DIESEL, 4L80E TRANS.
225/85/19.5 TIRES FRONT 75% REARS 45%
RAN VIN # TO DEALER, THEY SAY MOTOR WAS REPLACED, GM CRATE.
A/C , STEREO, ECT.
10' DUMP BOX ELECT. HYD. SELF CONTANED UNIT.
TRUCK RUNS ROUGH WHEN COLD, THEN SEEMS TO RUN OK."
07-07-2009, 10:59 PM
It could possibly be the injectors. Might have stale fuel in the tank. After 1998, that engine was pretty reliable. The earlier versions seemed to barely hit 100k before needing some major internal repairs.
I have heard of some injector pump issues but the remedies people talk about sound like they hit the nail on the head! If you search for diesel forums, you should find a couple GM ones.
You might PM Ryan "TXNSlighting". He knows a bit about them trucks and can probably get you in the right forums for more info!
07-07-2009, 11:30 PM
That is quite a heavy duty chassis, you've got the bigger rear axle, solid front, etc. The 6.5 is a decent motor, and should be pretty easy to get running good again. However, I would try and figure out why the motor was replaced to begin with, with only 59k miles, unless it was a fluke, I would look for signs of it being ragged on.
07-08-2009, 01:28 AM
Those pictures look deceiving but how does that bed dump with the box pushed up against the cab. There is supposed to be mininum 3 inches bettween the bed and the cab.
Second the bed/box is poorly installed if you look at the air space bettween the box and the trucks frame that shouldn't be there. When you load the box with 3 tons of gravel all the concentrated weight is on the hinges and behind the cab not good.
The 3500HDs were prone to crack behind the cab.
Now as for the trucks themselves the 3500HDs were a good truck they have the Dana 80HD. The front axles were problematic with the undersized king pins Chevy ****** up they put undersized pins in the front axle. Ford used the same or similar axle but they used bigger king pins.
For the 6.5 turdo diesel they are okay but they are out of their league in a 3500HD that can gross more than 15,000lbs it would easily gross 17,000lbs.
The engines are pretty aneamic if the truck was 454 powered I would say go for it the 6.5 I don't like.
I would first find out what is wrong with the box and why the fuel fill hose is hanging off the side of the frame.
The box needs a better subframe so the box is supported along the whole frame and not in a couple spots causing pressure points.
If you get it cheap enough I would say 5 grand at the most maybe 6 and put some work into it you could have a good truck.
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