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CareyLandscaping
04-02-2011, 04:00 PM
Hi guys and thanks for viewing.... i gotta ge a new truck here early this week (in 3 days or so), im looking at late 90's models and im partial to chevy.. here my issue and i need advice and info from people that have used hese vehicles.



Im looking at 1 ton dumps, chevy one ton dumps. Im set on getting a one ton dually dump... either stake or mason box. heres the wo trucks im looking at:

1. 1995 1 ton chevy mason dump 4x4 5.7 gas automatic 80k miles with a freshly rebuilt tranny 6000$ (mason box is in good shape but ruck is ugly/rusty cosmetically and having a clean looking truck is important to me. or

2. 1999 1 ton chevy long chasis stake rack dump with 6.5 turbo diesel 4x2 130,000 miles white, much cleaner, no rust 8000$



here is my issue, i can afford both trucks but i am torn beween diesel or gas.... i will be towing 2000 lbs (landscape and mowing trailer) almost everyday and will also have larger loads (10,000+ skidsteer and dump trailer as well as materials in the dump box) quite frequently i know the diesek is more money, more to maintain and more at the pump.. my questions are what should i buy....... has anyone had any experience with the 6.5? what do they get for mileage and whaT do they get for mileage towing? also i know chevy had a terrible terrible diesel motor but i believe that was they 6.2? for heavens sake if i am wrong somebody please correct me... i had my heart set on the diesel but one of my friends just tried talking me out of it saying to go for the gas, those diesels are dogs blah blah blah but im 22 years old and this is one of those "jealous friends" that would never advise you to spend more money or buy nicer things so i am skeptical... i know personally the diesel is the right choice.... can i get a confirmation or am i wrong?


please any input is greatley appreciated!

mow king
04-02-2011, 04:52 PM
6.5 diesel's did have their fair share of problems, but with some inexpensive modifications most are easy to avoid. I would test drive the 6.5 diesel before buying one, it really is a dog and doesn't compare to the power of today's diesels. I'd vote the gasser myself.

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
04-02-2011, 05:52 PM
I owned a 95. Five speed gas I really liked it. Easily fixed, averaged 12 per gallon, I know the diesels also had tranny issues, and wiring harness issues. I did all the towing you spoke about with my gas with no problem. Good luck with your choice.
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mowerbrad
04-02-2011, 10:05 PM
I owned a 6.5 diesel in a '98 GMC 2500 for 4 years. Honestly, the gas mileage was very consistant at about 13 mpg between 300 miles of towing and unloaded driving. The 6.5's really don't have the power that other diesels had, both the cummins and powerstrokes from '99 were stronger. The 6.5 can pull some weight but it isn't going to win you any races at all. Even towing 4000-5000lbs, it wasn't very quick and I did have to get into the throttle a little bit to get it up to speed.

My 6.5 seemed to be in the shop regularly, about everytime I needed an oil change (every 5000 miles) there would be something wrong. One year I spent over $4000 in repairs and the year before that I had spent over $2500 in repairs. It was definately a "problem child".

Since I knew it was low on power (in regards to diesels) I had looked into getting something to help increase power a little bit, nothing major. Unlike most other diesels that could just use a $500 programmer and you can choose a specific tune for the engine, the 6.5 diesels CAN'T do that. In order to get any noticeable amount of power gains, I would have needed to get my computer reprogramed, a new exhaust and a few other things. I talked to a guy who specializes in 6.5 diesels and the mods he suggested for me were going to cost me $1500-$2000, and that was only going to gain me a little extra power.

When I sold mine it had like 140,000 miles and the transmission was starting to give me trouble. As much as I like diesel trucks, I would probably not buy a 6.5 again.

GM's Duramax diesel is a whole different story though, I would definately buy one of those.

CareyLandscaping
04-02-2011, 11:23 PM
ok.....then wha about a late 90s cummins.... or powerstroke........ im also open to that option..... and towing 10,000+ pounds with a gutless 5.7? that sounds pretty absurd to me.. i mean ive owned a 5.7 and even though i wouldnt be pulling that much regularly... when i do i want to actually be able to do it not struggle....?



maybe a cummins with a nice stick shift is a better option..... unfourtunatley i picked up more work in a hurry and i need another truck and trailer fast but dont have much money... but next year this crew (provided it is successful this year) is definetley getting a nice new duramax ... who knows maybe brand new:weightlifter::cool2:

doubleedge
04-03-2011, 12:21 AM
The truck with a gas engine will get you from point A to point B just fine.

Hawg City Lawns
04-03-2011, 02:32 AM
i would go with the gasser because of the mason box

SNAPPER MAN
04-03-2011, 12:02 PM
Get the truck with the 350, those engines last easily 250k miles and then you can drop in a rebuilt for $1500. No brained IMO. Theres a reason you see more older chevy gas trucks than diesels.
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nepatsfan
04-03-2011, 12:13 PM
ok.....then wha about a late 90s cummins.... or powerstroke........ im also open to that option..... and towing 10,000+ pounds with a gutless 5.7? that sounds pretty absurd to me.. i mean ive owned a 5.7 and even though i wouldnt be pulling that much regularly... when i do i want to actually be able to do it not struggle....?



maybe a cummins with a nice stick shift is a better option..... unfourtunatley i picked up more work in a hurry and i need another truck and trailer fast but dont have much money... but next year this crew (provided it is successful this year) is definetley getting a nice new duramax ... who knows maybe brand new:weightlifter::cool2:


Stay away from the 6.5. Buy a cummins or a powerstroke or go with a newer duramax. You will regret the 6.5.......guaranteed. Or just stick with the gasser. Chevy 350's have been around forever and are pretty reliable. They won't have the diesel power...but the 6.5 doesn't have real diesel power anyways.

streetscrapin16
04-04-2011, 12:33 AM
Go with the gas. It's 4x4 so you can put a plow on for the winter and make more money.

DBFlawn
04-04-2011, 12:07 PM
Not sure how set you are on a dump, but I have a 1999 chevy silverado 3500 2 wheel drive for sale. Its got the 7.4L automatic power windows and locks, am/fm, air conditioning, leather bucket seats. Only down fall for you would be it has a 12 foot diamond plate flatbed on it that doesn't dump, I would be willing to take the bed off and sell you the cab and chassis. 124k on it, pretty clean truck. Let me know if you like more details.

Now for the 2 that you have picked out, I personally have never driven the 6.5 but I would go that route but probably wouldn't give him 8k for it. Like someone said, spend a little bit in the beginning and make it more reliable and you will have a much nicer/more capable truck for what you plan to do with it. As for plowing which I'm not sure if you do, throw some weight in the bed and 2 wheel drive is doable, just use your head while your plowing and you'll be set.

Hope this helps
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nismothunder
04-04-2011, 04:40 PM
I'd go 5.7, the later years 6.5s oil burners where good but the 95 5.7 is a pre- vortec pre-odb2 truck, which I would choose. Plus its a 4x4 so it could double as a plow truck in winter. If the 99 is a 3500hd I would give it more thought but you didnt say so I'm going off the base of it being a 1ton.

The 350 is a good engine, it'll give you a lot of miles and the fact that its hands down cheaper to work on and fix then a diesol. The only down side of it being gas is that it may have deeper gears then the diesel, which will make you run at a higher rpm.

lhk2
04-04-2011, 07:34 PM
Check out the truck we have for sale, 99 chevy 3500 hd 15,000 gvw. long wheelbase, dumping flatbed. its in the for sale post. asking 5 for it. As for the 6.5, stay away, we had one and it was a dog. Always had problems with it.

mybowtie
04-04-2011, 09:14 PM
Ive been looking 4 a 1 ton dump for almost a yr. Cant belive what some POS are bringing. Was temped to trade my 07 dmax. I just picked up a 2001 chevy 6.0 w/103k for $6500..

mybowtie
04-04-2011, 09:29 PM
if your willing to travle a little...

http://albany.craigslist.org/cto/2303382334.html

mow town
04-06-2011, 07:53 PM
Anybody like to comment on a F-350 XL, V10, Dual rear wheels, 4x4, 2008, 10,000 miles.
Has a pickup body but I'd like to put a dump body on it. Has 9' Fisher Min.2 plow. Real clean and the price is 30k. I've been looking for a decent dump, but just can't find one in decent shape for a fair price. I have an F-350 7.3 diesel pickup and know nothing about the V10 gasser????