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John P.
03-07-2005, 04:53 PM
I was at a car dealership yesterday and saw a 93 Chevy 3/4 ton it had the 6.5 diesel and only had 60,000 miles on it do you think that even though it has low mileage that its bad because its older?

rodfather
03-07-2005, 04:56 PM
As long as the fenders aren't ready to fall off, a 93 isn't that bad...make sure it's turbo charged btw.

Gmgbo
03-07-2005, 05:21 PM
they are nice, but my old boss had one and had to replace the tranny at 70,000. It cost around like $1500 just for the tranny. Otherwise it tows the trailer great and make sure it is turbo.

lwcmattlifter
03-07-2005, 06:50 PM
They are good trucks but the 6.5 is lacking compared to the ISB Cummins and the 7.3 powerstroke. A friend of mine has one and it consistently gets 20-22 mpg empty. Its slower than a 350 gasser but you can't beat the mileage.

old dog
03-07-2005, 07:28 PM
The key is it only had 60 k on it!Any low mileage diesel is a good buy cause some danged contractor didn't beat the livin tar out of it.I have a 5.9 L '91 Dodge Cummins that I
just bought a Stahl utility body for (used) because at 167k I think it's got a lot of life in
it.Oh,and I bought it in '93 from a non-contractor.Anybody know much about utility
bodies?I got this for 2k and it looks good ;the seller is going to help us change it.

John P.
03-07-2005, 09:28 PM
What type of things should i be looking out for when buying a diesel?

gqnine44
03-08-2005, 10:20 AM
I have a 93 Chevy 6.5T. I have replaced the engine and the tranny. The body has 200,000 miles on it. Over this time time it has had at least 3 engines and 3 transmissions, however, the previous owner was real rough on it.

Take it to a mechanic just to be sure it checks out. Diesel repairs and parts cost a lot more. The injection pump is very expensive and should be checked along with the injectors.

rodfather
03-08-2005, 10:24 AM
Last month, I had to have the #5 cylinder injector replaced in one of my F-350 PSDs...$947.41 out the door. Ouch!

lwcmattlifter
03-08-2005, 12:36 PM
Last month, I had to have the #5 cylinder injector replaced in one of my F-350 PSDs...$947.41 out the door. Ouch!
Wow, thats rough was it for the 6.0 or 7.3? Did they give you the old injector? Those things can be rebuilt.

rodfather
03-08-2005, 12:37 PM
it's a 7.3

grass_cuttin_fool
03-08-2005, 12:45 PM
Wow, thats rough was it for the 6.0 or 7.3? Did they give you the old injector? Those things can be rebuilt.


The injector probably had a core charge on it, so you had to turn it in or pay a hefty price

rodfather
03-08-2005, 12:47 PM
That was WITH returning the old injector.

lwcmattlifter
03-08-2005, 12:53 PM
If anyone is interested in a great injector rebuilder for the future PM me.

John P.
03-09-2005, 12:38 AM
i heard about the injectors on the chevy diesels going out alot is this true and what cuases it

Smalltimer1
03-09-2005, 10:40 AM
i heard about the injectors on the chevy diesels going out alot is this true and what cuases it

Poor design is the cause. The 6.2L and 6.5L diesels were designs by Detroit Diesel, but were poorly executed by GM in manufacturing.

My grandfather's 6.2L is locked up at 130,000 miles for some unknown reason. It was religiously taken care of. Oil changes every 3000, air/oil filters changed regularly as well. 2 weeks ago it just would not start, wouldn't even turn over, and you could hear the starter doing its thing, but in order to save the starter he took it to a mechanic. So he's either going to find a wrecked truck with one in it, or he's gonna park it.

John P.
03-09-2005, 05:26 PM
so do you think the 6.5 is a bad truck to get

bayfish
03-10-2005, 01:12 AM
What type of things should i be looking out for when buying a diesel?

I'm wondering if being it is an older diesel, if it could be subject to cavitation like the 7.3 and the 6.9 prior to the powerstroke. With my 1988 7.3L diesel, I have to check the DCA level in the coolant periodically. Might be worth checking into.
Cavitation occurs in the cylinder walls and results in loss of power.

Smalltimer1
03-10-2005, 09:28 AM
so do you think the 6.5 is a bad truck to get

It's a luck of the draw from what I've seen. Some have really done well, and some have just gone to hell in a handbasket fast. Have you ran a Carfax on it? I'd do that and then also have it inspected throughly by a GM diesel tech. Preparation is the key.