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newblade
03-11-2005, 01:04 AM
Does anyone here have a 1995 chevy Diesel? What are some things to look at when buying one and also what kind of milage can I expect out of this thing. It is a 1995 z71 extended cab for 8995 with 132k miles. ?? :help:

PLM-1
03-11-2005, 01:28 AM
I don't know of any Z71, let alone a half ton, with a diesel so it may not me original if it really is a diesel. But i could be wrong! They may have put the nonturbo 6.5 in it...but i thought that was the little bit earlier in the halfs..

PLM-1
03-11-2005, 01:47 AM
Out of curiousity, I posted a thread over at DieselPlace.com...i will let you know what i find out!

big_country
03-11-2005, 01:48 AM
It was an option to get a 6.5 in the half tons, there are only a hand full I've seen but there out there. From what I've heard and seen, you might want to pass this up. Many people say the 6.5 is a cheap engine, but it might last you a lifetime, you just never know.

clc2003
03-11-2005, 03:20 AM
Yeah, same here. I havn't heard much of anything good about them. My friend's family owns a tire shop and they have a chevy service truck w/6.5 turbo and they have had nothing but problems with it. Blown head gaskets(more than once),replaced heads, Gels up constantly and sometimes doesn't start even if it isnt gelled up. They also have powerstroke 7.3 and have no problems with it. I am a chevy guy buy heart, but you should stay away from this truck.

PLM-1
03-11-2005, 03:27 AM
gelling isn't the trucks fault...that's operator error!

clc2003
03-11-2005, 12:20 PM
I know it is but if u have a 6.5 chevy next to a 7.3 ford and do the exact same things to both of them and only the chevy gels or doesn't start, my guess would be its the truck. They have replaced the heater on the truck and other parts that im sure i dont know about. They are service trucks and usually are called out when the weather is bad and it isn't very reliable. That is all I am trying to say. Not a Diesel expert, just heard alot of bad things about the 6.5.

PLM-1
03-11-2005, 12:22 PM
The cause of gelling is bad fuel or untreated fuel.

clc2003
03-11-2005, 12:27 PM
U are not getting my point or where this thread is supposed to be going. They use the same fuel from same gas station in both trucks. Only the chevy has the problems not the ford. Both trucks sit inside a heated shop every nite of the week. I am just saying the 6.5 is not a good buy IMO.

Smalltimer1
03-11-2005, 11:29 PM
We used to have a neighbor that had a 6.5 diesel Z-71. Slower than molasses, but you could hear him crank up every morning. As far as I know he sold it and traded it in on a new (then) '97 7.3L PSD F-350 with a Reading Utility Body.

Rhett
03-12-2005, 07:54 PM
My work truck is a 94 GMC 6.5 Turbo Diesel. It has been a good truck. It is no speed demon, not slow, put tows anything I need with no complaints. I get around 19 mpg with trailer in town. Down side when it comes to buying the parts that break on any vehicle in time welcome to diesel ville. Water pump 220, starter 300.

j fisher
03-12-2005, 10:09 PM
The older Chevrolet diesels did'nt have a very good reputation when it came to speed or power. The new Duramax 6.6 engines rank right up there with the Ford Powerstroke as far as I'm concerned. I have 50,000 miles on mine. Plenty of power and speed. No fuel problems so far.

big_country
03-13-2005, 08:35 PM
I think ford's on the bottom now, considering the specs its the dodge Cummings, the duramax is only 5 foot-pounds of torque under that then the ford's below that. I've heard nothing but go things about the duramax, you can really pep them up too. I know their having problems with the injectors on the new 6.0 strokers.

Smalltimer1
03-13-2005, 08:51 PM
I think ford's on the bottom now, considering the specs its the dodge Cummings, the duramax is only 5 foot-pounds of torque under that then the ford's below that. I've heard nothing but go things about the duramax, you can really pep them up too. I know their having problems with the injectors on the new 6.0 strokers.

Actually Ford and Dodge have the same 325 horsepower. Ford is a little under with the torque, but with its 5 spd. Torqshift, it still outpulls Dodge's 4 spd auto with the more powerful Cummins.

The injector issues have long since been solved. The last trouble they had was in late-'03. It was actually a programming problem. The engine itself is fine, International has been using it for close to 5 years now with no trouble.