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Chevy brings the 8.1 BACK!!!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Oakleaf landscape, May 19, 2011.

  1. dbear

    dbear LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 606

    I suppose in hindsight I should have added a disclaimer to my post indicating it's best to use your own judgement. I would have preferred confirmation directly from GM, but it was the best I could find. I'm admittedly unfamiliar with that site, and I suppose it could be just blowing smoke. It did seem odd to me that I could find no announcement from GM regarding the possible return of the 8.1 Vortec.
  2. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    Best advice yet...................
  3. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    If I didn't have an equipment payment........I would have a truck payment on a 2500 HD / Duramax.........

    The best milage my '03 2500HD, 4wd, extended cab, long bed Sierra ever reached was empty........highway = 15mpg @ 65 mph

    Loaded with a 1100 lb Reading "Plus 8" steel utility cap, tools and fuel tank, the best I can get is 8 ;)

    My Isuzu FRR cabover loaded higher mpg.

    I love the ride...........but would never buy another gas powered HD work truck. I feel that a vehicle purchased for work needs to run 200K plus miles with low operating cost. Keep it clean, run it 8+ years and sell it off....roll the proceeds from the sale into a new vehicle and start over.

    let me remind you that the North American continent is the largest market for gasoline work trucks.
  4. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    That's why everyone needs to analyze their own situation and buy what works for them. I bought a new gas truck in '05 and am glad I didn't buy diesel. The diesel was $9K more, and with as few miles as I run I would still be years away from making that $9K back in fuel savings. But if I towed heavy 25K miles per year diesel would have been the way to go. Even then, you couldn't give me a new diesel what with all the emission garbage on them, but that's a different topic altogether.
  5. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    Agreed Hosejockey !
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,904

    Have you physically seen/driven this truck? Pics would be the proof it exists. If your routinely towing 20k, you need a deisel. Remember when guys thought V10's were worth the extra expense.
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  7. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    Sorry to drag out the thin oil on a " bad a$$ motor" thing but this is quoted direct from my 8.1L owners manual:

    " as the chart shown previously, SAE 5W-30 is the only viscosity grade recommended for your vehicle. You should look for and use only oils which have the API Starburst symbol and which are also identified as SAE 5W-30. if you cannot find such SAE 5W-30 oils, you can use SAE 10W-30 which has the API Starburst symbol, if it's going to be 0 F (-18 C) or above. DO NOT USE other viscosity grade oils such as SAE 10W-40 or SAE 20W-50 under any conditions "

    With the assumed engine loads under marine and industrial
    applications and the acceptable GM oil consumption .......... It wouldn't be my motor of choice in a harsh operating environment.

    Now I wouldn't have the same opinion if we were discussing an older 454 or 496 !!
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  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    This thread is hilarious. My old 5.9 will beat up on an 8.1 all day, every day, and for years after the 8.1 is dead, and get double the mileage all while going 20,000 miles between oil changes. I couldn't think of a dumber purchase.
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,684

    Only need three transmissions in a Dodge before the 8.1 dies...
  10. tuney443

    tuney443 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    And you would need to find a good deal where to buy stock for Duracell or Energizer for all the batteries you will go through for your hearing aids from that LOUD and LOUDER CLACKER of an engine.:laugh:I thought this thread was on the 8.1,NOT your oil burner.

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