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Truck with a 4.3 stick shift

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Dburd61, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. Dburd61

    Dburd61 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Do any of you guys use any trucks with this set up and how does it pull a full trailer with mowers ect....
    I'm looking at a 2005 full size Chevy with the 4.3 5 speed
    let me know
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    I think that you need to get V8 and maybe even a 3/4 ton if you can afford it. If will be hard on the truck with the 4.3 and will shorten the life you will get out of it. I had a 1991 1500 WT with the 4.3 and it was slow pulling my 5X10 trailer and hard to stop. You need to also consider stopping the trailer with a heavy load that is the reason I suggested the 3/4ton because you will want to up grade to a larger trailer eventually. The 3/4 will not struggle to pull the trailer and will last longer pulling a trailer every day. We also have a 2002 1500 with 4.8V8 that I use occasionally (10 times year) to tow our 5X10 and it gets about 10mpg in tow/haul mode but it doesnt not struggle in tow. The 3/4 ton will get about the same towing if is a gas and will have a lot more power.
  3. mottster

    mottster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    I have a 93 1500 W/T with the 4.3/auto combination. I pulled a trailer just a few times helping my parents move some stuff. Lets just say that i'm on my second engine with only 60k on the odomenter and when i asked my mechanic what happened he asked if i had ever pulled a trailer over 2,000 pounds and i said yes...and he said...the 4.3's are just not meant to do anything but move much over what you can put in the bed. And with a manual transmission? My only guess is it would be harder than an auto matic. At least try to find a 305 or 5.3l.
  4. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 859

    My 1/2 ton chevy just wasn't heavy enough, Just upgraded to a 2500 3/4 ton with 5.7 and manual tranny. I'd step up depending on what you plan on pulling with it.
  5. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    I'm downgrading on size of truck for economical reasons. For the last 7 years I've used an 85 chevy scottsdale hd 3/4 ton with a 350/400 auto. Great work truck but at 9mpg I deceided to get a 04 Dodge Ram 1500 single cab 3.7 (215hp) v6 5 sp. I pull a 6x10 enclosed (2k lbs).
    I'm hoping to get at least 15mpg while towing.

    I've owned 5 chevy 4.3's and they have all been capable of towing my trailer easily. The gear ratio would be a factor also.
  6. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

  7. Evergreenpros

    Evergreenpros LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    80% of how long any vehicle will last is:
    1. How hard you drive it
    2. How well you maintain it

    You also have to remember that just because the engine is smaller doesn't mean you will get better mileage pulling a trailer than with a larger V-8. I believe the 4.3 is just an old Chevy 350 minus 2 cylinders.

    At the moment I'm using a 2.9L Ranger 4x4 to pull a trailer with equipment. I'm sure I'm pulling less than 2k but I get 17-18mpg, combined city and highway. Without trailer I get 19-20mpg combined, so it's really not working that hard to pull it. Granted, I drive slow.

    I still have an '89 plymouth sundance with 2.5L turbo. It clicked over 240,000 on original engine, turbo and auto tranny. This car was raged on when I had it in Germany. 70,000+ miles on the autobahn doing 95-110+, was turning over 4000-4800 rpms. Still doesn't smoke and runs like a top. I did however change the oil and filter every 1500 miles for the life of the car. The key is not to "gun it" all the time. Work up slowly and it produces far less stress on engine bearings/rings/cylinder walls.

    I've really never heard of an engine properly maintained and operated that only lasted 60-70k, unless the engine failed due to a default (cracked head, threw a rod, etc). I have known people to get engines replaced/rebuilt that didn't need it though, due to less than honest mechanics.
  8. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    A few years back I used a '90 Ford with a pretty worn out 4.9 I-6 and five speed. It pulled my 6' X 14' trailer fine. Personally, I think you would do o.k with the 4.3 V6, but I priced new chevy's a few months back and as I recall the 4.7 V8 was only several hundred dollars more than the V6, you may want to consider that.

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