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Nov 18, 1999 (9:46 am)
Power, better resale value, power, hardly any drop in economy, power, less stress on the engine for same use - better longevity and dependability (no data to support, just my opinion), and power. I'm sure the 4.8L is a good engine, too. Are you sure the 5.3 will cost that much more? It seems a little high to me. At any rate, the difference isn't that much in the whole scheme of things, but I know how your feeling. I'm struggling with a similar problem trying to decide if I can afford to get a new Cummins over a gas-powered engine.
Nov 18, 1999 (10:20 pm)
Actually the difference is about $1100 (CDN). Perhaps you're thinking in U.S. dollars - don't know where you live. In any event, I'll take you advice into consideration with everything else. Thanks for your help.
Nov 19, 1999 (3:46 am)
Oh I think I may vomit.......
The 5.4L isn't a good engine????
Come on! Who are we fooling here? The 5.4 is every bit as good as the 5.3 if not better for a half-ton. Period. In fact, she pulls more and has better HP to boot! Oh my.......
Nov 20, 1999 (12:21 am)
Hey there, is the 5.4 the Ford equiv? Seriously, I haven't been following Ford offerings. I just haven't heard anything very positive or negative about the current Trident lineup. Nothing particularly positive about power or mileage. Seems like you're the first one to really defend them. I'm sure they are adequate, like my Dodge 5.2L, I just haven't heard anyone say anything about them being as good as the GM gas engines (trust me, I'm not a GM fan, never had a GM truck). But I have gained a real appreciation for the power, economy, and dependability of the GM 350s and the new 5.3.
Nov 21, 1999 (5:01 am)
The 5.3 is not the 350 therefore needs time to build rep. The 351 was a great motor (to any neophyte who thought that only the 350 was a keeper--difference? oil sump) and has as much relation to the 5.4 as the 5.3 does to the 350!
The 5.4 dogs the 5.3 in HP and Torque but gets worse gas mileage.
#241 of 265 Not hot on the 351
Nov 23, 1999 (1:43 am)
Although I have never had a brand allegiance, the closest I ever came was with Ford. My first car was a '77 Heavy half (F-150) which we went through 3 351s. So I'm not a fan of the 351. Probably just bad luck, but I don't care for them. I love the Ford 302. Had one in my '73 bronco and still have one in our inboard jet fishing boat. The 302 in my Bronco was a hot plant and the only thing that I wasn't continually tinkering with. Didn't want to mess with a good thing. That little small block pushes our 19' v-bottom to nearly 50 mph.
Nov 25, 1999 (5:31 am)
Won't argue with the 302. However, I still own my original truck that got my buisness stared for nostalgia reasons. She is a 1978, F-250 with the 351 and it pulls still today.
I understand your gripe. Hell, that could be me, I guess, about those damn 95 Chevys with the 305.
#243 of 265 should I buy a 99 silverado ext cab s/b ?
Dec 01, 1999 (5:10 am)
I am thinking of buying a 99 silverado with an extended cab and shortbed. I have been reading about all the windshield noise, steering wheel clunks, real spring problems, driveshaft noise, rearend noise...etc. Am I crazy to even consider buying this truck?? What should I do ?
Jan 03, 2000 (7:30 pm)
every truck i have had holds oil pressure at idle except this suburban 350 i was just hoping someone had this same condition and solved it without all the headaches...charlie cicero....please respond
#245 of 265 OIL PRESSURE @ IDLE......
Jan 03, 2000 (7:50 pm)
I don't think its as much a "truck w/ a 350" problem as it is a General Motors problem altogether. That's not to say GM products are bad, but every GM vehicle I've had hasn't held oil pressure at idle. V-6, V-8, old, or new. It hasn't made any difference at all. Nor did it cause any problems in my GM vehicles. The best car I've ever owned, BAR NONE!!, was a 1981 Olds Cutlass w/ a 3.8l v-6!!!! But the oil pressure would drop to nearly nothing at idle. I put 154,000 trouble-free miles on this car before I traded it. It didn't use any oil. Leaked a little, and had a little valvetrain noise, but the car NEVER,EVER stranded me! My parents '86 Buick was the same way. As was my sister's Olds. And my 1987 GMC Sierra Classic.
Sorry to get off the topic like that! I think that any of the new truck offerings from the Big Three would make a good truck. Just drive all of them & see which one suits you the best!!