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#225 of 648 2.8 details
May 24, 2000 (6:44 am)
i owned a 1988 ranger xlt and now i have a 1993 s-10. the ranger had the 2.9 v6 and the s-10 has the 2.8. the 2.9 got about 15 mpg and 19 on the highway, and the 2.8 gets 18 in town and 26 on the highway. i dont know how it makes an 8 mpg difference but it does. i dont have the towing numbers but i do know that my ranger made 140hp as opposed to 125 for my s-10 and the ranger had lots more low-end torque but the s-10 has a much better top end when it comes to going from 65 to 90 or so. both trucks are 2wd and the mileage numbers are from normal driving...i dont baby them or anything...i drive them reasonably hard.
also, i am still wanting any comments about the 2.8 chevy engine and if anyone out there has torque or hp numbers or redline, send em my way, please.
May 25, 2000 (5:33 pm)
I'm guessing but a redline of 6k? I towed a uhaul from las vegas (very hot) to Illinois in October 1996 and again another guess, but my stuff at 1500 pounds and the old 2.8 was fine even with 220,000 miles on it. I was getting 20 mpg (83, carb)
#227 of 648 Chevy S-10 Experience
May 25, 2000 (6:08 pm)
Like with any car/truck, there are lemons and then there are very good cars, sometimes manufactured side-by-side in the same week. It's crapshoot. With GM, though, you have a better chance of rolling craps than with some other makers.
I bought my '95 S-10 new in 1994. It's a 4.3L auto that currently has 53k miles. It rides great, has a ton of power, and has spent very little time in the service dept. Only problem was a fuel pump replacement (under warranty) at 25k miles.
Only time it was ever towed was when I left the dome light on overnight and ran out the battery. I turned off the light and played dumb like I didn't know what was wrong. GM Roadside Assistance towed it in to the dealer and they replaced the battery under warranty.
It's paid for, it looks good, and I plan to keep it for at least another 5 years. Knowing how badly many GM cars/trucks are built, I consider myself lucky.
May 30, 2000 (4:08 pm)
Anyone having problems taking off in the snow. If you have an automatic you can put in 2nd and take off in that gear. Rpm's will raise until takeoff.
This is a second gear start. Of course the truck will act better in the snow with weight in the back, but this is just an additive that a lot of people don't know about.
Jun 02, 2000 (3:54 pm)
Did you get the transgo shift kit yet? I decided to use the firm shift from the HPP and it works a heck of alot better than stock. Plus you can make the trans shift at higher rpm but I havent done that yet.
I think I'll get the new K&N intake (think its called gen III, anyway its a snorkel) or something similiar, I've heard the stock airbox is very restrictive, and I'll be able to put it back to stock because the chances are very good that I'll order a '01 S10 with the options I have now.
Keep us informed on your truck and the mods you made.
Jun 02, 2000 (6:40 pm)
The HPP firmer shifts make a difference, I wish I did it sooner. I have a friend who races, he has a 900 HP car before nitrous!! And he said porting and polishing the heads will give you 50 HP on the 4.3.
I think he's right, this engine likes to run.
I lit em up for longer than 15 feet! The traffic wasnt moving, and I was first at the light. It turned green ...........heavy right foot, 3.42 posi... I was sideways for half a block, never did that before!
Jun 02, 2000 (6:43 pm)
The only reason I took my foot off the gas was the oncoming traffic.
Jun 06, 2000 (9:30 pm)
Does the 2.8L V6 in the old S10s have OHC? The Ranger 2.8L, 2.9L, and current 3.0L are all OHV designs. This might explain the better top-end performance and better highway MPG.
I've got an old 2.8L Ranger and I get about 15mpg around town and 19mpg highway as well. I might trade in for a new 4cyl Ranger (there's a new OHC 2.3L 4cyl coming this fall) or save a few bucks and pick up a mid-90s S10 or Ranger. Sounds like the Chevy 2.8L isn't a bad engine; 26MPG on the highway isn't bad at all.
Jun 07, 2000 (3:37 pm)
Is ohv. The 2.8 is good, I had one that went 300,000 before I sold it. Drive a 4.3, its a better engine with more power but you wont get the mileage of the 2.8.