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#1951 of 6769 2001 1500 chevy silverado V6 woes
Mar 08, 2001 (7:20 pm)
I just recently bought a 2001 chevy silverado 1500 with a 4.3L V6 Vortec engine with a 4 speed automatic transmission. I am wondering if my truck has a problem or not. When I accelerate to get on the highway, my transmission shifts 4 times. When it shifts to the final gear and at 65 miles per hour, my RPM are at 1500. To accelerate on the highway quickly, I have to push the accelerator all the way down to have it downshift. The RPM only go to 2300 when it downshifts, and that is the maximum RPM at this speed. It is like the transmission has 5 speeds instead of four. I cannot accelerate quick at high speeds such as 65mph without flooring the gas pedal only to downshift and see my RPM ax at 2300 and creep to 70mph. This is really annoying. I have driven mostly cars. I had a 1999 grand am GT with a 3.4L V6, and when I floored the gas pedal, the RPM rev to 5600 and that was at 65mph. At 65mph, the RPM on the grand Am were about 2100. I have had the same results with a 2000 Ford Taurus with a 3.0L V6 engine and a four speed automatic transmission. Am I comparing apples to oranges, or do I have a problem with my truck. Anyone else with a V6 get the same RPMs as I do at 65mph?
Any information will be very helpful
Mar 08, 2001 (7:27 pm)
that ESP must be working overtime today. I answered klopez's question 21 minutes before he asked it.
#1953 of 6769 klopez another happy V6 owner???
Mar 08, 2001 (7:40 pm)
Im stuck with the Rado 2000 V6 4x4 and its the same thing as far as rpms- speed goes ,Ive been to the dealer about it and all he could say was to drive it in third gear around town for more power ,wait till you go up an incline and see if it doesnt make a rear end noise,mine does, again dealer says no fix.Small engine, full size truck, tuff sh**, thats what GM repersentative had to say, (got a extened warrenty out of them).I have just learned to live with it and put it in 3rd up hill and stomp the gas pedal when I need to downshift for passing power(oh yeah dont forget to shut the a/c off also), New improved V6 200hp my azz,Ive heard all different stories from gear ratios ect, sorry but its a crappy truck Ive got one wont buy another one and wont recommend one to no-one.The truth hurts I know...Sorry.....
Mar 08, 2001 (7:46 pm)
Sorry to blow your cover.
BTW has anyone installed a remote starter in their Silverado? It'd be nice for those chilly mornings.
Mar 08, 2001 (8:06 pm)
Thanks - Thought I posted. Not sure how I got the wrong thread but I've done dumber things. Your analysis right on with dealers assessment.
#1956 of 6769 had to repost
Mar 08, 2001 (8:23 pm)
Sorry obyone, Had to repost my question, the spell checker on this BB created a lot of errors, like changed chevy to chewy.
Thanks john294 for the info.
I haven't drove the truck with the A/C on yet.
Just thought about that today when I got home disgusted with this trucks performance.
Last Chevy truck I am going to buy.
Mar 08, 2001 (9:16 pm)
if you get used to it itll be alright I went from owning a 97 ford taurus also which I traded in for this truck and had a hard time at first figureing it out ,I purchased a 84 honda civi wagon that I use for work cause even being a V6 the truck eats me up with gas expense $23.oo $1.39 gal for half a tank (34 gal tank)I get 16-18 mpg tops, civi gets 32mpg. I got the truck cause I needed a house -yard truck so I dont use it every day and dont haul alot of weight,I do admit I like the looks of the truck and after one year and 12k miles that rpm -speed thing is the only flaw Ive found in it so far ,Im going down to the beach this summer and see if itll make it in and out of the sand,Ill keep it till its paid off than trade it for a toyota Tundra V8......lol
Mar 09, 2001 (3:35 am)
Your Goodyear wranglers will do fine on the beach. Just be sure to lower the pressure to about 18 psi. The beach sometimes gets deeply rutted and your only problem will be getting into or out of them. Remember to go back up on the psi as soon as you come off the beach. They have air hoses available where you come off. Enjoy!
#1960 of 6769 Major Guard Warranty
Mar 09, 2001 (5:42 am)
Has anyone had good,or bad experience with this GM Warranty? Are there any online locations with a good purchase price?