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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby catnfool » January 12th, 2005, 12:14 pm

pantera- a rod went through the side of the BLOCK!!!! I dont remember if that was the first motor or the rebuild, but one had a rod bearing go out. One thing in Chevy's credit is my old man found out how to turn up the boost and was doing some "testing..." It only had about 5# of boost stock and was a sick puppy. At 20# and 160K he scattered it (go figure!} but had pretty good power. Not as good as a Cummins or 5.3 chevy though. Now he runs 15# of boost and has had very little problems, but it is only used as a fuel rig farming since I blow his doors off every time I catch him in it;) It makes up for when he is pulling a trailer with his Dodge and I still can't get around him!


I forgot to tell you my 5.3 has been flogged severly (I guess I can't sell it to anyone on this board!) and has 150K without a problem- uses NO oil and runs REEEEEL good! I had one fuel pump go out but that was because I ran it out of fuel and plugged the filter. I think you would like a Yukon/burban with a 5.3- like I said, mine got 13.5 mpg pulling a car on a Ryder tandem trailer from Seattle, and best ever empty was 20.2.
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby zrcat » January 13th, 2005, 12:24 am

5.3 and 6.5 are crap. I used to be a Diesel mechanic. 5.3 was an oldsmobile block converted, biggest crapper of them all. 6.5 was just plain powerless and unreliable. Better than the 5.3 though.
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby MacDonald » January 13th, 2005, 1:18 am

Sorry pantera none of them were as problem free as the duramax. I mean you ride a cat it would be funny to your sled and your truck broke down at the same time. But you are a sledder and I won't lie to you.
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby Smack » January 13th, 2005, 1:25 am

[quote] I used to be a Diesel mechanic. [/quote]

The key words right there. Anybody in the business that is halfway decent at it would never call himself a mechanic. Gomer Pyle is a mechanic. Any decent and knowledgeable service technician dislikes being called a mechanic. A mechanic is a greasy idiot with a partial set of bent and ground down craftsman tools. The fact that you "used" to be one implies that you couldn't even make the cut by those standards.
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby zrcat » January 13th, 2005, 1:54 am

and smack, what is it you do? Gomer Pyle was not a mechanic, he was a charactor in a TV show played by actor Jim Neighbors. How about you try to sort out reality from fiction you tart.
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby blizzardman » January 13th, 2005, 2:03 am

sounds like you should be (smacked) up side the head boy.i used to be a mechanic too.i started in my dads shop when i was 12,i'd still be there too,but i had back surgery and i can't stand to bend over fenders or crawl under dashs anymore,i still work on my own stuff,just not as fast as i used to.i'd much rather be called a mechanic then say a mobile conveyance system replacement specialist or what ever the hell they call themselves these days,most of these names they think up have this kinda fairy sound too em.you used to s#!t your diapers too .oh maybe you still do, gonna make a career out of it eh.might as well i think its probably the only thing you'll be good at in life.you should change your name from smack to skidmark
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby mach1mikeM1M » January 13th, 2005, 2:10 am

Smack i think you hit to close to home on this one.Either people can not read or the truth hurts.:B
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby blizzardman » January 13th, 2005, 2:19 am

oh zr that would be the 5.7 olds,i still have one,if they would have used a few more headbolts and a steel crank to start with they would'nt have got such a bad name,those 1st ones were something else though.i've had good luck with my 6.5's so i can't complain,i'm mainly after milage anyway so power is not of a major concern,but i really think my 6.2's are a better engine.if it wasn't for gm putting diesels in back in the late 70's where would we be today with diesel's.i think gm saw what the germans were doing and figured it's the way of the future we better do something about it.then everybody started going diesel,just took dodge a few more years,lucky they hooked up with cummins or i think dodge would be out of the truck biz.
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby ArcticEd » January 13th, 2005, 2:28 am

Looking for a semantic argument, Smackster????? The difference between a Mechanic and a Service Technician is the same as that between a bun and a roll. All in a name. :D

Pantera, I don't pretend to keep up on all the aspects of everybody's diesels, but I will say that from my experience, GM didn't even have a player in the game before the Duramax. I have plenty of friends who have had Cummins in Dodges, most had problems with flywheels and trannies. Gotta agree with Blizzardman, I doubt if there would even BE Dodge trucks today if it weren't for the CTD....... I LOVED my PSD SuperDuty, I miss that truck more than anything else about my old life. I will say that the 6.0s have had more than their share of teething problems, but Ford (And Navistar) seem to have things sorted out now. Welcome to the wunnerful world of oil burners.
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OT: GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel: Good or Bad.....

Postby Smack » January 13th, 2005, 2:50 am

No, not really Ed. I disagree.

A mechanic is a cretan that changes parts until the problem goes away. He usually finds himself with several "extra" pieces when he is done. Tucks them neatly in the trunk or on a shelf in the garage, just in case. If the "problem" doesn't go away, he takes the "problem" to a technician. A technician usually gets a pretty good laugh at the damage done by the mechanic. The technician will then diagnose and repair the problem and then repair all the damage caused by the mechanics "repair".

A technician has the ability to diagnose a problem based on the symptoms indicated and repair or replace the affected part, all while leaving the vehicle looking and performing just as it did when it left the assembly line. A mechanic will leave greasy fingerprints all over the steering wheel and boot tracks on the carpet. A technician takes pride in his work and it shows. A good technician will leave the vehicle looking as clean or cleaner than it was when he got it.

Mike, you worked at some high end auto dealerships. How long did they keep "mechanics" on the payroll??


You are right about 1 thing zrcrap. Gomer Pyle was a ficticional character played by Jim Nabors. Gomers part in the show was a perfect example of a "mechanic" though.
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