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Old 10-20-2019, 11:49 PM
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It will be seven weeks ago tomorrow evening, that I had a minor SHTF event. I lost my truck to an engine compartment fire. Fortunately, I had full coverage insurance on it, and the insurance money allowed me to use it as a down payment.
And although I once again have a truck payment (my other one was paid for), I got an awesome deal all the way around. It has a couple cosmetic flaws, but they're nothing that I can't live with. It is for all intents and purposes, the same truck as my old one. A Chevy Silverado 1500 Work Truck with the 4.3 liter, Vortec V6 engine. The only differences between this truck and my old one, are that this one is an extended cab, while my old one was a standard. Although I lost a bit of space in the cargo box, it has been made up for in extra passenger room in the cab. And while my other one had 168,000 miles on it, this new ride only has a little over 63,000.

I used the old one as not only my main driver for commuting between home and work,but as a work truck for hauling things to make our lives better. I also used it to haul recyclable materials to the scrap yard, and sometimes trash, refuse, and debris to the dump. I cut grass for a few family members and friends, so hauling my mower is important as well. And while my old truck had a receiver and 2" ball mount hitch to pull a trailer I bought this past summer, the new one doesn't. At least not yet, because I haven't mounted it yet.

I was down for the count so to speak when my old truck burned up, but like the Phoenix, I have returned, rising up from the ashes.
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:06 AM
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Awesome. Glad it's working out for you.
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Vortec V6 are hardy motors with decent power, I posted a picture of my Chevy Silverado odometer awhile back running a 5.7 Vortec with 289,785 miles and still runs good. I had a 4.7 Vortec in a boat and it was an excellent motor, anyhow hope you get many miles out of your Silverado as I have.
FWIW: keep up with the maintenance and it'll treat you good.
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Old 10-22-2019, 03:59 PM
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Congrats on being mobile again. A truck is hard to beat as an all around vehicle.

You couldn't get the extended cab with a longer bed to avoid loosing space?

We had our 07 F350 totaled a few years ago and liked it so much we bought it back and fixed it. Doing so allowed us to pocket $10K of the settlement money.
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Congrats! What year is the new truck? Crazy to think the 4.3 is still chugging along in 2019 models, but it is lol. Always nice to have more enclosed/secure storage space and interior room. To me the extended cab is the way to go
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Congrats on being mobile again. A truck is hard to beat as an all around vehicle.

You couldn't get the extended cab with a longer bed to avoid loosing space?

We had our 07 F350 totaled a few years ago and liked it so much we bought it back and fixed it. Doing so allowed us to pocket $10K of the settlement money.
Would have been nice to have an extended cab with an 8' bed, but all the ones that I know of are V8's. Couldn't afford the gas. The Vortec V6 works just fine for me.
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Congrats! What year is the new truck? Crazy to think the 4.3 is still chugging along in 2019 models, but it is lol. Always nice to have more enclosed/secure storage space and interior room. To me the extended cab is the way to go
It's a 2008. Same as my one that burnt up.
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BUMMER..
I would hate to have to go through that.
I usually have so much add on equipment and extras of tools and such in the vehicle it would almost equal half the value of the vehicle.

Because of the trailers I find myself pulling I go for the bigger engines. Less work and wear and tear.

I have heard a lot of good about that little 4.3. Good luck with that.


I do like my GMs though.
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It's a 2008. Same as my one that burnt up.
Love that body style. Being able to roll down the windows on the suicide doors is a trick feature on those. My work has what sounds like the twin of your old truck for deliveries. 2008 single cab Silverado W/T, 2wd 4.3 with 160k on the odometer.
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Would have been nice to have an extended cab with an 8' bed, but all the ones that I know of are V8's. Couldn't afford the gas. The Vortec V6 works just fine for me.
From what I recall the V8 gives decent mpg when driven with a light foot and can actually give better mpg then the V6 when fully loaded as it isn't working as hard to move the load.

But your truck, your choice.
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Sorry. That sucks big time. Hopefully you will be able to recover.

And keep a fire extinguisher in your new truck.
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From what I recall the V8 gives decent mpg when driven with a light foot and can actually give better mpg then the V6 when fully loaded as it isn't working as hard to move the load.

But your truck, your choice.
Thatís true. The V6 will have to work harder than the V8
Itís best to have the V8 model.... The GM LS 5.3 L is hard to beat for mileage...power....and durability
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I m sorry but a full size Chevrolet Silverado with a 4.3 V6 is under powered

Sitting outside my hotel window is a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3 with 245,000 miles ...easy to get 21 mpg on highway.....16 mpg in town

Just did an oil change in a parking lot.... 5W30 Mobil 1
8000 miles since last change.... used 1 quart during that time. I always buy one extra quart when I buy oil for my change.

I am rated to tow up to 8100 lbs. Plenty of power.
Doubt a 4.3 can do it.
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I m sorry but a full size Chevrolet Silverado with a 4.3 V6 is under powered

Sitting outside my hotel window is a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3 with 245,000 miles ...easy to get 21 mpg on highway.....16 mpg in town

Just did an oil change in a parking lot.... 5W30 Mobil 1
8000 miles since last change.... used 1 quart during that time. I always buy one extra quart when I buy oil for my change.

I am rated to tow up to 8100 lbs. Plenty of power.
Doubt a 4.3 can do it.
Of course the LSx is king, but if the price is right I don't think one should scuff at the 4.3.

I don't think people are going to buy a 4.3 Silverado and expect it to drive like a Lightning or SRT-10. The truck at my work has plenty of gusto for what we use it for. Has no problem lugging a 2200lb concrete burial vault at highway speeds when needed to.

8100lbs is also pretty extreme for the average person. My 91 Foxbody on an old steel and plywood open trailer is just under 4500lbs total. My old tri-hull fishing boat and trailer is a touch under a ton total
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For what its worth.I work at a construction supply warehouse.Load 50+ pickups every day.Not sure of the engine/model...but close to 1/2 of them are silverados.Seems very popular in construction trade locally.
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