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Old 06-09-2018, 09:07 AM   #1
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It has been awhile since I have bought a new truck (well new to me). I'm still driving my 2005 GMC Sierra with the 5.3 Vortec engine and sitting at 242k right now...still running strong. Exterierly and interierly I have beat the snot out of this truck so time to grab something else. I will probably keep my old one for doing dirty work.

What engine have y'all had good luck with? I will probably buy used, something from 2012-2016. I would get a diesel but cant justify the maintenance cost and I hardly pull anything. Not really sold on a specific make/model so semi open there. Thanks.

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Old 06-09-2018, 09:32 AM   #3
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2000 GMC 5.3 I bought in August 1999-is still strong I had the transmission rebuilt 2 years ago. I put new intake gaskets in myself. Paint is ruined. I'm on my third fuel pump. In 2012 rebuilt my HVAC my self and its chunkin snowballs. Pulls my boat and get me to work and the country no issues. I do my own maintenance myself plugs fuel,air,oil and filter. I love not having a payment on two 5.3's wife's 07tahoe is awesome too. I will admit the new ones have me salivating. If its totaled or catastrophic failure occurs I'm going GMC Denali HD.
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Hard to beat the Tundra on all accounts in the 1/2 ton market. Fuel mileage will suffer a bit compared to the others.

Ford’s 5.0 is a stout little booger.

The 5.3 in my wife’s 2015 Yukon XL will boogy as well for such a large SUV.

Ram’s Hemi is strong and they’ve come a long with with the interior design


Guess what I’m sayin is, pick your poison but Toyota generally rises above them all for longevity.

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they are all good to be honest
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5.7l in the tundra is a beast. Fuel mileage is 13mpg at best though

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5.7l in the tundra is a beast. Fuel mileage is 13mpg at best though

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Wow, I get 16 all day long
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:43 AM   #8
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Ive got a 2012 Silverado with the 5.3L. About to roll 160k and its been running strong. Been a great truck overall. I do like the interior much better on the 2015 and newer Chevys though. The 2500's with the 6.0L I hear is still pretty much bullet proof as well.
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:48 AM   #10
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I like the Tundras, never owned one though. Seriously thought about it before I bought my last truck. I’m just too brand loyal, never owned anything other than Chevy/GMC. I’m currently in a 2014 Chevy, 88,000 miles. Engine is fine, enough power and no real issues. I will caution you though if you are going to buy a 2014 Chevy/GMC, ask about the AC condenser. I’ve alreasy had to replace mine, and it’s a common issue in that year model.
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I like the Tundras, never owned one though. Seriously thought about it before I bought my last truck. Iím just too brand loyal, never owned anything other than Chevy/GMC. Iím currently in a 2014 Chevy, 88,000 miles. Engine is fine, enough power and no real issues. I will caution you though if you are going to buy a 2014 Chevy/GMC, ask about the AC condenser. Iíve alreasy had to replace mine, and itís a common issue in that year model.
And 2015! Replaced my wifeís about a month ago.
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:57 AM   #12
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I think GM's 6.0 is one of the most reliable gassers out there...my tranny crapped out with 335k miles & engine was still going strong.
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Wow, I get 16 all day long
Not in ours. We did have slightly bigger tires, but not 3mpg less bigger. If you get 16 I would hold onto that truck.

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Dodge ram 1500 with 5.7 hemi. Gettin 20mpg avg. Lots of power and no issues. As with anything depends on how you take care of it.
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Tundra here. 200,000 miles without a problem. I get 17+, but most of my driving is highway.
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Not in ours. We did have slightly bigger tires, but not 3mpg less bigger. If you get 16 I would hold onto that truck.

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I am far from a engine guy but I deaux know in having a plethora of large engine SUV's and Trucks your simple remark is spot on. My 5.7 is just scary...ÖÖ.race car scary!!!
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Tundra with 7Ē BDS lift 35x12.5 on 20x12 wheels. 10.9 miles per gallon.
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I have heard great things about the 5.7 of course. I've looked at the Tundra hard but just can't get past the exterior look of them...just not a fan. I know this thread is about best v8 engine but that's my hang up on the Tundra. lol

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2000 GMC 5.3 I bought in August 1999-is still strong I had the transmission rebuilt 2 years ago. I put new intake gaskets in myself. Paint is ruined. I'm on my third fuel pump. In 2012 rebuilt my HVAC my self and its chunkin snowballs. Pulls my boat and get me to work and the country no issues. I do my own maintenance myself plugs fuel,air,oil and filter. I love not having a payment on two 5.3's wife's 07tahoe is awesome too. I will admit the new ones have me salivating. If its totaled or catastrophic failure occurs I'm going GMC Denali HD.
I’m in this club with my 99 Sierra 5.3. Still on the first transmission and I’ll probably rebuild it when it finally craps out. Replaced one pulley and brakes all around in the last year and thats the only major stuff I’ve had to do besides tires.

Edit: forgot to add I’ve had to replace both window motors a couple of times but it took me a $40 Amazon prt and 45 minutes per side.
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Nice looking rig. Does the BDS and wheels cause the fuel efficiency to fall like that??? I get 18 on my 5.7.
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I have heard great things about the 5.7 of course. I've looked at the Tundra hard but just can't get past the exterior look of them...just not a fan. I know this thread is about best v8 engine but that's my hang up on the Tundra. lol

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I hear ya. I don't love the look of them, but I wanted longevity and I have gotten it from my Toyota.
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Nice looking rig. Does the BDS and wheels cause the fuel efficiency to fall like that??? I get 18 on my 5.7.
Thanks and yes and I put a KN cold air intake and duel exhaust so Iím a little foot heavy because I love the sound.
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5.3 gets my vote..
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It has been awhile since I have bought a new truck (well new to me). I'm still driving my 2005 GMC Sierra with the 5.3 Vortec engine and sitting at 242k right now...still running strong. Exterierly and interierly I have beat the snot out of this truck so time to grab something else. I will probably keep my old one for doing dirty work.

What engine have y'all had good luck with? I will probably buy used, something from 2012-2016. I would get a diesel but cant justify the maintenance cost and I hardly pull anything. Not really sold on a specific make/model so semi open there. Thanks.

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With that kind of luck out of the 5.3 why look elsewhere? Also - the newer motors are gonna shock you with the increased HP & torque. I drive Fords but if I were in your shoes I'd stick with the Chevy!
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They are all pretty solid. Drive them all and buy the one you like most or can get the best deal on.
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Old 06-09-2018, 11:15 AM   #30
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With that kind of luck out of the 5.3 why look elsewhere? Also - the newer motors are gonna shock you with the increased HP & torque. I drive Fords but if I were in your shoes I'd stick with the Chevy!
Very true...I've just been out of the truck buying experience for quite some time. From the sound of it, they are all solid. I guess it just boils down to personal preference on make/model.

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I get 13.2-13.8 in my stock 5.7!
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Tundra makes the best v8!!
Its a chain driven overhead cam motor.
Hemi is an ok motor
5.0 ford is durable just lacks testicular fortitude after driving a tundra
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Chevy ls motors. 5.3, 6.0. How many off road rigs and hot rods do you see with Toyota and Ford engines swapped into them?

If they are so great people would use them.

I had great luck with my 5.3. It went well over 270,000 before I sold it. It's a tough engine to beat. Especially the older ones that dont shut down cylinders for fuel efficiency.
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I would drive a Chevy if Toyota didn't make the Tundra
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Johnny I dare ya to test drive a Tundra with the 5.7. You'll get past the looks pretty quick.
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IMO GMC 6.0 is one tough mother, the 5.3 is decent also ! Fords 6.2 and 5.0 are pretty stable power plants
I really want to like the dodge 6.4 and 5.7 hemi but the wrapper they come in is stigmatized
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I did test drive a tundra the 4Ē7 truck bed was a deal killer
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Iím a Tundra guy and the CrewMax bed is a no go but there is plenty of room in the extended cab and it comes with full size bed!!
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The 5.7 Hemi is the best V8.

Only problem it’s in a Dodge Ram (and I own one)

I have 2007 with 150000 plus and as strong as ever.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:43 PM   #41
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Huge fan of the GM 5.3

Owned 3 GM trucks and suvs with total miles of 475+. Very dependable and a great everyday/anything V8.

RAM engines have been good fun for many friends and coworkers, but everything else seems to break and require repair. Seats, window motors/switches, wipers, brackets, lock mechanisms, latches, ect.

I'm now at 90k miles on my '14 Ford EB in a F-150. It's got more HP and torque than those older GM 5.3, but if your ego requires to hear something impressive every time you turn the key, it's not for you. If you like to fly from 30mph to whatever, it is.

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I have heard great things about the 5.7 of course. I've looked at the Tundra hard but just can't get past the exterior look of them...just not a fan. I know this thread is about best v8 engine but that's my hang up on the Tundra. lol

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Only problem itís in a Dodge Ram (and I own one)

I have 2007 with 150000 plus and as strong as ever.
There it is in black and white. Every word.
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My 2004 Silverado 6.0 has 350,000 plus. Still my daily driver. Still drive it daily on a 140 mile round trip commute.
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Another 5.7 tundra vote !
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Hard to beat the Tundra on all accounts in the 1/2 ton market. Fuel mileage will suffer a bit compared to the others.

Fordís 5.0 is a stout little booger.

The 5.3 in my wifeís 2015 Yukon XL will boogy as well for such a large SUV.

Ramís Hemi is strong and theyíve come a long with with the interior design


Guess what Iím sayin is, pick your poison but Toyota generally rises above them all for longevity.
Like Johnny & Sleepy, Tundra 5.7 Crew Max 4x4. The ONLY one mentioned I have not had any experience are the Rams, so no bash or comment on them. I had a very bad experience with the Eco Ford, but it was NOT the 8 cylinder engine. I had a Tundra several years ago and traded it but now I'm back with Tundra again. It has more power than I need with my "tows" these days and yep, the mpg averages around 15-16 whether in city or highway, but it preforms. I would rather sacrifice MPG for reliability and resale value...but again, that's me after many years of driving multiple brands.

The 1794 Tundra edition competes with anything else out there on interior comfort and looks, but they are hard to find particularly if you are looking for used? I've had 2 King Ranch Ford models and the Tundra competes or exceeds the look/interior for me.

I traded for performance and reliability and "most" won't argue...Toyota resale out performs most other brands. IMO, of course..
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I'm not a Ford fan at all but my company bought me a 14 F150 with the 5.0. It will get 18 mpg if you drive it right, but with me it gets 14 no matter what I do. It runs smooth and is fast, I've never had an issue with it. It will pull more than the chassis will handle. Personally I would go Chevy for the overall package, but this Ford really impressed me.
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Love my 5.7L iForce, never heard anything bad about a tundra other than fuel mileage. I agree
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:29 PM   #49
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Chevy 6.0s are pretty bullet proof, but you will get similar to worse mileage than a tundra.


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