ok Ive only owned 85 and older combustion motor chevy pickups looking into 95-03 chevy diesel?

Ok i’d like to own a diesel need the power to tow things around living on a farm always hear about how much longer they last and how much more reliable any info would help my decision

3 Responses to ok Ive only owned 85 and older combustion motor chevy pickups looking into 95-03 chevy diesel?

  1. eight_kinds_of_hell_454 May 20, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    The 454 will tow a little better than the diesels from 95 to 2000. 2001 to 2003 diesels have some problems but there are lots of them on the road doing fine. The 95 to 2000 diesel is the 6.5L and it is very easy to repair, you can do it yourself just like on the gas engine. In fact, id rather work on the diesel engine in that year range than I would the gas engine. However, if you get a truck that was well taken care of, the diesel would serve you well and run 300,000 miles or more easily. I have a 96 diesel suburban and am at 255,000 miles. I get 20mpg on the highway also and it will tow anything I want.

  2. -Chevy-Patriot- May 20, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Considering you have owned 85 and older. I would hope at some point you have owned the Chevy 454. If not, I would honestly recommend finding you a nice 3/4 Chevy Truck with a 454 in it. Those motors are VERY strong & are very reliable. If something goes wrong with it the parts come a dime a dozen.

    I personally have owned nothing but Chevy Trucks my whole life. The issue I am not comfortable with you getting 95 and newer Diesel’s would be the cost of fixing them. The newer the motor the more expensive the parts & labor are. And most likely if something more then alternator’s,radiators, the smaller stuff..goes bad. You WILL have to send it in to be fixed. And we all know that’s not exactly cheap.

    I sure don’t want to be the bad guy. I am a firm believer of fixing your own vehicles as much as possible. And the newer the stuff is the more unreliable,more expensive,& more headaches you will get.

    Just my opinion tho. I am sure you won’t have immediate problems with what ever you choose. I bought a 1995 Tahoe Last week. Beautiful, Pro comp lift, mudders,body is more then perfect..the whole works. Well, 24 hours of having it, The transmission was garbage. Now, Transmissions from what I remember from all my trucks cost at the most maybe $500. This transmission is $2,000 REFURBISHED!

    I like saving money if ever possible. So, I will leave you with that.

    Good Luck!

  3. Paul May 20, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    The diesel engine is ALSO an internal combustion engine, and I agree with the previous answer, especially since you are on a farm where it would be a major pain if a diesel failed. You would have to call a mobile repair guy maybe.

    With a gas engine, lots of repairs can be done by you or a buddy.