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My ‘11 Sierra Denali dropped a lifter last week, and the news today was not good.  The lifter wiped out the cam and scored the lifter bore badly.  No big warnings ahead of time, just like a major heart attack.  The independent shop owner (whom I’ve known and trusted for years) told me to sit down first before he gave me a couple of options; used 6.2 with approx 100k miles installed for about $5400 or a new crate motor for $7800. Okay, I’ll admit that 6.2s are more rare than 5.3s, but really?

 

The truck has 160,000 rust-free (Florida) and accident free miles. I use it for business and need to do something soon. Just put 4 new tires on it 2 months ago and it has been an exceptional truck.  

 

So, do I bite the bullet and spend a lot of money on it now knowing that I’ll have to drive it another 2-3 years?

Look around for a better repair deal, maybe even a 5.3?

Or take the big hit, selling it for less than half of normal value and buy a newer (GM) truck?

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3 hours ago, s2per said:

My ‘11 Sierra Denali dropped a lifter last week, and the news today was not good.  The lifter wiped out the cam and scored the lifter bore badly.  No big warnings ahead of time, just like a major heart attack.  The independent shop owner (whom I’ve known and trusted for years) told me to sit down first before he gave me a couple of options; used 6.2 with approx 100k miles installed for about $5400 or a new crate motor for $7800. Okay, I’ll admit that 6.2s are more rare than 5.3s, but really?

 

The truck has 160,000 rust-free (Florida) and accident free miles. I use it for business and need to do something soon. Just put 4 new tires on it 2 months ago and it has been an exceptional truck.  

 

So, do I bite the bullet and spend a lot of money on it now knowing that I’ll have to drive it another 2-3 years?

Look around for a better repair deal, maybe even a 5.3?

Or take the big hit, selling it for less than half of normal value and buy a newer (GM) truck?

I think probably way less miles for $5400 installed is more acceptable.  Not that this is cray,cray high

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I had looked into getting a crate engine from Frasier engine company. They seem like good quality engines with a great warranty. I didn't end up needing to swap my engine, but if I ever do,I will buy from them.

 

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From what I read online the price for a new 6.2 doesn't sound to bad.  But then I did a quick search.  If the truck is in as great a shape as you say and still enjoy it, that would be the way to go.

 

Otherwise with the deals that are out there on the 2018's you might find something newer that will work well.  Just a thought.

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Unless you want to give the truck away you have to fix it.  If you are in the position to dump it as is and want something else instead you can.  My buddy just did this with his 80000 mile 2011 Ford Flex with a set of destroyed turbos on the EcoBoost. Traded it in for less than half it was worth and bought an 80000 dollar Denial suv instead lol.

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Your tranny may be going out in the next 20,000-40,000 miles too, so take that into account price wise. 

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Thanks guys. I’ve got a guy interested in buying it as is. I’ve enjoyed the truck and it was trouble free until the end. But I’ve also depreciated it completely in my business so it’s time to look for a newer truck. 

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6 hours ago, s2per said:

Thanks guys. I’ve got a guy interested in buying it as is. I’ve enjoyed the truck and it was trouble free until the end. But I’ve also depreciated it completely in my business so it’s time to look for a newer truck. 

So your mind was already made up? 

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6 hours ago, Grumpy Bear said:

So your mind was already made up? 

No, not really. It also came down to time, which I don’t have much of these days.   I would have seriously considered keeping it for another year or two if repair/replacement was le$$. 

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2 hours ago, s2per said:

No, not really. It also came down to time, which I don’t have much of these days.   I would have seriously considered keeping it for another year or two if repair/replacement was le$$. 

Pity the lifter bore was fouled. 

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Curious.

How about some background on this motor for the masses?

Oil change intervals?

Oil brand?

Towing?

Anything else that you can add.

 

 

:)

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8 hours ago, diyer2 said:

Curious.

How about some background on this motor for the masses?

Oil change intervals?

Oil brand?

Towing?

Anything else that you can add.

 

 

:)

Sure:

I’m the second owner and I bought it as a CPO from a GMC dealer in 12/13. 

I use it for my construction business towing a dump or flatbed trailer twice a month on average. 

I use only Mobil 1 5W30 and change it every 7500 on average. The top end looked good when the shop got the head off.  

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Thanks.

This makes me wonder about the longevity of these  new motors.

My 93 1500 had over 230 k miles and still ran great. Used a little oil.

Brother in-laws 88 2500 has close to 200 k miles and still runs great also.

 

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