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Old 12-23-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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Chevy 8.1

Decided to look at a 2500 truck to replace the Tundra.
Read too many weight threads i guess.

Saw a '05 chevy longbed with a 8.1 engine and a 3.73 rear end.

Any thoughts on that engine?
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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Tons of power that will pass anything but a gas station.

Boss's gets about 8-9 regardless of pulling or not.

My boss has an 01 8.1 and uses plenty of oil.
Gm states it's "normal" usage.

About 4 qts in between oil changes of 5,000 miles.

I'd definitely ask the previous owner if the one your looking at is any different.

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Old 12-23-2013, 06:50 PM   #3
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Tons of power that will pass anything but a gas station.

Boss's gets about 8-9 regardless of pulling or not.

My boss has an 01 8.1 and uses plenty of oil.
Gm states it's "normal" usage.

About 4 qts in between oil changes of 5,000 miles.

I'd definitely ask the previous owner if the one your looking at is any different.

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I had a '63 Chevy Biscayne like that, check the gas fill up the oil....
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:09 PM   #4
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Good engine, there was so problems with some of them assembled with bad rings hence the oil usuage on some of them; Probably twice as strong as a 6.0 and almost the same fuel mileage
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Good engine, there was so problems with some of them assembled with bad rings hence the oil usuage on some of them; Probably twice as strong as a 6.0 and almost the same fuel mileage
they had some intake issues early on as well sucking oil out of the lifter valley but I think that was cleared up in 02

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never owned one but know 3 people that have had them and they loved the power, it was the mpg's they couldn't get past. all three got diff mpg's and I don't know what gear ratio's they had. all three of them now own duramax diesels though, but never heard them complain about reliablilty.
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I own a 06 avalanche 2500 with the 8.1. Power is great and mileage is same as 6.0 so go for the big engine. No replacement for displacement. Mine does not use any oil, gets about 14mpg on highway and about 8mpg pulling my 7500 lb trailer
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Decided to look at a 2500 truck to replace the Tundra.

Read too many weight threads i guess.



Saw a '05 chevy longbed with a 8.1 engine and a 3.73 rear end.



Any thoughts on that engine?

What camper are you pulling with your tundra
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My mom had a '63 Biscayne. In '74, it was 11 years old and it only had about 27,000 miles on it. (Only drove to church on Sunday's!!)
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My mom had a '63 Biscayne. In '74, it was 11 years old and it only had about 27,000 miles on it. (Only drove to church on Sunday's!!)
Had mine in '70-71 traded up to a '65 Mercury Monterey to get away from the 3onatree....
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