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wtmtnhiker

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Posted: 07/11/20 05:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all,
I'm looking at a 2017 Chevy Silverado half ton with a 5.3L engine and 3:32 ratio rear axle and 37k miles. I know it has plenty of pulling power for what I need but will it be a dependable vehicle? It has the Active Fuel management which I'm a bit leary of. Is this system reliable? Seems a little clunky to me. I'd like to hear from those of you who have actual ownership experience with and especially those of you who have been towing with one.

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Posted: 07/11/20 05:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Really not a towing vehicle, more like a grocery getter. High axle ratio will indicate a lower towing capacity.


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Is the active fuel managment the cylinder shut off thing to meet the mpg requirements? If so , i didnt like it. I had a 2012 sierra, with the same engine maybe better gear ratio. And max tow package. Problem was that ot took time for the computer to activate the engine when you stepped on the gas. Not too much of a concern driving but towing was a pita on the highway. Maybe the bugs were worked out by 2017. Otherwise the truck was great and smooth. I got a 2500 this year.


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Posted: 07/11/20 05:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone thought to ask the OP what he's towing with it? Anyway, he's asking about dependability, not towing capacity. If he's pulling a Scamp or an Airstream Bambi, we'll look pretty silly giving him towing advice!!


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I'm towing a Grand Design Imagine GVW under 7K and it's a 4:42 ratio

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I tow with my 2011 Tahoe with the same 6 speed trans and 3:08 gears. Does great. My 5.3 has the AFM (or DOD, it’s the same thing) and it works great. We are nearing 140k. I run fully synthetic oil only and I change the oil when the OLM gets to 50% because I tow a lot. (My camper and my father in laws big pontoon boat)

3:27 would pull better than my 3:08 but with the 6 speed my 3:08’s do great.

My TT is 7,000 ish lbs loaded and 11 ft 2 Inches tall.

Trans temps rarely top 180° and pulls like it’s on rails. Love my Chevy.

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Posted: 07/11/20 06:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Please recheck the axle ratio. If you are able to look at the sticker in the glove box for RPO codes, look for GU4 or GU6 which are most common.

The 5.3L has been around for over 20 years with refinements over the years. There are plenty of them with over 300k miles. GM's small blocks are some of the most reliable and cheap to maintain of any engines.


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wtmtnhiker wrote:

I'm towing a Grand Design Imagine GVW under 7K and it's a 4:42 ratio


What is 4:42?


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APT wrote:

Please recheck the axle ratio. If you are able to look at the sticker in the glove box for RPO codes, look for GU4 or GU6 which are most common.

The 5.3L has been around for over 20 years with refinements over the years. There are plenty of them with over 300k miles. GM's small blocks are some of the most reliable and cheap to maintain of any engines.


You're right sorry it's 3:42 ratio rear axle

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Most common AR is 3.43, next 3.08, very rare a a 3.73 behind that motor. I believe grit dog is pulling upwards of 10k with his work rigs. Granted equipment trailers vs an RV trailer.
Altho someone above commented on tall axle ratio, the 6 so auto has a 4.10 in first gear. So overall low is better than my C2500 with 4.10s in axel, and a supertall 2.48 in trans.
I personally would not worry about it. I've been looking at 4 3s with 3.23 in red, or 3.42 in 4wd. Not worried about it towing a 7000 lb trailer with a mini excavator.
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