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valhalla360

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Posted: 09/15/20 12:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ShinerBock wrote:

You will never recoup your money with the 6.2L...... just kidding. That only gets brought up when talking about a diesel option upgrade, not gas option upgrade.

I have a friend who has a 6.2L AT4. Awesome engine. Pulls his camper like a champ although I cannot say the same for the truck. It squats more than I am comfortable with, but there are ways to fix that.


Since the OP's question appears to be related to the little engine struggling and there is no reference to improved MPG...how is this relevant?

The diesel discussion usually has someone claiming they can pay off the diesel based on better MPG and then recouping your money becomes a key part of the discussion. Not so here.

To the OP: Yes, the 6.2 will give a noticeable boost in power and as mentioned the newer transmissions with more gears are a big help keeping the engine in it's happy place (rpm wise).


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valhalla360 wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

You will never recoup your money with the 6.2L...... just kidding. That only gets brought up when talking about a diesel option upgrade, not gas option upgrade.

I have a friend who has a 6.2L AT4. Awesome engine. Pulls his camper like a champ although I cannot say the same for the truck. It squats more than I am comfortable with, but there are ways to fix that.


Since the OP's question appears to be related to the little engine struggling and there is no reference to improved MPG...how is this relevant?

The diesel discussion usually has someone claiming they can pay off the diesel based on better MPG and then recouping your money becomes a key part of the discussion. Not so here.

To the OP: Yes, the 6.2 will give a noticeable boost in power and as mentioned the newer transmissions with more gears are a big help keeping the engine in it's happy place (rpm wise).



It was a joke because most people bring up how you never recoup your upfront cost only when talking about a diesel engine upgrade, but it never gets brought up in a gas engine upgrade even though the 6.2L requires premium fuel while the 5.3L doesn't. So you are paying about $5k more upfront and you have to use fuel that is 30-60 cents higher all for more towing power. Sounds familiar to a diesel except their is no fuel mileage benefit. However, I was just being facetious, hence the reason I said I was just kidding.......

PS: Most owners say they recoup their money on fuel mileage AND resale(which is true for most). I have never seen anyone in these forums claim they recoup their money on fuel mileage alone.

PSS: It was a joke....

* This post was edited 09/15/20 12:39pm by ShinerBock *

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Posted: 09/15/20 12:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

6.32 vs 5.3 = apples vs oranges.

Later model '14 and up 5.3 have 355 hp 383 torque.

The 6.2 in 1500 GM trucks has 420 hp and 460 torque.

My wife has the new 5.3 in a 2016 1500 crew cab chevy 6 speed. I just came off a 318 mile (round trip) pulling a 10k car hauler with 9460 lbs on the trailers axles. Now it not up to my 2500 Dodge/Cummins performance but it hands down does a much better job pulling the same trailer combo on the same trip with her older '06 1500 5.3 chevy crew cab 4l60e. No comparo.


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Posted: 09/15/20 12:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You guys have been around here long enough to know that anything that smells like a gas vs. diesel thread will get shut down....but you make a good point about having that discussion on two gas engines.

The EcoBoost in our Explorer Sport takes premium too...it will tow, but you gotta pay to play...


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Lol at 5k difference. Unless you're including the difference between the LT and LTZ package that was/is required when I had mine? You get a lot more than just the engine upgrade. So it's a moot point if you're already getting an LTZ. It wasn't mentioned so I'm mentioning it now. I've had both a 5.3 and 6.2 in the last 3 years. The 6.2 w/ 8 speed was $2500 over the 5.3 w/ 6 speed. The 5.3 has 3.73's and does just fine in the east. The 6.2 w/ 3.42's of course was better but I decided against it this time. It really wasn't worth it to me. The 6.2 did get better mileage by 1-2 mpg both towing and non-towing. And it did REQUIRE 90 octane fuel to keep it from pinging, and yes I know the owners manual says "recommended" lol.

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The money spent on the 6.2 upgrade will about pay for itself at trade in time if that matters.


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By simply avoiding the 4L60E is a step in right direction.

I've grenaded (4) in 20 yrs towing, no joke.

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Posted: 09/16/20 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IF you did a blind towing test of same year and geared truck, I think you'll notice the difference. You'll be able to hold a gear longer on slight inclines or maybe cruise at a lower gear. I highly recommend the 10-spd with either engine more importantly than the engine. I believe the 6.2L got the 10-spd standard before the 5.3L, so it may depend on which year you are looking. What year/axle is your current Silverado?


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OP, I'll throw a curve ball at you. Skip the 6.2 in the half ton and get a 6.0 in a 3/4 ton. You'll leave a couple HP on the table, but get a SOLID engine/transmission combo that is better for towing than the half ton.


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spoon059 wrote:

OP, I'll throw a curve ball at you. Skip the 6.2 in the half ton and get a 6.0 in a 3/4 ton. You'll leave a couple HP on the table, but get a SOLID engine/transmission combo that is better for towing than the half ton.


Yes, power wise, very similar, but you're also leaving 4 gears on the table.
(I thick GM messed up by not dropping the 10 speed behind the new gasser. Just stupid since they have the trans sitting on the shelf for the diesels)

The consideration is the overall use of the truck.
I know you're reasonable and understand vehicle capabilities, and I don't disagree that the HD is a stouter platform, but if a guy is driving say 20k miles a year as a daily driver and only occasional towing, it makes no sense to run a 2500 vs a 1500 for a small trailer that is well under the 1/2 ton's rated capacities.


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