Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Sutty

Chevy 6.0 vs. 5.3?

Recommended Posts

My kids are outgrowing my extended cab.....I had aspirations of driving my truck to 3-400 K but I guess someone else can wink

So I am looking at buying a chevy crew cab. How much difference in performance is there between the two engines? I tow a 18 foot crestliner and am sure either would be fine for that but at some point I will buy a wheel house and don't want to regret the decision. I'd appreciate some pro's and cons that I might not be thinking about.

Lets stay outa the other brand debate please whistle

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My little brother tows a 29 foot travel trailer with a 5.3 suburban and has no regrets. That is a 327. I can only assume that the bore and stroke are the same as the old legend. My math tells me that the 6.0 is a 377. Good engine/more torque but will use more fuel. The 6.0 did have some issues when first introduced but they have addressed them and now it is pretty much rock solid. Both have the same tranny. I believe you have to move up to the 8.1 or the Diesel for the Allison.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My uncle has the 6.0 and it is a pig on fuel compared to the 5.3. He gets about 11 with that beast.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 5.3 and pulld my 16 ft boat and the mileage is approx 16-17 depending on how I drive. Plenty of power to tow this boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have owned several 5.3's and 1 6.0 and I liked them both. The 6.0 seemed to have alot more torque and was geared more for towing and work. The 6.0 was rated at 300 h.p. and the new 5.3 is rated at around 310 or so. For your application, I would say the 5.3 should do nicely for you not to mention the extra fuel economy when your not towing. I got around 16 with the 6 litre unloaded and I currently get between 18 and 23 with my 5.3 Silverado unloaded and depending on the wind. I pull my SnoBear (3200lbs,) with the 5.3 and don't have any problems and still get around 16 m.p.g. Hope this helps!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 2003 6 litre Silverado I get 12.5 around town and 15 hwy.

If I load it up with my 27' Sportcraft I get 11 mpg... but you can bet it sure does a good job!

I dont tow the boat anymore and was thinking of unloading the truck and found out it was worth about 12K I think I'll keep it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 6.0 in my work truck, duramax as a all around truck and my fiance drives a suburban with the 5.3.

With the 6.0 I get about 13 on the hwy empty 10 in town and 9 towning anything.

The duramax gets 19.5 avg. on the hwy, 16 in town and 14 towning.

The suburban gets 18 on hwy, 13 in town and around 13 towing.

If I were you and you don't want to just to the duramax, I would go with the 5.3. Plenty of power and when you are not towing you will get the bonus mileage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A suburban might not be a bad option either as one can purchase some pretty nice used ones for a real fair price. Nice when a person wants to go fishing with a group too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm going to reflect the exact same sentiments as Outfitter.

My best friend has the 6.0 VertecMax engine (345hp) and gets 13 - 14 highway, 10 - 11 city and 9mpg regardless of what he is towing. That engine is a brute and will pull just about anything and then some. Will suck gas too like a bad alcoholic! laugh

I've got an '05 Silverado 1/2ton CC with the 5.3 and just love it! I pull my 18' Alumacraft around no problem with that truck. In fact, it pulls better than our '05 Tahoe that has the same engine (might be geared differently). The 5.3 is a workhorse. I get 17 - 19 on the highway, 13-14 city and 13 - 14 pulling the boat up to and back from Canada this year. I couldn't be happier. cool

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got a 4.3 in an extended Silverado. Yesterday on a bad ramp, I had trouble for the first time ever pulling my fat glass boat out of the water. Perhaps if I had some box weight it wouldn't have been a problem.

I've also got a Suburban with the 5.3. It has performed as expected and the mpg hasn't been the worst. We recently pulled a 5,000 travel trailer to Wisconsin Dells. I mostly ran around 60 mph and had no trouble tromping on it to get out of traffic trouble.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Good job!  I have never found any Blacks so they look a little different.  Can you take a picture of what they look like cut in half? They look a little scary like False Morel's 
    • I picked for about 2 hours this morning. I'm not exactly haw many I got but its enough for a couple meals. I'm going to chop some of these up and mix with some cream cheese, feta cheese and garlic chives and then stuff some chicken breasts and cook them on the grill. The little bit of rain that we got last week helped the shrooms pop but it really didn't do much else for the woods besides help the mosquito's hatch. There were so many they licked the bug spray off first then swarmed. I found the mushrooms all over, North, South, East and West facing hills. Normally spot 1 has the best results but this trip it was my second spot. All of them had pretty good size too. Only a few that were in direct sunlight were dried up otherwise they are very firm. Spot 1 is the left container. Don't worry, I use a mesh bag while I'm out in the woods!
    • Yup.... 6 & 4 for Lead.... 4 & 2 for steel
    • I ended up framing my house, putting on the T&G , and then spray foaming back against the interior, which may be why I am not seeing any movement... I also used pine vs cedar
    • I agree with the guy who agreed with the other guy.
    • Just wait till they come up with the remote submarine drone with 3d high resolution camera that can see through algae and milfoil and transmit to your eyewear in 3d.   I struggle with properly tying a berkley knot......
    • I agree with rundrave. #4 early and #2 shot later in year
    • Yes, 5/16 T&G I installed last fall. I did the same, but I see this summer it's starting to buckle  
    • Adding a 4th wouldn't do much IMO. The map screen is already too small to be useful when screen is split in 3. I added a Helix 7 G2N to use as a map screen. Networked with other 2 units
    • I could always go and spend more money on an additional unit but some of it is like Floyd said. I have a hard enough time watching one screen. I have the app on my phone. I think that lowrance has the ability to split the screen into 4. I just can't believe I'm the only person who would like to see this but maybe I am. It may not be as big a deal once I get more familiar with the unit. Right now I like to look at all the screens to help discern what it is im seeing on the screen.  I appreciate the input!