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#680087 - 06/24/06 09:25 AM Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
edvanp Offline


Registered: 09/18/03
Posts: 464
Loc: Michigan
Decided against a caddy STS, thanks to some insight offered here. Test drove an Olds 2002 Bravada with the 4.2 engine. Really a nice vehicle. Any thoughs, negative or positive on this vehicle? It's got 72k miles on it but is in very good shape.

Thanks.

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#680088 - 06/24/06 09:57 AM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
Brett Miller Offline


Registered: 09/09/03
Posts: 2636
Loc: Arizona
The Bravada has the 4.3 V6. The only real issue with the engines are the intake gaskets. Other than that they run for a long, long time.

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#680089 - 06/24/06 12:06 AM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 21114
Loc: Colorado Springs
Ahhhhh, no, the 2002s have the Vortec 4200 exactly like edvanp stated.

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#680090 - 06/24/06 01:32 AM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 35428
Loc: New Jersey
The police in the USVI use chevy trailblazers (with 4200s of course) as their police vehicles. They seem to hold up well.

USVI severe service puts more or less any severe service we have here in the states to shame.

JMH

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#680091 - 06/24/06 02:32 AM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
Chris142 Online   content


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 12334
Loc: apple valley, ca
I'd rather have that engine than the cattlecrap.

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#680092 - 06/24/06 03:07 AM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7634
Loc: Buffalo, NY
I've got one in my 2005 trailblazer and love it. 2002 was the first production year for the 4.2L I6 and a range of 2002 VIN #'s had issues with loose cylinder sleeves. Problems were rare though. Here's a cool write-up on the vortec 4.2L: http://media.gm.com/division/powertrain/news/4200_Tech.pdf

G/luck
Joel

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#680093 - 06/24/06 11:24 PM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
Brett Miller Offline


Registered: 09/09/03
Posts: 2636
Loc: Arizona
Oops, my bad.............

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#680094 - 06/25/06 03:19 AM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7634
Loc: Buffalo, NY
I personally dont care for the full time AWD systems used on the GMT-360 chassis (hi end TB's bravada's, envoy, rainier, etc..). It's expensive, complicated and not as commonly used as the part time 4x4 system for this chassis. The 4L60E trannys are used throughout. Parts, service and knowledge are plentiful for them. Sad thing about the vortec 4.2L I6 is, it looks as if the last year for it will be ~2008. GM is ousting the GMT-360 (med sized, full framed, truck based PT 4x4/AWD SUV) This is the only vehicle this engine is used in. It wont fit in much else. [Frown]

G/luck
Joel

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#680095 - 06/25/06 03:53 AM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
mcrn Offline


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 2723
Loc: FL
its in inline 6 most are pretty much bullet proof.

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#680096 - 06/25/06 05:41 PM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
therealdeal770 Offline


Registered: 01/18/06
Posts: 176
Loc: georgia
If they would just use it as the base engine in the 1500 trucks and the top of the line engine for the Colorado it would make alot of people happy including myself

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#680097 - 06/25/06 05:54 PM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
edvanp Offline


Registered: 09/18/03
Posts: 464
Loc: Michigan
From what I've read, the smartrack system used in the Bravada uses rear wheel drive until slippage occurs. Then the AWD system takes over. From the reviews I've found on line, owners of the Bravada like their vehicle and the engine sounds solid. Thanks for everyone's input.

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#680098 - 06/25/06 07:24 PM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
mshu7 Offline


Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 1028
Loc: Brownsburg, IN 46112
quote:
Originally posted by therealdeal770:
If they would just use it as the base engine in the 1500 trucks and the top of the line engine for the Colorado it would make alot of people happy including myself

The I6 will NOT fit in the Colorado. The engine itself is too big for the engine bay.

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#680099 - 06/25/06 07:26 PM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
mshu7 Offline


Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 1028
Loc: Brownsburg, IN 46112
quote:
Originally posted by JTK:
Sad thing about the vortec 4.2L I6 is, it looks as if the last year for it will be ~2008. GM is ousting the GMT-360 (med sized, full framed, truck based PT 4x4/AWD SUV) This is the only vehicle this engine is used in. It wont fit in much else. [Frown]

G/luck
Joel

They are not killing the GMT-360 or the 4.2L I6. The I6 has been on the Ward's Top 10 engines list like 4 times. I highly doubt they would even think of killing off an engine with those kind of awards. GM is basically putting it on the back burner so they can do more important things. They did the same thing with the Zeta platform. Everybody bitched b/c they thought Zeta was cancelled, but that was not the case.

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#680100 - 06/25/06 07:28 PM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 6610
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
Those wanting bigger engines are in the minority these days. What's in my Colorado (3.5-5) gets up & goes pretty well. Folks buy bigger trucks if what you need to pull makes the Colorado sluggish. If the Colorado can't keep up, that means you bought the wrong-size truck. No need for alny of the auto makers to make these smaller pickups like race cars.

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#680101 - 06/25/06 07:30 PM Re: Thoughts on GM Vortec 4200 engine
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 6610
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
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