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#4479686 - 08/05/17 09:10 AM GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6?
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
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I drove around a hundred mostly highway miles in a new one of these the other day.
While the V-6 might not seem like enough engine for such a large and heavy vehicle, it seemed perfectly adequate and was fairly silent in use. There is no 6.0 thrill when you leg it, but it is capable of merging onto a fast interstate without issue.
The van overall was pretty nice to drive, although ride and tracking seemed not quite as good as the old E350.
This V-6 is apparently a fairly sophisticated design with CVVT (not sure how that works with a single cam pushrod engine), DI and alloy block and heads.
We'll see how well this thing holds up in transport fleet use as compared to the bulletproof 142K six year old E350 it replaced.
I'll bet that if we don't tell the drivers, they'll never know that it's a V-6 and if we do tell them they'll cry to me for as long as we have the vehicle in service that I should've gotten a V-8, although I was not the one who selected this engine.
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#4479693 - 08/05/17 09:18 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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I wasn't aware that you could still get the GM 4.3 v-6 engine.
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#4479696 - 08/05/17 09:23 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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GM's 4.3 was redesigned probably 3-4 years ago. It is an LS-based engine and puts out around 300hp. Pretty stout.
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#4479697 - 08/05/17 09:24 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: exShuttlemech]
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This is a new design based upon the current V-8 while the old one was based on the SBC.
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#4479701 - 08/05/17 09:26 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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It's not the same old 4.3, search Ecotec3 4.3

http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/gm-engines/lv3/
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#4479703 - 08/05/17 09:26 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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I thought the one ton was a 4.8 L V8 on up only?
You talking about a 3/4 ton?

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#4479725 - 08/05/17 09:48 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: AirgunSavant]
fdcg27 Offline


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Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
I thought the one ton was a 4.8 L V8 on up only?
You talking about a 3/4 ton?


The GVWR on the door post was around 9700 pounds, so you tell me.
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#4479799 - 08/05/17 11:01 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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Is this a 2017? GMC only lists the 4.8 & 6.0 gas motors and the 2.8 diesel for 2017 3500 Savana vans. GVWR 9600
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#4479837 - 08/05/17 11:40 AM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: redhat]
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Originally Posted By: redhat
GM's 4.3 was redesigned probably 3-4 years ago. It is an LS-based engine and puts out around 300hp. Pretty stout.



It's the standard motor (on the 1500s) now isn't it? The 5.3 is usually a line item on the sticker at an extra cost.


Edited by CKN (08/05/17 11:40 AM)

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#4479898 - 08/05/17 12:45 PM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: CKN]
MrHorspwer Offline


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Originally Posted By: CKN

It's the standard motor (on the 1500s) now isn't it? The 5.3 is usually a line item on the sticker at an extra cost.


No, it's not.

First, there is no 1500 anymore, only 2500 and 3500. Second, G-vans do not get any of the Gen. V engines. The only available gas engines are the Gen. IV 4.8L (L20) and Gen. IV 6.0L (L96).

The 1500 and V6 were dropped after the 2014 model year.

OP is either driving an older model with the old 4.3L V6 or he's driving a new V8 and doesn't realize it.

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#4479965 - 08/05/17 02:07 PM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
I thought the one ton was a 4.8 L V8 on up only?
You talking about a 3/4 ton?


The GVWR on the door post was around 9700 pounds, so you tell me.


I think you have a 4.8 if it is new.
I can't see them putting a 6 in the 3500

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#4479970 - 08/05/17 02:13 PM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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Smaller engines are getting more power out of them. Ill bet the 4.3 is equivalent to big block v8 engines back in the day.

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#4479978 - 08/05/17 02:31 PM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: MrHorspwer]
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Originally Posted By: MrHorspwer
Originally Posted By: CKN

It's the standard motor (on the 1500s) now isn't it? The 5.3 is usually a line item on the sticker at an extra cost.


No, it's not.

First, there is no 1500 anymore, only 2500 and 3500. Second, G-vans do not get any of the Gen. V engines. The only available gas engines are the Gen. IV 4.8L (L20) and Gen. IV 6.0L (L96).

The 1500 and V6 were dropped after the 2014 model year.

OP is either driving an older model with the old 4.3L V6 or he's driving a new V8 and doesn't realize it.


Correct.

Gas options: 4.8, 6.0 LS V8s

Diesel options: 2.8 Duramax I4

The 4.8L is used in a LOT of vans and feels like a V6 in that application.
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#4479979 - 08/05/17 02:35 PM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: AZjeff]
fdcg27 Offline


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It is a '17 and is brand new.
I'll look again, but I'm pretty sure the sticker under the hood said 4.3 and not 4.8.
GM has done some fleet specials and this may be such a powertrain option for all I know.
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#4480004 - 08/05/17 02:59 PM Re: GMC ton van w/4.3 V-6? [Re: fdcg27]
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I think you have a unicorn because you can't get a v6 in these vans.
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