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Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! #4506542
09/03/17 05:53 PM
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Picked up a new 4X4 pickup for the fleet Thursday.
It had the 4.3 V-6, which I expected to be quite tame and gutless.
Imagine my surprise when I inadvertently burned all four tires when I legged it from a standing start.
This engine has serious grunt and seems as strong as you would ever need.
This brings me to wonder why the 4.8 V-8 even exists since this is clearly the more powerful engine without regard to the published ratings of the two.
Were I buying a pickup, I'd have to consider one of these.


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4506555
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Engine technology has come a long way in recent years.

I know my carvans engine has a nice amount of power when you get it going.

Glad to hear you enjoy the V6.


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4506556
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The 4.3 has always been a nice engine.


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4506565
09/03/17 06:07 PM
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This is not the old 4.3 engine, all new in 2014. The 4.8 is gone from GM's lineup except in the vans I think. This 4.3 Ecotec has the dreaded gas direct injection AND the evil Active Fuel Management. With 8500 miles on mine I'm very satisfied so far. For a light duty full size it's fine and I'm getting 21.5-22.5 mpg every tank.


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4506611
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Can you post a video of this 4.3 burning all 4 tires, because a 6.2 won't even do that.

Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4506738
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Picked up a new 4X4 pickup for the fleet Thursday.
It had the 4.3 V-6, which I expected to be quite tame and gutless.
Imagine my surprise when I inadvertently burned all four tires when I legged it from a standing start.
This engine has serious grunt and seems as strong as you would ever need.
This brings me to wonder why the 4.8 V-8 even exists since this is clearly the more powerful engine without regard to the published ratings of the two.
Were I buying a pickup, I'd have to consider one of these.



Here are the specs-
Engine: Gas/Ethanol V8 4.8L/293
Horsepower: 302 @ 5600
Torque: 305 @ 4600 4.8L/293

Engine: Gas/Ethanol V8 5.3L/323
Horsepower: 315 @ 5200
Torque: 338 @ 4400 5.3L/323
Silverado 1500 4.3L EcoTec3 V6

4.3 V6
-285 hp (212kW) @ 5,300rpm

-305 lb-ft of torque (413 Nm) @ 3900 rpm



Last edited by CKN; 09/03/17 07:58 PM.
Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: oilpsi2high] #4506745
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Originally Posted By: oilpsi2high
Can you post a video of this 4.3 burning all 4 tires, because a 6.2 won't even do that.


Not only that, why is he abusing the new truck?

Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4506772
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Picked up a new 4X4 pickup for the fleet Thursday.
It had the 4.3 V-6, which I expected to be quite tame and gutless.
Imagine my surprise when I inadvertently burned all four tires when I legged it from a standing start.
This engine has serious grunt and seems as strong as you would ever need.
This brings me to wonder why the 4.8 V-8 even exists since this is clearly the more powerful engine without regard to the published ratings of the two.
Were I buying a pickup, I'd have to consider one of these.


Were you driving around in four wheel drive for the fun of it?


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: oilpsi2high] #4506795
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Originally Posted By: oilpsi2high
Can you post a video of this 4.3 burning all 4 tires, because a 6.2 won't even do that.


4Low? Rain? Gravel? Can't think of a modern vehicle that will roast all 4 on dry asphalt or concrete in 4Hi.

Last edited by itguy08; 09/03/17 09:00 PM.
Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: CKN] #4506826
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Originally Posted By: CKN
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Picked up a new 4X4 pickup for the fleet Thursday.
It had the 4.3 V-6, which I expected to be quite tame and gutless.
Imagine my surprise when I inadvertently burned all four tires when I legged it from a standing start.
This engine has serious grunt and seems as strong as you would ever need.
This brings me to wonder why the 4.8 V-8 even exists since this is clearly the more powerful engine without regard to the published ratings of the two.
Were I buying a pickup, I'd have to consider one of these.



Here are the specs-
Engine: Gas/Ethanol V8 4.8L/293
Horsepower: 302 @ 5600
Torque: 305 @ 4600 4.8L/293

Engine: Gas/Ethanol V8 5.3L/323
Horsepower: 315 @ 5200
Torque: 338 @ 4400 5.3L/323
Silverado 1500 4.3L EcoTec3 V6

4.3 V6
-285 hp (212kW) @ 5,300rpm

-305 lb-ft of torque (413 Nm) @ 3900 rpm



What year are those specs for? They seem really weak for current 1/2 ton truck.

Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4507086
09/04/17 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27

Imagine my surprise when I inadvertently burned all four tires when I legged it from a standing start.


I assume this was on gravel?


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: OVERKILL] #4507270
09/04/17 12:59 PM
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fdcg27 Offline OP
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[/quote]

I assume this was on gravel? [/quote]

FTW!^^^
Still, this thing also had ample power getting onto a fast and busy interstate, nothing like the old V-6.
This is a powertrain I'd be very happy with were I looking to buy a new half ton pickup.


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: fdcg27] #4507459
09/04/17 05:34 PM
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Yeah, I have the old V-6 4.3 and it's pretty weak. It does get decent mileage, though. Usually 19 just driving around and to work. Old technology and will probably be the last truck I ever buy.


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: oilpsi2high] #4507510
09/04/17 06:15 PM
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In the Garage...
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Originally Posted By: oilpsi2high
Can you post a video of this 4.3 burning all 4 tires, because a 6.2 won't even do that.


So much dang torque management. smile


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Re: Finally drive a GMC 4.3 V-6: WOW! [Re: cb_13] #4507547
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Originally Posted By: cb_13
Originally Posted By: CKN
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Picked up a new 4X4 pickup for the fleet Thursday.
It had the 4.3 V-6, which I expected to be quite tame and gutless.
Imagine my surprise when I inadvertently burned all four tires when I legged it from a standing start.
This engine has serious grunt and seems as strong as you would ever need.
This brings me to wonder why the 4.8 V-8 even exists since this is clearly the more powerful engine without regard to the published ratings of the two.
Were I buying a pickup, I'd have to consider one of these.



Here are the specs-
Engine: Gas/Ethanol V8 4.8L/293
Horsepower: 302 @ 5600
Torque: 305 @ 4600 4.8L/293

Engine: Gas/Ethanol V8 5.3L/323
Horsepower: 315 @ 5200
Torque: 338 @ 4400 5.3L/323
Silverado 1500 4.3L EcoTec3 V6

4.3 V6
-285 hp (212kW) @ 5,300rpm

-305 lb-ft of torque (413 Nm) @ 3900 rpm



What year are those specs for? They seem really weak for current 1/2 ton truck.


I'm not sure which year he posted but they're definitely not current. New Silverado/Sierras with the 5.3 are rated at 355hp and 383 lb/ft.


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