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Old 10-02-2016, 11:21 AM   #11
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This is very helpful, thank you all so much!


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Old 10-02-2016, 01:09 PM   #12
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Anyone familiar with the Chevy C5500 6.6L engine? Found this guy on Craigslist looks pretty clean and has 165K miles on it


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Old 10-02-2016, 01:16 PM   #13
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I havent seen that very often, what is that? a starcraft or a collins body, does it say?
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:21 PM   #14
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Just says it's an Allison automatic with a Durmax engine


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Old 10-02-2016, 02:59 PM   #15
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:43 PM   #16
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Anyone familiar with the Chevy C5500 6.6L engine? Found this guy on Craigslist looks pretty clean and has 165K miles on it


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The 6.6 D-max is an AWESOME engine it is made by Isuzu and put in GM stuff. I may open a can of worm on here, but I don't care. Of all the newer Common-Rail, Electronic injection Diesel stuff, I'd take the D-max over any of them. (we ARE talking van chassis, so we are dealing with pick-up sized engines here). It's a great engine, not a lot of them in buses (that I've seen). I am a diesel guy myself, I have owned several. Id take the D-max any day. Stay away from the 6.0 and 6.4 Powerstroke (HUGE power-But riddle with issues). The 7.3 is OK, but won't live forever. The old 5.9 Cummins is as solid as they come, older 12valve are cheaper, easier, and can make decent power. The newer Cummins are good, but everyone I know who has one wished they kept the old one. I don't know much about the DT lines (360. 466), but from what I have seen of them, they seem simple, easy and solid.

EDIT;; Another issue I have seen with most modern (electronically controlled) diesels, Are electronic problems (or they started that way). Diesels usually are a bit oily, greasy, and leaky. They get quite grungy, and the lack of cleaning gets to the wiring and harnesses and seals after too long. After 15-20 years of grime on a wire, things stop working right, sensors and signals get lost, and systems shut down. I changed some glow plugs in a buddy's 7.3 this summer- WOW oily mess in there! Moral of the story; Even if you're a hippy and scared of SOAP and WATER, you're engine shouldn't be!!!
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:51 PM   #17
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I like the Duramax 6.6. the 6.5 was Ok but I think the 6.6 is better... the T-444/7.3 ford is also pretty solid... lots of guys pre 2004 still got them in their trucks running strong..

agreed the 6.0s and 6.4's were issue riddled - unless you knew what to do to fix them BEFORE they break things went bad fast..

all of the old mechanical engines... CUmmins (Ok its somewhat electronic but only partial), the DT-360,DT-466 are pretty bulletproof

as with any diesel keep the temp gauge o the left side of the dial and keep the oil clean and youll usually last a long time.
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