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Old 10-09-2011, 09:30 PM   #1
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Chevy Express 1500 5.3, Or 2500 4.8?

I have searched the forum and the web, and I am not finding what I need... I am hoping for some input from people here that own one of these configurations.

I am a finish carpenter/cabinet maker, and I'm looking for a standard length van. I have a tacoma now, it is just not working for this type of work, and I'm ready to have everything in one place. I will be carrying 6-800lbs around at all times with tools and racks, so from what I've read the van will end up around 6000 lbs.

My budget is 13K-ish, and i'm looking for something 2007 and up. The V6 is out, but I feel like I would prefer the driving dynamics of the lighter duty 1500 with the 5.3, over the slightly heavier and stiffer 2500 with the 4.8, which everyone says lacks low end grunt. The max payload of the 1500 is 1000 lbs less than the 2500, but would still leave me (i think) plenty of weight left over for materials.

I thought I had my mind made up on the 1500, but then found that 2008 and up 2500's have a 6speed auto vs the 4 speed in the half ton. Economy is important to me, so now I'm starting think that the 4.8 in the HD platform could get better mileage with the better transmission.

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Re: Chevy Express 1500 5.3, Or 2500 4.8?

i have a 05 burban with the 5.3 and im happy with it...dont drive it much but when i do its plenty of power for me


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