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Old 12-19-2017, 07:54 PM   #1
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hard to find-reg cab w/v8

To make a long story short I have more truck than I need. I have a low mileage 2006 crew cab with the 5.3 v8. What I need is just a comparable mileage reg cab but I want a v8. Those trucks are hard to find. Ran an ad in craigslist asking to trade and all I get is calls wanting to buy my truck. Seems that most all the reg cabs have the 4.3 v6. Anyone want to chime in on the virtues of the 4.3?
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Old 12-19-2017, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

150K miles, never a problem.
Runs smooth as new, never been apart. original water pump, starter, etc.
Only plugs/wires /cap-n-rotor and oil changes. Oh, and the Dex-cool turned to Jello.
Driven like a stolen truck for the seven years/100k miles or so I've owned it.
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Old 12-19-2017, 08:43 PM   #3
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

I’m not sure but I had heard you couldn’t get the 5.3 in the reg cab trucks only 4.8? I looked at a joe Gibbs special edition back in 2005 and all the reg cabs were supercharged 4.8 and ext cabs 5.3s
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Old 12-19-2017, 09:15 PM   #4
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

I don't have to have a 5.3, just would prefer a v8-4.8 would be fine. I am thinking the 4.3 v6 is a derivation of the old 350 based 4.3. That being a 90 deg bank angle would require split crank journals to be even firing. Structurally I never liked that arrangement but that dislike seems to be non-founded as I never heard of a 4.3 with a crank problem.
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Old 12-20-2017, 03:37 PM   #5
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

My 2006, is a factory swb reg cab with 4.8 and 3.42 gearing. I had a choice from 3 at the chev dealer in Denton when I bought it new. I had a 2002 swb reg cab that was a z71 with 3.73 gears but still had the 4.8. I like the mileage of the 4.8 but the 3.73 gear in the 2002 accelerated better.

There is at least one 2006 with a 5.3 shown on this thread.

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Old 12-20-2017, 03:57 PM   #6
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

I would love to have one also.
2006 or 2007 (classic) 2wd shortbed with a V8.
I'd prefer a power window truck too.

I can find longbeds every once in a while,... but all the short beds are V6 work trucks.
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:31 PM   #7
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

Yea, I always get the convenience package with my w/t's -power windows/locks. Every truck I have bought new is/was a reg cab swb except one that is a long bed.

I think wt's could only get the 4.8 or 4.3 choice --maybe.


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Old 12-21-2017, 08:48 PM   #8
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

I just bought a 2004 Sierra with 4.8 and liking it. I searched for a long time, but most of the single cabs were like you say v6. I'm partial to v8 also
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Old 12-22-2017, 01:51 PM   #9
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

I'm not sure if they changed the rules by 2006, but my buddy has a regular cab 1999 with a 5.3.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:29 AM   #10
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

I have a 99 reg cab short bed with a 5.3 and I know a guy that has a 2001 reg cab with 4.8. I'm a fan of the 4.3 for the fuel economy, but the LS series V8 engines are great.
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:32 AM   #11
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Re: hard to find-reg cab w/v8

Look further South. They're around. Although my dad has an 01 with a V6. He claims it was worth it because it had low miles. I personally hate driving it. He used to have an 01 with a 5.3 and let my brother have it. As for regular cabs not being available with a 5.3, that's nuts, because I've seen too many.
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:26 PM   #12
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I have a 2001 Silverado SLE RCSB with the 5.3. It's a damn hotrod.
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