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Old September 25th, 2013, 05:58 AM   #1
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Default 6.5 Diesel good or garbage?

Tell me what you think. Someone school me on this engine.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 06:23 AM   #2
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Reliable but not a power house and only gets a lil better mpg than the gas option
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Old September 25th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #3
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Reliable but not a power house and only gets a lil better mpg than the gas option
I disagree about the mileage because of what I've observed.

OP, this engine is highly regarded as a complete turd. It can't power much more than itself and they have the undesirable tendency to break the main bearing webbing of the block and chuck their crankshaft into the oil pan. If you just want a turbo whistle and a rattly idle along with some OK mileage, this engine will do you fine. If you want to work your truck hard, you will be disappointed in the uber lack of power.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 07:19 AM   #4
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I owned 1996 6.5 in a 3500 4x4, and contrary to popular believe I really liked the engine. The fuel mileage was averaging 13 in town and 18 on highway. Out of all the diesels I have owned it is my favorite as a daily driver.
The pros: Quiet engine compared to others, smooth powerband
The cons: Heat sink needs to relocated (many articles on line), not the best fuel mileage of all the diesels but not the worst
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Old September 25th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #5
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Old November 13th, 2013, 08:21 AM   #6
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These seem to have no in between opinion. Either you love em or hate em. I'm in the process of putting one in my truck and hope I love it!
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