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Hi. I am considering buying a 97 K3500, Turbo Diesel 6.5L non-Duramax, automatic trans, extra cab, for pulling heavy stuff. It has 200K miles on it and runs fine.
What auto trans is used, and does it have issues?
What kind of mileage can i expect, empty, and with a 3 ton trailer?
I have heard that the injector pump may need replacement based solely upon mileage, but since my diesel experience is all Benz, VW, and Peugot, i doubt that.
 

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^^^x2 those engines a have this never ending plague of problems i have one...but when they work they are good 2 go for anything
 

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Mine is only a 1500 so I dont know about the 3500 specifically, but mine has run great. It has 322,000 miles on the original engine and transmission, and we had the tranny rebuilt at 309,000. I usually get around 16-17 mpg without towing, but never pulled anything heavier that a Polaris Ranger which it handled like a charm. Hope this helps a little. Oh and I almost positive it has ever had new injectors.
 

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Dont do it :rof

Seriously. I had a few 3500HD's and they are a pita! There severly under powered. Id look at a dmax with highr mileage or even a power stroke. That year of power stroke had 3x the power the 6.5 has :rolleyes:



 
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