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Re: Way OT opinions on a 2000 chevy 3500 diesel
GM 6.6 Duramax diesel (I think it's been used from '99) is rated at 300hp @3100 rpm and 520lbs torque @ 1800 rpm. I'm buying a 2003 later today!!! These trucks have huge amounts of power and can criuse @ 17+ mpg. If that not enough power, you can add a module that increases hp by 95 and torque by 200,,,,400hp and 700lbs. With the module, people are running under 14 second 1/4 mile times. The towing power is just as impressive. You can also add Propane injection for another 80 HP, it injects propane into the air intake which will cause almost ALL the diesel to burn in the combustion camber, I'm told only about 80% normally burns.
If the truck your looking at is lacking power, there may be something wrong with it. I did find that the auto trans input shaft(Alison1000(sp?)) is only rated at 550lbs torque, so I got the ZF6, 6 speed trans for mine. From the research done(alot), the GM is the best all-around truck, good power, ride, trans(the other two company's detune the motors to keep from destroying their trans's),low noise, and nice interior. The 14bolt rear end has a 11.5 ring gear,,,,,,same as a Dana80.