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Yes the 6.5's were pre duramaxes. The engine is a discussion that is up for the count. Some like it, but most have seen better engines. As far as reliability, you won't see many 6.5s make 300k as you would a cummins or powerstroke of the same era. The 6.5s were notorious for cooling problems which therefore limited the lifespan of the engine. The turbo can't sustain high boost levels that the holsets on the cummins/garretts on the powerstrokes can handle. I believe that the stock configuration of the gm turbo is about 10psi max. However, these 6.5s can return decent economy: ive seen some one tons that can return up to 20mpg with good gearing and a light foot. With the miles that this truck has on it, i would take a chance and maybe prove some people wrong if it is indeed a good deal, but if you plan on putting 200k + miles on this truck, as far as reliability goes, you might want to look around for an early cummins. What is the price anyways? And the features so we can help tell you if its a fair deal?
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