Advice on purchasing a 2003 - Diesel Truck Forum - TheDieselGarage.com
Thread Details Posted by ladder06, this thread has received 4 replies and been viewed 1186 times.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-02-2010, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: CT
Posts: 37
Points: 1,140
Thanks: 14
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Garage
Advice on purchasing a 2003

I am looking to get out of my Ford and into a 2003 K2500 (82,000 miles) with the Duramax engine. The dealer is asking $22,900. Crew cab with the works. Can someone give me advice on what to look for? I had the 6L Ford diesel and am sick of blown head gaskets and the $5K price tag to fix them.
Are there similar problems with the chevy diesels? Any common problems...ie. injectors, head gaskets,etc? How do I check that?
Thanks everyone!
ladder06 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 02:37 AM
Pardue the Traveler
 
New 0mega's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Forestburg Alberta Canada
Posts: 4,023
Points: 51,411
Thanks: 101
Thanked 253 Times in 238 Posts
Garage
Send a message via Yahoo to New 0mega
You only blow head gaskets on a Duramax if its making big boost. The only thing to check on the '01-'04 LB7 is if/when the injectors have been replaced.
check out this page for any other questions https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...ad.php?t=92868

Smoke!!! Smoke!!!! Are you Smoking yet?
2007.5 Sierra 2500HD SLE 6.6L Duramax Extended Cab Long Box Z71 Fass 150/95, Rare Parts G2 hd tie rods, EFi Live, DSP5 a tune from Duramaxtuner.com, MBRP 4" Downpipe back, Edge CTS Insight, Cognito Idler/Pitman Arm Braces, PPE Deep Transmission pan, deep pan filter, Transgo Jr kit
Canadian Club member #2 https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...light=Canadian
Singles Club member #250
https://thedieselgarage.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=23125&dateline=124580  0528
For those whom are looking at a Duramax check this thread out.https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...ad.php?t=92868
New 0mega is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to New 0mega For this addition to TDG:
ladder06 (05-19-2010)
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 12:45 AM
CRAZY CANUCK
 
BriteWhiteRam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 4,320
Points: 63,253
Thanks: 350
Thanked 506 Times in 416 Posts
Garage
The Duramax uses 6 headbolts per cylinders as opposed to the 4 headbolts per cylinder on the 6.0L powerstroke
The LB7's can be pretty good motors as long as the injectors are good, i would run a VIN check here> https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...play.php?f=100 but it appears that RIPMF666 hasnt been keeping up with them, you can also post it on this page http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=72 Its a different forum that you will have to join but they usually take a day or two to return your vinchecks, its very valuable to know what kind of warranty work has been done to your truck before you buy it

Aaron the Crazy Canuck
2006 Chevrolet Silverado LT 2500: LBZ - Allison, Greystone Metallic, 4x4,PPE airbox mod, missing muffler/cat, EFILive tuned by Nick at duramaxtuner, MA tie-rod sleeves and Grade C headgaskets
Totalled!! May 2nd 2008-2005 Dodge Ram 3500 laramie: Cummins auto, plain white, rebuilt tranny
1986 Mercury Capri - 5.0L, AOD, shorty headers, acell ignition, Holly street dominator intake, Holly 625 vacuum secondaries carb, Dual glass packs "my little yellow terror"

DURAMAX INDEX; You want a Duramax? you want to click on this >>The Duramax Index

Canadian Club Member #1
Singles Club member #186
Ridin Dirty Club #5


TDG MAFIA


Check out the NEW and IMPROVED TDG Truck Poll!
TDG TOTQ
BriteWhiteRam is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2010, 04:04 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 30
Points: 20,610
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
03 04 lb7s are great trucks, parts are little cheaper the injectors are larger and flow better just make sure they have been changed to the second gen injectors, the 1st gen 1s stick the lb7 has more compression and less turbo,just replace the headstuds 1 at a time with head studs and boost away,i was running 35 lbs of boost for 3 years and the gasket finaly poped at 165,000.bought another motor with only 2000 miles on it for $2000
blk smoke lb7 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2010, 04:09 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 30
Points: 20,610
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
1 more thing make sure any 03 04 your looking at DOESNT have a cat or an egr valve i have 2 buds that bought cali models and they both have check engine lites due to egr valves,the 49 staters dont have cats or egr valves.you will be very happy with it
blk smoke lb7 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to blk smoke lb7 For this addition to TDG:
ladder06 (05-19-2010)
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Diesel Truck Forum - TheDieselGarage.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
purchasing II 62/70 strokin6L 2003-2007 6.0L Power Stroke 73 04-13-2009 12:09 AM
Purchasing a used 7.3 powerstroke2003 1994-2003 7.3L Power Stroke 2 08-08-2007 04:09 AM
TST advice for 2003 ash_flat_diesel 5.9L Cummins (2003-2007.5) 3 06-30-2007 11:24 PM
Laptop purchasing advice hoot The Parking Lot 9 05-22-2007 11:41 PM
Need help purchasing new rig I10HaulR Medium and Heavy Duty 20 02-06-2006 04:39 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome