04' Chevy Z71 with 4.8L vortec?

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  1. KYBOY

    KYBOY 12 pointer

    Apr 21, 2005
    My wife is looking at a cherry 04' extended cab Z71 with the 4.8L vortec..One owner , older man..Truck looks emaculate..Im more of a ford man myself but has anyone had exp with the 285HP 4.8L vortec? Any issues? Dependability? Etc...Thanks
  2. Guy i ride to work with has one an it will get on down the road.an i haven't heard of any one haveing any trouble out of them but its like everything there is good ones an bad ones i'd go for it myself if the price is right.;)
  3. Mike L.

    Mike L. Fawn

    Aug 24, 2006
    I' ve got an 06 chevy 4x4 double cab with the 4.8 L and has plenty of power for a baby v-8. ( gas milage 18 mpg)
  4. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

    Jun 12, 2005
    " Between the Rivers "
    I've got one(4.8) in a 08 GMC Sierra regular cab 4x4 I bought new last year... absolutely no complaints. Some of the best fuel milage I've ever had on a full-size 4wd truck... averaging 18-19 on town driving /short runs and squeeked right at door of 21mpg on a few trips to Frankfort last fall.

    Plenty of power for me but I'm not pulling much or very often. Have towed tractor & bushog on a couple occasions with it but again ..plenty of power for what I'm doing. 99% of the time its just going to work.. hunting / fishing... just normal daily driving.

  5. aferguson27

    aferguson27 6 pointer

    Sep 18, 2007
    4.8 vortec

    I have a 2000 Chevy with a 4.8 with 162,000 miles on it and it is still running strong! And I have a friend and his 99 chevy with a 4.8 has close to 250,000 on his. If everything has been keep up on it it will be a good truck.

    EAST KY ENCORE 6 pointer

    Nov 15, 2006
    Hills of Eastern Ky
    I had a GMC that had a 4.8 in it. I think it was around the time they first came out. It did pretty good. The only trouble i had out of mine was sometimes you would start it up and it would idle really rough. I took it to the dealer and they would spray top engine cleaner in it and it would smooth right out. It seemed like every 3 months or so I would have to do this to it. As far as pulling a boat or a couple of atvs you could really tell they were behind you. But i am sure they have the bugs worked out of them by now. If the price is right i would go for it...
  7. hunt-4-life21

    hunt-4-life21 12 pointer

    Sep 26, 2007
    Butler Co.
    My dad has a 2003 4.8L chevy. He really likes it and i really do too. has plenty of power and will get up and run.
  8. JasonGoneFishing

    JasonGoneFishing 12 pointer

    Nov 26, 2007
    Love mine but had to up the power a bit, added a K&N Filter, 3" pipes and Hypertech, runs much better now. I've got an 05

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