Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dave asks: My boy has found a pretty solid 2001 GMC Sierra 1500, with a 6 liter V8, five speed manual and 3.73 gears
A friend says he had one and could only get 12-13 MPG Canadian, which would be only about 10 miles per US gallon. I checked online and the answer was 15 miles per USA gallon.
My reply: It’s in the ballpark . . . according to the EPA, this truck with the 4.8 liter V8/manual combo rated 13 city, 17 highway. This would work out to around 15 MPG average.
With the optional/larger 5.3 V8 which was available that year, the mileage is likely a bit less. You mention that the truck your son is looking at has the 6.0 V8 but I couldn’t find data for it and can’t recall it being available in the GM 1500s that year. It was, however. available in the heavier-duty 2500 series Sierra. If the truck you’re looking at has that engine, that’s probably what you’re looking at.
This is a great engine – especially as it was available with a manual transmission (something that’s unavailable now) and without all the current “safety” rigmarole. But you can expect to get around 10 MPG in this truck – and not just because of the larger engine. The 2500 Sierra is a beefier/heavier truck, in addition.
But it is a powerful/capable truck and if the price is right, it could be just the ticket. Gas is cheap right now. That could change, of course. But trucks – especially 4WD models with manual transmissions – tend to hold their value really well. So if your son decides it’s too much – or uses too much – it is probable he could sell the thing for about what he paid.
So it’s a relatively risk-free proposition.
Hope this was helpful!
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