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Upset on the amount of issues with the 5.3 engine

Postby craig1971 [OP] » Oct 01 2011, 9:04pm

After reading a lot on this forum and others, I am upset on the amount of issues with the 5.3 engine. If I would have read all this prior to my purchase, I know I would not have bought it. The issue with bad lifters and drop in oil pressure seem to be discussed in detail and relatively common. I am very paranoid about this especially after practically putting myself into more debt for a $36,000 truck.
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby icemncmth » Oct 01 2011, 9:12pm

I hate to tell you but all vehicles have "issues" and a lot depends on how you treat your vehicle or take care of it. Why not take a poll on this site and see what the percent is. That may ease your mind.

One last thing...The only time you should regret buy a vehicle if it actually turns out to be a lemon. I had a Honda Civic that was junk and I bought it new. It left me stranded more times than I care to remember. Point is all of the people I knew who had the same vehicle never had issues with theirs. Sometimes you get a bad one ...
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby 04SilverRdBlk » Oct 01 2011, 9:32pm

There's always a bad seed. I do not know why people can't accept that.
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby EX-F150 owner » Oct 01 2011, 9:43pm

My wife doesn't eat meat because of all the crap she's read on the internet... True story :(
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby Hollowwatcher » Oct 01 2011, 9:50pm

I suggest you stop as well as it looks like you are very easily influenced. The GM LS series motor is the most swapped motor of all time which your 5.3 is a part of for a reason! As far as power and reliability it can simple not be beat!
If you take a look at the facts..the number of 5.3 AFM motors with no problems far out number the ones with! Have it disabled if you are so concerned!
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby RAFFY » Oct 01 2011, 10:03pm

Myself and many others I'm sure would beg to differ and say that the 5.3 is a rock solid engine.
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Postby Jrluz14 » Oct 01 2011, 11:51pm

The 5.3 is by far one of the most reliable engine GM has ever built. I'm not too familiar with the AFM thing, but I know for a fact that a standard 5.3 block is extremely reliable. It will outlast the body and tranny on that truck, so I wouldn't worry.
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby starspangled6.0 » Oct 02 2011, 12:11am

EX-F150 owner wrote:My wife doesn't eat meat because of all the crap she's read on the internet... True story :(


Good point...


Look at GM- the 5.3, 6.0, and the 6.6 Duramax have been around forever. On the other had, F*** and D**** can't seem to make up their minds about which engine to build. It seems they try a new one every year :roll:. There's a reason that GM doesn't switch engines often- because they work, and they don't break.
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby trailripper » Oct 02 2011, 12:29am

5.3 are great motors i have a 99 1500 with 1 in it and 300,000 miles with common maintanace sounds tight and ran good just the trans finally went out and Ive had proplems with the shop that rebuilt the trans for me and it was time to go with a 2500 hd and ive had it for 3 months and its come down with a good case of piston slap, sounds like crap and chevy says it ok and that motor has 125,000 so go figue...their all great when they run and they all suck when they dont lol...
I wouldnt worry great motors and great trucks , good luck with it...
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Re: might have to stop reading forums

Postby EKinMN » Oct 02 2011, 4:23am

I LOVE forums. Most of all, this one. But there truly is something to the theory of finding whatever bad stuff you want to. Whether that be the horrors of meat consumption, or the ticking of a 5.3L, you can find something that always will confirm your worst fears. Why? because people with issues are far more vocal that those that have none. How many people come here to our site and start a thread that says "I have absolutely no issues with my truck, yea for me"? People just don't -- they post when there is an issue.
So I am not surprised that you might find issues if you look for them. But that does not mean your very expensive 5.3L is about to die...
Enjoy your truck and take really good care of it. Most likely, it will do the same for you.
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