2002 Silverado 1500 EC 5.3 3.73

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by scrooge, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. scrooge

    scrooge New Member

    I am thinking of buying a Silverado 1500 EC 5.3 for a tow vehicle. Has anyone had experience with this vehicle?
  2. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    2002 Silverado 1500 EC 5.3 3.73

    Hello Scrooge, It's a great truck but, what are you planning on towing?

    Chelse L. Nash
  3. Ron Schulz

    Ron Schulz New Member

    2002 Silverado 1500 EC 5.3 3.73

    I own a 2001 Silverado w/same configuration. It has a 7800# tow rating. I greatly improved performance, milage and low end torque by installing a K&N air inlet assy and a Raven cat-back exhaust. the difference is amazing.

    Ron Schulz
  4. hertig

    hertig Senior Member

    2002 Silverado 1500 EC 5.3 3.73

    I have a GMC 2500HD with the 6L engine, and it is marginal for towing about 6000 pounds of fifth wheel. It's a rock solid platform for towing and braking at all speeds, and rides like a car with no trailer, but it has trouble getting up hills at highway speeds. No heat problems though; neither the transmission temperature or the engine temp twitched no matter what. On my recent trip, I spent most of my time from OK City to Albuquerque in lower gears. I haven't done the math to be sure, but it appears that gas milage dropped to near the 6 MPG point for this part of the trip (9 MPG with trailer and minimal hills, 13 MPG unloaded around town).

    I got the trailer to tow with my 89 Silverado with the 350 engine, but just towing it home was more excitement than I needed; it was right at its GVW/CGVW limits, plus had over 200K miles on it. The new truck was a good idea, I just wish I had gotten the bigger engine.

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