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Traded in my 4runner...have I made a mistake? The truck looks great, though I am disappointed in the performance of the 5.3 and the overall stiff ride. What I am most concerned about, however, are the bent lifter horror stories I have now come across...and not one, but numerous.

Mine is a ten speed LT, so I bought the Pulsar but haven’t received it yet. I am hoping that turning off the DFM keeps me from owning a brand new broken truck.

Does anyone have any good news on the matter? Has anyone gone 60, 70, 80,000 miles in one?
 
It is, and I get it, but I see guys with 400-8000 miles experiencing it. They have warranties, but the idea of a new truck having such a problem...particularly a $50,000 truck is disconcerting.

My Toyota was slow, handled poorly and had a pathetic stereo, but I drove it for 125,000 miles and never once had to use the warranty. Tires and rotations, batteries, oil changes, air filters and shocks.

Not trying to rain on the parade, just wondering if anyone has a high mileage one and/or knows something more about the lifter situation.
 
I love mine. 21 lt 6.2. I did first oil change at 750, babied it to 1500, and have been flying all over CA since then. At 7500 miles now, zero issues. If it breaks, there is the warranty. Dont let the “what ifs” steal your joy lol
 
I love mine. 21 lt 6.2. I did first oil change at 750, babied it to 1500, and have been flying all over CA since then. At 7500 miles now, zero issues. If it breaks, there is the warranty. Dont let the “what ifs” steal your joy lol
If you got a good one it’s rare and I suspect that you will have severe engine problems even if your truck runs well now. Do your research and you’ll see these truck are severely handicapped. The trade in values are dropping like a stone because everyone is just starting to figure how bad they are. My guess is your lemon just hadnt ripened yet. But it will this many faliures for the same thing isnt bad workmanship its a manufacturing and design failure.
 
If you got a good one it’s rare and I suspect that you will have severe engine problems even if your truck runs well now. Do your research and you’ll see these truck are severely handicapped. The trade in values are dropping like a stone because everyone is just starting to figure how bad they are. My guess is your lemon just hadnt ripened yet. But it will this many faliures for the same thing isnt bad workmanship its a manufacturing and design failure.
Im lucky that I have a great dealership. I have zero worries regardless…you can rain on someone elses parade
 
Over a year and 15000 miles on my Trail Boss 6.2, other than the rear window leak issue (now resolved after a replacement glass was installed), no problems. I'm very pleased with the truck!
 
Im lucky that I have a great dealership. I have zero worries regardless…you can rain on someone elses paradeIm


glad your happy and don’t want to rain on your parade. But I also don’t want new potential buyers to be deceived by GM or others who don’t understand what’s going on with these poorly manufactured vehicles.So sorry for getting your gander up but I wouldnt count on that trail boss to get to that parade your talking about
 
Here are some numbers you can crunch if you like . GM claims they sell 48000 trucks per month based on 2020 sales . GM claims they 4500 dealers nation wide. So the average dealer sells approx 10 trucks per month. At my dealer alone they have six lifter failures this month. If you ask around this seems to be an average number for most dealerships. But let’s be generous to GM although I’m not sure why since they haven’t been genuine with all of their customers and say they only experience 3 out ten failures per month. So that mean 1/3 of all truck sales have lifter failures. So that’s approx 14,400 failures per month. That’s 172,800 failures per year. I’m not sure about you but this seems like something everyone should be aware of. I’m sure GM has crunched these numbers also and they know they have a bad product. Don’t forget my numbers are being generous the actual numbers may be quite a bit higher.
 
If you got a good one it’s rare and I suspect that you will have severe engine problems even if your truck runs well now. Do your research and you’ll see these truck are severely handicapped. The trade in values are dropping like a stone because everyone is just starting to figure how bad they are. My guess is your lemon just hadnt ripened yet. But it will this many faliures for the same thing isnt bad workmanship its a manufacturing and design failure.
I am new to Chevy as a whole. Went to buy a used truck (RST or Trail Boss) and left with my new TB. Love it so far, and used trucks were going for more than my new one, so I got a dealer lifetime warranty, bumper to bumper. Just have to have ASE certified technician do everything related to service. McCluskey Chevrolet in Mason, OH gives this warranty on all vehicles new and used.

wonder if this is due to issues. It did help allay my fears some. Seriously though two dealerships used were going for more than new 21s. I got the last TB on the lot and there was one white new RST.
 
Traded in my 4runner...have I made a mistake? The truck looks great, though I am disappointed in the performance of the 5.3 and the overall stiff ride. What I am most concerned about, however, are the bent lifter horror stories I have now come across...and not one, but numerous.

Mine is a ten speed LT, so I bought the Pulsar but haven’t received it yet. I am hoping that turning off the DFM keeps me from owning a brand new broken truck.

Does anyone have any good news on the matter? Has anyone gone 60, 70, 80,000 miles in one?
Congrats on the new truck...now stop worrying. It won't cause your truck to break nor help keep it from breaking...
Stiff ride? LOL, yeah they feel pretty good when new, but soften up a bit before long. Not any stiffer than any other Chevy 1/2 ton, all of which ride like a Cadillac.

Problems, well, I joined here a couple days ago to see what's up as my 20k mile 2020 just had some transmission issue, of which I haven't got a good explanation from the dealer yet.
Lifter issues? Yup, all the way back to the late 2000s models, but overall low %, at least based on the 1000+ chevy trucks my company has on the road. Majority of which are 5.3s.
Overall I really like the truck, although mostly for the looks. It's just a normal pickup with a small lift and a different paint scheme, really.
Until Tuesday, I would have bragged about the trans and how well it works. Hard to confuse it. Not quite on par with a ZF 8HP trans, but very smooth and smart.

Good luck with your new truck. Enjoy it, drive it like you stole it and stay off the internet ifit's going to keep you up at night.
 
I have had 7 new GM trucks over the years and never had any issues, there are many many people just like me but we rarely get on the internet and let people know we got a new truck and it's been great ! you only ever hear about negative experiences. GM sold 1,060,861 full size trucks and SUV's in 2020 90 % with 5.3 or 6.2 As for good news my son is driving my 2007 Chevy PU with a 5.3 and 183,000 miles original engine, trans just a water pump, fan belt, front wheel bearings, tires and brakes.
 
5.3 Trailboss Custom purchased in May w/build date of 4/15/2021

11000 miles - oil change done at 5,500 and 10,500. ZERO issues. That being said my truck came without AFM but is giving me 17.5 MPG (better than the Tacoma I traded it for) and it is a stronger engine and more capable

My Tacoma hmm 77000 miles and had power steering pump replaced under extended warranty thankfully (at 70k) and was only a matter of time before the dreaded timing chain cover leak probably out of warranty.

Drive the truck dude. Toyota doesn't make magical vehicles

And I am sorry but I had to edit - what exactly about the 5.3 disappoints? It is a way better engine than the 3.5 Atkinson in the tacoma or the 4.0 in the 4Runner. Thats facts not conjecture.
 
I traded a 19 Tacoma for a 6.2 boss and had the same feeling at first but then the 6.2 power kicked in and now I have forgotten the bad ass tacoma offroad. Enjoy the new truck.
 

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