Hope I'm not violating any terms of service or other here. Questions for anyone who has owned or has experience with these engines, please?
OK, so once in a great while, I drive a four-wheel vehicle. I have a long and mostly agreeable history with GM "small-block" V8s, 350 CI and 5.7l. The current pickup, '99 K2500 is getting a little old and tired, and I'm kinda-sorta looking for something newer. Do not intend to throw down the $$ for new. I spotted a possible candidate pickup, equipped with the 5.3 L V8. I use my pickup to tow a 19 ft aluminum fishing boat, probably 3000 - 4000 lb, and an older 23 ft travel trailer, about 4500 lb.
So, two questions:
1. Will the 5.3 handle the load when towing these rigs? (I don't tow for super long distances or at high speeds.)
2. Is the 5.3 as durable as the 5.7?