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1997 GMC: 4, with a 4.3 vortec engine..000 km..regular maintenance…

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I have a 1997 GMC Jimmy 4 door 4 x 4, with a 4.3 vortec engine. It has 197,000 km. On average, how long can I expect this engine to last, with regular maintenance? I also tow a small 13' Boler house trailer for anywhere from 200 to 500 km, once every summer. Does that make any difference, or would that lesses the life of the engine?
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6/27/2010
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My first question to you did you buy it new?

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
No, I bought it from a dealership 4 years ago, with 117,000 km. It only had one prior driver to me. I replaced the head gaskets and put in a new rad a year ago.
These engines are very reliable when properly maintained. I have serviced vehicles with well over 400,000 miles thats 644000 KM using the 4.3L V6. So I dont think you will have an issue as long as you and the previous owner have maintained it. You may want to think about the transmission and drive line as well. Have you maintained those? Preventive maintenance is the key to long lasting vehicle.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thanks for the response. Just one more quick question. Does towing a trailer lessen the life of the vehicle? I didn't think so; that's one of the main reasons I bought the Jimmy in the first place. But somebody else has told me it would.
Well, it depends on your driving while towing habits. In most normal cases I would agree NO. In extreme heat, over loaded, hills, and hard braking I may have to say yes. It puts more stress on everything. I am a firm believer in fluid changes. These are the life blood of a vehicle. Transmission, Drive axles front and rear, Transfer Cases, Brake fluid.., any fluid that can be changed should be changed at regular intervals, if you want your vehicle to last a long time. Towing adds stress to these fluid and breaks down the lubricating properties. So sooner fluid changes are recommended when towing often. Be sure to tow in Drive or 3rd, not Overdrive.
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Thank for accepting. I hope you tow safely, and be sure to keep your fluids clean. Let me know if you need anymore advice.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
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