I need a bigger engine to pull a fifth wheel Would it be possible and practical to switch out the current engine for soething more powerful in my Silverado 1500 2002 model?

Asked by Jun 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Ext Cab Long Bed 2WD

Question type: Car Customization

My 2002 1500 has 225, 000 miles but is in great shape  I need more power to tow a fifth
wheel we recently purchased.  Is it possible to switch out the engine for something strong
enough to pull about 12, 500 lbs and, if so, would this be a practical solution?

3 Answers

19,535

The 1500 came at best with a 10,300 lbs tow rating. You need a bigger truck. Its more than just engine, its gearing, its cooling, its suspension and its stopping. Even so a 5.3 should have the grunt

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
16,025

Look at the cost of upgrading your truck, engine, transmission, towing package, suspension, mirrors and the list may go on. Compare it to a trade up to a 2500 diesel, or Ford and God forbid, even a Dodge diesel. They are already equipped for towing larger packages, you may even find and enjoy the newer upgrades or equipment options offered. What'd you spend to fix up old Betsy, and if you p;ut it on a charge card, you'd pay 16% interest? Car loan are far cheaper. Now is the time new models are coming out, so there are great deals on still new ones or trade ins that other people took advantage of lower prices for new trucks. There is a good resale market for your truck, but you start to up upgrade, change engine, your constantly fixing what needed to be done in the upgrade, and the trade in value goes down. .

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Thanks very much for your responses. Good advice.

Your Answer

Silverado 1500

Looking for a Used Silverado 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 169,700 nationwide Silverado 1500 listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Experts

  • #1
    John Carson
    Reputation
    2,660
  • #2
    Rowefast
    Reputation
    2,000
  • #3
    Silverado_owner_2006
    Reputation
    1,710
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,039 Great Deals out of 66,427 listings starting at $2,495
Used Ford F-150
2,603 Great Deals out of 198,121 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
323 Great Deals out of 30,583 listings starting at $3,500
Used Dodge Ram 1500
378 Great Deals out of 10,831 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tundra
484 Great Deals out of 33,804 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
588 Great Deals out of 44,880 listings starting at $1,790
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
742 Great Deals out of 41,784 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
340 Great Deals out of 45,694 listings starting at $1,700
Used Chevrolet Camaro
454 Great Deals out of 30,880 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD
5 Great Deals out of 270 listings starting at $2,195
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500
8 Great Deals out of 220 listings starting at $2,888
Used GMC Sierra 2500HD
110 Great Deals out of 13,967 listings starting at $2,999

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 52,418 listings starting at $23,382
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 For Sale
176 Great Deals out of 55,189 listings starting at $17,899
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 For Sale
229 Great Deals out of 6,966 listings starting at $17,202
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 For Sale
371 Great Deals out of 11,859 listings starting at $12,950
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 For Sale
414 Great Deals out of 13,210 listings starting at $9,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.