U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-21-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
2,544 posts, read 3,449,900 times
Reputation: 1931

Advertisements

I had 2 S-10's with that engine, both carbed. The carbs were little 1bbl pieces o'crap, but the engines just kept on ticking. Not much power, but were pretty good workhorses for me. If you never let it overheat, usually you wouldn't have head gasket issues.

They weren't GM's best engine, but I've seen worse.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-21-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
2,845 posts, read 8,919,963 times
Reputation: 1373
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Bagu View Post
Had a 84 S-10 with auto tranny...piece of CRAP.

Within a few months had to replace the head gskt and a valve job same time.

Couple of yrs later had to replace entire engine due to bad piston (starving for fuel). (water & head gskt combined problem). Think that the intake manifold might be the problem of the left head starving for fuel.

Few yrs later another head gsket (always the left bank).

Anyone see the picture?

Gas mileage was always around 12-14 mpg...nothing to brag about.

Friend had a 86 S-10 4.3 FI engine that ran good for him. He was a mechanic business owner as was myself. Always liked GM cars but that truck was the pitts for me but kept it for haulin parts etc.

Steve
The 4.3l (at least the one in the S-10) was a 90-degree V6, the 2.8l is part of the 60-degree V6 family....in fact I think it was the first 60-degree V6, which was still used up until a few years ago. Maybe it still is, for all I know.

I've never heard anything good about the carbed motors, but the MPFI ones from 86-90 seem to be pretty good....at least, as good as any domestic V6 from that era. The 4.3l V6 on the other hand was a superb motor, I had one in a '93 Astro.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-21-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge
20,888 posts, read 22,663,065 times
Reputation: 8634
Had the 2.8 in an S-10 pickup. For normal driving it was fine. For carrying a load it was fine( firewood, mulch, dirt). Not enough power for getting onto highways and getting up to speed. Mechanically wise replaced alternator once, and a/c compressor twice. Past that normal maintenence.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-21-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
13,388 posts, read 42,701,155 times
Reputation: 11465
I guess if your idea of a sport-ute is heavy on the "ute", the 2.8 is OK, nothing special, but gets the truck down the road. If you are heavy on the "sport", you won't like the 2.8, in this case if you find an otherwise satisfactory rig, if you can buy it cheaply enough, you can put in one of the crate motors that GM offers - or just keep hunting to find a rig with a more inspiring power plant.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-21-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
2,845 posts, read 8,919,963 times
Reputation: 1373
Quote:
Originally Posted by M3 Mitch View Post
I guess if your idea of a sport-ute is heavy on the "ute", the 2.8 is OK, nothing special, but gets the truck down the road. If you are heavy on the "sport", you won't like the 2.8, in this case if you find an otherwise satisfactory rig, if you can buy it cheaply enough, you can put in one of the crate motors that GM offers - or just keep hunting to find a rig with a more inspiring power plant.
This motor was much better suited to FWD applications. There have obviously been much worse options from the factory in small pickups/SUVs, but in it's early years I don't think the 2.8 was a huge upgrade over the four banger in the S-10 series. Jeep guys loathe the carbed 2.8 that came in all XJ models until '86....a modern 3.4 makes a great swap into those trucks, though!

One interesting footnote in the history of the 2.8l V6 is the LH7 High Output version. Main differences were a different cam and a 2bbl Rochester 660cfm carb...good for 135HP, which was really impressive for the early 1980s. This motor was exclusive to the X-body & A-body cars....and with the Getrag 4-speed in the Citation X-11 it was timed at 8.5 seconds 0-60 in Road & Track.

Later EFI incarnations actually made slightly less power, although in the Cavalier Z24, this was still a pretty decent mill. I've driven a few of those and they're no slouch.

1983 Chevrolet Citation X-11


1987 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24
(love this color!!)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-21-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
13,388 posts, read 42,701,155 times
Reputation: 11465
Yeah, I remember these cars and Road & Track giving them a positive review. Well they were an improvement over what had been out there.

Although. For the same budget in 1983, you could have bought say a '69 Z-28, spending as much of the budget as possible on the best example of the car you could find, fix anything that needed fixing, and had a much better car that would go up in value over the years, still had a lot of $ left over..

Better yet just have bought the best 4-speed Hemi Superbird you could find...would be well into *7* figures now.

The hell of it is, it's so obvious now what I should have done...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-21-2009, 07:16 PM
 
3,553 posts, read 6,784,827 times
Reputation: 2304
AFAIK the "early" ones had severe crankshaft problems, not enough cross section, and a buddy who worked at a Chevy store said a lot were repaired under "secret warranties". I had two of them, an '85 Chevy, fuel injected, good power, never ran it hard, lasted about 10 years, 115K miles, replaced a water pump and rebuilt the alternator. Sold it private party and saw the guy a year or so later and he still had it and liked it.

We also had an Jeep Cherokee, '84 IIRC with the 2.8, carbureted, a bit of a slug, particularly on hills. For some reason the water pump on it was always good for about 25,000 miles and the auto choke went out. It developed a bad valve seal at about 130K miles, but some "liquid treatment" elminated the smoking. Sold it at about 150K miles.

golfgod
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-21-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
15,294 posts, read 7,146,445 times
Reputation: 16379
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drover View Post
Not very. If I recall correctly, they had issues with bad head gaskets.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deez Nuttz View Post
Up until 1986 they were known to throw rods and sometimes break cranks. At least the ones I saw were.

In 1986 they finally beefed up the bottom end, then went from carburetion to fuel injection. Power and torque increased a little, but not much. Can be a bit of a gutless turd on an automatic; a manual helps bring out the best in them.

I have the original 2.8 liter in my 1993 S-10 with 184k on it, bone stock, never been opened up or apart and I've beaten the whiz out of it and it still keeps running. Only things I've done is kept the oil changed at 3000 miles and tuned it up here and there. Believe it or not this engine has a lot of life left in it.

I've not heard of the 2.8's having bad head gaskets, but I have heard of this on the 2.2 liter engines.
I had one in a 1982 S-10 that I drove for years. I bought it with 100K on it and managed to get another 80K ir so out of it.

I did have to replace a head gasket, but that was probably due to the fact that I let it overheat once.

My brother bought it from me and we put in a rebuild block and 200 miles down the road, the crankshaft went bad. Weird how the original engine did not have those problems.

I know the oil filter was hard to remove due to the horizontal location way up under the bottom

Deez Nuttz probably agrees.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-21-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Floribama
13,482 posts, read 29,425,055 times
Reputation: 11879
Quote:
Originally Posted by sean sean sean sean View Post
This motor was much better suited to FWD applications.
I agree, once they got the updated plenum in '87 they seemed to hold up a better. They performed well in the 88-89 Grand Prix's and Regal's. I've seen many with over 200k miles.
Attached Thumbnails
How good were the GM 2.8 Liter V6 motors?-320px-2_8l_regal.jpg  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-22-2009, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
2,845 posts, read 8,919,963 times
Reputation: 1373
Quote:
Originally Posted by southernnaturelover View Post
I agree, once they got the updated plenum in '87 they seemed to hold up a better. They performed well in the 88-89 Grand Prix's and Regal's. I've seen many with over 200k miles.
Definitely, the early carbed motors with their wonky cranks were just a teething problem on the way to a great powerplant. When the GenII 60-degree V6 came out, GM stuck it in literally everything....and kept doing that while it improved and upgraded over the next 20+ years.

I just looked it up - and believe it or not, the old 2.8 V6 is still kicking around to this day. They now call it the High Value Engine. In LZ9 spec, it displaces 3.9l and puts down a staggering 240HP with a flat torque curve (90% available from 1500-5500rpm!!). That's as much juice as the L67 3.8l Supercharged V6 was making just a few short years ago....very impressive.

BTW - Nice pic, I liked the looks of the late GenI EFI "criss-cross" intake plenum....can't locate an image of one, though

BTW2 - I found a great site devoted to building and maintaining these old beasts, very informative....and some real fast cars showcased!! 60degreeV6.com
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top