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Old 11-06-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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1995 Safari Trek Diesel with the 6.5 Liter GM/Chevy ??

Looking at a 1995 Safari Trek Diesel with the 6.5 Liter GM/Chevy V-8 Front Diesel. Has 74k on it. I don't know anything about these engines? Any info would be great!!
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I had a 1995 Safari Trek 2830 for ~8 years, with the GM diesel engine. Was a good coach for me. Very roomy for a smaller coach without slides, due to not having a separate bedroom area. We miss the large bath and the ample kitchen space.

There is a wonderfully helpful and content rich site specific to Safari Treks. Suggest you peruse the many years of threads there - a wealth of info. The tribal knowledge of the folks there is nothing short of incredible.

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Old 11-06-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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Hi SuperDad,

The 6.5 diesel (and its 6.2 predecessor) was a decent and economical engine in the GM pickups. Not near the bulletproof quality of the Cummins or Powerstroke but no worse than the GM gas engines. Depending on the size & weight of the Safari you might find it to be lacking power for the weight it needs to pull. The only issues I'm aware of are the Stanadyne injections pumps had a high failure rate when the diesel fuel got reformulated to low sulfur. Replacement pumps were upgraded to accomodate.
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I've had two Safari Treks and learned a great deal from the Trek Tracks group mentioned above. Seems to me there was concern about overheating the 6.5 - you might ask about that if you join that site. Great vehicles as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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Superdad,

We bought a new 1995 2430 6.5 Diesel Trek, and drove it for 137,000 miles. As I have documented in Trek Tracks, the injection pump was troublesome, and the engine had a tendency to easily overheat. In mountain driving, I had to limit speed based on the aftermarket temperature gauge (the GM dashboard temperature gauge read 20 - 30 degrees too low). Driven lightly, some owners have had very good luck with the 6.5 engine. We towed a 5000 lb car trailer and, in retrospect, this was too heavy a load for the engine.

In 2009, we bought a used 1999 Trek with the Chevrolet 454 V8. This has significantly more power, and gas mileage is only about 1MPG less than the diesel.

If you are at all serious about buying the Trek, I highly suggest researching the Trek Tracks website.

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The 6.5 diesel (and its 6.2 predecessor) was a decent and economical engine in the GM pickups. Not near the bulletproof quality of the Cummins or Powerstroke but no worse than the GM gas engines. Depending on the size & weight of the Safari you might find it to be lacking power for the weight it needs to pull. The only issues I'm aware of are the Stanadyne injections pumps had a high failure rate when the diesel fuel got reformulated to low sulfur. Replacement pumps were upgraded to accomodate.
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If this is the same diesel GM installed in their trucks, I would not mess with the turbo pressure at all. Against many recommendations by a few of us at work, a guy raised the turbo pressure a few PSI. A week later, the crank broke in two. Cant say it was related but cant say it was not either.
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