Re: Death of my V? Opinions?
The LS6 was discontinued back in 2009ish, and I had to search for a couple of months to find a new one back in 2011, so I'm curious where you're finding a new one for $6k.
I concur with darkman that you owe yourself some more investigation before deciding to throw in the towel.
Part of me wishes that I had gone the LS3 route when I replaced my dead LS6, as I could have easily afforded to do so. There are so many different options out there from all sorts of vendors that it's kind of overwhelming, so I just kept it simple and stuck with a new LS6 long block from GM.
'05 Stealth Grey CTS-V, 19x8.5/10" CCW T140s with Toyo Proxes T1 Sports (summer), black Team Dynamics ProRace 1.2 wheels with 275/35-18 R-compounds (track), Hyperblack Rota Torques (winter), KW Variant3s, V2 front brakes, Hotchkis rear sway bar, EPS cam, TEA-ported 243 heads, FAST92 intake w/LS2 TB, JBA Camaro/G8 1-3/4" shorty headers w/JBA cat pipes, Corsa exhaust, UUC motor and tranny mounts, UUC shifter, MAPerformance trailing arms, Specter cradle bushings, etc...