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I have a 6.0 in a 3500 drw, I just completed a 4000 mile trip with my eagle cap 1160 on it. The camper weighs 4200 plus extra stuff. I am getting about 9.5 very satisfied with the truck and 6 speed trans. I also have a 03 3500 duramax that I had it on. I only got between 11-13 with it. Both good trucks. I wanted to try a 6.0 after 3 diesels , not sure if I would spend the extra money (9,000) next time. To each his own, but don't look past the 6.0 take one for a test drive. I have 3:73 gears, the 4:10's would be needed for the larger/heavier loads.

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M GO BLUE wrote:

Never have understood why someone would buy a "big" truck and get such a "little" engine...


It's all relative, of course. The current 6.0 gas outpulls and outruns any pickup truck engine, gas or diesel, that was available 20 years ago. Not everyone needs or has to have the extra power of a diesel. Some guys gladly will trade less towing power and more noise on hills for a much more reliable engine and a heavier wallet.


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rjstractor wrote:

M GO BLUE wrote:

Never have understood why someone would buy a "big" truck and get such a "little" engine...


It's all relative, of course. The current 6.0 gas outpulls and outruns any pickup truck engine, gas or diesel, that was available 20 years ago. Not everyone needs or has to have the extra power of a diesel. Some guys gladly will trade less towing power and more noise on hills for a much more reliable engine and a heavier wallet.


Let me know how many 20 year old TV's are out there and your post might have some realvance.

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gmcsmoke wrote:

rjstractor wrote:

M GO BLUE wrote:

Never have understood why someone would buy a "big" truck and get such a "little" engine...


It's all relative, of course. The current 6.0 gas outpulls and outruns any pickup truck engine, gas or diesel, that was available 20 years ago. Not everyone needs or has to have the extra power of a diesel. Some guys gladly will trade less towing power and more noise on hills for a much more reliable engine and a heavier wallet.


Let me know how many 20 year old TV's are out there and your post might have some realvance.



Ummmm...... Best guess is millions.

Not everyone can drop $60 k for a new Dually diesel crew cab.

Geez my old truck cost less than 5k, seems to do just fine for my needs.

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M GO BLUE wrote:

Never have understood why someone would buy a "big" truck and get such a "little" engine...


Depends on your usage...for heavy towing the diesel is the better option. For heavy hauling the 6.0 gives you more capacity and will certainly get the job done reliably.


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jerem0621 wrote:

gmcsmoke wrote:

rjstractor wrote:

M GO BLUE wrote:

Never have understood why someone would buy a "big" truck and get such a "little" engine...


It's all relative, of course. The current 6.0 gas outpulls and outruns any pickup truck engine, gas or diesel, that was available 20 years ago. Not everyone needs or has to have the extra power of a diesel. Some guys gladly will trade less towing power and more noise on hills for a much more reliable engine and a heavier wallet.


Let me know how many 20 year old TV's are out there and your post might have some realvance.



Ummmm...... Best guess is millions.

Not everyone can drop $60 k for a new Dually diesel crew cab.

Geez my old truck cost less than 5k, seems to do just fine for my needs.

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yeah and it's not 20 years old. BTW new duallys start at $38K not 60K

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gmcsmoke wrote:

BTW new duallys start at $38K not 60K


That's the base price for a stripped-down regular cab GASSER.

You're the one that says "Get the diesel!"

Now price out a diesel. You're at $48K before you get the word "diesel" out of your mouth. Now add for 4x4... Might as well get it right? Now add for crew cab... Might as well! You're going to be putting lots of miles on it, may as well do it in style! Add an LT package!

Now you're talking a $70K sticker truck which you might get out the door with for $60K but not likely...


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I was wondering can you get the big block as an option in the truck you want.Jb

Not anymore. The 6.0L gasser is the biggest GM offers in a pickup.


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Just love when the diesel crowd steps in and tells you about YOUR 6.0.. anyway just letting you know that one of our guys has one here at work. He has the 05 3500 with the 6.0 and 4.10 gears. Pulls a 33 foot fiver, I dont know the weight on the combo. Anyway never heard him complain, his old TV was a 90 Chevy 3500 with the 454 TBI. The only thing that he has told me about it was the 6.0 ran around the 454 anyday. Yes I know the 454 back then was lower in power but thats coming from the owner..................


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I was wondering can you get the big block as an option in the truck you want.Jb


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