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Posted: 07/31/02 02:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I too am wondering about 9200# gross vehicle weight,the dealer said the 2500HD CC DA/A will handle my 2585# camper, but this only leaves 11 lbs for everything else?

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I'll never go back to gas again. If you're looking for a quite diesel, you won't want the current Dodge Cummins. You'll want to go with either a new Ford Navistar or even a Chevy Duramax. On a diesel, you may spend a little more cash up front for it, but you'll save that much in gas immediately and save that in time when passing the gas motors when pulling grades.

As for which to go for, the Duramax has a "supposed" excellent trans that I've yet to hear any complaints on. I doubt that I ever will hear of any complaints on that Allison trans. It shifts like a charm. But, the motor has had some issues, though nothing like the previous GM diesel that has a very bad reputation among many, including me (my mom had one). Another thing, if you're looking for 4x4 (heavy duty off-road camper hauler), Independent Front Suspension is not the way to go. You can ask various factions of state and local governments about this - or most any off-roader for that matter. It just isn't that tough. Pretty much, the same goes for the 2x4 version. The IFS up front of a Chevy cannot compete with either the Dodge (2500-plus) coil-sprung front end or the Ford (SD: 250 and 350) leaf-sprung, I-beamed front end.

Not simply because I own one, because I've driven each of them, but the Ford and Dodge have the Solid Axle front end when it comes to 4x4. Both trucks ride very well. In my Ford, I've received many out-of-the-blue compliments from people who have gone on road trips with me about how well the ride is. The stock spring rate is superb. I chose the Ford over the Dodge mainly because of the Crew Cab (four door) availability. You'll also notice the increased sound insulation and silence of the cab in a Ford, another thing I've my 2002 Ford Diesel has been out-of-the-blue complimented on. Dodges go a long way and are extremely reliable. They are much louder and do not have the four-door option, as of yet.

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Fidel, I have a couple of clients who have both blown the Duramax engines, as well as one Allison transmission. They are both contractors and are pulling heavy but still...? Have other clients who love theirs but don't work them as hard. Don't know the specifics of what the two that blew them up were doing, etc. but know that they had to have them rebuilt under warranty! FYI

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Most of the so called problems with the Duramax are figments of the imagination. This is an excellent motor. Go to the Chev diesel site and you will read about very few problems. And these are a bunch of picky guys. Have there been engines that failed? I am sure there was. But this is a truck not a space shuttle. Every vehicle on the road has some problems. The Max has had very few problems. Easily as reliable as the Ford or Dodge.

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I just recently got 13.5 mpg hauling my Corsair camper. I get 19.5 mpg highway.

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2003 2500HD 4x4 crew cab short. 2200 Miles new.
Duramax
City 13-14mpg
Highway 16.5 - 17.0mpg Average 70mph
Towing (one trip) 12.33mpg 3,000lb trailer. Averaged 60mph (maybe a bit faster)
I expected better on the towing mileage, especially with such a light trailer. I am a bit disappointed.
Everyone who knows this engine tells me the mileage will improve. We'll see...

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I have less than 2000 miles on my 2500HD Ext Cab D/A and got over 18 mpg at 70+ mph on my way from San Diego to Bakersfield to pick up a camper. On the way back I kept it at about 65 mph and averaged over 12 1/2 mpg. Going over the grapevine I had plenty of power. So far I love this truck. Glad I went with the diesel.

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We bought a 2002 Chevy LS Silverado 2500HD 4x4, extended cab, long box, Duramax and Allison 5-speed auto. Got a 2002 Lance 1030 with cold weather package,box spring mattress and generator. Lance dealer put on rear axle air bags. Took one month trip from New Hampshire to the Canadian Rockies. Went out through U.S and crossed into Alberta from Montana and came back through Canada. Drove 65 MPH on highways. Trip was 6904 miles and used 501.3 gallons of diesel. 13.77 MPG. First 3000 miles of empty truck use was 17.4 MPG (3004 miles- 172.6 gals.). I drive to work 20 miles each way. Two lane roads, 40 MPH with a dozen stop signs and half a dozen traffic light intersections each way. Been back to work a month after the trip and the mileage is up to 18.64 MPG (1074 miles- 57.6 gals.)Love the truck and camper. However, after driving concrete interstate through South Dakota, had Lance dealer put on cabover struts when we got back.

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About blown Duramax engines, the local dealer has on right now. Had to order all the parts to build one from scrach, no crate motors available. The parts came to 18,000.00. The thing that bothers me is the fact that one of their mechanics (parts changers)is putting it together. Not something I would trust anyone to do except a specialist. Glad it's not mine.

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Kind of late responding, but here you go
2002 GMC 2500 Dura/Allison Long bed
MPG Empty - 18 (all city driving)
MPG Towing - 15 (7000 TT, wife, 3 kids and loaded truck bed)
Love the truck - wish I could race the truck (joke for the NASCAR fans)

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