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Posted: 01/26/21 12:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 07 Classic 3500 dually is almost broke in now - only 413,554K on the odometer. Lots of life left in it!
I'd love to have something newer bigger better, but I don't have a spare 100G Cdn laying around.
It does the job well without all those fancy gadgets.


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05 duramax, just turned over 100k miles. Bought new to pull a 5th wheel-which I never bought. Looks like a new one. I think it was in light snow one time several years ago. People ask me all the time if I want to sell it. Thought about it, but it's long ago paid for, and to replace it is big bucks(plus no def) So it sits in the driveway. I start it and drive it a few miles every couple weeks.


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Sandia Man wrote:

Heck yes, 8.1L mated to Allison 2100, just 26K miles, tows without issue here in the mountain west and four corner states. Both the Allison and 8.1L are easy to service and maintain, works for us as I prefer to do the work myself.


Wow! Time capsule truck there! And still a very competitive option capability wise against gassers 20 years newer.


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routeforty wrote:

05 duramax, just turned over 100k miles. Bought new to pull a 5th wheel-which I never bought. Looks like a new one. I think it was in light snow one time several years ago. People ask me all the time if I want to sell it. Thought about it, but it's long ago paid for, and to replace it is big bucks(plus no def) So it sits in the driveway. I start it and drive it a few miles every couple weeks.


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We had an 01 Tahoe last year, that arguably I should have kept. Only 120k mi on it when sold. But was hard to pass up the covid premiums people were paying for anything that would get them into the mountains last summer.

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I have an ancient '03 with an 8.1/Allison. It has about 220,000 Km & still runs about as well as it always has. My 5th wheel is biggish for this truck, and the GVW is actually a hundred pounds or so over when all is fully loaded. But it's so relaxing to tow with & handles any mountain passes I've driven as well as I need. It's old & getting kinda crappy looking (employees) but I can't justify getting a newer one.


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I had a 2003 Burb, 2500 with the 8.1. Did a good job of towing the boat, but I must say, I don't understand what all the fuss is about. I think that engine is WAY over rated, especially if you compare it to the more modern engines. The 6.2 in the Yukon Denali that replaced it was a more powerful tow engine, and got better MPG towing than the 8.1 ever did solo.

Make no mistake. We are living in "the good ole days".


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I bought my 2005 Chevy dually new. It's been my primary work truck ever since. It has 279,000 miles on it. It still earns it's keep every day.

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Bionic Man wrote:

I had a 2003 Burb, 2500 with the 8.1. Did a good job of towing the boat, but I must say, I don't understand what all the fuss is about. I think that engine is WAY over rated, especially if you compare it to the more modern engines. The 6.2 in the Yukon Denali that replaced it was a more powerful tow engine, and got better MPG towing than the 8.1 ever did solo.


Yes, there are more powerful engines now, that was the point of my post...BUT when the 8.1 came out it was the BOMB. Loved my Burb!!


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