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Posted: 01/26/21 10:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Still have our ordered new 2004.5 Chevy Duramax 6.6 diesel Allison crew cab long box 4X4 truck and has way over 200K of only towing miles on it. With either the 11'3" Lance TC on the back or towing our 29' Carriage 5th wheel behind it.

Brake lines are still not rusted but one front line had to be replaced 5 years ago as a large rock hit it and nearly flattened it in one spot. We heard it hit but didn't notice any damage at all. Didn't look at the brake lines etc but should have! Oil change place saw the damaged line. The bright red paint is still shiny yet and there is no rust on it as I always have our vehicles undercoated properly and before we even drive them. It works! Has a sprayed in bed liner up and over the top sides and the tailgate, so no rust there either!

We live in West Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline and they do salt the roads here in winter.

Hadn't planned on keeping the truck so many years but it has been such a fine truck, so why spend gobs of $$$ to get a new one. The one we have does everything we want it to do and the truck has had only 2 not expensive repairs needed so far. Happy campers we are! The inside and upholstery is still in very good condition. At 79 years of age why do I even need a newer truck??? Much rather keep the money in our own accounts!


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Still have the 03 2500HD 8.1 I bought new. It has about 65k miles. It has been a great truck and I plan on keeping it for a long time.

* This post was edited 01/26/21 10:50pm by msmith1.wa *


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2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD here with the Duramax LBZ engine. 215,000 and working great. I live in Alabama and no salt on roads. Looks Great, Runs Great, Tows Great, and is PAID FOR for a long time now. My truck doesn't know what Regen or DEF means and that is ok with me.

I get asked if I want to sell it too as a previous post mentioned. Nope!


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Grit dog wrote:

Can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one around here. And many of them in good shape. That’s the difference between the rust belt and the rain belt!


Ditto. I still see a lot of them on the dry side on WA State.

My dad has an 06. He hardly drives it any more. It's got under 85k miles on it. He's in the Tacoma area. I'm in Spokane and have an 09 (GMT900) with under 70k


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Posted: 01/27/21 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My neighbor across the road has a '04 2500 Chevy 8.1 4wd long bed crew cab he bought new just after I bought the '03 2500 Dodge/Cummins quad cab NV5600 in my sig.
We both pull the same 16k 36' GN triaxle stock trailer moving mostly beef.
Since new its been used as his farm truck on his 420 acres. It has a hole in the muffler and I hear him every day pulling a feed trailer with a load on the truck. Other than a few sheet metal dings from a over active herd bull (took him to the county sale barn after the second dinger). The old truck like mine still runs great.
We see more '90s and '00s 2500/3500 GM farm and ranch trucks than Dodge or Fords in this part of my state. Still doing there jobs.


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JIMNLIN wrote:


We see more '90s and '00s 2500/3500 GM farm and ranch trucks than Dodge or Fords in this part of my state. Still doing there jobs.


Even with those "weak" GM front axles? LOL

I've always enjoyed the ignorance of the solid axle nut humpers that claim GM IFS front axles are not as good....
Both have their advantages and drawbacks, but strength and service life are not a detriment of the IFS axles.


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Ditto. I still see a lot of them on the dry side on WA State.

My dad has an 06. He hardly drives it any more. It's got under 85k miles on it. He's in the Tacoma area. I'm in Spokane and have an 09 (GMT900) with under 70k


Duramax? If he puts it up for sale, give the RVnet heads up first!
I'd be first in line for a cherry LBZ!

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Our 05 duramax dually is sitting in the garage waiting for and if we can go south again this winter. 112K miles and still seems like a new truck. Downsized from the alpenlite to a TT because of health. chevman


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We’ve got an ‘06 Chevy 2wd single cab 6.6l150xxx and still going.

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my 04.5 duramax with 130K miles on it went to our son when we got the 2015.5 duramax.

The 04.5 now has 250K miles on it, still going strong. Just recently did the first set of brake pads, It has had a few repairs at 200K+ miles, needed to rebuild the fuel filter assy, was getting air leaks, and had a slightly lopey idle that was traced to the fuel pressure regulator, but other than that it's been basic common sense maintenance. At about 20K miles I did go an aux fuel filter and a deep pan on the allison and filled with transynd, changed it at 100K miles, then at 200K miles.


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2004.5 Silverado 4x4 CC/SB Duramax/Allison passed on to our Son!


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