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billtex

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Posted: 04/21/19 05:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Time to replace our 06 LBZ. Powertrain has been awesome, love driving the diesel but it looks like I am going back to gasser on the new truck. While the drivetrain is awesome, too many New England winters are taking their toll the undercarriage.
Have driven both the 19 DuraMax and 6.0 duallys and just can’t get myself to lay down an extra $10k when the gasser is such a sweet ride also. The added complexity, DEF, and initial cost are intimidating. The 06 only has 123k miles on it, so we are doing <10k miles/year. Truth is I don’t need the diesel, but it sure is a hoot to tow and haul with. I will miss the diesel the few times/year I am towing behind the TC, but the majority of our trips are TC only.

So my question to those that have gone from a Duramax back to a 6.0, what are your thoughts/experience? The added payload is a positive!

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I had a Chevrolet 2500 with 6.0 3.73 4x4 shortbed crew cab. A couple of times I got just over 15, but normal was in the 14s empty and usually between 9-11 towing. I was able to tow a 4000 lb boat at 60-65 even up minor hills.

I’m curious though, why Chevrolet, why 6.0, and did you know that Ford is coming out with a 7.3?


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Posted: 04/21/19 06:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Next year Ford introduces their new V8 with a heavy duty 10 speed auto. Might be worth waiting for....

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I'm glad I don't live in the salt belt, the powertrain outlives the truck.[emoticon] I would have a hard time going back to gas, my faithful 05 Ram ctd has served me well although it is starting to show it's age.

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Posted: 04/21/19 07:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bill, I am very happy with my 6.0 dually. I wouldn’t change a thing, bulletproof.

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garyemunson wrote:

Next year Ford introduces their new V8 with a heavy duty 10 speed auto. Might be worth waiting for....


My BIL was the head designer for Ford's new 10 speed box. They really put it through the wringer. he told me they purposely destroyed them to make them better. Find the weak points and improve.

Love to have one. cannot afford one. Not into being indentured to a vehicle. Maybe a farm tractor that makes me money but not a vehicle.

besides, when I bought my 1997 F350 7.3 4x4 crew cab new in 97, my BIL 'borrowed' it for a month. At that time he was at Ford SVO in Dearborn. Lets just say when I got it back, it had 5,000 extra miles on it and looking underneath or opening the hood, the parts sure didn't look FoMoCo. been that way ever since. Runs like a top. Goes like hell too.

He did my wife's V8 ranger as well. Only Ranger I ever drove that would lay rubber on dry pavement in 4 wheel drive. She still has it too.

When I asked him what he did, he'd say 'don't worry about it, just maintain it and I do, on both.

Knowing how meticulous he is, I'd get the 10 speed and not bat an eye.

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Plan was to buy a new truck after this season. While doing pre-season inspection 2 weeks ago, discovered corrosion issues and just can’t see spending $$$ on a 13 yr. old truck that I was planning to replace ~ 1 yr. So, unless I want to miss this season, I need t buy a truck now.

So...I started research. I had an open mind that I would look at all 3 brands if I was going to spend this much money on a new truck. Well Ford and Ram have recently launched new HD Platforms, GM’s new trucks don’t hit the street till later this year.
Because of that, I am finding some very aggressive prices on existing inventory GM trucks while Ford and Ram are + $10 for comparable (but new) platform.
Used to be Dodge was always - $10k compared to GM and Ford.

I don’t really care about latest and greatest at this point in my life; todays bargain was all the rage a few years back.
All of these trucks will get the job done. So yes, price, at this point in my life, is important as I hope to retire soon.

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Posted: 04/21/19 07:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GeoBoy wrote:

Bill, I am very happy with my 6.0 dually. I wouldn’t change a thing, bulletproof.


Thanks geo. Agree, I have full confidence in the 6.0. A proven platform.

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I have the chevy 6.0 in my signature and usually have my TC and boat in tow. Plenty of power for what I do. It is not the same as my mighty 2011 Duramax, but does a fine job and I do not regret the switch. Its just simpler. JMHO


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Man, nothing against 6.0 GM owners, but if I don't need the suspension, I'd almost rather pull a big trailer with my 5.3 1/2 ton. The 6.0s are tough as nails but about 10 years behind the times in power, maybe 20 since the 8.1 got tossed, but if I'm going to drop $40-50k on a new truck, I'd prioritize power and efficiency.

On one hand if I had a low mile rusted out LBZ, and the time to do it, I'd consider searching for another 06-07 Dmax with a blown engine or trans and transplant.
But you may still get decent $ for your truck if it's clean and great shape and the rust is just in the sheet metal.
Either way, going for a new truck, you said it yourself. Yesterday's best in class is today's bargain.
You could get a low mile few year old Dmax for the price of a new gasser, maybe a bit less and have your cake and eat it too.

* This post was edited 04/22/19 12:24am by Grit dog *


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