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Old 08-19-2008, 09:25 AM   #15
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I have a 8.1 Avalanache - and I'm not getting the mileage you all are reporting above - I get much better - 16-17 hwy about 12 towing - have had since new (2002) and have 91,000 miles - love the truck - it does use a little oil, but no biggy - after all those pistons are about the size of gallon milk jugs... have had zero problems with it - I did for the most part retire the truck for towing only as I want it last a long time since they don't make the 3/4 ton Av anymore

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Old 08-19-2008, 09:48 AM   #16
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I used to have a 3500 single cab with 454 and 4L80E transmission. Got 11 mpg towbaring a Jeep Wagoneer down to Florida. Around 14 on the trip back up to Ohio empty. Around 8-10 towing the A/S.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:40 AM   #17
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For what its worth I would stay away from the big block. Let the 6.0 rev, I run our 5.4 hard in the hills and no oil consumption and never overheats. I run my 350 in the boat 3-4 krpm all day, same with the truck going up and down long steep grades. Its one reason I went the Lariat, shifter is a console and ready to make quick changes. That being said, most of the trip across the country is in D and loafing along at 65.

I see so many big blocks fail in our marina, yet the 350 and 305 engines just take the beating. You might want to do away with all risk and lease a new truck, it is a worry free way to pull the airstream. I just get oil changes and go. New every 2 or 3 and always under full warranty. If you stay under 18k/year and take care of it visually, it really is not that expensive.
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:14 PM   #18
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Thumbs up 06 8.1 3/4 Burb 4:10...LOVE_IT

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I will have to post some pics when I get her home.

Anyone know how much oil they hold?
6.5qts.

SS,
I think you will LOVE that Burb. Picked our 06 up in NC last March.
No O/H concerns or excess oil consumption. You will love the Autoride, it doesn't have the Auto level feature like the 1500's do, but what a GREAT travl'r. It sure ain't no truck, rides SO much better than our 95.

Got 15.2 mpg. @ 58mph on the way home (DIC). 14.9 actual. Have been getting 11.2 towing. Mostly in and around the Adirondacks.

Our 95 454 3:73 with a bunch of up-grades, was also a great TV but best towing MPG was 14.2 in the flats of Kansas. We averaged just over 11.5 towing the 06 Classic. But city driving dropped that to 9-10.

The new Burb gets the same around town as it does towing. I must admit Iv'e been a real Feather-Foot though. Keeping it under 60mph towing.
With all that power and those 4:10's it really scoot's.
So every once in awhile old habits come back... I'm outta here.

BTW what color ya get..white sure looks good with the AS.

ps. the 95 still sits on the pad for sale..
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:20 PM   #19
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Robert....

Wow, my new one is a spittin' image of yours! My 01 that I am replacing is white as well however it has black wheel well flares, and the new one has white like yours. What rear axle ratio do you have?

I am really excited, I pick it up tomorrow. I have read so many varied opinions on other websites, but I guess such is the internet, we have always gotten really good service out of our Chevrolets (well, aside from the 94 6.5 diesel....).

I will definately post pics and when I pick up my trailer in JC next week I look forward to see how she tows!
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The 06 has the 4:10's with locking differential.

If you PM me the last eight of your VIN # I can do a Viss check and Build sheet, it will also have the warranty history so you'll know what repairs have been done under warranty.

Ours was a GM exec car so it came loaded complete with nav system and only 14k on it. Plus it's still under Factory warr. till March 2010. Yeah.. I guess we lucked out on this one.

Like yourself it's going to be just a TV. Look'n for a sipper to drive daily.

Good Luck and get them pic's posted asap.
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Wow..

Wow you even got the NaV! nice.

Say where did you get the mirrors? Are those the stock towing mirrors off a HD truck? I really like 'em.

PM sent w/ VIN.
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Wow you even got the NaV! nice.

Say where did you get the mirrors? Are those the stock towing mirrors off a HD truck? I really like 'em.

PM sent w/ VIN.

Funny thing about those mirrors. They were optioned on the Burb but not installed. When I got down to NC to pick it up I noticed that it had the base mirrors on it. Wasn't a deal breaker though. Because the option code on the build sheet showed the trlr. mirrors I was able to have them replaced under warranty at work.

Here is a link to the Towtector I mentioned in the PM.

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SSS,

Hope this isn't a deal breaker... did a VISS ck at work today on your new Burb.
It came back as a 2003 not an 05 as you mentioned. Sure hope you knew this before leaving for Fla.

If some other Forum member or Family member see's this post maybe they can contact you with the info.

Good luck...Bob
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