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Old 12-21-2008, 07:17 AM   #15
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I love mine. Mileage is what you are seeing above. 18-20 when careful and empty, 14-16 for me towing. I am careful to keep the rpms just under 2000 when towing, with 3.73 gears, this yeilds about 68 mph. This seems be the best speed for the mpg.

LOTS of power, great comfort and ride. As for warranty issues, as with any brand, your results will very with your relationship with the dealership you are using. My support has been flawless. These trucks came with five yr/100,000 mile drivetrain warranty. Some 01-05 engines have developed injector issues. GM has extended the injector warranty to seven years/200,000. Can't ask for more, I say.

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Old 02-03-2009, 12:49 PM   #16
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I tow with a 2007 GMC Savana 2500 Extended Diesel Van. It is kind of unique because the Duramax is only available in the cargo version of this van. I had to take it to a van conversion shop to get seats and windows put in for passengers.

As far as towing and MPG goes, It tows it beautifully. Without the AS I get close to 20MPG on the freeway using cruise control for long trips. In town I get closer to 16 or 17. While towing the AS, it dips down to about 14 which is still ok by me.

the only complaint I have about the vehicle is that the rear of the van is very bouncy. I have seen people in my rear view mirror literally fly off of their seat and touch their head to the ceiling.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:13 PM   #17
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One hell of a towing machine! We get great service when needed from our local dealer. 13mpg on average w/AC on towing five mph over the limit typically but never over 65mph. Ours is a 2008 4X4 Crew fully loaded. Love the Allison tranny for towing. If I changed anything.......NAW!
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:05 PM   #18
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Ditto what zoomin says.

The truck (see my sig.) tows great and is very comfortable while doing so. It is a little harsh when not towing on rough in-town jaunts and is a bit big for parking in town, but that is not what I have the truck for. I came from a smoother riding Nissan Titan which I loved, but I am very, very glad I made the change. Duramax/Allison - what a great combination! As a 3/4 ton, it is smoother riding than the Ford or Dodge - test drove them all before deciding.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:53 AM   #19
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Iím also a DuraMax/Allison convert (our first diesel). I bought the 06 just prior to the new emissions and the first generation to get the 6 spd tranny. If you are looking used, I think this gives you the best of all worlds; same hp and torque as current and the 6spd/manual option tranny as currently offered. Old body style of course. I do think though that time is proving that the emission stuff is a non-issue, so donít let this detour you from buying new. Our mpg is same as others above; 14-15 towing (50 gal H20, 2 kayaks on roof of truck, bike rack on front end) mileage around town unladed is same, highway unladed can squeeze out 24-25mpg if I keep it 63 mph (same as my tow speed) but drops to 21 mpg at 73 mph on ski trips). We donít use it as daily driver, pretty much does tow duty or adventure trips (towing, skiing, climbing, and kayaking).
We have had Ĺ ton pick me ups and a couple of Suburbanís (awesome family vehicles) but I really find the 4 door CC gives the most flexibility. We usually load up when we head up North as mentioned above; kayaks, Mt bikes, firewood, full H20 so the ĺ ton is a necessary. Towing with a diesel and the Allison in Tow/Haul mode is just amazing. You have to experience it to believe it. The feeling of control and safety is unmatched in any other truck I have ever towed with. Truck has been flawless to date. Mileage improves with a few miles under the hood.

The only way I would own a Ĺ ton again is if we go back to tent camping (not likely).

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Old 02-05-2009, 03:07 PM   #20
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Tom, let us know which DuraMax you purchase. You won't be disappointed.

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Old 02-06-2009, 08:22 AM   #21
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After Reading all the great replies I will buy a 2006 because we go to Mexico for 7mt and the diesel fuel their is not ULS. So this is great I get to spend less money! Thanks everyone for the replies Tom
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:14 AM   #22
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After Reading all the great replies I will buy a 2006 because we go to Mexico for 7mt and the diesel fuel their is not ULS. So this is great I get to spend less money! Thanks everyone for the replies Tom
Yeah-good move. Make sure you get the 6 spd Alli...don't remember when they switched over-early 06? 05? Somewhere around that date...in either case I believe if it has the manual shift over ride, then it is also the 6 spd.

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Old 02-06-2009, 10:28 AM   #23
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My '06 is the best truck I have every owned, period. I am buying a car this month to drop the numbers of miles that I am putting on the Chevy, as I will want this truck to run for years and years and years.
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