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Old 08-30-2006, 09:22 AM   #1
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I bit the Duramax bullet

When I bought my AS in April I thought my 2005 Silverado 1500HD CC with the 6.0L and 3.73 would be more than adequate as a TV. Mileage was acceptable at 11 or so but it did lack power on the hills. Since I was uncomfortable with a screaming engine and knowing that mountain towing is on the agenda next year, I bought a 2006 Silverado 2500HD CC with the 6.6L diesel and Alison tranny and 3.73. Wow, what a difference!!! Real acceleration and climbs hills like there is nothing behind it. First trip (less than 1000 miles on the TV) produced 14.7 mpg at 60/62 mph (no mountains). I suspect that 15 mpg is achieveable after the engine breaks in.

My point in writing this is not to tout GM, just diesels in general. This is my first diesel truck. There is a little more maintenance but it appears they offer some real benefits to those of you/us that will be towing in the mountains or that live in hilly areas.

Of course, I am a little proud as well!

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Old 08-30-2006, 09:26 AM   #2
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First trip (less than 1000 miles on the TV) produced 14.7 mpg at 60/62 mph (no mountains). I suspect that 15 mpg is achieveable after the engine breaks in.
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Congrats on the new rig Greg, I'm currious, was this interstate or 2 lane milage?
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:37 AM   #3
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Greg, thanks for the info. I have a 2005 25' Safari and need to move from a F-150 to a diesel. I have a few months to wait as I want to finsh paying out the trailer first.

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Old 08-30-2006, 09:44 AM   #4
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About 25% interstate with the balance in 2 lane, with several small towns causing slow down and accelerating again. I consider this to be average driving. All intersate in this part of the country should produce something north of 15.5, I hope

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Jim, do a little Google work on the upcomming changes in early 2007 to diesels. If I am understanding the changes correctly, diesels produced in early 2007 will be required to run on the new, cleaner burning diesel fuel. Since there are many more "dirty burners" around, I figured I might have a hard time finding the new fuel early on. I don't know if stations will have to install new tanks or just how this will be handled. It APPEARS the 2007's can't run on the dirty fuel and the earlier models may have trouble running on the cleaner fuel. All of this helped me to make the trade now.

Do some research as I am not all knowing in this area.

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Thanks for the information, I will do some research.

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When I bought my AS in April I thought my 2005 Silverado 1500HD CC with the 6.0L and 3.73 would be more than adequate as a TV. Mileage was acceptable at 11 or so but it did lack power on the hills. Since I was uncomfortable with a screaming engine and knowing that mountain towing is on the agenda next year, I bought a 2006 Silverado 2500HD CC with the 6.6L diesel and Alison tranny and 3.73. Wow, what a difference!!! Real acceleration and climbs hills like there is nothing behind it. First trip (less than 1000 miles on the TV) produced 14.7 mpg at 60/62 mph (no mountains). I suspect that 15 mpg is achieveable after the engine breaks in.

My point in writing this is not to tout GM, just diesels in general. This is my first diesel truck. There is a little more maintenance but it appears they offer some real benefits to those of you/us that will be towing in the mountains or that live in hilly areas.

Of course, I am a little proud as well!

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Greg,

Congratulations on your new Duramax powered pickup. But really, it is OK to tout GM , as they have designed and built an awesome towing machine! The best heavy duty diesel pickup for 2005 & 2006 according to JD Power & Associates Quality Survey.

Thanks for sharing how much you like your truck!
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Which diesel?

I'm trying to sort through which 2006 Diesel to buy - Ford 250, Dodge Ram or Sierra/Silverado 2500 and have only managed to become thoroughly confused. Would apreciate coments - positive or negative- on any or all of these trucks with respect to reliability, comfort, economy, safety, etc. One of the disadvantages of living in a counry with so many choices is that we have so many choices! thanks for your help.
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Redeagle313, you are right but I was trying to keep from slamming other TV's!

Dickwhite1, keep in mind I am partial to GM but I did drive all 3 brands before deciding on the Duramax. I figured if I was going to lay out big bucks (big to me anyway) I would go with what I thought was best. The dodge dealership put up a strong fight, even offering to let me take a new vehicle home, hook it up to my AS and take it for a spin. No one else made that offer. Drive all of them and look at the ratings; and good luck in the hunt.

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I'm trying to sort through which 2006 Diesel to buy - Ford 250, Dodge Ram or Sierra/Silverado 2500 and have only managed to become thoroughly confused. Would apreciate coments - positive or negative- on any or all of these trucks with respect to reliability, comfort, economy, safety, etc. One of the disadvantages of living in a counry with so many choices is that we have so many choices! thanks for your help.
First; I admit to being a GM fan, just moved from a 1/2 ton to a 2006 D/A CC. The new truck now has about 3500 miles on it, 50% of those are towing. I average about 15mpg towing, a mixture of interstate and 2 lane mountainous roads in New England (well, we call them mountains here...). To call this thing a towing machine is an understatement, the D/A combo has to be driven, under a heavy load, to be appreciated.
So far the economy of the diesel is just ok-I am told it will get better with mileage, and it has improved slightly.
It is the first diesel I have owned, and my experience is hooking up a rig like this (whatever brand you choose) really takes the stress out of towing. We have camped more this year than ever. And made more trips further from home than ever. I expect to keep up this addiction now, we still have several more trips planned for this year...it really is much nicer to tow with a proper truck!
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Greg, thanks for the info. I have a 2005 25' Safari and need to move from a F-150 to a diesel. I have a few months to wait as I want to finsh paying out the trailer first.

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Jim Clark, what has been your experience with your f150 which has motivated you to switch to a diesel?
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Congrats Greg. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine. The torque is awesome isn't it? I just hope the interior will hold up as long as the power plant is supposed to. Happy trails.
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I hope the same thing about the interior as I plan to drive the wheels off of this one; although it may well out live me. It is one impressive vehicle.

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I'm trying to sort through which 2006 Diesel to buy - Ford 250, Dodge Ram or Sierra/Silverado 2500 and have only managed to become thoroughly confused. Would apreciate coments - positive or negative- on any or all of these trucks with respect to reliability, comfort, economy, safety, etc. One of the disadvantages of living in a counry with so many choices is that we have so many choices! thanks for your help.
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We bought a 2005 Dodge CTD last summer. This summer we took our Sovereign on its first cross-country trip. Going up Wolf Creek Pass, CO, we got 18.2MPG, averaging 60MPH. In Idaho, we got the same results going up to Cascade. On flat ground, we get anywhere between 19/21MPG. I'm pretty happy with those results.

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