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Old 06-23-2009, 11:37 AM   #15
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I'm not a Chevy guy, but I must say the new 2500 Silverado looks pretty cool....
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:24 PM   #16
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I like my 07 Duramax crewcab. The difference in power and all around towning capability is like night and day compared to the '99 1500 Suburban gasser we used to have to tow our '88 25ft A/S. The satisfaction you get with the diesel and the 6 speed allison will outweigh any fancy do dads you feel you need if you are looking to save some money. Ours is the WT (Work truck) model with vinyl floors, manual crank-up windows, manual door locks, and cloth seats. I had cruise control added and all they had to do was replace the wiper/turn signal arm with one that had cruise on it and it plugged into the computer via a plug in the steering column. My wife has gotten used to carrying her own keys to lock/unlock her side of the truck. The down side of the 07 is the low sulphur engine, owners manual says not to run the Mexican diesel in it.

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I love my Yukon XL (GMC's version of the Chevy Suburban) with the 8.1L....it tows my 30-footer like a champ! But, if I were looking at a pickup, I would be looking at a new Duramax. Torque, decent fuel economy, and it's QUIET and CLEAN!
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:44 PM   #18
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We have towed our Safari from the east coast over the Rockies and back again with a Tahoe with the tow package. Made it but wouldn't do it again. Last month we picked up our new '09 Silverado 2500HD Duramax/Allison Full Crew Cab with the 6.6 Bed. What was I thinking? I should have bought this truck six years ago! What an awsome truck in all aspects, ride, interior comfort, option out the butt, and it looks really cool towing any of our Airstreams.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:26 PM   #20
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The last D-Max without the mileage robbing pollution gear. Also has the 6 speed Allison.
Not entirely true, the 2007 Silverado Classics were built for more than half of the '07 model year and they also have the same LBZ diesel and emission equipment that the '06 did. Production of the LMM diesel trucks started in early calender year '07 and are referred to by many as 07.5's.

Back to the main topic, after towing for four years with Duramax pickups and an occasion with a 2005 1/2 ton Suburban and also a couple with a 2009 half ton GMC Pickup (6 litre/6 speed).....I can enthusiastically endorse the Duramax/Allison 2500HD GM pickups!
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Not entirely true, the 2007 Silverado Classics were built for more than half of the '07 model year and they also have the same LBZ diesel and emission equipment that the '06 did. Production of the LMM diesel trucks started in early calender year '07 and are referred to by many as 07.5's.
Hey Redeagle...now that the LBZ vs LMM debate has had a few years...is it still the general thought that maybe the LBZ is "better" than the newer LMM? I am thinking of looking for a 2007 Classic...as opposed to one of the newer LMMs.

LBZ better mileage...less technical hassles? How are they (LBZ) doing with the low sulphur fuel?

Any comments would be appreciated...Tom R in Two Harbors, MN
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I have a 2002 2500HD 6.0 as a work truck 14 mpg. city or hwy. and I do calculate my mpg. regularly. I had a 1987 ford diesel as my previous work truck. The diesel was very expensive to repair everything double or triple the
cost of a gasser. Just my 2 cents worth.
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I like my 07 Duramax crewcab. The difference in power and all around towning capability is like night and day compared to the '99 1500 Suburban gasser we used to have to tow our '88 25ft A/S. The satisfaction you get with the diesel and the 6 speed allison will outweigh any fancy do dads you feel you need if you are looking to save some money. Ours is the WT (Work truck) model with vinyl floors, manual crank-up windows, manual door locks, and cloth seats. I had cruise control added and all they had to do was replace the wiper/turn signal arm with one that had cruise on it and it plugged into the computer via a plug in the steering column. My wife has gotten used to carrying her own keys to lock/unlock her side of the truck. The down side of the 07 is the low sulphur engine, owners manual says not to run the Mexican diesel in it.

My two cents, hope this helps, Pat
Pat, I can run Mexican diesel fuel in my truck with no problems, as a matter of fact, it runs better on it. My truck has the LBZ engine in it and is an 07 Classic. If you have the LMM then you shouldn't run the Mexican fuel.
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Hey Redeagle...now that the LBZ vs LMM debate has had a few years...is it still the general thought that maybe the LBZ is "better" than the newer LMM? I am thinking of looking for a 2007 Classic...as opposed to one of the newer LMMs.

LBZ better mileage...less technical hassles? How are they (LBZ) doing with the low sulphur fuel?

Any comments would be appreciated...Tom R in Two Harbors, MN
I have not experienced any issues with ULSD, and I have never come across any place that had the low sulphur diesel. I do use Stanadyne Performance formula additive and I get pretty decent mileage. 19 to 20 mpg @ 65mph not towing and 14 to 15 mpg towing at 60mph.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:26 AM   #25
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what ever truck you get, make sure the first digit in the V.I.N. is a "1"

it stands for country of origin (build)

1 is USA

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3 Mexico

I know when I buy a Ford Truck, I always order it out of the Kntucky truck plant. There line is somethin. Even used, I want it made there.

I had a stone fly up take out my windsheild. When It got replaced I called down to the plant, talked to the union rep, and a line man they sent me up a new one, and 2 spare's. (window stickers) They are proud of there finished product, and make them right. are proud to put there name on them, and want it known, by putting there signature on it.
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