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Old 06-28-2005, 10:15 AM   #1
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New Black 2500HD DuraMax Crew Cab. What do I need to know that's not in the GMC book?
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I heard if you tell the dealer that you're an "employee" he will give you a great discount.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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New Black 2500HD DuraMax Crew Cab. What do I need to know that's not in the GMC book?
I have a 2003 Duramax and no problems. The big thing about the Duramax is change the filters, Trans, Oil ,Air, Fuel. "Fuel/Water seperator filter" is the most important to keep the injectors in shape.
If you have the Allison transmission read up on how to use it, it's great.
Power is not a question it will tow the world if you try.
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:21 PM   #4
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I heard if you tell the dealer that you're an "employee" he will give you a great discount.
You are right about that. No discussion at all. Here's the price, employee plus
$3000 rebate taken right off. I was expecting to get a 6L next year but this was too good to pass up.
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:29 PM   #5
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Just don't park next to us. You might get into our truck by mistake.You're right. Great deals from GMC.
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Old 06-28-2005, 04:13 PM   #6
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Pack along at least one fuel filter and wrench to change it at all times. Expect to do this by the side of the road at least once during the time you own the truck. Bone up on the procedure for doing so at www.thedieselplace.com. Complete with photos.
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Old 06-28-2005, 05:35 PM   #7
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Awesome towing machine! I have 60K on my '04 and no problems. Just regular servicing and changing the oil before the DIC shows its time. You'll note the mileage gets better with age and should start showing improvements around 25K or so. Shocks start to go early in the 20s so consider Rancho 9000 adjustables. GM can improve in this department. Enjoy your machine.
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Old 06-28-2005, 06:58 PM   #8
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Just like the other posters have said, "do the recommended maintenance" and you will have no issues. The GM Dmax/Allison pulling an Airstream is a great combo - enjoy!!!
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Old 06-28-2005, 07:26 PM   #9
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Great truck. 31,000 trouble free miles on mine. I have added a Caterpillar fuel filter between the fuel tank and the OEM fuel filter on mine.
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Old 06-28-2005, 07:28 PM   #10
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Awesome towing machine! I have 60K on my '04 and no problems. Just regular servicing and changing the oil before the DIC shows its time. You'll note the mileage gets better with age and should start showing improvements around 25K or so. Shocks start to go early in the 20s so consider Rancho 9000 adjustables. GM can improve in this department. Enjoy your machine.
I have the orginal shocks on my 96 K1500 Z71. Everytime I take it for service I ask the service manager to check the shocks thinking I will be able to replace them. So far ( 96000 miles) he keeps saying they are fine. Asked the guy who did the 100,000 mile tune up and he said the same thing. Just got lucky.
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Old 06-28-2005, 07:57 PM   #11
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Do you like to go with the limited-slip or the locking rear end?
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Old 08-03-2005, 03:51 PM   #12
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Looking at 2004 crew cab, duramax, 4wd, leather, LT trim, 48k miles...asking 30k......opinions please.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:04 PM   #13
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Looking at 2004 crew cab, duramax, 4wd, leather, LT trim, 48k miles...asking 30k......opinions please.


Sounds like a reasonable deal... Go over to the Diesel Place forum, and get someone to do a free VIN check on it - see if it's had any service issues.

Bought my '02 3500 with the same goodies as yours a little over a year ago for 34k - had 26k miles on it at the time... been a great truck thus far.
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Got my '05 a few weeks back. Drove it out to MI (2000K mi) to pick up our AS. OMG, this thing is sweet!
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:50 PM   #15
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I owned the Ford F-250 w/ the Power Stroke. At 23,000 it blew an oil seal, got towed in and charged for an additional oil change ($80.00 dealer charge). At 38000 mi. blew a seal on the high presure fuel pump. Ruined the pump, repaired under warranty. This only cost me $350.00. ($200.00 for the tow in, $100.00 deductable for the warranty and $50.00 to clean the deisel fuel off my truck. I was stranded in Branson MO for two days waiting on it to get repaired. I drove home and straight to the GM dealer to traded it in for an 04 Chevrolet 2500hd w/ the duramax/ allison. I love it. 48000 miles later, no worries. I am still shopping for my first AS, but I feel good about the tow vehicle.
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Is ti the right car/truck????

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The veicle you are looking at is certainly able to tow a great deal - assuming nothing is wrong with it! The Mileage is what the mileage is.... but does it use oil....? Was it a work truck - other poeples things usually get treated worse than owner vehicles ( think rental cars!!!)? Bo all the things that you would to ANY decent used vehicle - have it checked by a DECENT mechanic that you trust.

Then, is there isn't anything that sends you away screaming, think price. You buy, he sell. Competing things that, if he needs to get rid of a family vehicle - think one thing. If he is getting rid of a work vehicle - think another.

If it turns out to be exactly what you want, with no screaming signals to get away from it, then pay fair and hope of the best.

Probably NOT what you were wanting to hearm but hem it takes all kinds!

Ciao and good luck!

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Old 08-04-2005, 07:09 AM   #17
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Employee pricing is a couple of thousand under invoice, then use your GM customer loyalty discount if you qualify and they accept it with this program, then use and GM Master Card credits if you have them and then put the balance on your credit card to get air miles. It takes some hard bargining in some cases but try as GM is going through some tough times right now. Bargin hard with a dealer that sells lots of pickup trucks or deal in a state that traditionally sells lots of trucks like Texas. Texas is probably the best state in the country in which to bargin a deal for a truck and you can do so online or on the phone.

Great truck and engine that requires a little more upkeep than a gasoline engine but will last much longer for sure. Good luck.
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Strange as it may sound, GMC sells alot of trucks in Maine too... back in '99 when I could not find a 3/4 Ton, 4X4, with an 8 ft bed anywhere in the whole city of Phoenix, I did find one at O'Conner GMC in Augusta ME while on vacation and they sold it to me for just $500 over their invoice... at the time they said they were the 3rd largest GMC dealer in the WHOLE country... they sell trucks all over New England, but admitted that selling one to a guy from Phoenix was the farthest west they had ever sold one!
I'd love a new Duramax, but with still only 37K miles on my now paid-for truck I expect it'll be a long time, if ever, before I ever own one... good luck...
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