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03-26-2010, 08:00 PM
Im looking to buy a 2005 2500HD with a 6.0 L V8. It is 4x4 reg. cab 8 foot bed. My question is does anyone have experience with these trucks? what kind of gas mileage can i expect? and will it be good for my 16HP leaf loader (600 Lbs) and a full box full of leaves? Thanks for the help guys

03-26-2010, 08:01 PM
Damn good truck. Should last a long time. You will get about 12mpg empty.

03-26-2010, 10:26 PM
My only question is why are you going from a ford to a chevy? I have a chevy S10 and I paid what its worth, nothing because it was handed down from my grandfather haha. I will never own another GM again, too many electrical problems and poor quality fittings. I am getting a new Super Duty in July to replace it.

Darryl G
03-26-2010, 11:26 PM
You're comparing an S-10 that you got for free to a 2005 Silverado/Sierra, lol.

I have a 2003 Silverado 2500 HD and love it. Only problem is the intermediate steering column wears quickly and starts rapping but they may have solved the problem. The 6.0 is smooth and powerful. I don't even check my mileage but it's certainly not good.

03-27-2010, 12:28 PM
will it be good for my 16HP leaf loader (600 Lbs) and a full box full of leaves?

Payload is like 3500 lbs. I think you'll squeak by with a bed full of leaves.

03-27-2010, 03:30 PM
I hang a leaf loaded on my dump insert tailgate add 4 ft high sides and fill that dump box up with leaves. That 2500 HD handles it just fine, gas milage runs a pretty steady 9 miles if Im hauling a trailer to around 11 or 12 without. Gas milage sucks but it has plenty of power. You will be glad if you buy a 2500 HD.


03-27-2010, 03:46 PM
Best all around diesel truck I've had. I've owned the F250 SD with the 6.0 absolute junk, my 99 F250 7.3 was a much better truck. Have a old 95 Dodge 2500 4x4 with a Cummins with a flat bed use it as a farm truck/wood hauler, the only thing good about it is the Cummins, their automatics aren't worth a damn. The Chevy Duramax is made by isuzu, it's a great truck, can't beat the allison transmisson. Highway mileage around 16 empty, 10-12 depending on how heavy your loaded. Their having a hell of a problem with the plastic radiator's in the 6.8 ford diesel's, they have to take the entire cab off to fix them, 15 hours shop time, three or four farmer's in this area have had it happen. Why Ford didn't just use the Cummins is beyond me.
You will be very happy with the 05 Chevy 2500 Duramax it's a fantastic truck.

4 seasons lawn&land
03-28-2010, 09:27 PM
Your fine with the weight. Mine handles an 800lb dump insert full of stone fine (way overloaded). Gas mileage is the same as all other trucks that size... bad.

GM's 3/4 tons are the same as the 1 tons less 1 leaf spring.

03-28-2010, 10:37 PM
I agree with most here. I have the same truck minus the 4x4 and mine's an 07 and I have a leaf box on my dump insert. I carry a trailer with the leaf vac and mowers and it hauls like a champ. Not the best gas mileage but it could be worse.

03-28-2010, 11:15 PM
I have 06 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab w/ duramax. It is a great truck. I had a 2000GMC 2500 reg cab w/ 6.0 L before. It also was a great truck. Got about 16 mpg on highway. Either truck would pull anything I put behind it. I like the 06 better, comfortable and unbelievable power.

03-29-2010, 02:08 AM
6.0L rocks. Put a cheap turbo and get another 100-200 HP and crap load of torque with the same gas mileage. LOL

03-29-2010, 09:28 AM
the motor is solid, good power, smooth, though power does come in at higher rpms. this thing screams on the highway.

its just the rest of the truck that ive had issues with.

G. Ramey
03-29-2010, 03:54 PM
mine is a 2000 model. In ten years I have replaced the plugs once and both wheelhub assemblies on the front. I have never had to put brakes on the truck. The 6.0 has been flawless. 11 mpg unloaded and 8 mpg pulling my lawn equipment. The truck has almost always had a trailer behind it, 2500-10,000 lbs. 143,000 miles. No major issues. I get in it every day and it just goes.

03-29-2010, 09:49 PM
i got a 2001 with the 6.0 and got 130,000 miles on it. never needed brakes either. never had any problems. just regular maint. mileage could be better. but tons of power.

Matlock Lawncare
05-24-2010, 12:16 AM
Hey just wanted to let you know that they have the steering problem fixed but you have to ask specifically for the teflon one, I have gone through 3 of the old and now that they put the teflon on in there is no more problems, but you have to ask for it or they will put the old style on it. Hope it helps you,

05-24-2010, 12:45 AM
Gotta love the corvette motor basically with a smaller cam.

05-24-2010, 11:08 PM
I've spent some time driving both the 6.0L gas and the D-max diesel version of these. Like them both, however you may want to consider how many miles you plan to drive it per year, and then consider if a D-max truck would pay for itself over a few years. But the gas trucks are much cheaper used.

Probably hard to justify given your intended use. Nice truck...you'll like it.