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Old 09-07-2013, 02:20 AM
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6.0 Vortec vs. 6.6 Duramax

Okay guys, currently I have an 2006 6.0 gasser and just purchased another 2013 6.0 gas. Really pleased with the small block, although mileage is only about 10 mpg pulling. Both trucks are extended cab long beds with 4x4. I have had 4 of these trucks and the motor and tranny are trouble free.

However, while I was waiting for the dealer to locate my new truck, he let me borrow a brand new 2014 Dmax for a few days. Man oh man, I have had 7.3 power strokes in the past, but these new diesels are way more powerful stock than the old ones.

This truck impressed the heck out of me. I do not really NEED a diesel to just pull around my lawn trailers, but I kind of WANT it. I can cruise without the truck shifting down going up hills and I would say it EASILY has 3 times the amount of pulling power of a 6.0 gasser.

For those of you that have the newer diesels, how is the Urea? Is it a pain? Any problems with the newer DMax? What is the mileage you average? Thinking about selling my older truck and getting another new one...

I am just kind of stuck whether to get a dependable and adequate 6.0, or get a duramax. The duramax with the allison is about $8000 more than the gas.

What do you guys think? If I can save on fuel and make it last 15 years I might do it, but I don't want a lot of other BS problems like the turbo going out, this fancy exhaust system, etc...

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Old 09-07-2013, 02:24 AM
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That vortec is 6.2 liter I believe. Very good engine.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:33 AM
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That vortec is 6.2 liter I believe. Very good engine.
Not the one I bought. I have heard of the 6.2, but I don't think you can get it in the 2500HD. I'm not for sure, but I think now days you can only get the 6.0 gas and the diesel in the HD trucks. They got rid of the big block 8.1 a few years back.

I think the 6.2 is in caddy's and maybe the half tons? All I know is the one I bought has the 6.0 Vortec.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:20 AM
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If you're thinking about getting a Duramax and not a Dodge hater you should test drive a Cummins.

My Chevys got the 6.0 as well and I definitely hear you on the gas mileage and towing power going up hills. I've been having similar thoughts and feelings lately about going diesel but the Ram seems slightly more appealing. I've heard good things about both though.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by GREENWITHENVY1 View Post
That vortec is 6.2 liter I believe. Very good engine.
The 6.2 vortec only comes on the Denali HD
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:09 AM
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You need to remember at resale your going to get back 1/2-3/4 of the extra money you spend on a Diesel. It's not money lost. There are things you can do to give your investment extra protection like adding Opti-Lube XPD to the ULSD Diesel to put the lubricity back that was lost when sulfur was removed. The extra lubricity helps protect your fueling system.

The DEF on the newer trucks has also helped with millage so it's really a plus not a minus. Even though the fuel costs more your usually going to use 25-50% less depending on if your empty or towing medium to heavy loads. The DEF using Ford 6.7, GM 6.6, and Cummins 6.7 have all done really well.

The simpler big C straight six in the Ram is still my favorite. It gets used in the medium duty Fords and is the only engine used to repower Fords 6.0 & 6.4's as a swap option. Diesel is not for everyone but for even just mostly towing my 16' enclosed it has been a much lower cost per mile option in my 2500.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:33 AM
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We had an 06 dmax 6.6 for a few years, and was trouble free. My buddy has an 07.5 and just turned over 250k miles and it has never seen a day in the shop outside of bare minimum routine maintenance, and he tows 6k+ lbs probable 3 days a week.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:58 AM
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Having recently owned a diesel pickup that wasn't under warranty and spending a fortune on repairs and maintenance which more than canceled out any fuel savings, I will be sticking to the good old 6.0 gas from here on out.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:02 AM
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I have a friend with an 10' DMax, absolutes loves it, expect that he's already had to do 2 out of 8 injectors and it only has 49k on it. Another buddy has an 06 with 218k and it hasn't been in the shop once. My 6.0 has 215k on it(knock on wood), and in both situations the truck starts to get worn out about now no matter what motor is in it. Both motors could go the distance, that's for sure. Just remember you can't fill your truck the same time your filling mowers(in most cases)
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:30 AM
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If you want a diesel for the great towing performance, by all means get it. If you are only minding dollars and cents, unless you tow really heavy every day or run lots and lots of miles it will never pencil out.
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