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Chevy 2500HD

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by STIHL GUY, Mar 26, 2010.


    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    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
  2. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    Damn good truck. Should last a long time. You will get about 12mpg empty.
  3. pjnlandscape

    pjnlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    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.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    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.
  5. DeereMan85

    DeereMan85 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 460

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

    flykelley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    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.

  7. IndianSprings

    IndianSprings LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    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.
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    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.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    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.
  10. Springmeadows

    Springmeadows LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 390

    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.

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