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need help ordering chevy 3500 now!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by cntryboymc, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. cntryboymc

    cntryboymc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 193

    im ordering a 2006 chevy 4wd 3500 cab/chassis tomorrow.im wondering if the 8.1 liter with the allison automatic is worth the extra $3,000 over the 6.0liter with the automatic.any help would be appreciated!i really dont want to spend for the diesel.
  2. CutRight

    CutRight LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 257

    if you're gonna spend $3000 more for a gas chugger 8.1 might as well spend the extra money and get the more fuel efficient diesel. if you want the power of the diesel.

    i have the 6.0 in a 2500HD, plenty of power, but for a bigger truck you might as well get the diesel.

    all my next trucks will be diesels
  3. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    spend the $ for the diesel now. Post some pics when you get it!
  4. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    What are you going to be hauling/towing with it?

    And how often?
  5. iowapride

    iowapride LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 59

    Get the diesel. I have 2 duramax's. One in an 03 2500HD and one in 02 3500. I have a 8.1 in an 04 3500 Crew Cab and hate that motor. You will pay for that diesel from the amount of gas you consume compared to the diesel fuel mileage. As far as the 6.0L in a 3500, it will handle it but you might want to think about resale. Are there many people that want to buy a 3500 with that size motor. Something to think about.
  6. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    If your towing HEAVY and OFTEN, and/or put a LOT of miles on it yearly, then a diesel might be a better choice.

    If you using it to haul a little mulch and leaves here and there, and put 5K miles per year, then the 6.0 is the perfect engine.

    Plus, I believe the 6.0 comes with 4.56 gears in the 3500 C&C. It will do the job just fine. It has more power than the engines of the 70's and 80's ever did, and nobody was complaining then.

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