Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by vallz, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. vallz

    vallz LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 44

    For the first half of the year I have been putting off seriously looking into upgrading my truck to a more powerful work truck which I have been planning on doing since last year but I have just been to busy to think about it. Within the last 2-3 months, I've had the truck in the shop 3 times and twice in the transmission shop and is currently sitting in the shop with more engine work. I've put $5,500 in the past 2 months and was told the engine might be done in the next 15,000 miles.

    Anyways, I currently have a Ram 1500 V8 5.7L regular cab with a 8ft bed 1/2 ton and pull a 12ft trailer with either two wright standards, a grasshopper 61" or up to 8,000 lbs in materials when landscaping. I've been looking at the chevy 2500HD diesel as the new truck. Guys I have talked to have said the allison transmission is the best and their 6.6L diesel engines have power to spare.

    I have no personal experience to say this truck is a great work truck or not so I want to see the guys that have one what you think of it. Is there a year that was built better then the others? Any major issues/problems? Gas mpg? How long will they last.

    I've looked at a few and have found a few 2011 chevy 2500HD 4x4 crew cabs with an extended bed at a dealer down in texas. Its a big and long truck, but i want the extra cab room and need the 8ft bed for grass clippings, debris, and leaves.

    I appreciate the input guys.
  2. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 329

    I have a new 2015 and it is for sure the most solid truck on the market. Not only is the power train rock solid but the new cab and body are the best yet.
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    I have a 98 ram with a 5.7. It is refusing to die. It has 200k on it and 60k of pulling 6500lbs. Anyways unless you got deep pockets I'd get something pre def with low miles. Some people say Allison is good and other not so much.
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  4. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,756

    I purchased a 2004 (LLY) GMC sierra 2500HD, crew cab, long bed a little over a year ago with 111,000 miles on it for $18,000. Pulled a 12,000 lb travel trailer coast to coast and use it daily. The truck is rock solid and I didn't put out the money that is needed for the new ones. Very pleased with it. If you are going to purchase any used diesel do some research. There is lots of info regarding durability issues.
  5. dieselss

    dieselss LawnSite Silver Member
    from NWI....
    Messages: 2,089

    If you don't need a diesel, don't pay the extra money for it.
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  6. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,825

    It's a very solid transmission at stock power levels. When you start fiddling with the truck and adding power and torque they don't hold up as well, but neither does the TorqShift or 68RFE.
  7. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,756

    Interesting. I assume you are referring to new trucks. I would much rather purchase a higher milage diesel over a gasser. Agree?
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's still the same damn truck
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  9. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,756

    That doesn't make since to me. I'll get many more miles out of a diesel with 100,000 miles than I will from a gasser.
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,577

    Depends on how long everything beside the motor lasts.

    Personally I wouldn't pay 20 grand for a truck with over 100k miles diesel or not
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