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thinking about a new truck.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by southgalawns, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    Well at the moment I have an 03 chevy 1500 and I get around 9mpg when towing. and i drive 45 miles(one-way) away once a week to cut grass. I found an 06 chevy 2500hd diesel with 146k miles for 25k. I am a car guy so I know it has the LBZ duramax which is the best(right before the dpf and emissions). I am worried about the miles alittle bit, not so much engine and trans, but more of the other components on the truck. I have a degree in automotive technology so I know alot about vehicles ( but i also know that i dont know everything). So the point of the thread is to get opinions on the truck, and to get specific details to look at. any info would help.
  2. BlackBirdWS.6

    BlackBirdWS.6 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    LBZ is by far the best Duramax to buy, and even with that many miles it should still be in great shape (depending on previous owner) but if you have any other questions, go onto Duramaxforum.com theirs a lot of helpful people on there.
  3. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    done. still looking for opinions from people that use this truck as a work truck and not a show truck.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Personally, I don't like the Duramax. I've heard of too many people locally having problems with them around 200,000 miles.

    If I were to go with a diesel, I'd go with a Cummins. Just my opinion though.
  5. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    cummins is my first choice but hard to find 6spd man that is priced good and hasnt been ragged out, also wife only will let me get a chevy.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Chevy, Dodge, Ford, it don't matter, they all break the same way. You need to get your wife off the brand loyalty kick. It's just a hunk of metal the depreciates, it's not a pet.

    Dodge's only pit-fall is they never built a good truck around the Cummins. They might be better now, but they really messed up in the nineties and hurt their rep.
  7. Popeye77

    Popeye77 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 244

    delete this post please??
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011
  8. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    That price is way to high. Keep looking around. I looked for a good 3 months before finding the right diesel and got really ahead on it. The deals are out there you just have to be patient (I know its hard)
  9. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 346

    I have an 04 duramax (LLY) and it has 170,000 on it. Overall it has been a great truck. Just normal wear and tear. The only bad thing was the transfer case got a hole in it from use. Dealer said that GM knew of the problem but wouldn't recall it. As far as price, that is way too much. I paid 25k for mine with 70k on it for a LT model in 2008. I'd keep looking if I were you.
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  10. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    i am gonna try and drive them down on the price since i found a lbz gmc for same prive with only 75k miles

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