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Old 11-15-2014, 10:08 PM   #31
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Same here, never had any need to use anything but the cheapest 87 octane I can find where ever I am.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:35 AM   #32
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Ok good. I am a bit away from it but when I get a new truck it will be a 2500. Not sure on gasser or diesel but I hear the 6.0 needed premium only which would suck! Thanks.
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:26 AM   #33
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I've had all the engines from GM in various trucks in the last 10yrs, from the 4.8L gasser to 6.6 duramax. My favorite gasser was the 4.8 in a '04 1500 that only pulled a light utility trailer. The truck was quick and nimble. The 5.3 I had in an 04' Envoy(wife's) and it pulled a light trailer ok, but would have been better in truck. Decent mileage of around 23mpg in Envoy (4x4 Denali). The 6.0L was in an '06 2500 CC 4x4 w/ 4.10. This was a pig, with only having 4sp tranny and the 4.10's, I got, at best, 17mpg empty, highway, and an easy foot. Towing 7k high profile TT was anywhere from 7.5 to 9mpg depending on terrain. Never towed more than 3hrs with it, as my nerves were shot by the high revving of the engine trying to maintain 60mph. After 8 mos. with that TT, I traded to '11 2500 Duramax. What a difference. (I had previous '96 chevy and '99 Ford diesels) This truck was 2x the Ford and 3x the previous Chevy (both had been chipped and goodies added). The long bed CC 4x4 2500 was stable as a rock pulling our 42' 14k 5er. Got 10.5-11mpg all day long pulling 65-67mph. Made 2 trips pulling to FL and 1 to NC from OH. Empty, I was getting about 14.5-15mpg daily driving and clocked a couple highway trips at 22mpg. Traded the '11 2500 in on '13 3500 DRW for some more added conveniences and increased payload. After 14 mos of ownership and 21k miles, I get the same 10.5-11mpg towing, but my average daily drive is around 16mpg and top out around 21mpg empty highway. Both diesels have cost less, in fuel, to own than the 6.0L. I have mileage and fuel records back 15yrs. The newest is the Wife's 6.2L in a Yukon XL Denali. This thing is a beast at 420hp/460tq and is hard for me to get use to, coming from my diesel. The peddle is very touchy, unlike my Duramax, I end up throwing the wife and kids around and giving them whiplash. I'm not sure of mpg,(and not sure i want to know), but stated highway is 18mpg. In conclusion, for pulling a TT/5er that's at or above 7k, and pulling for more than 3hrs a day, I won't go back to a gasser. The high revving and gear hunting completely unnerve me. Now if you're content to run 50-55mph flat and 40-45mph uphill and can take your time, gas may be your answer.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:51 PM   #34
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I have an 12 Express 3500 with the 6.0 and six speed auto, same drive train as what you are looking into. I get 17 mpg empty and 7-9 towing 7k worth of TT. Overall I'm pleased with it. It does have a little less power but better mileage than the 5.7 Sequoia we towed with before. I will say that we have lots of 3500 HD's at work with the engine and tranny and they seem to hold up to a beating with very little trouble and low maintenance. Our company typically replaces our trucks at 300k miles of life always loaded to GVWR. The reputation of the company trucks is what influenced me to get one myself. It is not the most fuel efficient but will work hard and should be reliable and cheap to keep up. For the amount I tow and how I use my vehicle diesel doesn't make sense either.


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Old 11-18-2014, 06:55 PM   #35
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BTW, The 6.0 doesn't require premium fuel. I believe the 6.2 does or is recommended. I think.


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Old 11-23-2014, 11:38 AM   #36
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Thanks for all the reply's on this! I pick up my new truck on Tuesday. 2104 2500HD Crew Cab, 6.5 ft bed, 6.0, 6 speed auto trans, and it's loaded down with options.

It looks like after break in, I should be able to get close to the same empty mileage as I do with the 1500 with the 5.3 (16-18 hwy, and 12-14 city), and increase the mileage a bit while towing the camper (7.5 on the last trip). And it should take the camper down the road much better!

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Old 11-23-2014, 12:26 PM   #37
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Congrats on your new truck. Just dont get your hopes up on improving gas milage. Mine is a 13 and I get 7-8 towing, 11-12 running around town. 14 on the interstate.

But on the plus side, it pulls so much better than the 5.3, 4 speed it replaced. Enjoy.
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:41 PM   #38
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That should have been 2014, not 2104!

Thanks sdelam, looking forward to seeing what it's made of.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:34 PM   #39
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will definitely tow better and handle it better, but you will be seeing just as many gas stations. Congrats on new truck
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Old 11-23-2014, 09:42 PM   #40
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Congratulations on the new ride. I will be currious of your numbers as a 2500 will be in my future.
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