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Old 07-08-2016, 12:31 PM   #31
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stay away from the 2011.
I had one which i liked a lot as far as towing goes
but got rid of it because of the DEF problems.
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Old 07-08-2016, 04:28 PM   #32
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2010 was a good year, no DEF system at all. 2011-2012 had DEF issues. Not every truck had problems, but it was well known. The DEF usage isn't a big deal, its when that finicky DEF system puts you into limp mode while traveling. They seem to have straightened them out by 2013. I am getting the new truck itch also, and I will be looking 2013-2014.
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Old 07-08-2016, 07:28 PM   #33
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Personally I would stay with your 07 Cummins for the simple reason that the engine is more SIMPLE. The less emission control on your engine the better. Just my opinion.
The 06 was the last of the simpler engines. Mine is a Late 06 Chevy 2500 LBZ with big exhaust and a tuner. I get 17.8 empty and 12 mpg towing 9000 lbs. Trouble free so far. EGR is still active and I leave well enough alone since its doing fine.
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Old 07-08-2016, 10:48 PM   #34
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You want 2011 and newer as it has the stronger frame, larger brakes, and better suspension. It also has the LML motor over the LMM. if you can swing it, try for a 2013. They went to the version 2 on the CP4 and worked all the kinks on the def system. I had a 2009 and my 2014 was much better and ran cooler. Now I have a 2016. Just an amazing truck.
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:12 PM   #35
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I have the 2013 2500HD Duramax/ Allison and love it. Can't imagine any better truck. Gets 20ish mpg highway loose and 12-13 mpg towing 9,000+ TT. Truck has 79,000 on the clock and no problems. Z-71 4X4. 50 gal aux tank /toolbox with an electric transfer pump.
The Allison tranny and exhaust brake make all the difference in the world when towing.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:17 PM   #36
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Our 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Diesel is still running as strong as when new. We recently upgraded from a 7400 pound TT to a 13,000 pound 5th Wheel, and the Silverado just shrugged it off as if that was what the truck was born to do. We have climbed 16% grades with ease. Regular maintenance is important, along with top quality Michelin Truck tires. We will soon be embarking on a month-long trip up the Eastern Sierra to Reno, NV, then back to Mammoth Mountain, CA, then across Tioga Pass and on the Laguna Seca Raceway, then home. We have absolutely no qualms about the performance of our Chevy.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:32 PM   #37
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Our 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Diesel is still running as strong as when new. We recently upgraded from a 7400 pound TT to a 13,000 pound 5th Wheel, and the Silverado just shrugged it off as if that was what the truck was born to do. We have climbed 16% grades with ease. Regular maintenance is important, along with top quality Michelin Truck tires. We will soon be embarking on a month-long trip up the Eastern Sierra to Reno, NV, then back to Mammoth Mountain, CA, then across Tioga Pass and on the Laguna Seca Raceway, then home. We have absolutely no qualms about the performance of our Chevy.

I've been up 6% grades and 10%grades and even an 11% for about a 1/4mile thats how long it was but i could not imagine a 16% grade . what road and where i may like to do it with the motorcycle not in the TV with the Th in tow
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:22 AM   #38
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The 2011 D'Max has a bad history when it comes to the emissions. I just traded mine in and it spent more time in the shop than any other vehicle I ever owned. Not saying every 2011 is bad but I definitely had a rotten egg. Only reason I kept it as long as I did was it was all covered. But the warranty just timed out (5 years), so it had to go.
I would recommend the latter years you are looking at, as it seems that GM got the bugs worked out by the 13 model year.
X2 on problems with the 2011. That year there were significant changes and, as I understand it, problems were common in the ones built in the 1st few months.

I had a 2011 2500HD Diesel. Ran great for several years then had one problem after another. Lots of them were FALSE fault readings which were troubleshoot and all they did was reset. Aggravating when truck starts a timer to 1st slow you down and then stop you... when you are on a trip. Also had instances where computer caused transmission not to shift... was towing... again aggravating to get truck and 5er towed.

I would not hesitate to buy a 2012 or later... but would probably avoid another 2011.

I now have a 2015 3500 Diesel DRW... great so far. It was not all the problems. I was also upgrading 5ers to a unit that would have overloaded the truck with the hitch weight of the 2500 (the real limiting factor with a heavy 4er and a 3/4 ton truck).
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My 12 Silverado has been good so far just glow plugs. This last time three, that's at least six glow plugs. Plus a new def tank.


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My 12 Silverado has been good so far just glow plugs. This last time three, that's at least six glow plugs. Plus a new def tank.


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