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Old 04-21-2016, 08:23 PM   #31
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The exhaust brake you are talking about is really the Allison transmission doing it's work... they are amazing transmissions.
The Duramax part of it will show it's ugly face soon enough...
Turbo's going out....
Head gaskets blowing....
Injectors failing....
Fuel pumps going bad...
Glow plugs shot...
Routine service at $200...
I run a business and we have had 6 Chevy Duramax's... Every one of them is junk. We've sold most of them and with them goes the headache. When they work, they are great machines, but the "cost of admission is not worth the show"....
I hope your experience is better than mine...

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Old 04-21-2016, 08:26 PM   #32
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I've got a baby diesel. A little 3.0 six cylinder. Checked out the Ford EcoBoosts, the Chevy Colorado four cylinder diesel, and the new Nissan Titan eight cylinder diesel.

The Ram EcoDiesel just seemed the best fit for what I need right now, was the cheapest of them all, and I really enjoy the 26-28mpg empty/18-19mpg towing.

Maintenance? I can get 2.5 gallons of synthetic oil and OEM filter for about $80. DEF? Pretty cheap at the pump but I haven't had to add any yet.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:28 PM   #33
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The whole DEF issue is nothing to even worry about I can fill up the tank at the Bulk Def station pump for $10 and that is CDN Funds. Ford give it too me free on my maintenance plan so I don't really worry about.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:46 PM   #34
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The whole DEF issue is nothing to even worry about I can fill up the tank at the Bulk Def station pump for $10 and that is CDN Funds. Ford give it too me free on my maintenance plan so I don't really worry about.
Yep. My Chevy dealer fills for free if you bought from them., but even so DEF is cheap.
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Me Too! I am on my 2nd Chevy Diesel. Started with a 2011 Duramax 2500HD. Now have a 2015 Duramax 3500HD DRW. 1st one was when I was going from TT to 5er and tired of high RPM pulling TT with gas engine. The 2nd was when I was looking for a larger/heavier 5er. The 2500 to 3500 transition didn't have additional horsepower or torque but does have more towing and pin weight capability. I know that many tow heavy 5er with a 2500 but I always stay within the truck's data plate and specifications for weight capability. I found that the hitch pin weight, combined with other things/people, is where smaller trucks are not capable. Also, the DRW is a measure of stability I enjoy.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:52 PM   #36
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If I sold my 3500 Cummins, my wife would divorce me. I like the truck and the wife so there you go.

Seriously though, I really prefer a diesel for towing. The power and the exhaust break really make towing less stressful. I live in upstate S.C. and we usually tow in the N.C. mountains. We run into pretty steep grades (some are 8 to 9%) on a routine basis. It is nice not having to stress going up or down.
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Yep, I'm in the "I don't know why I waited so long" club, too...
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I went from a 2003 Chevy 2500HD with 8.1L gas and Allison to a 2015 GMC 2500HD Duramax. What a difference pulling the trailer. Obviously more power but the ability to stop the truck /trailer was way better. Getting off the interstate I just tap the brake and the Allison slows it right down, almost as if I was braking. I would never go back to a gas engine for towing.
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Owned a 2001 Duramax 2500HD.Nice truck. Wasn't happy with the DEF fill tube location and no DEF gauge. Did my research and bought a 2015 Ram 2500 (you know one of those noisy things) great truck. I think it is time to move on to more constructive post's.
do you have the year right on the duramax? has to be a typo.
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We just got our EcoDiesel in early March. Wow. The difference in towing our 6000+ pound Wildwood is amazing. I'll be a diesel guy from now on...but I'm afraid this truck will outlast me.
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