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Attachment 118130I understand the "want" of a diesel truck to pull with... there is no comparison on the way they can do hills....
I've had every Duramax from 2003 until 2011... all had the Allison Transmission and they are the best tranny's there are!
The good thing about the Chevy Duramax is there are plenty of people around that can work on them.... and they can be made to really run good... The Chevy looks nice and I really like them... as I've said we have had many of them in my business and they are all 1-tons... we use them to haul our stair systems to Portland Oregon from Salem (100 miles round trip)
If you added all the miles on all the trucks together, you can't get to 300,000 miles collectively. All are maintained by ASE Chevrolet techs in Salem Or.


The bad....
I don't want to get into a pi$$ing match with other diesel guys on here, but you asked about them....
They are all garbage.... get ready to shell out serious money...
Turbo's, EGR's, Head's, Injectors, Sensors, Fuel filters, Fuel pumps, Manifolds, Pre-heaters, Valves,... if it is a part of the motor, we have seen problem after problem on every duramax except the 2003.
The down-time alone is worth never owning one. I can't tell you every problem we've had since I'd be writing all day... I have known people that are very happy with theirs and they love them...
We only have one now... it is a 08 GMC with the Duramax and Allison 4x4 1-ton that I use to pull my 18 Desert Fox toy hauler... Sturgis, Moab, and to Elk Camp...
Last year on my way to Sturgis it didn't make it 100 miles before it blew both head gaskets.... we completed the trip but we went through probably 50 gallons of anti-freeze...
I'd just had about $5000 worth of suspension work, new tires, shocks, and axel seals, brakes, etc put into it... 85,000 miles when the Chevy mechanic in Missoula Mt we stopped at to get it checked out asked if I wanted to keep the truck or sell it for scrap.
When I got back to Salem, I took it to Complete Power Systems and they re-decked the heads and put new head gaskets on it... they added a EFI Live system and got me back on the road for another $11K...
Today the truck is used sparingly but there isn't a lot on the road that can touch it and it pulls twice as hard as anything else I've ever driven.... but...
I just put almost 17K on a 08' with 85,000 miles on it...
We still have to deal with bad mileage... and expensive up-keep...
The cost of ownership is not worth the price to play IMO...
But you asked so that's my experience... I've owned more duramax's than anyone on here I'm pretty sure... like I said, we used them for the company I run in Salem... I know of which I speak....
We now run Freightliner and International 5-ton trucks...

Could it be that all of the stuff you have added have contributed to your poor review of the trucks? I know lots of folks who have had years of trouble free service (myself included) out of their trucks, but the common denominator is that they are still the same as the day they left the dealer.

I looked long and hard for one that had not been converted into a smoke blower or had any "enhancements" made. Finally found it and plan to keep it.

FYI. Not a knock... I'm seriously just asking.


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Old 08-22-2016, 02:42 PM   #12
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Attachment 118130I understand the "want" of a diesel truck to pull with... there is no comparison on the way they can do hills....
I've had every Duramax from 2003 until 2011... all had the Allison Transmission and they are the best tranny's there are!
The good thing about the Chevy Duramax is there are plenty of people around that can work on them.... and they can be made to really run good... The Chevy looks nice and I really like them... as I've said we have had many of them in my business and they are all 1-tons... we use them to haul our stair systems to Portland Oregon from Salem (100 miles round trip)
If you added all the miles on all the trucks together, you can't get to 300,000 miles collectively. All are maintained by ASE Chevrolet techs in Salem Or.


The bad....
I don't want to get into a pi$$ing match with other diesel guys on here, but you asked about them....
They are all garbage.... get ready to shell out serious money...
Turbo's, EGR's, Head's, Injectors, Sensors, Fuel filters, Fuel pumps, Manifolds, Pre-heaters, Valves,... if it is a part of the motor, we have seen problem after problem on every duramax except the 2003.
The down-time alone is worth never owning one. I can't tell you every problem we've had since I'd be writing all day... I have known people that are very happy with theirs and they love them...
We only have one now... it is a 08 GMC with the Duramax and Allison 4x4 1-ton that I use to pull my 18 Desert Fox toy hauler... Sturgis, Moab, and to Elk Camp...
Last year on my way to Sturgis it didn't make it 100 miles before it blew both head gaskets.... we completed the trip but we went through probably 50 gallons of anti-freeze...
I'd just had about $5000 worth of suspension work, new tires, shocks, and axel seals, brakes, etc put into it... 85,000 miles when the Chevy mechanic in Missoula Mt we stopped at to get it checked out asked if I wanted to keep the truck or sell it for scrap.
When I got back to Salem, I took it to Complete Power Systems and they re-decked the heads and put new head gaskets on it... they added a EFI Live system and got me back on the road for another $11K...
Today the truck is used sparingly but there isn't a lot on the road that can touch it and it pulls twice as hard as anything else I've ever driven.... but...
I just put almost 17K on a 08' with 85,000 miles on it...
We still have to deal with bad mileage... and expensive up-keep...
The cost of ownership is not worth the price to play IMO...
But you asked so that's my experience... I've owned more duramax's than anyone on here I'm pretty sure... like I said, we used them for the company I run in Salem... I know of which I speak....
We now run Freightliner and International 5-ton trucks...


Diesels are amazing powerhouses for sure. The cost of a fix steered me away though. I have heard too many $$$ stories (Internet and friends and friends of friends) to chance it. That and the initial cost. Couldn't do it

I'll keep my gasser. If it blows, a whole new engine is what, $4k?


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Old 08-22-2016, 03:11 PM   #13
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Could it be that all of the stuff you have added have contributed to your poor review of the trucks? I know lots of folks who have had years of trouble free service (myself included) out of their trucks, but the common denominator is that they are still the same as the day they left the dealer.

I looked long and hard for one that had not been converted into a smoke blower or had any "enhancements" made. Finally found it and plan to keep it.

FYI. Not a knock... I'm seriously just asking.


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All the duramax's we had were all stock up until we got rid of them all, except for the one that we kept and put the EFI Tuner in it... so far it is working fine but we've only put a couple thousand miles on it since we did the work...
The 03' was the only one we haven't had to do too much too... just small stuff on the 03'... the rest of them have had multiple blowers, multiple problems...
All the 1-tons have flat beds on them and pulled 5th wheel goose neck flat trailers... we haul stairs to Portland so really light loads on the interstate...
The GMC I kept is a 4x4 dually with a regular dually bed not a flatbed.
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This isn't a gas vs diesel thread, or even a 'should I buy a particular diesel' thread. The OP is asking about a particular model diesel that he already bought.
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All the duramax's we had were all stock up until we got rid of them all, except for the one that we kept and put the EFI Tuner in it... so far it is working fine but we've only put a couple thousand miles on it since we did the work...
The 03' was the only one we haven't had to do too much too... just small stuff on the 03'... the rest of them have had multiple blowers, multiple problems...
All the 1-tons have flat beds on them and pulled 5th wheel goose neck flat trailers... we haul stairs to Portland so really light loads on the interstate...
The GMC I kept is a 4x4 dually with a regular dually bed not a flatbed.

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Diesels are amazing powerhouses for sure. The cost of a fix steered me away though. I have heard too many $$$ stories (Internet and friends and friends of friends) to chance it. That and the initial cost. Couldn't do it

I'll keep my gasser. If it blows, a whole new engine is what, $4k?


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Funny how you left out the 2007 LMM reference.
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Didn't catch it was a LMM. The exhaust brake mod is for the LBZ.
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Funny how you left out the 2007 LMM reference.
I don't know what the LMM thing is... model distinction?.... I don't know...
But what I do know is that the OP wanted opinions... I gave him mine.
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