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Old 02-12-2016, 01:34 PM   #11
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I have a 2007 Silverado 2500HD - it's an "early" 2007 so is the "Classic" with the LBZ engine and no DPF. Pulled my 6500 pound Rockwood TT like it wasn't even there. The only issue I've had with the truck is front wheel ABS sensors... a known problem where corrosion builds up on the sensor causing it to back out of the wheel hub and lose signal. I replaced both of those myself for about $50 apiece. Other than that it's been a great truck. Wouldn't trade it for a newer diesel with the DPF and DEF requirement.
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Old 02-12-2016, 01:47 PM   #12
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mine is a 2006 2500 D/A with 93000 miles bought it 2007 used and love it . A good one is hard to find. If its a good one with no rust buy it !!! it pulls my 5th all day at 63-65 mph at 1600 rpm and gets 11 to 12 MPG consistent. Replaced rear wheel seal , one glow plug and a brake line so far. not bad for 93000. Its NOT For Sale im keeping this one
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Old 02-12-2016, 01:50 PM   #13
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It's an LBZ......
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Old 02-12-2016, 02:21 PM   #14
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yes LBZ and what i hear its one of the better engines
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I looked-up the OP's 2007 GMC on AutoTrader and it appears they want $27,381 for a nearly 10 year-old 3/4 diesel with minimal interior upgrades (and exposed to MN road salt)... Yikes! It would have to be a Southern truck with NO RUST for me to offer $20K... Also, IMO diesels should be paired with 1 ton frames so that you still have plenty of payload. Since used diesels cost so much more than same-year gassers, it's nice to know that if you DO upgrade to a 5er, you don't have to find yet ANOTHER truck with more payload...

In comparison, in 2013 we bought a 2 year-old (2011) Ram 2500 CC w/5.7 Hemi, NO RUST, and the balance of the 5 year/100K mile powertrain warranty for $14K... (I drove it for another 1.5 years before the warranty expired & good thing - had warranty work done in that period...) It has a payload of 3,000 compared to diesel 3/4 tons that are typically below 2,500... We had no trouble towing our 8,000 lb. (loaded) TT w/TV payload of 2,500+ throughout the Smoky Mountains. Newer (gas) technology means I get 15-17 mpg on my daily commute and 8-10 towing. (In comparison, gas engine & tranny tech from 2004-2007 provided lower mpg...)

I DO agree that diesels are better at towing than gassers, but NOT worth paying $10K more for something 4-5 years older... IMO the OP should find a newer truck if he is shopping in the $25K range, not something 10 years old that has (likely) been exposed to many years of MN road salt...
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Based on your relationship with the dealer I would say buy it. You should be able to get several more years out of it before it begins to rust.
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I absolutely LOVE my 2008 Duramax; just wish I got 4 wheel drive when I bought it.

Only trouble I had was a leaking transmission hose that was repaired under a recall and I had a fuel injector replaced at the 7 year point.

Still runs like a top!
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I have a 2007 GMC Sierra Classic with the Duramax LBZ. It has been a great truck.

Pros: no DPF, no DEF, the bugs from earlier versions of Duramax are all worked out, 6 speed auto trans (2005 and earlier have a 5 speed). Very solid engine and transmission.

Cons: The electronics (multimedia center, DIC, etc) are not as nifty as a new truck.

I was shopping for a new truck recently. I didn't hear any difference in loudness.

Sadly, I am selling mine because I need a dually for a FW I am buying. I really wish I could keep it.

The engine and transmission should be OK with 97000 miles, but other parts of the truck may need repairs soon. The usual things that wear out like starter, water pump etc.

The LBZ is very desirable and get a higher price.
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I have a 2007 GMC Sierra Classic with the Duramax LBZ. It has been a great truck... The LBZ is very desirable and get a higher price....
... said the guy who is trying to sell his 2007 GMC for a new 2016 Ram 3500 because he needs more payload...

If the OP is financing this approx. $25K purchase, then it is a really bad deal... In December I could have gotten a NEW (remaining stock) 2015 Ram 3500 CC 4WD w/Cummins TD for $38K whereas the OP wants to buy a 10 year-old GMC 3/4 ton which is currently listed on AutoTrader for $27K... (not sure what he will talk dealer down to - but most don't inflate AutoTrader price so that they can attract more sales...)

That's only a difference of $1000 per year of ownership, so I'd rather extend my payments another 2 years and get the new truck that will last 10 years longer... Financing an older truck typically means bringing money to the table, a higher interest rate, and higher payments due to the shorter allowable term.

IMO, a 2-3 year-old truck is a better bang-for-buck... For my (used) 2011 Ram 2500 CC purchased in 2013 I paid $0 down and with 3.5% interest my payments are only $200/month... I pay $500/month, same as had I bought new, so it will be paid-off soon... Current trade-in value is the same as what I paid since I added a like-new fiberglass cap found on CL for $500...

I'm NOT saying the GMC is a bad truck, it's just a bad deal unless he can get it for a lot less...
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