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Old 03-29-2016, 08:44 PM   #81
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Phenom, I've never heard anyone complain about having to much truck. And you will not regret the diesel. Although I'm pretty much a Ford guy, my second choice would probably be the cheby. Do you know which transmission it has?

Oh yeah, congrats, I know it was tough giving up the Tundra, which is a really nice truck. It's just that, although capable, none of the half ton gassers are great tow vehicles, esp when you get up in the 7000 lb and up category. It sounds like you found a heck of a deal on a nice quality truck.

By the way ask a gm dealer to pull up the repair history. It's good knowledge to have. Great job with your search. Now, load up the family and go have fun!
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:35 PM   #82
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Thinking of going 3/4

There's always better deals. I'm actually traveling for work now and only made a small deposit with a plan to finalize on Thursday. So, I'm still looking just in case. However after driving it about 40 miles on mixed surfaces and speeds I think it's a good truck. Even piled the family and dog in there to be sure for a short ride.

Turns out the truck has always been dealer serviced just a few miles from the house per the carfax. I called that dealer this afternoon with the vin, and they told me all that's been done. Just standard maintenance. No hunting for odd problems or anything. Was in there about every 4-5K miles.

I liked the Fords. Never drove a diesel but really liked the gas models I drove. Nice trucks. The mirrors and general visibility were awesome. I never did try a dodge. However, from all I've read, I think that the 6.4 is probably a great engine. I just liked the understated styling of the Chevy(wife thinks it's ugly), the 36 gallon tank, and the back seat that folds up to a nearly flat floor. The practical stuff. The Chevy felt smaller inside than the Ford, but I'm not a big guy so that's ok.

Wasn't in the market for a diesel. However, of the Chevys/GMC's in my price range this one was my favorite, and checked all the boxes.

I've got about 400 miles of towing to do in the next couple weeks between a trip to camp and a trip to the dealer, so I'll post up my impressions as they relate to stability as that was the genesis of my going this route.
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:18 PM   #83
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Don't be discouraged by the sticker prices of diesels. this is a buyer's market and you can negotiate 12K plus off the sticker. Up to 14K in some cases. This is off a 60K vehicle.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:56 PM   #84
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Don't be discouraged by the sticker prices of diesels. this is a buyer's market and you can negotiate 12K plus off the sticker. Up to 14K in some cases. This is off a 60K vehicle.

Yep same applies to the gas 3/4...imo for certain people it out shines the oil burner....for a equally equip gas 3/4 you are nearly right in line with the 1/2 tons. If you are not full timing or pulling over 10-12k this is a very good option for people that want the power and stability of a heavier truck but not the Maint and possible repair cost of the diesel.


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Old 03-30-2016, 03:27 PM   #85
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So, 3/4 it is. Found a used 2500HD. No frills. LT model with 27K on the clock at a good price. As an added bonus it has the Duramax. I'll officially have too much truck for my trailer. I hope the trailer will be ok. The Tundra is an awesome truck, but I think for towing now, this will be more enjoyable. Didn't need the Duramax, but it was there, so what is one to do.

If anyone needs an '07 Tundra in nearly perfect condition with 57K on the clock shoot me a pm. I'll even leave the Timbens and Tow mirrors in place.
Going to love that truck!!! Enjoy.
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Old 03-30-2016, 03:36 PM   #86
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Don't be discouraged by the sticker prices of diesels. this is a buyer's market and you can negotiate 12K plus off the sticker. Up to 14K in some cases. This is off a 60K vehicle.

Isn't that the truth, I got my '16 GMC 2500 for the same price I paid for my 2014 1500 Gasser.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:36 PM   #87
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Well, back to the drawing board. Even with a deposit Moritz Chevy in Fort Worth sold the truck out from under me. Maybe I need to look at dodge after all.
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Find a 5.9 that's pre EGR and DPF.
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Find a 5.9 that's pre EGR and DPF.
03-05 were the best 5.9s. That was just before the "3rd" injection even to heat up exhaust to reduce emissions. The 06.07 had that motor and they had some piston issues and then the 07.5 went 6.7 as you know.

I had an 03 triple 5 and the guy who bought it from me is still transporting cars with it. I sold it with 95K on it and last time I saw it, it was at almost 200K, new tires, and was only 1.5 years after I sold it to him.
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Based on your question you had...hands down 3/4 wins in any configuration over a 1/2 ton towing 7-8K. There is not a comparison to stability, stopping power, weight and payload. The mill under your hood is up to you, either way you will have a better towing experience with the heavier truck.
You bring up a good point. It is not just about the power plant. It is the weight and strength of the truck frame and its peripherals that make going bigger better. Bigger coolers, bigger brakes, better transmissions, etc. that make pulling less of a chore and something that actually puts a smile on your face. Its the truck size that will keep the trailer from swaying and blowing around when you pass that semi or hit a strong cross wind, not the engine.
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