Originally Posted by usvipaul
I thinking of upgrading my truck. I currently have a 2012 Tundra 4.6l DC 4x4 and pull a 2011 Rockwood 2604. The truck pulls fine here on the east coast, but I'm retiring next year and DW and I want to travel west and I know this truck won't do mountains well. I'm looking at some used Silverado/Sierra 2500hd trucks. My dilemma is do I go with a 2006-2009 Duramax LBZ/LMM in the $30-$35000 range (low miles) or something like a newer 2011 6.0l gas engine? I know the diesel will do it fine, but I worry about a used diesel and maintenance/repairs. If anyone out there has any experience towing with a gas 6.0 2500hd pulling a 6000lb trailer (5800 empty) in the mountains I sure would like to hear from you. Thanks for a great forum. Can't go a day without checking in here!
I didn't read the 4-pages of responses, but I have a vast knowledge of diesel duramax's.... and the cost associated in owning them.
I can't stress this enough.... run... don't walk away from a Chevrolet diesel truck. I have had 6 of them in our business... all of them are serviced through a dealer and everyone of them has had numerous problems.... aside from the excellent transmissions, they are junk. Don't believe me, ask a diesel mechanic.
My problems are as follows and not listed in any chronological order
03 through 08....
4 Turbo actuator sensors
2 Head gaskets
1 cracked intercooler
2 Rear axel bearings on 2 different trucks
1 Set of tie-rods
1 pitman arm
2 sets of hub bearings
2 fuel pumps
3 exhaust filter problems
many many check engine lights for various issues
... and a bunch of glow plugs and misc other items I can't think of right now.
If you added up all the mileage on all of the trucks and put them all together you couldn't come up to 200,000 miles
They are junk in stock form...
I will note that one of our 06's is a 1-ton dully pick up with 4-WD that I personally drive. This truck is babied beyond the normal as it is my favorite for pulling the 17 foot dessert fox toy hauler hunting or my jeep to Moab...
it is in right now for $7400 of repairs... head gaskets and tuner up grades...
The only reason this truck wasn't junked is because I just put 5K in tires, suspension, and front end...
When I get this truck back it has been said it will be bullet proof and if it had wings it would fly...
I could care less about that, but it'd be great to get 115,000 miles on it while not spending so much time in the shop.