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2001-03 Chevy Duramax 36 46.75%
2000-02 Dodge Cummins 41 53.25%
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Old December 30th, 2007, 07:44 AM   #21
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Dodge/stick, but it will be loud and anoying if you dont like diesel sound.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 08:05 AM   #22
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Dodge/stick, but it will be loud and anoying if you dont like diesel sound.

They are loud and anoying even if you like the diesel sound
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Old December 30th, 2007, 08:34 AM   #23
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Its not so much the going with the girls... Its... the Cummins. :)


From experience, I say Cummins for power, performance, and like the mileage better. Save up for a tranny as you may/may not need it.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 09:07 AM   #24
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whats a cummings?
It's a town in Georgia, I think.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 09:09 AM   #25
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I remember a few years ago my sister in law had a huge bunch of crap at work because of injector failures.....I wonder....she was QC at some place that makes them....
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Old December 30th, 2007, 09:11 AM   #26
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Honestly from what I hear that generation of Dmax had issues dumping fuel in to the crank case, the 24 V cumins are nearly excessively loud and I know two people with that generation 7.3 ford that have had excessive electrical problems. My 07 Ram 3500 Dullie had the 6.9 and would drop to 65 in the mountains pulling 20,000 lbs and you barely knew it was running. Also ran high 16's in the 1/4 mile.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 09:24 AM   #27
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This snippet is a good one
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Old December 30th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #28
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That duramax problem is for the 04(some say 04.5')-05'. I am looking at 01-03.
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In all fairness I have three close friends with Duramaxes, newer models. All three swear by them. All three owner successful auto repair faclilities. All three tow a lot. These trucks are not stock and they can afford$$ it. From what I've been told and heard, when a max needs work, it's expensive.

That cummins motor has been around in one form or another for thirty years or more. I spent two months shopping when I bought mine. The dodge felt like a truck, the max didn't. I like a solid front axle.

Go drive a few, with a load if you can, and you'll know what you like.
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Burton Cummings, Canadian God of music.

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Old December 30th, 2007, 11:35 AM   #31
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That duramax problem is for the 04(some say 04.5')-05'. I am looking at 01-03.
I have never overheated my truck, I tow at 75mph and 500rwhp with 7k on the trailer. I removed the catalytic converter and I have a 4" exhaust which makes a huge difference.

The looks on peoples faces as I was passing them in the long grades of PA was priceless

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Old December 30th, 2007, 11:39 AM   #32
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I remember a few years ago my sister in law had a huge bunch of crap at work because of injector failures.....I wonder....she was QC at some place that makes them....
The duramax's had inj. trouble and GM extended the warrenty to 200k on the injectors.
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I have never overheated my truck, I tow at 75mph and 500rwhp with 7k on the trailer. I removed the catalytic converter and I have a 4" exhaust which makes a huge difference.

The looks on peoples faces as I was passing them in the long grades of PA was priceless

Kind of looks like your holding up traffic and should move over.
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Kind of looks like your holding up traffic and should move over.
I knew it was going to come from someone that was a construction zone and everyone was in one lane doing 45.....
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Old December 30th, 2007, 12:09 PM   #35
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I knew it was going to come from someone that was a construction zone and everyone was in one lane doing 45.....
I'm sure thats the case, ant there was probably an F150 trying to drag a 5ver in front of you to boot, but I couldn't resist.

I dragged this back from Lake Tahoe. With the engines in the bed and the steel under the truck, way overloaded. Passing everyone the whole way. But there was a point coming out of SLT where traffic was 35 for a T/C, was going up the grade and the truck got a little hot. And I mean everything engine, trans, cylinder.



I had to see every along the way and stuck to backroads after Utah.

And yes, I want to put a cummins in the '69.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #36
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Diesels are fine if your going to use them for what they are built for, towing or hauling heavy loads. But I love the got to buy this one because it's the BEST post! I have worked on diesels for a real long time and they ALL have their problems! Find the one that you like and can afford then deal with the problems. As for the big truck sound (which doesn't make a truck any better than the next one), try working on them everyday it gets old real fast. I like them all but I know were the problem will come from (most of the time) and I'll just deal with them. Right now if I were to buy another diesel it would be the 2007 Dodge 6.7 with the new auto trans. Ok, flame on!
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Old December 30th, 2007, 01:05 PM   #37
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Brian, like I said before, I bet you would be happiest with a late 12v Dodge.
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Diesels are fine if your going to use them for what they are built for, towing or hauling heavy loads.
The closest place I wheel anymore is the Badlands. That is 3 and half hours away. But I am done wheeling in michigan and I am looking for something that hauls 10+ hours more comfortably. Believe me, I am not Deisel Jocky and have no intentions of being one. I don't like fighting to do 65mph in a head wind, that is why I want a Deisel. Stacks need not apply.
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The early 2000 Duramaxes had issues with the injectors and one of the connecting rod bearings that would spin and black the squirt hole to oil the turbo.

My bro in-law had an '01 Duramax with nothing but issues. I also don't think it was right to begin with, because some days it would fall on its face anytime you got on it.

Those years specifically, go with a Cummins.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 03:59 PM   #40
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Brian, since mileage is not a concern as far as your short commute, have you considered a 6.0 chevy ? Plenty of power, just shy of deisel mileage while towing, and none of the headaches...
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