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Old February 3rd, 2009, 04:48 PM   #1
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Got my new tow rig last week. 99 GMC 3500.

The Good
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tires with < 3500 miles
very few digs and scratches
runs great
rides and runs great
Never been crashed (that i could tell from paint)
8' bed


The Bad
11ish miles per gallon
small ugly tires
previous owner smoked
Band aid brown color


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Towed the sleds up north last weekend, two on a small two place trailer and got 11.2 mpg, i am getting 11.0 mpg empty city driving. Seems reasonable for a big block. It has an aftermarket flow through style muffler but thats the only thing not stock on it. Any way to get a little better milage? thinking of maybe looking for a programmer or something along that line. Tried a K&N in my last truck, got no increase in milage and it clogged the mass air sensor so not really into trying that again. This will be my DD till spring when I can work on the 1500
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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If you care.....You can spray a citrus type aerosol air freshener into the air intake vents with the heater fan running and eliminate alot of the smoke smell from the heat/air sytem if your interested. It helps to spray and brush it into the headliner with a soft brissled brush. I can't stand smoke smelling vehicles....just my thoughts. It has worked for me.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:21 PM   #3
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thanks for the tip, i will try it when it gets warm enough to work on it outside (doesn't really fit well into my garage, i have about 3" clearance which makes it difficult to walk around)
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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11-ish mpg is outstanding for that truck/engine. Be happy with it IMO.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 06:03 PM   #5
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I got am 04 chevy 2500 4door long box with a welder, torches, and a tool box and I get 9.5 mpg 11 would be great
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 06:08 PM   #6
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be sure to clean the windows. all of them, inside. you will be amazed.
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My 05 2500HD Crew Cab short box with the 6.0L gets around 10 or less on average. I get around 7-9 towing my 38' fifth wheel.
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very long shot but call around to fire damage repair companies/industrial cleaning copanies and see if they have a small Ozone machine you can rent or chemicles you can buy. Ozone will destroy the smoke smell.
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OK i guess i will just be happy with 11mpg. I was not too worried about it till my half ton decided to die.

As for cleaning the windows, already done. Actually did it at the guys house i bought it from in his heated garage :).
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