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Old January 18th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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Does anybody on here drive a newer Chevy 2500 Hd? I was just wondering what people think of them. Do they have a really stiff ride? How is the power of the 6.0? I am thinking about buying a 2005 Silverado 2500 Hd, its 2wd, 6.oL with 135,000 on it. What are potential problems with that kind of milage. I was also wondering on a 2wd does it coils in the front or is it a torsion? Any input would help I am just tryin to justify a 10 hour drive to either buy it or turn around.

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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #2
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I dont know if this will help much, my dad has a 2009 Gmc 2500hd with the 6.0 and loves it.

He switched from the diesel and loves this truck.
His is 4wd so a little heavier and the 6.0 can spin the tires, for a heavy truck the motor can push it very well. The ride isn't very stiff at all. For the size of the truck it rides smooth, you can compare it to most cars imo.
Also for towing, it pulls nice and can handle big loads with no problem.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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i must have missed the tech section on my way to the pub
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:11 PM   #4
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why would you want a 2wd truck in michigan. the trucks are heavy. pull into wet grass you will get stuck with the truck. pass on that truck
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #5
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Pm Mclovin he just bought one.. but i'm sure he will tell you not to get it and opt for a 4x4

which is probably true
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:24 PM   #6
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why would you want a 2wd truck in michigan. the trucks are heavy. pull into wet grass you will get stuck with the truck. pass on that truck
I currently have a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 and I can probably count the number of times I have used 4 wheel drive on one hand and the number of times I truely needed it would be zero. I am just sick of having a high ass truck payment. My lease is up in sept and they can have it back. I am buying something cash and saving $450 a month. I found a great deal on this truck, its about $6000-$8000 less than the same thing with 4x4. I have bought 3 brand new 4x4 trucks since 2001 and I don't really use the 4 wheel. It just gonna be a daily driver and I am still trying to convince myself that I don't need 4x4
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #7
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dont buy a 2wd truck..that is pointless IMO
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #8
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4x4 is personal preference.. I like the convenience of it. i just got an 06 i Love it.. the motor is a LITTLE underpowered for what i expected and the gas mileage is SHIT ! but an awesome truck overall ! as far as ride.. i like trucks always have.. if i wanted a smooth ride id be driving a car.. with that being said this truck rides smooth as glass on the highway.. city streets are bumpy but don't bother me much.. my truck only had 36400 on it when i got it.. so its still pretty new.. but things to check for on these:

*check hitch for rust.. (these GM hitches are nitorious for ripping and failing)
*T-case check for a leak around the output housing.. the pump wears through and and ruin a whole t-case if you dont catch it early
*Exh manifold bolts.. (they rust and the heads pop off A LOT )
and as always with gm IFS check the front end for wear and all your other normal used vehical/truck inspection.

PS i beleive the 2500 and up 2wd trucks are torsion front

the 2500HD really is more than a 3/4 ton truck
2500HD:
- Much heavier frame
- More engine options (Big block, diesel)
- More trans options (Especially ZF 6spd manual or Allison 5spd auto)
- Full Floating rear axle to handle heavy loads in the box or heavy tows
- Payload 3,554 lbs
- Tow 12,000 lbs hitch, 15,400 on 5th
- Harsher ride empty

2500:
- Frame inbetween 1500 and 2500HD
- Can only get the Vortec 6.0 V8 and 4spd 4L80E auto
- Semi Floating rear axle, limits to box load and tow load
- Payload 3,076 lbs
- Tow 10,200 lbs hitch or 5th
- Harsher ride empty than 1500, better empty ride than 2500HD or 3500.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:42 PM   #9
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i have had one 2500hd trucks of my own and two 2500hd work trucks for me they are the best trucks out there. my work truck know is a 05 duramax all my others were 6.0 gaser they all haul really well but the gas motor hauling my 35 foot camper up north cost 150.00 dollars now with the duramax its 80.00 dollars its all on what u do with the truck. i only buy 4x4 cause i use it every day but when my transfer case broke and i only had 2 wheel drive i got stuck in my drive way with only 4 inches of snow i know the diesel and 4x4 add alot of weght up front but if you need 4x4 and dont have it get ready to call a friend or tow truck. hope this helps. but you cant go wrong with a chevy
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:03 PM   #10
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dont buy a 2wd truck..that is pointless IMO
Pointless????

If you just need a hauler what the hell does it matter. The 2wd F150 I drive moves a lot of crap.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #11
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i have a 06 2500HD mine came with all the options i wanted. 6.0 5 speed manual(NV4500) manual transfer case 4.10 rear with G80. the only complaint i have is the electronic throttle control. when first started throttle response is sluggish, and even worsened by having a stickshift.
the engines power is fine unless you haul more then 7000 lbs regularly. i've hauled 9500 lbs so far with it and while getting off the line is fine thanks to the transmissions creeper gear, going faster then 50 takes alittle time to get there. the fuel mileage is average for a 3/4 ton i get 14 highway 12 city 10 towing.
it does ride a bit harsh when empty but when hauling a load in the bed or pulling a loaded trailer it kinda floats over bumpy roads. mine came with the heavy duty trailering package which makes for a stiff ride when empty.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:13 PM   #12
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Pointless????

If you just need a hauler what the hell does it matter. The 2wd F150 I drive moves a lot of crap.
i agree although i would take 4wd in a heartbeat 2wd isnt bad at all you just need too know how to drive it in the snow i just hauled a gmc jimmy with my dads 2wd f250 and it did well
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:18 PM   #13
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Pointless????

If you just need a hauler what the hell does it matter. The 2wd F150 I drive moves a lot of crap.

The "point"

When we got a butt load of snow(calm down scooter I mean real snow not in the butt)
I live on a typical block in a typical residential neighborhood.
I witnessed a Ford lighting turn the corner and started making an attempting to go down my street.
I pulled out my snow blower and cleared all of my double wide driveway, my side walk, and my neighbors side walks. I then proceeded to clear the snow off my 4wd super duty and let it idle in the drive till it warmed up. Approximately 45min has now passed and he just got to the end of my block. I pull out of my driveway and pull up next to the guy and asked him if he needed some assistance........well did I get an earfull of insults


Get my point?
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:28 PM   #14
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2wd vs 4wd is going to be a pretty personal decision based on where you live and what you deal with.

My present truck is about as good as you can get in 2wd, good limited slip + traction control + stability, it has never *needed* to be put into 2wd for my daily driving stuff.

But today I needed to move my trailer, which was buried in a snow bank. My tires were on ice, and couldn't budge the trailer until I put it in 4wd.


My old dodge I drove for 2 years (as an intermittent tow vehicle) without ever pulling the t-case lever. Finally did and found it didn't work. Was loaded up with a 7000 lb trailer, ended up burying it to the frame.


If I wasn't trailiering, especially where we go, I am impressed enough with my present truck that I would consider a 2wd. But I have used 2wd many times trailering in the snow, ice, washed out roads in canada, soft muddy campgrounds, etc. Seen way too many people get stuck in 2wd.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #15
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I have a 2005 2500HD CrewCab 4x4. This has the 6.0L in it and automatic transmission. It's been a good truck. I tow 12,500lbs. during the summer. I haul trailers with it every few weeks and it pulls just about anything with ease. The new set of tires I put on it have been incredible. I can drive most snow and ice in 2 wheeldrive with no problem. I locked in the 4 Wheel one time this winter. It does drink fuel like it's going out of style. I get 10mpg most of the time and 7-8 hauling my fifth wheel. The only issue I really have is with the CD player and radio. It sucks and doesn't work very well. I bought the truck with 45,000 miles on it and I now have around 77,000 on it. My hitch is just starting to rust. I will be pulling it off this spring to sandblast and powdercoat. Other than it not being a diesel it's been a great truck!! If your interested in purchasing the truck I would sell it as I would like to get into a 2011 Ford Superduty when they come out.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 08:07 AM   #16
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I have a 02 3500 drw 6.0L 2wd with a 12ft flat bed at work. not sure what gears it has but it turns 2300rpm going 70, and its still a turd off the line. i think we put a trans in at 130k. the ride is not bad at all, i would say it does not ride much different than my half ton dodge with that flat bed and our welding rig/generator on the back.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 08:14 AM   #17
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almost forgot that it is horrible in the snow and the abs is down right scarry and comes on way to soon.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 09:23 AM   #18
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Anyone have a 6.0 that clatters on a cold morning after sitting for the weekend?

I've got a 6.0 in a Chevy(Isuzu) box truck and it clatters like crazy after sitting for the weekend. It only has 10,000 miles on it.
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I guess Chevys are not as good in the snow as a Ford. I'll bet my '95 F150 has seen more snow than downstate 4x4's. My first year at MTU the snow total was close to 300".
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I guess Chevys are not as good in the snow as a Ford. I'll bet my '95 F150 has seen more snow than downstate 4x4's. My first year at MTU the snow total was close to 300".
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