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Old June 11th, 2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Duramax thoughts?

Looking for a new (to me) truck and considering a 2500HD Duramax. I've never had the chance to tow with one, so I'm not sure how they really do.

Looking for LBZ/LMM models, 2006 and newer.

If you have owned one, own one now, or have towed with one, I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.

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Old June 11th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #2
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I drove a 08 a lot, they are the smoothest driving diesel there is. I had zero problems towing a 24' boat and a tandem axle trailer.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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I really like the duramax, it pulled great. Better than the 6.0 Ford I drive now!
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Old June 12th, 2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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Old June 12th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #5
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I have a 06 LBZ duramax, I also drive a 2007 llm company truck. My 06 duramax avg. around 15-16 city and 19-20 hwy. I have managed 24mpg a few different trips. My company truck averages about 12-13 city 13-14 hwy. Itt does have a service body and is full of tools. Both trucks pull amazing. the 07 has a nicer interior. I dont like te regeneration on the 07. If I was in the market I would buy a lbz duramax. No emission stuff to really speak of, And alot cheaper to hop up. I drive both dailly and either one is a good pulling, quiet, smooth truck.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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Mines a little older (2004 LLy). The truck is great and pulls very well. I tow alot of trailers and everytime I hook up I'm never worried.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 12:34 AM   #7
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I have a 02 with 180k on it and towed a suburban (with 1 tons and a cummins)on a construction trailer back from S. carolina. Pulled thru the mountain with no problem. I towed my 33' boat as well prolly 11k with trailer and no sweat. I'm also running a 6" lift with 35's and never changed the gears. Truck is all stock besides the lift.

I had a 98 cummins before that and this will pull it up hill and to the moon. Of course comparing a 98 to a 2002 is like apples and oranges. I highly recomend the dmax
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Old June 30th, 2011, 08:21 AM   #8
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I have an 06 with the LBZ. Managed to get 10.5 mpg pulling two jeeps out to flat nasty and back a few years ago pulling 73mph on cruise on the highway. That was on stock 245s. I haven´t hand calculated mpg in a while, but when diesel was approaching $5 a few years ago, I was taking it easy and getting 17-18mpg around town.

We used another 06 LBZ to head out to KOH and pulled a loaded 10K enclosed trailer and averaged 9.5mpg running 285s.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 09:00 AM   #9
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have an 08 it pulls my 35 foot gooseneck with 2 jeeps on it no problem. just had a guy in monroe mi. install a new program and removed the regeneration pipe and getting about 17-19 mpg in town 22 plus on the the highway and about 12.5 pulling the two jeeps
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Old June 30th, 2011, 12:42 PM   #10
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I have an '03 with the dreaded LB7 engine. I added airbags in the rear and it really makes a difference with a heavy trailer. I pull a 30' Gooseneck with 4 people in the cab and 2 trucks on the trailer I get around 10.5/11 mpg. Nice and stable, adding EFI live for a little more hp would be nice but it tows well enough for now.



Overall I really like the truck, a newer one would be nice as they really bumped up the hp/torque but it tows better than any gas engine truck I ever had. It is heavy enough that the trailer doesnt talk back much but still gets decent fuel economy.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #11
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I had an '01 4x4. Worst. Truck. Ever. It would burn 5 quarts of oil in 3000 miles. According to the dealer that was normal. Also, the ABS would randomly activate. My VIN was <10 from the recalled group for this issue, but they wouldn't fix it. I was thrilled when I sold it.
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04.5, 94k miles, recently back on DD duty and aside from some common weaknesses in the steering, I dont have a complaint about it and it'll be maintained until there is no hope for it. I have no desire for anything else. 16.5 average mixed driving, mostly city, as good as 18 mixed summer, 19.5 best on the freeway, 16.5 best towing 7k lbs on 315 70 17's in 60 degrees average towing mileage is 14.5. worst of 12.5 towing an 18' trailer full of 6+ foot trees, about 10-12 of them on the trailer, probably 10-12k lbs.

I'd buy an 06 if I had the choice but the trans isnt worth swapping vehicles over.

you wont regret it if you like the truck and dont get a dud.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 11:28 AM   #13
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had a 2002 LB7 xcab and really liked it. drove it for a couple years and then traded it for my current '07 LBZ classic sbcc. love this truck!

it pulls like a freight train and does everything I want it to. it has some mods so it's nowhere near stock power so it's even more fun to drive now.

typically average 8.5-10 mpg with a total load of 22,000-23,000#. actually averaged about 9 from Chicago to Moab and back and it completely ate up those large grades going through the Denver/Vail area.

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