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Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Ford, Engine, Biodiesel, Diesel, Truck
#11 of 108 Re: Pickup Choices: Chevy Duramax or Dodge Ram? [dooleyboy]
Sep 19, 2006 (3:54 pm)
I own a 03 Chevy Crew Cab 2500HD w/Duramax. I think it has around 85k on it now. I did purchase the truck new and just love it. I pulled a 35' High profile fifth with it since new and cannot begin to describe the RAW power. My old 1996 Chevy 2500 extented cab with the older 6.5 diesel had a very hard time pulling this large trailer. With the Duramax I just set the cruise at 70 and it never drops out of over drive (Tow Haul mode). Pulling the trailer I get about 11 to 12 MPG. I only know my combined HWY/City not pulling which id around 20 MPG. Since adding the Edge Juice I find it very hard to keep my leg out of the injectors. I drive I75 from the Pontiac area to Detroit every day. This route takes you from zero MPH to 90 (Just never know). As for comparing my truck to others (Ford or Dodge) GM is finally in the truck segment. All 3 brands all have excellent power and can compete with each other. If someone tells you one has more power than the other they are blowing smoke. Bottom line you need to decide which truck will be the most dependable one for you. That is Engine and Transmission holding over the long haul. My choice will always be GM.
#12 of 108 Which '06 Diesel? F250 Or Dodge 2500?
Nov 19, 2006 (8:48 am)
HI There -
I am having a hard time deciding between these 2 trucks. The primary use will be to pull up to 10,000 gooseneck horse trailer, but will also be used a few times a year for a family trip vehicle. I am looking at the new '06 to take advantage of 0% financing.
Both trucks are auto trans, 4x4, diesel,Short Bed. Here are the differences:
F250 - Crew Cab (I found the Super Cab too small to really have passengers in the back) SB is 6 3/4 ft, an XLT model. Has the integrated brake box.
Dodge 2500 - Quad Cab. SB is 6 1/4 ft, SL Model which doesn't have elecric windows or locks. Have to add the brake box.
Here are my questions.
1. Bed size: will the shorter bed size (by 6 inches) of the Dodge compromise turning? A trailer dealer I spoke w/ assured me the Dodge bed size would be fine, but I am wondering if better to go w/ Ford since its SB is 6" longer. HOwever, for my own driving convenience, I would rather drive the smaller truck.
2. The Dodge will have to have aftermarket elec windows and door locks (scant supply of '06s)put in. Should I be concerned that these are not factory? Dealer assures me it will be covered like the Dodge Warranty.
3. What about reliability, performance and fuel economy comparison between these 2 vehicles?
#13 of 108 Duramax Diesel
Nov 19, 2006 (5:49 pm)
The duramax is a very good engine. It makes a lot of power, and is very cheap to get a lot of horsepower from. The only downfall for me is the weak styling and the IFS.
#14 of 108 Re: Which '06 Diesel? F250 Or Dodge 2500? [carrieb1]
Nov 28, 2006 (5:57 am)
I am new to this forum, and if I were you I would stay FAR away from the FORD 6.0 liter. You can search online for problems with 6.0 and find a ton of unhappy people. My husband and I have an 03 and an 06 Ford Diesel. They are both junk. The 03 has been in several times for an array of problems and is currently having the head gaskets replaced. We have had trouble with it since we got it, and you can start it on a cool morning forget about going anywhere for any time soon. You can floor it and it spits and sputters and will barely move, it is a 450. Our 06 350 King Ranch has had problems with since the first week. It nearly burned up on the side of the road. It has been injectors, EGR sensors, and now is doing has the same symptoms as the 450 with the head gaskets. The 03 is in the shop and the 06 needs to be in the shop, but we need to have one for business, so we are having to baby it and fill the sucker up with water a couple of times a day. They say they are putting a new engine in the 07, but who knows if they can get an engine out there that is not plagued with as many problems as the 6.0. STAY FAR AWAY from the 6.0.
#15 of 108 Re: Which '06 Diesel? F250 Or Dodge 2500? [mtreed]
Nov 28, 2006 (6:32 am)
I have to agree with you. We have several Ford Crew Cab and Excursion diesel trucks where I used to work in the Arctic. There are 3 full time warranty companies for Ford in Prudhoe Bay. They stay booked up all the time. Most of the problems are the diesel engines. That is all that is used there. Mostly little things like sensors. Ford needs to get their act together.
#16 of 108 Re: Duramax Diesel Maintenance and Mileage??? [timowen1]
Nov 28, 2006 (5:11 pm)
what is Diesel Turbo Lifesaver
#17 of 108 Re: Which '06 Diesel? F250 Or Dodge 2500? [gagrice]
Nov 28, 2006 (5:20 pm)
We just got our 450 back tonight after having the head gaskets replaced and left our 350 there, the 450 still misses. We will see when we get our cold front down here if it will go or not. We had no choice our 06 350 is going through water like crazy and has oil in the water. The ford rep says he is not interested in helping us if we do not take another ford. We WON'T OWN another 6.0, and who knows how the new 6.4 will be!!!!
#18 of 108 Chevy Duramax Injectors
Dec 20, 2006 (8:42 am)
The truck is an '03 Duramax Crew cab, Long bed 4X4. It has 129,000 miles. The truck had started smoking at idle. The smoke was blue/grey at idle then black when I accelerated. I recieved the letter from Chevy about the extended warranty on the injectors so I took the truck to a Chevy dealer. The dealer informed me the injectors(3)did not meet the criteria for the extended warranty and it would be $3400.00 for the repairs. I called Chevy and they worked a deal with the dealer to split the cost with me. The dealer told me I did not buy the truck from him nor did I use them to service the truck and Chevy was forcing him to split the cost with me. I had to bite my tongue, at a 100 miles away he is the closest dealer and another 50 to the next one. The deal was made and the repairs done and my half was $1200.00 . The service manager told me bad fuel was the cause of the injector failure. Then at 156 miles after the repairs the truck came to pieces. Something popped the engine started rattling and thick grey smoke was billowing out the exhaust. The truck was dead by the time I got it shut down and off the road. Now the dealer is telling me the injector pump has failed and it will be another $1800.00 for to replace it.
Now for your help. Does bad fuel cause injector failure? Could the injectors have been cleaned instead of replaced? Why would the injector pump go out after only 156 miles after the repairs?
Any help or comments would be appreciated.
#19 of 108 Fuel problems
Feb 05, 2007 (5:16 pm)
My '03 2500HD GMC diesel had numerous problems, but just got it back from the dealer after2 weeks being fixed. 139000kms on it, lack of power and could not get it to run over 60 km/h. The dealer found out that there was iron fillings in the tank - new filter, fuel pump, injector pump, fuel lines, and clean injectors as they were somewhat plugged plus labour$$$, total bill $ 10,000 cdn - insurance covered as they believe vandalism. Now GM has said warranty would be in question on engine if anything happens due to the recent issues with fuel.
#20 of 108 Toyota diesel
Feb 05, 2007 (6:02 pm)
I cant wait until Toyota or Honda comes out with a diesel pickup truck because Im trading in my yuppie mobile for a reliable and economical truck. Hopefully a nice v6 common rail engine like the new Mercedes V-6. Ford, DC, and GM are in big trouble. Why sell a big V8 when hardly anyone tows, except a few buddies to the bar. What happened to Ford's V6 diesel? Outsourced of course. Ford has a nice TDCI in their Transit van in EUrope and in their Mondeo wagon.
Ford vs Chevy? Ha
Im buying an import because the quality is better and the transmission wont fail.