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Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 2500HD, GMC Sierra 3500, Diesel, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Truck
Jan 25, 2005 (1:02 am)
The easiest way I found to find out if you have the older LB7 engine or the newer generation LLY engine is by looking at the vin number. If you have a Duramax diesel, the 8th number in the vin will either be a 1 or a 2. 1 is LB7, 2 is LLY. rooster
#22 of 623 Re: Diesel truck advice for girls! [chani]
Feb 02, 2005 (9:50 pm)
I am a woman who just bought an 05 duramax diesel crew cab. Two words LOVE IT!!!!
I bought it end of Nov, I have almost 4 thoudand miles on it. I use it mostly on the highway, and I am getting 21 MPG. The engine rocks, I drive up in the Mountains at around 7 thousand feet, and their is no difference in power from there to sea level, it goes up hill, staying at 70mph with no problem. Plus all the looks you get from the guys is nice also..
I also haul horses, and will be using my truck to haul my two horse slant steel tow behind. I will also be hauling my friends 3 horse gooseneck. She has an F350 and my truck by far handles better, engine is better and I can haul as much as her.
From what I have been told this years diesel engine has been upgraded and is suppose to be better. The Allison Transmission is the best, never have to down shit. I live in snow country the 4x4 is excellent, had to use 4 low once and I was able to go threw 10 feet of snow with no issue.
If I where you, spend the little extra for the chevy, well worth it. Plus I also heard Ford has changed the diesel engine and everyone who has it is not happy, the engine has majot problems.
#23 of 623 04 Duramax anyway to improve mileage?
Mar 04, 2005 (6:06 am)
My parents recently bought an 04 Crew Cab Short bed...i think they're averaging 15-17 mpg. We had the 6.5 in a 2wd Suburban. Blew the motor out of it over a mishap with minor service (sad story). Had almost 240,000 on that car. She got around 20. This new one slightly less, not a huge deal. Just lookin for any advice how to increase it. Thanks.
#24 of 623 Re: Diesel truck advice for girls! [chani]
Mar 04, 2005 (2:42 pm)
There are (understandably) a lot of variables in getting good mileage. The LLY does its best mileage at 1880 rpm. The 3.42 rear end gets you at the right rpm at 65mph. If you have the 3.71 or 4.1 rear end you would have to drive much slower to be at 1880 rpm. If good gas mileage is important and you are not towing really heavy loads, then make sure you specify the 3.42 rear end for highway driving. (Not exactly sure I have the decimals right for the rear ends
#25 of 623 Re: [blackmax]
Mar 18, 2005 (11:36 pm)
IF YOU HAVE AN LLY THE 8TH DIGIT IN THE VIN WILL BE A 2 IF NOT IT WILL BE A 1 ALSO ANOTHER WAY TO TELL IS IF YOU TRUCK WAS BUILT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 04
#26 of 623 2001 D-max Mileage
Mar 21, 2005 (12:43 pm)
Just returned from a 1200 mile trip with the following results:
2001 2500HD, D-max, Allison, Crew Cab, Long Bed, 3.73, K&N air filter, fresh oil change, 82,000 miles:
From Cincinnati to NYC (eastbound), I averaged about 20.5 mpg unloaded, driving 75-80mph.
From NYC to Cincinnati (westbound), I averaged about 18 mpg, with about a 2000lb load that stuck above the cab (extra windload) and a completely packed cab, driving 70-75mph.
I've had no significant problems to date w/ my D-max. I'm concerned about the injector issues but I would think that you would see signs of the problem in your oil if they are leaking within the cylinder heads.
Also, as a note, fuel mileage is directly proportional to the drivers ability to drive smoothly. When my girlfriend took a turn driving, our mileage dropped about 2mpg because she brakes more often and resultantly accelerates more. I usually let the truck coast down to stops by anticipating them and keeping good distance between me and the next vehicle.
As an fyi, installing the K&N air filter had no appreciable impact to perceived performance or economy.
#27 of 623 LLY Duramax Mileage
Mar 26, 2005 (5:38 pm)
Looked at the very noisey Cummins, but Dodge doesn't have a 1.5 cab - just the 2- and 4-door models. Ford had to buy back a bunch of Powerstrokes that ate themselves. So, I went GM. I think it's the ugliest truck ever made, but I like the Duramax.
MPG ganges in the 17's. I cruise 80-85 to work daily (74-mile round trip). High 17's. I had a 1,200-pound load for over a tankful for those commutes. 17.3.
My old gas truck had to drop to second to pull a local hill with my race car and trailer. The Duramax? It was in 4th gear before I realized what was going on - that I was almost at the top of the hill with little effort. I looked back to make sure the trailer was still there! I didn't have it in tow mode either. 16.8 MPG with the race car back there.
Can't argue with the torque. Amazing truck.
24,000 miles on it now. I'm talking to Banks now - we're going to give it a boost!
#28 of 623 2001 D-MAX Mileage
Mar 26, 2005 (8:44 pm)
I recently bought a 2001 D-MAX extended cap short box. I added a K&N air filter thinking it would help with mileage. I've read findings contrary to my hopes. Was this a waste of money? Also, is there any place short of a dealership to get clearance lights for these trucks??
#29 of 623 Can I just say...
Apr 02, 2005 (10:48 pm)
That my 2002 Chevy CC 2500HD CC 4X4 is the best truck I have ever owned and I love it. I don't care what engine number it has or what milage it gets, I love it! I tow alot and I do a lot with it, but it is reliable, always delivers, and is almost as comfortable as my Cadillac - and quite frankly: I love it. If you own one, no matter what the year, you are lucky! And chevy owners rock! You may not sit as high at the stop light, but in the end - you own, in my humble opiion, the best damn truck in the world. Enjoy!
#30 of 623 Re: [2manytoys]
Apr 05, 2005 (8:29 pm)
we just bought our second duramax.we have owned chevys always.I have sold all the brands with 12 yrs experience.we got 19 to 20mpg unloaded from louisiana to Idaho. We got 16 to 17mpgs loaded with horses or equipment on the highway.My husband got the same 16 mpgs loaded with equipment trailer in town. The Duramax is much Quieter than the cummins and thats a fact,you can not hear our truck in the paper mill you can the cummins.Take a look at your frame on the dodge it is almost half the size as a chevy,look at what holds your steering wheel to the dodge,a pin the size of a pencil. We pass dodges and fords loaded with horses in overdrive every week, half the time its up hill.The dodges injectors do fail as injectors do in all brands,but chevy has an additional 100,000 mile warranty on the injectors with the problem. Dodges are having inpending problems with their transmissions,thats a fact. The fuel mileage really depends on alot of factors,if you get 10 more horses and more torque it may take more fuel,also the driver makes the difference,the tires, the load,the altitude etc...the injector problem has been solved as of mid-2004,in the chevys,the 2001 to 2004 problem injectors are covered,thats a fact.I love our truck.msrp $45,750.00 bought for $37,400.00.loaded.