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Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 2500HD, GMC Sierra 3500, Diesel, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Truck
#601 of 623 Re: 06 truck fixed but fuel mileage suffered [coontie66]
Mar 15, 2012 (7:39 am)
what kind of millage did you get pulling your camper i also have a 12500lb camper and I am looking at a 06 hd3500with a 6.6 or a F 350 super duty with a 6.0 and I know alot of bad stuff said about the 6.0 just checking my options
#602 of 623 Re: 06 truck fixed but fuel mileage suffered [cefloyd]
Mar 15, 2012 (6:26 pm)
I was getting 11 mpg pulling my camper before the turbo change... I have not pulled it since the new turbo unfortunately. Both of us have been diagnosed with cancer in the past two years and treated. I think we are fine now just waiting to get time to travel again.. I know that the mileage on the road without the turbo dropped about 2.5 mpg.
#603 of 623 vibration in 2011 2500hd
Apr 26, 2012 (8:11 am)
I have a vibration in my truck, back to dealer at least 9 times now, no fix, i have 2100 MILES ON IT and i am getting tired of getting the run round . is there a fix
#604 of 623 Re: vibration in 2011 2500hd [jimnothappy]
Apr 26, 2012 (8:45 am)
I'm sorry to read that after making so many different trips in for this to be looked at there has not been a satisfactory resolution for you. If we can follow up with your dealership on this, please send us an email at socialmediagm.com with more information (your name/Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, the name of your dealership, and number of times you've been in for this same concern). My coworker Christina will advise you further.
Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to hearing from you,
GM Customer Service
#605 of 623 Re: vibration in 2011 2500hd [jimnothappy]
Apr 26, 2012 (11:51 am)
You might take it to a place that does over the road (the big semi's) tires and have them check tire balance. I don't think tires are covered under the warranty. Happy hunting.
Aug 18, 2012 (4:29 pm)
I have 2007 chevy 4x4 dura max with a milage at about 12 miles per gallon. Was wondering if this unusual or not for that truck I was hoping for much better than that.
#607 of 623 2009 Duramax 2500
Sep 15, 2012 (7:51 pm)
I am very disappointed after owning my dmax for 4 years and only having 22000 miles on it. I get 17.5 mpg empty. I pulled my dads camper to New Mexico this week and pulled it fine, but got 5.6 mpg both ways and it did not matter if I pulled 65 to 75 mph. I thought it was because I pulled it to mountains full of gas and water but empty on the way home and was not any better. The camper only weighs around 7000 lbs. called the dealer and they asked when I had changed fuel and air filters and how much the wind was blowing. The 6.7 Ford is starting to sound nice , although my dads 2012 duramax gets 12 pulling same trailer
#608 of 623 Re: 2009 Duramax 2500 [nater37]
Sep 16, 2012 (9:02 am)
Good afternoon nater37,
I see you've checked in with your dealership on this; if you want for us to look into this further with you and your dealer's service department please email us the following information at socialmediagm.com: your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 digits of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership.
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#609 of 623 Re: 2009 Duramax 2500 [nater37]
Sep 16, 2012 (10:45 am)
A lot of this kind of fuel mileage problem comes from the driving method. I believe your truck has a tachometer like my 2006. When you accelerate with a big load do not wind the engine to high, say 3000 to 3500, RPM for all it accomplishes is using lots of fuel. When I am towing I rarely let the RPM exceed 2000. When driving without a load I take the RPM at speeds under 35 to 2000 or so and after that take my time and keep the RPM below 1800. Think of it this way, that 6.6 liter engine is more than twice the cubic displacement of a 4 cylinder engine. 4 cylinders go to 3500 to 4000 RPM or more all the time for shifts. So divide that by 2 for the diesel and you get your target RPM ranges. I recently took a fishing trip with 21 ft boat loaded and the truck heavily loaded and made 24 mpg going up north and 22 mpg returning at faster speeds. Oh yes, these truck do not like being pushed to 65 or 75 while towing plus the trailer tires are usually rated for a Max speed of 55 to 65(look at the tire sidewall). I tow our big boat, 17,000 lbs at 13 feet high by 10 feet wide by 45 feet long triple axle, at highway speeds of 55 to 60 cruise and max downhill of 65mph. Doing that I get between 12 to 16 mpg depending on terrain.
#610 of 623 Re: 2009 Duramax 2500 [nater37]
Sep 17, 2012 (1:31 am)
I think that there are at least two things I would like to recommend as possible answers to your post.
The first thing is that your Duramax is not broken in yet and probably won't be for another 30K miles. Patience!
The second thing is that it seems to me that speed and MPG are inversely related. The faster you go after a certain point the worse the MPG.
About 6 weeks ago I drove to Winston Salem 150 mile drive and kept the speed on 62 mpg and got 20.2 mpg that was when my 06 Chev just turned 50K. Prior to that time I was getting 17.8 MPG after GM replaced the turbo. The new turbo (probably what you have and much better they told me) actually reduced MPG about 2 and that was back 1.5 years ago. The Chev got in the 20 range when new but not after the new turbo until 6 weeks back.
Some where you can find the power curve graph for OUR engine. See if you can drive where the power HP and Torque are at its maximum for a certain engine speed measured in revolutions per min. That number will be around 1750 RPM's and will be 60 and 65 miles per hour.
Keep driving and it will just get better but don't expect it before the engine is broken in.