Unless its powered by a Cummings and has a manual trans then a Ram is
alright. Hemi is crap.
GMC dealers are more likely negotiate with you on price.
Reliability isnt an issue so much as cost to maintain. Big truck, big
parts, big labor = big money. I got to hand it to GM though, their newer
trucks have gotten much easier to work on. Much more cleaned up under
the hood than the mid to late 90's. Anything older than 97 doesnt have
power to match todays trucks.
A 1500 will tow a 3,500 lbs boat and trailer just fine. Are you planning
on sticking it in the bed of the truck and throwing away the trailer???
If not a 3500 sounds overkill. I've seen 4x4 1500's haul Bridgeport
knee-mills (2250lbs est) in the bed without breaking a sweat. 3500's are
used to pull double car trailers. (12,000 rated) From what I read a 4x4
2500HD would be more reasonable for you.
Same sound output as a gas engine. Ford powerstroke however.......
Since you mention that you will use this truck to commute then let me add my
piece. For the towing you will be doing and what you want, then my
suggestion is the 2500HD instead of the 3500. It will tow all you want and
more by a factor of three, will still have the Duramax diesel and Allison
tranny, will be easier on fuel than the 3500 and easier to park with the
single rear wheels.
I've got almost 50,000 miles on my '04 Silverado crewcab 2500HD 2wd with the
Duramax and Allison with very few minor problems. I've also had over 20
years years in the fire service driving Fords (ambulances, rescue trucks,
command vehicles, etc.) with a variety of Ford diesels and transmissions
spanning the generations - which is why I own a Chevy. 'Nuff said.
My fire department uses Allison transmissions on our mid and large
apparatus. The Allison 1000 series is common in our medium duty rescue
trucks in both the Freightliner and International chassis.
Cheers - Jonathan
There are only two significant differences between the 2500HD and the 3500
(not counting the dual rear wheels, but you can get a 3500 with the
single-rear-wheel option if you want). On the 3500 there are a few
additional leaf springs on the rear axle and larger tires (265-75R16's I
believe, as compared to the 2500HD's 235-75R16's). However, the stock rear
axle ratio on the 2500HD is 3.73:1 where I believe the stock ratio for the
3500 is 4.10:1, although you can order a 2500HD with a 4.10 rear if you
With that in mind, the dual rear wheels make the truck harder to park, and
the 3.73 rear axle is just a little better on mileage than the 4.10 without
sacrificing all that much in towing capacity. FWIW, my '04 is rated to tow
12,500# with a WD hitch or 15,500# with a gooseneck in the bed. Either way,
the 2500HD is overkill for your 3500# boat! Also, starting in '06 the
Allison now has 6 speeds instead of the 5 that mine has - helps to squeeze
out just a little more MPG on the highway.
Cheers - Jonathan
Thanks for a godo summary. I think that those extra springs allow for
extra carrying cargo capacity (like being able to load a heavy machine
in the back).
Sure, though it is better to have an overkill than my Dodge RAM
Yes. Very nice.
I definitely want a diesel vehicle, I have a diesel generator also and
like diesels. As for 2500HD vs single wheel 3500, I am still
Thank you Jonathan for spending time to answer my question.
I have not priced trucks since I purchased mine, but I guess you'd have to
look at the difference in real dollars between a 2500HD vs. a 3500 with
single rear wheels and decide if the extra leaf springs and larger stock
tires are worth the price. It's pretty cheap to add an extra leaf or two
yourself and just upsize the tires when you wear the stock ones out.
All other stuff aside, I can very much recommend getting the crew cab (which
I have and love the extra room). I can also recommend getting a spray-in
bed liner (I got Line-X), but other than an aux fuel filter I've not made
any significant modifications to my truck. I thought the LB7 series Duramax
was powerful when I bought mine, but the new high output ones are real
bruisers. Even with this being a pretty heavy truck, the back wheels still
like to break loose unexpectedly with an empty bed.
One last item, the new regulations for sulfer in diesel fuel are going into
effect in '07. The new ultra-low sulfer fuels will have 15 parts per
million or less, while the current low-sulfer fuels have 500 ppm. There are
warnings everywhere that state you absolutely cannot use the current 500 ppm
fuel in a vehicle designed for the new 15ppm fuel or it will damage your
motor (although you will be able to use the 15 ppm fuel in an older truck
designed for 500 ppm), and fuel quality problems are seldom if ever covered
under warranty. Since not all gas stations will have the new fuel right
away then that could be an issue if you bought a new truck and couldn't find
anywhere to fill it up! Therefore, it would pay to find a truck that was
rated for the older 500 ppm fuel and buy it as soon as possible so you won't
have any problems when the switch goes into full effect. Just something to
Cheers - Jonathan
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