The diesel isn't available in the 1500HD, but it is a good idea. I own a
2500HD crew cab 2wd with the 6.6L diesel and the Allison tranny and get
right at 20mpg in combined driving (commuting and such). On a recent trip
from Orlando to Savannah, GA with a cab load of stuff and pulling a camper
right at about 2000lbs (much less than rated capacity but still an
appreciable amount), at 72mph on the highway I averaged 19mpg for the entire
I have a friend in the FD who has a 1500HD one year older than mine with the
6.0L V-8 and the automatic and he gets right around 13mpg (10 when towing a
heavy horse trailer).
The prices for the 2500HD took a dip right after last Christmas. When I
first priced my truck last September it was $42,500. When I bought it
December 30th, it was down to $32,400 with rebates and year-end sale price.
The way I looked at it, the diesel and Allison tranny were free at that
point so I couldn't say no.
Cheers - Jonathan
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