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  • cowboyjohn1cowboyjohn1 Posts: 125
    2500HD, 8.1L, Allison, 3.73
    Just went on a 500 mile trip over 4 mountain passes, 6%grade, 70 to 75mph, once over 85, filled with gas just before I left, weight after 125 miles into the trip was just under 7000#. Total trip 13.87 miles per gallon.
    I am very happy with the gas mileage and the pickup.
    cowboyjohn
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    2500 - 6.0L 3.73 4x4 5spd (no effect on highway mileage).

    14.0 mpg average with popup camper onboard. I'm running right at 7400 lbs loaded. No problems to report.

    Mike L
  • doverarjimdoverarjim Posts: 23
    My 99 2500, 2wd 6.0l auto, gets average of 14.2 MPG on a 18 mile a day round trip to and from work. On the highway at 75 or better, the best has been 15.7 MPG. Cruise control is by far the best option on this truck, I've had it for just over a year now and it has 28,000 miles on it. Many times I will look at the speedo and see I am at 50 or more in town anytime the road is clear I set the cruise.
  • skid3skid3 Posts: 11
    The mileage figures are much better than I expected. I live in a mountanious area and should expect reduced numbers.
    The troubles I referenced are from reading posts on Edmunds Town Hall about Silverado problems. I did not mention sticking rear doors , as I plan to get a regular cab with a long bed. There are many posts about front end vibrations and engine problems. It is good to hear that many of you have no problems.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    no front end vibs
    no engine trouble
    no sticky rear doors
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    The 2000 Silverado regular cab long bed that you might get, is it going to be a 1500, an LS and have 4 wd too?

    -David
  • skid3skid3 Posts: 11
    There were two available as of last Saturday. A 2500 LS 4x4 with a Vortex 6000 V8 & 3.73 rear and a 1500 LS 4x4 with a Vortex 5300 V8 & 3.73 rear end.
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    I have both a 1500 4x4 and a 2500 4x4. The choice needs to be made base on what you want in a pickup. The 1500 has more of a car like ride and performance. The 2500 rides and performs more like a truck. The 2500 doesn't make a very good commute vehicle, while the 1500 doesn't make a good load hauler (2000+ lbs).

    Both trucks work well and do what they are meant to do. You need to decide what you want the truck to do and select the appropriate one.

    I think I like my 2500 best, but that may just be because it carries my camper and when I'm driving it I'm going camping.

    Mike L
  • I haven't had any problems with my wife's 2000 Silverado (1500), Z71, 5.3, 3.73, extended cab, bucket seats,leather and rear locking dif plus tow package. I've done two oil changes so far (11,000 miles). Used Mobil 1 both times. I have to change the transaxle fluid this weekend. will go to synthetic for the rear. I checked the mileage on the interstate when we first got it (wasn't doing much over 55 mph since it was new) and we got close to 20! That is using regular gas. Very surprising. I have added some Westin nerf bars, a removable bedliner, rail caps, and some stuff on the hood and windows. Pleasure to drive. It has the AT Wilderness 265s tires (had it aligned and tires rotated at 7500 miles). I also did a lube job on it myself at 7500. I replaced a few of the grease points with some 90 degree angle jobs so that I can get to them easier. Had to remove the skidpad to get to them. I have the three door model and leather seats. bought some Husky mats for front and rear (they are great). Wife loves it.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    A 2500 makes a perfect commuter....and one of the reasons I chose it..(amongst others)..as it has better handling and control dry than a 1500....something you need in todays traffic.

    I'd never get another 1500 again

    - Tim
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    2500 as a commuter only when carrying a large load. Other than that, like Quad said, the 1500 rides better. But you knew that already. Hehe
  • tomh12tomh12 Posts: 240
    Took my 2500ld 4X4 to dealer for free oil change and he gave me a 1500 Z71 4X4 to run errands in while they serviced mine. Have to agree with Tim, I'll take the 2500 for commute or any other purpose anytime! 1500 is way too mushy for me, not to mention how much better the tranny and 6.0 in the 2500 is than the wimpy little light duty tranny and 5.3 in the 1500. Nothing less than the 8600GVW is a real truck. LOL
    Tom
  • whatsachevywhatsachevy Posts: 136
    '01 Chevy 2500HD EC 4X4 6.0/4.10 Auto - 3000 miles averaging 13.4 MPG since day one. Highest was 14.9 on highway at 80mph. Rides like a truck, handles like a sports car (even with the stock 245's). It is definitely a truck ride - very stiff. 1500 ride is much softer. I haven't been in a 1500HD so I don't know what the suspension is like but I would guess its more like the 2500. This is a great truck! So far, no problems. Changed oil at 975 miles. Checked oil today and still on full. I change oil every 2500-3000 miles. No plans to use synthetic. I've owned two trucks in my life and both were well over 200,000 when I sold them and neither one used any oil. I don't plan on messing with a good thing. I'll spend my extra money on beer.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Quad just enjoyed the 1/2 ton ride so much he had to buy a new 2500HD......DOHHHHH!

    LOL

    - Tim
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    and I definitely don't want that in a commuter. Test drove a 2500 HD and a 1500HD. Not sure what you guys are talking about, but I wouldn't trade the way my truck rides for that. But then some like to be shaken like a martini and that's fine too.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    island roads must be nothing like the big city Dean?

    haha

    - Tim

    I'll take a controlled ride...
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    Considering the more serious suspension, brakes, engine, trans, frame, etc. the 2500 is a bargain compared to the 1500.

    The question still remains - what do you want out of a truck? Drive them both and decide.......or buy them both and decide everyday which one to drive.

    Mike L
    99 Silverado 1500 4x4 4.8L 5spd
    00 Silverado 2500 4x4 6.0L 5spd
    Deadhorse, Alaska 6-6-99
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
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  • tomh12tomh12 Posts: 240
    Great choice! Only drawback is the security guards needed to keep the radical tree huggers from damaging it. Where's a good Yugo when you need one? LOL
    Tom
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    damaging it?

    You cant damage a hummer they are industructible hehe

    I can just picture obyone driving up the side of a volcano with one of those

    Ryan
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    My .02, looks like big brother to the ugly Pontiac Aztek, I'd go for a Tahoe or Sub before buying one!
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    Curious as to where you mounted the in-cab controller, and where did you mount the compressor, and where did you hook in for power? I decided to go for the in-cab control for the extra $90.
  • jaslon4jaslon4 Posts: 15
    why did u have your tires aligned already . i dont see any use of having them aligned with so few of miles
  • truckchictruckchic Posts: 105
    Hi everyone! I thought you escaped this site? I haven't checked in for a while because I thought everyone went to gearheadsanyomonous.

    Hope everyone is riding good!

    Truckchic
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    how's your new truck treating you? Any problems, have you added anything to it?
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    Received the AirlIft kit today, question on instaling the on-board compressor, actually the gauge/switch unit-where did you install yours? Looks like directly below the power outlets, along the bottom of the dash would work. Any easy access through the firewall for wiring? Also, with using the compressor, would I have to install the fill valves? I was hoping to eliminate this step.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I just found out that the company I work for has a deal whereby I qualify for GM's Supplier Discount pricing. They don't tell us exactly what that is, only that it's 4% over what a GM Employee can buy for. Anybody know how that relates to Invoice or MSRP? Is it really that much off?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    its a good deal no haggling.

    For example

    my trucks MSRP was almost $33K it was like $32800

    It came out after the supplier deal to be like $27 something. It was like $4500 off the MSRP.

    Came out to be like $500 under invoice for me.

    Request the form (forget the number) it has all the details on it.

    Ryan
  • truckchictruckchic Posts: 105
    Hi ! Truck is treating me good - except for the bumpers have started rusting - after 4 month! Contacted the dealer, at first they were very reluctant so they wanted to put a sealer on them so I said, okay I'll let you do what you want, then I'll bring it back in 4 months when it starts rusting again and you can put new ones on
    then.
    Called to schedule the appointment for the 'sealer' and was told, Oh, we ordered you new bumper from a new supplier with a new coating on it. (Funny, there must have been other complaints the way they changed their tune so quickly).

    So, I still need to call and see if the bumpers came in yet and schedule and appointment. I've been traveling with work a lot so it's been tough.

    Haven't added anything yet. Saving up for the roll and lock cover. For now, I'm looking at a bed mat.

    Truckchic
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Thanks Ryan. I've submitted the info. and am waiting for the form to arrive.

    john
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