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My truck is an 83 by title only. I did a body off restoration in 95 and rebuilt the engine in 98, then installed a Banks turbo with a 3" exhaust, installed a NV 4500 transmission and it has 4.11 rear gears. The truck doesn't see snow anymore and is only used for towing my 6500# fifth wheel with the 2500# boat behind. It does a good job, but is a little under powered pulling long hills. Going to retire it when the new 2500HD with the duramax comes in.
great people over there, whole site is GM diesels.
My suggestion - get a powerstroke. It is a proven design. GM may get the duramax right in a few years. As usual - they are trying out their untested designs on the unsuspecting truck buyer. Caveat Emptor!
But when it comes to towing heavy loads, you just can't beat an in-line 6 diesel in torque.
As for the DMAX. The numbers are quite impressive and I think It'll be a good engine. There are 2 things that turn me away though.
1) The Allison auto downshifts way too quickly. You never get the chance to use the low torque the engine is capable of. And from what I was told ( by the Chevy dealers) the Alli is the only trans. available with the DMAX, I dunno??
2)Price. Dealers in my area are asking about $6000 more than an equally equipped Ford PSD or Dodge Cummins. This is why I've seen only 1, yes ONE on the road. NO 3/4 truck is worth $43,000!! That's insane. I have difficulty giving $37,000 for a Cummins.
You can order the duramax with the ZF 6 speed, that is similar to the one in the ford truck. Yes the trucks may cost a little bit more, but I feel they are worth it.
and I know 2 people with Powerchokes....(95 and 2001)...and 4 people with Duramax (driven both Fords and 2 of the Duramax) and I see nothing like you suggest....
just admit that Chevy can build a good truck Batman!
..ALL COMPANYS test and test then release and still find hang ups...it's called life pal!!..
admit your love for the Bowtie and be clean
I do like Chevy trucks. I like the interior and the driving (at least in the 1/2 ton) better than the Dodge. But I decided I wanted a diesel and the Chevy's were far and away the most expensive. I didn't want to take a second mortgage for a truck, if it was a Ferarri it might be different:)
I hear ya on the second mortage theory.....especially with these trucks on 3 years and 0%!
think he is digging for anything to say.