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Old 04-18-2007, 03:07 PM
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Really impressed so far with the build quality and finish. It is a Z71 4WD CC SB with the Duramax/Allison 6 spd.
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Sweet Ride! Did you get the LZT interior? I'm trading my '05 duramax in the fall for an '08. Keep us posted on your mileage with and without towing. I'm curious if the 6 speed Allison does better than the 5 speed. Some additional pics would be great too.
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I'm a Ford guy but I do like the new Chevy's and GMC's. A buddy of mine has the same setup except his is an 06...You are going to LOOOOVE that Duramax and Allison, but you have got to do something about those tires
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I just bought the LTZ short bed 4 door duramax and I am liking it so far.

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Sweet Ride! Did you get the LZT interior? I'm trading my '05 duramax in the fall for an '08. Keep us posted on your mileage with and without towing. I'm curious if the 6 speed Allison does better than the 5 speed. Some additional pics would be great too.
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I've had mine about a month now, and have about 1000 miles. Average econ. according to the computer this morning was 16.5. That's mostly city with @ 200 miles of highway. Seems to get 20 on the highway at 70
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It sure ain't no looker, I HATE what they did with those over-exaggerated fender flares on the new models.....but you gotta respect that duramax/allison combo.
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Nice truck. The tires gotta go. My F250 PSD CrewCab came with little tires too. I switched to slightly bigger BFG A/T's. Makes the truck look alot better.
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Put some 285 Michelins or BFGs on that beauty and she will look stout!!!

If only they would put the Duramax and Allison in a suburban!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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I can't believe that GM puts those little tires on such big trucks. The 4wd 2500s should come with BFG's or something taller and better looking.
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It sure ain't no looker, I HATE what they did with those over-exaggerated fender flares on the new models.....but you gotta respect that duramax/allison combo.
Sure that made the guy feel real good about spending 50k


Mine came with 17" wheels and bigger tires than that, but they're still not big

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Put some 285 Michelins or BFGs on that beauty and she will look stout!!!

If only they would put the Duramax and Allison in a suburban!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Amen! I've queried GM on this and their response is because of the height of the tranny of the Allison. The SUVs they want to be lower and more entry friendly for the family or ladies, but trucks can get away with being tall so not an issue. I think that because SUVs are more family oriented that safely is an issue and so keeping a lower centre of gravity will help crash and roll tests and be better for safety reports. Perhaps more people need to chime into GM to suggest that a slight hump in the middle of the vehicle to accomodate the tranny would be acceptable to get a duramax and allison in a 'burb.
Ultimate tow and city vehicle = 3/4 ton suburban 4x4 diesel/allison with 4 wheel steering (the haul and payload of a truck and the turning radius of a civic!)
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Sandshaker- Thanks, actually the dealer ordered it as an LT1, and added every option except Homelink, Navi, and heated seats. That saved me about 3-4K. The DMAX/Ally is awesome. Extremely smooth no matter how hard you drive it, and I really like how when you are in Tow Mode the truck uses the tranny to slow the load down. My boat is nowhere near as big and heavy as most of you guys, but it liked to push my Titan around. No more.

Trapit- LOL, yeah, that's what everybody says. I probably will just wear these out and upgrade when that happens.

d-hlaw- Great looking setup. You had to buy something that looks that good to match that boat of yours. (The Yellowfin is one of my all time favorites) I really love that grille, who makes it? And how do you like your tires? Those are the Toyo MTs correct? I almost bought those for my Titan but went with ProComp MTs at the last minute. Those are great tires as well.

Mako- First tank I got 13 hand calculated (11 by the DIC). Not too bad, I towed my boat a little on Saturday and played with the Tow Mode a lot which used a lot of downshifting. On the second tank I am hanging around 14(DIC) but that is all city driving. Haven't had a chance to drive on the road yet.

seanthings- Honestly I didnt like the new Chevy at first either. But it grew on me and came out of top of everything else that I drove.

Fcal- Yeah, you are right, see above.

ALB- I probably will go with ProComps again, really impressed with the new XTerrains. Also like BFG, Bridgestone Duelers, and Toyos.

PatO- I think it has to do with the towing cap of the tires. I may be wrong but I think they are rated really high. I need to look it up.

Mako- Your truck kind of put the GM line on top when I read your post on your truck.

Anyway, I am really picky when it comes to my vehicles, and I can say that I am really impressed so far with the build of the truck. The truck is very tight, all the gaps are even, etc. Would not mind trying a chip soon. Bully Dog has a program coming out for it that should be available after the first of May. Might give it a shot.




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Put some 285 Michelins or BFGs on that beauty and she will look stout!!!

If only they would put the Duramax and Allison in a suburban!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Amen! I've queried GM on this and their response is because of the height of the tranny of the Allison. The SUVs they want to be lower and more entry friendly for the family or ladies, but trucks can get away with being tall so not an issue. I think that because SUVs are more family oriented that safely is an issue and so keeping a lower centre of gravity will help crash and roll tests and be better for safety reports. Perhaps more people need to chime into GM to suggest that a slight hump in the middle of the vehicle to accomodate the tranny would be acceptable to get a duramax and allison in a 'burb.
Ultimate tow and city vehicle = 3/4 ton suburban 4x4 diesel/allison with 4 wheel steering (the haul and payload of a truck and the turning radius of a civic!)
I personally would like a Suburban to sit a little higher, the 3/4 ton gas does already (how much more height do they really need?) and when was the last time you saw a soccer mom buy a 3/4 anything???. The darn Suburbans and Tahoes sit so low now they almost look like they are going to scrape a speed bump!?!?!?!?! The Fords are the same.

Sorry to derail the thread guys. The trucks look awesome!!! I think I will pick up a slightly used '06 in another year for my next truck.

MakoMyDay - Your truck looks better than the other ones I have seen with the smaller rims and tires. It looks more "Heavy Duty".
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Bad looking truck!
I just ordered a Chevy 2500 hd crew cab Ltz, black with 4.10 gears, 6.0 gasser with 6 speed tranny.

I know most think I should have gotten the diesel, but after the test drive of both, I was more impressed with gasser, it was faster, (not pulling),
I did a test of speed after a certain distance from a red light, and the 6.0 was at 95 mph, where the duramax was just below 90 mph.
I took a 6.0 home and was very impressed with the mileage as well, with the variable valve timing and 6 speed tranny it was averaging 15 mpg with a pretty heavy foot
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Bring on the diesel suburban, i would snatch one up in a heartbeat.
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Really impressed so far with the build quality and finish. It is a Z71 4WD CC SB with the Duramax/Allison 6 spd.
Did you look at the Ford or Dodge equivalent? Or did you just go with Chevy? Some day I like to get into a Diesel and I think for now I'm pretty open minded as to which I would choose.
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Yes, looked at all 3. Dodge is nowhere near the quality, fit, and finish that Ford and Chevy have, but that is just my insignificant opinion. They do have the Cummins, which some view as the god of diesel engines. They also have the MegaCab which gives you a ton of cabin room. It is a good looking truck but the interior just didnt do it for me.

I could have gotten the Xplan pricing for the Ford and the supplier discount on Chevy, so it was between my truck and a white FX4 Ford similarly equipped. Doing a lot of research showed that Ford was having some hiccups with the new motor, and that there is already talk of them coming up with an in-house engine in the next couple of years. I know that Ford will straighten them out and all, but there was just too much in the air and I ended up going with the Chevy. One more thing, and this is just what I get from lurking on some forums, the Chevy is getting better mileage than the Ford, even with all the new emissions crap. Plus the Allison tranny has a good rep.

To me, everybody makes crap, you just buy one and hope you get one made on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. I think mine was on a Tuesday so far.
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d-hlaw, that truck is sick, how do you get in that thing, (retractable running boards?)

Feel free to post some more pics if you get a chance.
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The 20 inch stock aliuminum wheels that GMC has are nice. That is a nice ride
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