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Old 05-03-2017, 02:33 PM
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I dont want payments for a 2017 Duramax but my 2008 GMC Seirra Denali has almost 200k and its time to start looking.
now for business purposes it will save me money to drive a diesel truck this time around. I would rather buy used just under 100k mile truck, do all the GMT-900 2009-2013 duramax truck have that ugly black plastic hood insert?

requirements, leather, crew cab, 4x4, are some years better than others i would like to stay under 40k$
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2015- first year of the new body and no digita lassist steering.
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I believe my 2007 new style is the best year diesel, up to when they started with all the EPA chit should be good. 200k on a duramax makes it a baby.
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Arguably, the best HD is the 06-07 classic body style. It has a pre emmissions LBZ and the Allision 1000. They are tough to find though.
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Originally Posted by ytmorris View Post
Arguably, the best HD is the 06-07 classic body style. It has a pre emmissions LBZ and the Allision 1000. They are tough to find though.

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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
I believe my 2007 new style is the best year diesel, up to when they started with all the EPA chit should be good. 200k on a duramax makes it a baby.
What's that make My 2002 Duramax with 88K miles??....Bought it New...
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
I believe my 2007 new style is the best year diesel, up to when they started with all the EPA chit should be good. 200k on a duramax makes it a baby.
oh should have put in that my current Denali is the 6.2 gas burner so i figure im good for another 30 or 40 K before its motor time, although i have no leaks or smoke just the typical running gear stuff is worn out

thanks for the replies i really like the new interiors and double sealed doors but the idea of a 60K truck makes me cringe i thought my denail was expensive in 2008 at 42k
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Originally Posted by bhales View Post
oh should have put in that my current Denali is the 6.2 gas burner so i figure im good for another 30 or 40 K before its motor time, although i have no leaks or smoke just the typical running gear stuff is worn out

thanks for the replies i really like the new interiors and double sealed doors but the idea of a 60K truck makes me cringe i thought my denail was expensive in 2008 at 42k
Why do you believe your 6.2 only has 20-30k miles left on it? Those ls small blocks rum for a very long time with very little maintenance. Some of them seem to run forever the harder they are run. Friend of mine put 294k on his escalade 6.0 and never really touched the engine.
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Yes, LBZ better than the old LB7, easier to mod, no emissions. I have one, wish it got a little better mileage.
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Originally Posted by bhales View Post

thanks for the replies i really like the new interiors and double sealed doors but the idea of a 60K truck makes me cringe i thought my denail was expensive in 2008 at 42k
I gave 38k for my 2008 Chevy diesel, leather, etc. The prices for the new one are more than I've paid for any house.
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Originally Posted by Lone Ranger View Post
What's that make My 2002 Duramax with 88K miles??....Bought it New...
Makes it basically unused Bought my 2002 new also - you're only 280k miles behind me!
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Originally Posted by sonickevin95 View Post
Why do you believe your 6.2 only has 20-30k miles left on it? Those ls small blocks rum for a very long time with very little maintenance. Some of them seem to run forever the harder they are run. Friend of mine put 294k on his escalade 6.0 and never really touched the engine.
Unless they don't, one of my friends is on his 3rd engine in less than 200k.

I was interested in the responses here as I went through this same consideration a couple years ago when I got mine. The prices for used 2500 trucks are just about as crazy as the new prices. I think Im going to keep my LML until the wheels fall off.
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Originally Posted by mwgoldman View Post
Unless they don't, one of my friends is on his 3rd engine in less than 200k.

I was interested in the responses here as I went through this same consideration a couple years ago when I got mine. The prices for used 2500 trucks are just about as crazy as the new prices. I think Im going to keep my LML until the wheels fall off.
And when the wheels fall off, put 'em back on and drive it some more!!
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2011 and newer have the upgraded frame and suspension plus the upgraded duramax. This is the same chassis and engine used from 2011-2016 even though the '15's and newer have the current body style.
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Originally Posted by Back-in-Black View Post
And when the wheels fall off, put 'em back on and drive it some more!!
You and I think alike. I don't like high mileage vehicles per say, but I hate paying for new ones. 150K vs 300K proportionally speaking isn't much when it comes to resale/trade value, so unless it is pissing me off, I just keep driving them. Engines aren't cheap....but they aren't that expensive either all things considered. The thought doesn't scare me in the least.
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Yeah, the 06-07's were the best motors built. Been down this road recently. All the 06-07's I found, and I found them with 70k miles to 150k, were nice and hardly broken in. But the body, electronics, power windows, door handles, seats, etc. are 10 years old. The ones I looked at were starting to rust, had stupid stuff happening, i.e. power windows and electric door locks quit working, seats ripped, etc. And they were still in the $30-32K range. Pretty hard to justify that kind of money on a 10 y.o. vehicle with problems like that. I ended up with a '15 with 48k miles on her. Still under factory warranty and looks new inside and out for only $40k.
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This truck is for sale in the truck/trailers for sale section 13k original miles...

2008 GMC 2500 SLT Z71 Duramax / Alison
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
You and I think alike. I don't like high mileage vehicles per say, but I hate paying for new ones. 150K vs 300K proportionally speaking isn't much when it comes to resale/trade value, so unless it is pissing me off, I just keep driving them. Engines aren't cheap....but they aren't that expensive either all things considered. The thought doesn't scare me in the least.
Yeah, I really dropped some serious money into a fuel system repair on mine this year but damn, just can't swing $65k this year after spending almost $90k on a workshop in the back yard. I'm thinking come '19 or '20 I'll have to bite the bullet and get a new one. Hopefully the last one I ever have to buy. Makes my butt pucker just thinking about it! LOL
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For Duramax I under 06-07 as well as stated above, then it's also all new in 17'.

Have you looked at RAM? They re-did everything in 14'. The 14'+ are super nice, only item to look for is the third brake light leak which is only on non-cargo light third brake lights. It was an item that RAM fixed no questions asked but amazing how many are so lazy they deal with a cabin leak rather than take it to the dealer for a free fix.
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06-first half of 07 are best. 07.5-09 are do able just need to delete what little emissions that are there!

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