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Old 01-15-2019, 12:44 AM
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Default If you were going to Buy a 25OO gas?

Been thinking about a new (leftover ‘18 or ‘19) 2500 4x4, gas, crew cab
Which brand do y’all like?
Have a ‘13 Armada Platinum 4x4 with about 47k miles and it’s been great but my youngest daughter wants to buy it, so I’m looking at 3/4 ton trucks.
Really don’t want a diesel, and not worried about resale because I don’t flip vehicles like boats—if she didn’t want I wouldn’t even be looking.
Also don’t really hammer the miles. The 47k (about 9500 avg per year) also includes 4 or 5 trips to S Florida & Key West.
Thoughts? Thx!

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Old 01-15-2019, 01:15 AM
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If going gas I would only go with the Chevy 6.0. Been around for a long time and has a proven track record. You will get 10-12 mpg around town and it will drop from there while towing. Will rev when towing but gas engines make power at a higher rpm. Best of luck.
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Old 01-15-2019, 02:01 AM
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As far as reliability and cost of ownership/operating..... I'll second the GM 6.0. I currently own 3 of them (construction co. trucks) and have previously had 3 others. They all are/have been dead reliable and relatively trouble free. Past trucks were run to around 250k miles before flipping.

All of them regularly used to tow up to 12,000 lbs.

The gas GM's have been significantly less $ to o/o than the gas Fords we have or previously had.

The flip side to that is the 6.0 in the newer versions (2015 & up) is oh so uninspiring to drive. They are certainly adequate, but feel like such dogs on heavy acceleration. I could be wrong on this, but I believe it is due to torque management programming to protect the newer transmission versions.

I'm seriously considering a programmer for my daily driver now that it is out of warranty.
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:39 AM
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Of all 3 the ford 6.2 is definitely the strongest motor but all are pretty reliable so choice should come down to which body style you prefer.
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:58 AM
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I'm a bowtie guy, and would likely end up there anyway, but I would have to get a test drive in the big three. They all have super offerings. I rode in a buds 3/4 ton RAM the other day, it was impressive.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:28 AM
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I owned a 2016 GMC 2500 with the 6.0L gas. Crew Cab, 4x4. I truly loved the truck. Pulled great, loved to drink gas. Was very strong and solid. ONLY reason I got rid of it, I bought a 14,000 lb 5th wh. It DID pull it, but, it gave it all it wanted. Pulled my 7000lb boat, a 9000lb trailer without batting an eye.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:54 AM
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If I was going to keep it along time I would get the CHEVY or GMC 2500 6.0 gas. Feed em fuel and change oil they will run forever. I have a Dmax, works well but long term wish I had a gas.
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:21 PM
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All of the big 3 make good gas v8s. Go test drive them all and get what fits you right. I have had a couple 6.0l GMs, 2 5.7l and 1 6.4l Hemi. I haven't owned the 6.2l Ford but they seem fine.
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I test drove all three gasser 2500 4x4 crew cab trucks. I went with the Chevy 6.0 and have been very happy. The Ram felt like the fastest and had the nicest interior. However, I had a buddy who had the exact truck and he had a quite a few issues with the transmission and that kind of put me off on the Ram.

The Ford Lariat crew cab with 6.2 was a really nice truck but I use my truck for work as well. This truck sits so high in the air, it was just not practical unless I lowered the rear to get equipment out of the bed. It is border line ridiculous on how much rake when they leave the factory.

The Chevy rode the best and is very comfortable. The 6.0 has handled everything I have towed without issue. Like stated above, it is no hot rod, so don’t expect to be pegged to the seat when you step on it. I think GM could find a few more horses in that engine to give it a little giddy up but it’s a proven reliable engine. I had a 2002 2500 with the 6.0 and I put almost 170k on it with few repairs which was exhaust manifold gaskets and a water pump.
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:47 PM
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After having a temper tantrum spending $700 on an annual maintenance on my ‘15 F350 diesel, I ended up purchasing a 6.4 Hemi Ram 2500. The only reason I bought it was it was the Ram was the cheapest truck I could buy with four full doors (crew cab) and big enough to handle my snow plow (minimum 2500). Aside from going from a loaded truck to a work truck and the huge difference in fuel mileage, 16 to 11, I am relatively happy.
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Old 01-15-2019, 05:43 PM
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6.0 GM no doubt.

There's a reason millions of hot rodders do "LS swaps" (the 6.0 GM.) ever heard of a 6.2 ford swap.....? Nah.

The 4L80/6L80 trans behind the 6.0 is bombproof. I like to call those transmissions the Allison for the gassers.

Anyway, 6.0 GM period.
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Old 01-15-2019, 05:57 PM
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My 18’ 6.4 Ram has been as good as my prior two Rams... just good trucks.

I have a lightly optioned crew cab long bed with the 4.10 -it does it’s job just fine. Pulls an 8500# TT all over the place with no issues.

All three of the 3/4 ton gassers are good trucks - Ram just costs less, but does the same job.
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ram has an 8 speed to go with the 6.4 now for 19
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:26 PM
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I'm a ram guy so I would probably go that route because I like the power, extorior and interior looks of the ram and my 11 1500 has been a great truck. its interesting to see everyone going with the Chevy if you talk about 1500 or diesels most of the time people dog on Chevy. I like Chevys too. my father inlaw had a 2500 with the 6.0 in it he using for hauling marble he got about 300k on it before he trading it in running for another one. he never did a thing to it besides changing the oil and brakes I dont think. same suspension trans and gear oil for 300k not to bad
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I have a 2004 2500HD crewcab since 2004, and i have 175k miles on it. The one thing my 6.0 did is break exhaust manifold bolts. If they break off too short, the heads have to be pulled. I just did mine and it was $2k. Other than that, no issues other than normal stuff, brakes 1x and a waterpump.

I think when the time comes, I'm going with the Ford 6.2 just for something different for the next 15 years or so and more power.
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Own a 16 2500 HD 4x4 GMC gasser... I love it. It is thirsty but very reliable. If I was pulling much over 10K I would probably look at a diesel BUT my 7K boat goes great down the road.. I looked at all 3 when I bought and the GMC rode the best. Between the 3 I think all the gassers perform about the same..
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I like the IFS on the Chevy but the Ford 6.2 has more power and has proven itself as reliable as the Chevy 6.0. I also like the interior and cab design way better on the 2017+ Fords. There is significantly more rear seat room and the a-pillar and mirror design gives you a lot more visibility than the Chevy. I put a lot of miles on a 2015 Duramax truck and a had a couple close calls because a car was completely hidden in that blind spot.
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Had a ‘14 2500 with the 6.0 and loved it. Yes it drinks fuel (I averaged 13.5 in mixed driving), but I will take that over the AFM crap. FYI the 2020 HDs are getting a new gas motor. Haven’t seen the details yet.
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I like the IFS on the Chevy but the Ford 6.2 has more power and has proven itself as reliable as the Chevy 6.0. I also like the interior and cab design way better on the 2017+ Fords. There is significantly more rear seat room and the a-pillar and mirror design gives you a lot more visibility than the Chevy. I put a lot of miles on a 2015 Duramax truck and a had a couple close calls because a car was completely hidden in that blind spot.
hasn't even come close to proving itself as reliable as the GM 6.0.
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im riding a power wagon with the 6.4. lockers has stupid power. gas mileage is about 13-15 around town and 16-18 hwy. love this truck.
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