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Old 11-18-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Chevy 2500HD 6.0L reliabilty

First, I don't expect any guarantees, just looking for personal experience.

We are considering at some point trading in our Silverado 1500 for a 2500HD. As we have no real need or desire to have a diesel we'll be looking for one with the 6.0L. Just wondering about the overall reliability of the engine/transmission? Any major known issues? Most likely it will be in the 2010-2012 range. Hopefully in the 50K range as far as miles. This should put us within our budget.

Also curious what kind of gas mileage to expect both towing and just driving around.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:27 PM   #2
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Just today I rode in my crabbing buddy`s 2002 GMC 2500HD 6.0L with over 260,000 tough miles on it. No engine or tranny work. 2 fuel pumps and one water pump only significant repairs. Still rides and runs good. As for mine, its an 04 but only has 92,000 miles so too soon to say............. But they have a very good track record for reliability and longevity. Mileage on the older ones like mentioned is about 9 towing, 13 in mixed driving, and 15 on hiway, although I have reached 16...
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:01 PM   #3
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Look for a truck with the 6 speed auto. It should be better for gas mileage and towing.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:39 PM   #4
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I have a buddy that has 2500HD with the 6.0 Wow it is a strong truck and will pass everything except a gas station but he does have a heavy right foot
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:48 AM   #5
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I've had good luck with mine.I now have 134,000 miles on it and it still pulls and drives just as good as when I first bought it. I bought the truck strickly to tow the TT and I wouldn't want to have to drive it as a daily driver. Not towing I get 12-13 mpg and while towing I get 7 -8 mpg. The 2500 HD 6.0 gets the job done.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:09 AM   #6
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I had a 2000 GMC 2500 with the 6.0 Towed over 100,000 miles with it (+daily use) never a min. problem. Change your fluids religiously and use high quality spark plugs and you will be very happy with it..
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:09 PM   #7
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Have been driving our 2008 2500 HD Crew (3:73 rear, six speed) for about 8 months and 13000 Kms now, towing our Exp 213 for about 1/2 of that. I am getting about 16 mpg (IMP gal) regular driving and 12mpg towing. I find the truck mpg is very sensitive to driving style, driving smoothly makes a big difference in mileage. When I drove the truck home after purchasing it I thought I had made a big mistake, I burned 1/2 a tank of fuel for a little over 200 kms. I figured out that the previous owner had used the range selection feature on the six speed transmission to lock out the top gear. The only thing I don't like about this truck are the headlights, the bulbs are a bear to replace compared to the 2003 vintage GMC we used to have.
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A friend has an early 2000s model that he just parked with over 400,000 on it. It was a service truck for an AC company (their maintenance guy was a fanatic though) the first few years and then he bought it. The engine was never touched... I'm sure all of the consumable bolt on parts were though.

I have seen several with well over 200,000 with no major engine issues.
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Well, it sounds like a reliable truck. The gas mileage is something to think about, hard to give up almost 20mpg when not towing, plus my wife would be driving this to work which may be a hard sell She isn't super happy driving our current truck, though it is only a 5 mile round trip for her.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:23 PM   #10
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^^^Another thing to consider, the 2500 with its stiff suspension and 60-80 PSI tire inflation will ride harsher then your current 1500, so the wife may not like that as much either.
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