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1500HD vs 2500 vs 2500HD

Old 01-27-2002, 03:38 PM
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26 Donzi,,,
We have the 2500 extended, and I have been told ( I dont sit in the back !! ) That it is as roomy if not better the my 2 door Tahoe sport was. GM finally put some angle on the back seat instaed of that uncomfortable old style. Chicago to the Ozarks and no complants. Love the truck.
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Old 01-27-2002, 03:40 PM
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26ZX Donzi,

Keep this in mind. The GM 2500 HD has an IFS front end under it. If you are complaining about the ride in this, you will not be happy with the ride in the SuperDuty. The SuperDuty has a solid axle set-up. For a 3/4 ton truck, you're probably not going to find a better ride. Remember, all 3/4, and 1 ton trucks used to have solid axles under them. I think you will find that it has a better ride then some other options you have. Also, you're looking at a work truck, not a Lincoln Town Car.

I think you're going in the right direction myself. Good luck.

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Old 01-27-2002, 05:22 PM
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The 1500HD does not have the 2500 axles. The axle rating is 6000# but unless you are going to be putting ALOT of things in the bed and/or have a very heavy tongue weight, I would not personally move up to the 2500HD. The 3.73 ratio is better for gas mileage as well versus the 4.10 and the 6.0L seems to have plenty of power to pull!! Sure, if you are pulling ALOT and a very heavy load, the 2500HD with the Duramax and the Allison is perfect. I didn't like the whine of the Allison tranny going down the road and didn't need that as it truly is VERY Heavy Duty! I do know that the transmission is heavier duty than a standard 1/2 ton. I like the 1500HD because of the automatic 4wd option when driving in not-so-optimal conditions around our area (IL/WI). That option is not available on the 2500HD. The four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes come standard and are very nice and work very well in all situations. They have the automatic proportioning valve to apply the brakes evenly whether pulling a full load or just cruising empty. Let me know if you have other questions!!!

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Old 01-27-2002, 10:31 PM
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I have 2001 2500hd, crew cab, short bed, durmax, allison trans. Except for all the BS from GMC trying to get things fixed, truck is fantastic. Truck in shop now getting bed fixed from tool box cracking bed, & cruise control software update. Since mine was one of the first made had it's share of problems but I think they now have the problems fixed on new ones. Have had no motor problems & only problem with trans was leak. When I took truck in to have repaired they replaced trans so they could see what went wrong. MPG is about 17-18 no boat, 14 with 8000lbs load of boat & trailer running aprox. 75mph.

Wife got a new tahoe 4x4 & I drove for a day. I think the ride in my truck is better that the tahoe.
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Old 01-28-2002, 12:43 AM
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my 2000 2500 6.0 3:73pulls my 260 fine even full of fuel, trailering no problem. Had just enough grunt to back a 30'*10' zodiac up a steep incline in reverse(in 4lo).The only downside shakes like the space shuttle at 70mph plus. Going to try differnt tires to see if it fixes the problem.
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Old 01-28-2002, 07:14 AM
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Our 2500HD had a lot of problems. Should be bought back by GM at the end of February - finally! Good looking truck though. Ours had the 6.0 in it. I hear they have a lot of problems with it. Ours was a 2001. Are you looking at 2002? Check out - a lot of info there. Also I used to work at a truck place and we were an authorized Allison dealer/warranty center. Had a lot of them come back.
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Old 01-28-2002, 07:41 AM
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Buy at 2500HD! Don't waste your time with a
1500 ,I know tons of people say I tow great with my 1500 but once you get into a 2500 you will never go back. Also don't waste your time with a gas engine, go desiel (sp)! It is worth the money. By the time you get the gas engine with bigger gears your talking 14-15 mpg at best, that sucks. I'm getting 18mpg and it's not even broken in yet. I have a Dodge ,NOT one of your choices but you will spend the same money I did and JUST get a gas engine ,half ton.
Personally the Chevy Dmax/allison is an awesome truck , rides better than the other manufactures 3/4 tons and the interior is more like a luxury cars but you will pay a high price for it.
The Ford powerstroke is a good choice , I think it has the most interior room but doesn't get the fuel economy as the GM and Dodge.
I think the Dodge is the best for the money, the exterior styling blows away the GM , interior isn't as nice but it's a truck. Also for the 8k more you would spend on the GM just think what you could have done with the boat ?!
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Old 01-28-2002, 10:11 AM
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I have the 2500(non HD), X-cab and the 6.0. It tows the 253 Convincor great at 90mph. I also do 95% of my driving without the boat, and have to say that this truck rides better than my 99 Jetta Wolfsburg. I would also go with the Leather...makes the ride that much more comfortable.

P.S. I test drove the F250 before this truck, and the chevy's ride felt like a caddy compared to the ford.
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Old 01-28-2002, 10:22 PM
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I had a z71 previously to my 2500, burned up the tranny pulling my hammer, but it was very hilly and to the floor for 90 miles
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Old 01-28-2002, 10:37 PM
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it thogh the z71 was either a 1500 or a 2500???

whay year was it?
Pardon me, while I whip this out!
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