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Old 10-18-2002, 04:05 PM
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ANYONE HAD ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THE NEW 2003 DURA-MAX
DUALLY FOR TOWING ?
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Old 10-18-2002, 08:51 PM
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I don't think you will be disappointed,
my 02 4 door short bed has 35000 on it
and has never been in for warranty. Also
this summer i pulled a 35 ft. fifth wheel that
weights 16000 # all over Colorado with no
problems.
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Old 10-19-2002, 08:09 AM
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They are awsome I took my 4 door to vegas to pick-up my 36 Apache. It was brand new before the trip at over 80mph I was getting over 15 mpg. I could still go 55 throught the rockys with the boat behind me. I got 12+ mpg in the flat areas,thats better than my 6.0 2000 GMC gets empty. By far the best truck I have ever had .
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Old 10-19-2002, 08:19 AM
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We have a 2001 with 71k, awesome truck no problems, pulls 10-12 every day and just bought a 2002 crew cab 2500 with the same diesel/allison package. The 2002 must have some improvements in ride quality, its much smoother . We also have a Cummins and Powerstroke, both good but they are not as powerfull, but that will change in late of 2003, and I will as well as my guys look at those as well. Right now, GM has there stuff together, the quietest as well as the most power of the three. Im sure the 2003 are even nicer. 0% also helps
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My '03 GMC Duramax is back-ordered until Nov due to delays in the engine dept. But have used an '01 to pull race boats to Fl from CA a couple of times. Leaving Monday AM for Sarasota for the poker run and expect no problems. You've gotta love that Allison...
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Old 10-19-2002, 02:43 PM
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bobby i just bought one friday. they had to find one on the locator it came from kentucky. it is a 2003 LT 4 dr 4x4 with the black leather int.i shopped all around on price. paid $ 860. above dealer invoice. got a $2000. rebate and 4.9 apr thru indirect lending with a high becon score. i looked at the same truck in a ford like every thing about the truck but the interior,even with the leather and bucket seats it still looked cheap ,like a work truck?the dash.,guess just me?.the ford was about 3800 cheaper on a 2002 . havent pulled any thing, but am sure its going to better than my 1996 6.5 was. i figure the hustler is about 10500 to 11500lbs but the car trailer is 14500.lbs. it sure rides better than i expected,the 3.73 gear going to be nice .the duro max takes a little longer to spool up than the ford, different power band, the ford was a at a lower rpm. i think the duro max with the higher peak will tow better at speed aroung 70-75 mph, not lose speed on hills as bad ,just my opinion.
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Old 10-20-2002, 03:12 PM
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THANKS FOR THE HELPFUL INPUT !!!
I HAVE A 8.1 SUBURBAN NOW 2500 AND HAD A 98 3500 DUALLY 7.4 GAS THE DUALLY WAS STABLE BUT HAD DRUM BRAKES ON REARAND DID NOT STOP WELL THE POOR 8.1 STOPPS O.K. BUT WITH A HEAVY BOAT IS NOT STABLE AND SUCKS GAS ,SO CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THE NEW TRUCK ,
SHOULD HAVE IT THIS WEEK AND ROB YOUR RIGHT THEY HAVE A KILLER REBATE DEAL OUT NOW ,
ITS A CREW-CAB LEATHER ECT. WITH SOME SOUTHERN COACH
WORKS OPTIONS ASWELL

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Old 10-20-2002, 03:30 PM
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you guys may not like to here this but I made chevy take mine back. I pulled my 45' triple engine Sonic around the country with an F-350, chip exhaust etc. The boat was 18lbs with the Myco trailer and it did a great job. We tried the new Duramax and it was terrible in comparision. I was a chevy fan but the facts are facts. If you go to the Poker Runs and boat races you will see mostly Ford powerstrokes.
 
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I've been watching this motor since it came out. My main concern was the high pressure common rail system. Cummins is going the same way. Watch out for fuel in the oil.

The motor is incredible. Has the flatest power and torque curve on the market. Has a good name trans behind it and is an overall great package. But after more than a year in production why is it on "back order".

One of two reasons 1) they are in such demand they cannot keep up or 2) they are having problems and want to minimize the cost.
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I think I heard that the Ford just upped everyone once again. They just dumped the 7.3L Powerstroke and are currently moving to a 6.2L with nearly 600 lbs. of torque.
Kinda like our boats I guess; it's never enough!
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