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Old 12-13-2003, 12:17 PM
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The injector seals is a problem in some of the first year Dmax's. Occassionally a severly worked truck will have a warped head, but that is rare. Dmax's are holding up great, but if I was gonna spend 20k on a truck, I would find one a couple years older with half the miles.

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Old 12-13-2003, 07:22 PM
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When I was at my dealer Friday, he was telling me that chev says the motor is only good for 200K. They were putting in a new short block in one that had 180K, cost was 11,500 to do it. They were telling me they are seeing a lot come in with around 200K & motor/injectors are history.

I have service 4 wheel drive light come on from time to time. Dealer said they have a bulletin out on how to trouble shoot what is causing lite. He said sometimes it is easy to fix & some times it may take a day & 1/2. When he told me that I decided to keep driving it
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Old 12-13-2003, 11:30 PM
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I have a buddy with one (Allison trans) has three hundred thousand miles on it and still running strong. No problems at all.
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:54 AM
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Thanks for the thoughts guys.

Trade-in value at Kelley Blue Book is 23,000.

Some people have told me they have 200,000 plus with zero issues. Others have said the motor is toast at 200,000, 300,000 etc.

The truck is in great shape except for the driver's seat bottom which needs to be replaced. The owner was a big boy. I have a friend looking up the VIN to determine if the injectors/pump were ever serviced.

It seems that the blue books place a higher emphasis on age, than mileage. Although many of you are willing to get an older truck with fewer miles. Interesting debate.

Thanks, I will let you know what I hear.

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Old 12-15-2003, 06:59 PM
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I have had 2 Duramaxs, an 01 with 140,000k (still own it) and 02. Both awesome diesels. The 2500hd loaded with 27,000 miles I just sold for 31k. It was my personal truck. Good luck, if it looks well maintained buy it, Im keeping mine till the wheels fall off, or the 5 guys that drive it (hammer the **** out of it on a daily basis) which ever lasts.
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I had a GM tech run the repair history. There has never been any engine work done under warranty (through 100,000 miles). This one seems to have been put together right.

I will work a little on price, but we will see. I may keep shopping.

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