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2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

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2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby Thomkadl1989 [OP] » Jan 23 2019, 1:18pm

What are the pros and cons between 2500hd gas vs. diesel?

What years are the best?

What's there life expectancy?
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby adam86107 » Jan 23 2019, 1:34pm

6.0 pros
Lower initial cost
Less chance of mechanical failure

6.0 cons
No power (this could be subject based on what you're familiar with)
High RPM when towing, it can be annoying.
Low mpg

Duramax pros
Tons of power and at low RPM
Better mpg (higher cost of fuel though, this is really a wash between the two)

Duramax cons
Higher initial cost
Higher risk of mechanical failure
Systems that do fail can be a lot more expensive to repair
Higher cost to maintain
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby Walkers » Jan 23 2019, 1:40pm

What he said. Having had both, if you are towing every day, or tow heavy regularly, then get th diesel. If you run empty frequently, get the gas. I can also tell you, if you have a crew cab, don’t go back to an extended cab.
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby ElReeso » Jan 23 2019, 1:58pm

Both are great Trucks. It really depends what you want to do with it..
Gasser is cheaper and easier maintenance. Load rating is better because the Duramax is heavier.
Diesel costs more but more Power and way better MPG´s..
I bought the Gasser because of Emission Laws and I run empty most time. I tow a car trailer a few times a year and MPGs drop hard.. Running empty I can get up to 18mpg.
Both engines are high mileage engines with correct maintenance
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby i82much » Jan 24 2019, 3:12am

6.0 unless towing heavy in the mountains.
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby Thomkadl1989 [OP] » Jan 24 2019, 4:08am

I'm only going to be towing an #8,500 trailer about 12 times a year... And various other trailers but under #2,000, and being my daily driver
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby adam86107 » Jan 24 2019, 4:13am

You could easily get by with a 6.0. It really comes down to what you want. My trailer weighs about 10k and I only tow it a few times a year. I choose to tow it with a diesel though because I enjoy the experience much more. I also enjoy driving the diesel unloaded.
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby i82much » Jan 24 2019, 4:32am

8500 will slow you down with a gasser on steep hills. diesel will handle it like a champ.
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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby ElReeso » Jan 24 2019, 10:07am

Thomkadl1989 wrote:I'm only going to be towing an #8,500 trailer about 12 times a year... And various other trailers but under #2,000, and being my daily driver


You could get away with a 6.0 for sure.
Really depends how much you are willing to pay for maintenance and the Truck itself.
I think you‘re exactly at the point where both are good choices. With more towing definitly diesel, less towing the 6.0l.. at that point its up to you


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Re: 2500hd 6.0l V8 vs. 2500hd Duramax

Postby timjrudy10 » Jan 24 2019, 3:18pm

If $$ is not an issue, go with the Duramax.
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