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2011 Duramax

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by smokedapair, Nov 22, 2010.

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  1. smokedapair

    smokedapair TS Member

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    Have a 09 3500 with 60k miles been great so far
     
  2. Lostintheozone

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    I have a 2007 2500HD with 50K. Not sure about the new ones. Lots more emissions garbage to maintain. Some issues with seat motor and doors. Nothing major though. Drive train is bullet proof.
     
  3. Joen

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    If you live in cold weather remember to change the fuel filters on a 2009 you have to remove the right front tire. Very convenant when it is 0 and you get bad fuel
     
  4. merlynstrapguns

    merlynstrapguns Well-Known Member

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    Salesman told me today that a 2011 was getting 23mpg. with 395 hspr and 735 ft lbs. My '08 dually won't get 15 empty. The mechanic told me there was a kit for a fuel filter back by the tank and would extend the life of the one that the inner fender had to be pulled. I am looking at a Banks system presently to help the mileage but you can buy a bunch of fuel for $2000.00 for the kit, or $15000.00 for a new truck.........merlyn
     
  5. Chadshot

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    I was able to change my fuel filter by reaching up through the inner fender well by bending it out and propping it open with a 2x4. Not the best way but it only took about 10 minutes to change, sure beats the $130 from the dealer.
     
  6. high 2

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    Key words are "the SALESMAN said". I`ve got 09 3500 with 30,000 miles and getting about 17.5 on the highway. Would love to see 23mpg. It pulls my 38' Montana great.
     
  7. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    My neighbor has two GMC duramax trucks. His 05 gets 24 mpg but the 10 only does 17. I change his oil and have looked at them from the bottom, looks like the newer one has some sort of afterburner setup on it. WTF?
     
  8. Sprinklerman

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    I can get 23 mpg with my 03, but I have a juice edge chip. I get 15-18 pulling a 24 ft. enclclosed trailer loaded with 25 sporting throwers.
     
  9. Setterman

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    Unless you pull alot of very heavy loads, you don't need the Duramax. I have a 2010 6L 2500HD Z71 Gas and I pull uniloaders and other medium equipment to job sites, and pull my 32' camper to the shoots with a Golf cart in the bed. No problem.

    The added cost of the Duramax, deisel fuel, and maintenance (oil changes are 2 times that of a gas) made me go back to the gas. And I can find a fuel station anywhere. I get 16 mpg average.
     
  10. dverna

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    Diesels will give you more towing capacity. Think about that before you decide.

    I had to go with an F350 dually as I needed close to 18k lbs toeing capacity for the 5th wheel. I would rate my truck "adequate". Definitely NOT to much truck.

    Where you drive matters too. Kentucky and Tennessee will differ from Ohio and Michigan.

    I know an ex-GM employee who drives a Duramax and wishes he had gone with a Ford.

    Don Verna
     
  11. Chadshot

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    I get 20 MPG with my stock 09 Duramax, towing approx 12-14.
     
  12. rooferbob

    rooferbob Active Member

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    I too would like to hear something good or bad about the new duramax with all the emissions. I have an "09" but
    I thinking about a new one but would like to hear from someone who has one!
    Rooferbob!
     
  13. rocktire

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    my 94 6.5TD is getting about 17mpg and don't owe me a dime with 210,000miles on it. I would sure love to own a new duramax, but can't afford it and don't need it.
     
  14. merlynstrapguns

    merlynstrapguns Well-Known Member

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    Drove a 2010 6.0 1-ton from Chicago to Warrenton today. 12+/-mpg and had adequate power empty with 4.10s. Nothing comparred to the Diesel in the power dept. That said, the new ones are urea-injected and filter sensitive as are any new emissions-friendly pickups thus driving up the costs and potential problems. 07s are the last of the "smokers" and will run indefinitely with minimal maintance. 08s/09s/early 10s dump raw fuel into the converters to "clean" them. The urea is a seperate injector and fluid that does basically the same thing only costs more.

    A Diesel technician friend told me that the best thing to do with the newer ones is to buy the fuel and drive them. Chiping/reprograming/modifing in any manner leaves a "track" and WILL void the warranty.PERIOD. Until you reach the end of the warranty, you are gambling with expenses that can be teriffic.

    I think I will drive it as-is. I can buy a lot of fuel for a minor repair cost........LOL.........merlyn
     
  15. mx2005

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    BUY A FORD
     
  16. merlynstrapguns

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    The 6.0s had tow hooks on them for good reason. We have had to buy Fords for ambulances for the 26 years that I have been on the BOD of directors of the Warren Co. Ambulance district. We were notified when the 6.0s were coming out to buy up all the 7.3s we could find. What a great piece of advice!! When we were forced to buy some 6.0s, NONE made it to the millage warranty before the 5-year warranty ran out. They spent so much time broke-down. Ford has been good about extending our warranty's, BUT ONLY AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION and threats of legal action. (it is not a good sign when the ambulance that is taking YOUR emergency to the hospital is on the end of a TOW TRUCK !!)

    That said and documented, the new 6.4s(?) have done much better, but we have not crossed the 50,000 mile marker and time will tell for sure. Now Ford has once again offered a new engine with even more HP and torque -- we'll see about that with the first 2 on order.

    The reasoning behind the 350/450 chassis is that in the rural areas, we cannot bridge the heavier units or get into many "tight" places. And we can buy 2 smaller uni5ts for the price of one 1 1/2 ton units that do the same job. Buy a Ford by choice, good or bad. Check with a Diesel Technician who has NO horse in this race and will be truthful. You and I both, may be surprised at the answer...m....ps.just my thought, would be a Cummins with an Allison in a Chevy with a Ford frame and suspension for the perfect truck -- and thats going to happen..........lol
     
  17. adler3200

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    i have 2011 3500 single wheel awesome power 20+ mpg
     
  18. rooferbob

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    Thanks alder. Any issues with the emissions system or do you lose power during the clean out mode? And how often does it go to this mode. How often do you have to add fluid to emissions tank and cost of this?
     
  19. kenf

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    Before you buy, make a comparison between front end parts on a super duty and duramax hd. It is very surprising how much more metal ford puts front end parts- not to mention u-joints vs. cv axles for 4wd. Don't bother looking at the Dodges- they are notorious front end eaters.

    The 6.0 Powerstroke wasn't a bad engine- both my brother and I own one now. There was too much squabbling between Ford and International as to how to and how much to fix- one problem would be brought in for warranty and fixed, but that problem would cause another that wouldn't show up right away and you guessed it, would eventually show up and require another shop visit. Like leaking EGR coolers causing gas pockets in the cooling system that would cause head gasket failure/head warping. Remember, the 6.0 pretty much pioneered emissions on a diesel.

    Word on the street is the new 6.7 was released into industry for two years to be beat on and abused and has came through with flying colors. And the recall going on now is to turn the engines up on those first bought- Ford and GM are in a horsepower war again.
     
  20. Zuzax

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    Buy a Ford....
     
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