Charles, In all fairness the 6.5 Duramax had a lot of issues in it's first 3 years of being used and GM was looking at replacing it with the very same Cummins that Dodge used at that time. Before GM could get a contract, Dodge tried up the rights so that GM couldn't use it. Shortly after that GM was able to fix the reliability issues it had with the 6.5. Not trying to start anything or step on toes, just setting the fact straight.
Btw, That is a very nice looking 2500HD and great to hear how well it is on fuel. I was and still am a Chevy man, just had very good luck with the Ford 6.9-7.3 diesel super duty trucks.
I take no offense to what you have to say, but the 6.5L is a completely different engine made by Detroit diesel and is not a duramax. The 6.6L Duramax is a collaboration between Isuzu and GM. We had 2 duramaxs when they first came out and had no problems what so ever. The 7.3L power stroke is an outstanding and time proven engine. The IDI is also a great engine, virtually indestructible if taken care of, another work truck I drive is a 1992 F-450 Dump with an IDI it has been through 3 E4OD automatic transmissions, and we just swapped in a ZF5 manual trans. The engine is very under powered compared to today's diesels, and the truck gets used and abused daily. I have had that truck extremely over loaded... 5+ tons of crushed concrete in the back, and she still chuggs along, shes slow but the job gets done.
Also thanks for the complement on my truck. She getting some upgrades even though she is new. You would think that if GM put steering stabilizer mounts under the truck, that the trucks would come with steering stabilizers for as much as they cost... But no they do not...
Edited by CRE1992, December 19, 2013 - 01:27 PM.