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Looking to get a used certified ,newer model 2500. Gas or diesel? I pull a trailer couple times a year,also take 5 hr rides several times a year to potter co camp. Hoping this truck will last and perform better than my 2002 f250 v8
 

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I currently have a 2003 Chev Dmax that I am quite happy with. It is not an every day driver and currently has about 30,000 miles on it. I really like the diesel, but considering what the EPA has done to diesel engines coupled with the high cost of diesel vs gas, I probably would not buy another for my uses.

Unless you are going to be doing frequent heavy towing I would avoid the diesel option. Last year I bought a Ram 1500 for my daily driver, first Chrysler product I have ever owned. It has the Hemi engine. So far I am liking it a bunch. Plenty of power, drives and rides very well coupled with reasonable fuel economy and great looks is proving to be a winning combination. Nothing but routine maintenance so far.
 

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I was always a Ford guy but just before I retired I bought a Chevy Avalanche V8 with the Vortec engine. I love it, I got about 22 miles to the gallon on a trip to Georgia and back and to SC and back. I am really ticked they have stopped making them this year.
 

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My 2002 ford, gas 5.4l has 178,000miles, once it hit 90,000 mi it was downhill from there. From constant (9) brake calibers,ball joints (2 times) driveshaft,4wd hubs/bearing etc. plus a 11.2 mpg is killing me. Cant afford new, but a nice new used/certified vech with a warrenty is what im looking for. Any you guys are dealers in gmc,chevy? Thanks
 

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I've always been a chevy guy....had several silverados in the 80's and 90's. In 03 I bought an Avalanche....best riding, best towing best utility for what I do of any trucks I'd had. I turned it over to my son with 265,000 miles and bought a 2013....[censored] that they discontinued but I have a while before I'll be in the market again.
 

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By trade I am a pipeliner and those companies lease chevy ford and dodge. Ford has been loosing ground with some of the pipeline companies due to expense for repairs that are needed frequently for these fragile trucks especially some of there diesel engines.Dodge has good ground clearence and the cummins is great .Major problem front ends cant handle the constant abuse of the right of way driving and front end parts are also expensive for the dodge.Chevy and Gmc are my favorite allthough they are low in the grund clearence department they do ride better on the right of way and seem to be broke alot less. Keep in mind we beat these trucks to death and that is what i based my desicion on when I bought my new chevy wich one took the best beating. The new diesel suck since you have to use the def fluid. My truck is a chevy 1500 hd crew cab southern comfort edition equiped with lockers 35 x 20 tires and a 6 inch lift. Yes it is expensive my truck often gets on the pay roll and i need it to earn its keep without breaking its also called the southern comfort edition.
 
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