I purchased this 2500HD after a lemon law issue with a 2004 model (in the end, had wires crossed in the ABS sensor). It is the extended cab, standard 6.5' bed model, 4x4 with the 6.0L engine and 4.10 ...
I purchased this 2500HD after a lemon law issue with a 2004 model (in the end, had wires crossed in the ABS sensor). It is the extended cab, standard 6.5' bed model, 4x4 with the 6.0L engine and 4.10 rearend. It is the LS model with several options.
Cons: It handles rougher than the 2 wheel drive version. Turning radius is ok but could be better. 13MPG, ranges from 12 to 14 no matter how or where I drive, 8mpg with a heavy load. Could use an extra overdrive gear. Trans likes to stay near 4000 RPM when under extreme load (that is the optimum for HP and torque, so assuming it is a feature, but makes the tranny run very warm)
Pros: Rated for 10,000 pounds, and while hauling a 9200 pound trailer, in the gravel, it purrs and moves forward like there is nothing there. When merging on the highway unloaded, if you stomp it, you will love it. Very smooth and almost scary power from 30mph to 60. Very reliable, At 40k miles, I haven't done anything but put oil in it every 5k miles. Putting stupid amounts of cargo in the bed doesn't phase it.
Opinion: If I hauled every day, I would have opted for the diesel. Not that there is a problem with the 6.0, but it isn't the engine for hauling 10k pounds every day. If you need to put 3000+ pounds in the bed every day, then it is fine. (rated for 3750). It does everything it says it will do, but does it better than I thought it would. Honestly, if I had to haul something that weighed 15,000+ pounds (it is rated for 10,200) I would not think twice about it, assuming it wasn't 100 degrees out and I kept the speed reasonable. Insanely good work truck.
I will say it is best at 65mph or less due to the 4.10 gears, and it sets up high enough that if you don't have a bed cover (I usually do) it wants to walk a little in the back end, but this is normal for any truck like this. Interior is reasonably good, seats get a bit tiring after an hour on the road and have moderate support (LT version probably is better) All and all, I have been very happy with this truck after 2 years and 40k miles.