SILVER BULLET - (DURAMAX / ALLISON)
By Big AL on
Vehicle2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4dr Extended Cab LS 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 5M)
ReviewTraded a great '04 Loaded LS Crew Cab SWB 4x4 W/LB7 D-Max & Allison in for Loaded LS Extended Cab 4x4 W/LLY D-MAX & Allison. Ride is much firmer, but this truck is 10" shorter than my other truck; therefore the reason for the firmer ride. I think the extended cab SWB in the 2500HD's look better than the rest, but this is soley my opinion. My LLY is getting 2 MPG (17.1 HWY)less than the LB7 was(19.2 HWY). Still decent MPG for a 402 CID engine. If you plan on keeping the truck for a long period of time or if you drive many miles yearly, get the D-MAX, either with auto or standard transmission. Overall, it will cost you less at the pumps than the gas engines, will last longer & have a higher resale.
Best Features"Quiet and powerful" Duramax Turbo Charged diesel engine. "Stout" Allison transmission and its grade braking feature. XM Satelite radio w/Bose Speakers & premium sound system. Redundant steering wheel controls. Power folding mirrors & great looking alloy wheels.
Worst FeaturesInterior is "dated". Needs upgrading & needs to be constructed of higher quality materials, not the cheap plastic junk being used now! Needs to have more (taller/wider) tire & wheel options! The stock 245's look dumb. Very little front & rear end ground clearance for off road 4x4 use with 245's.
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