It is now time to trade in the Duramax/Chevy. I have not pulled a trailor in the last 18 months so I am getting something smaller (Suburban). I have over 230,000 miles on it, averaged 17 mpg, pulled trailers from TX to 36 states. It brokedown twice. The alternator went out at 200K+ and a wire rubbed in two shorting out the electrical system at 180k+. The injectors were replaced under warranty and that was it, other than routine wear items, brakes, belts, hoses, ball joints. Do not need a truck like this any more but have kept it for 18 months because it is such a good one.
Dependable, comfortable, and quiet.
Still drives great going down the highway.
I have had all three brands of trucks. This one hauls and rides the best. As far as reliability, I have been more than pleased. GM hit the right cue when putting this truck together. Duramax/Allison, best combination. I tow a 44 ft trailer @ 26000lbs and get 10-11.5 mpg. I will be hard pressed to go back to a different brand. Great work GM!
Power, transmission always in the right gear. Excellent tire wear and very smooth ride when loaded.
Interior materials could be higher grade. Improve the leather, thicker to not wear so fast. petty for a hauler. Larger fuel tank.
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4dr Extended Cab LS 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M)
After accepting delivery of my expensive 2002 3500 duramax equipped Chevy truck I was very disappointed to discover that my 1 ton dually truck came with the cheapest steel wheels that are made. After only a few thousand kilometers there were rust spots appearing on them. After going as far as I could with GM Canada and getting nowhere, I ended up sanding and repainting myself. Ford & Dodge do not have this problem. A $50,000 truck with 10 cent wheels. The rest of the truck is pretty good.
I like the interior and the Duramax engine coupled to the Allison is hard to beat
Try making the truck with less made in China parts and more quality North American made parts & of course some quality wheels
This has been an allaround great
truck. I use it for roadside service
along with my firefighting duties and
let me tell you i run this truck hard.
Weather its passing a hemi (LOL) with
the 8.1l engine or towing cars and
boats with the Allison 5spd, it just
dosent get any better. Add a few lil
performance mods to the engine and
holdon for ride (seems odd to others
that i have a dually racing by them)
i can tow anything ive been told to
with no lag on this truck it always
give the same great ride.
Powerful 8.1l and Allison tranny.
Ive been told by alot of people that
have ridden in my truck that it's just
a big caddy on steroids (in truck form)
Better gas milage and get rid of that
speed limiter 98 just isnt fast enoff
(top speed for this truck is about 135
w/o it) :)
This has been a great truck. It has
plenty of power with the 8.1 motor and
the Allision transmission. I am
thinking of tradeing it in only to
replace it with the same truck but with
the Duramax diesel. I wish that the gas
motor would do a little better on MPG.
I can get around 12 MPG on the high way
not towing. If I pull my 10,000 lb.
trailer the best it can do is 8.5 MPG.
I have talked to owners of the duramax
and they can get 20 MPG!!!
I like my big block and it has plenty
of power but, gas is over $2.00 a
gallon now so what can I do? I did not
want to spend the extra $6000 for the
diesel when I bought my truck.
This is one nice riding truck. For a 1
ton truck to ride like it does is a
dream. The seats are great for those
long highway rides. I also think that
this is the best looking dually that
Chevy has ever offered with its smooth
bed sides and raised stance.
The only improvement that I could ask
for is better gas mileage. I now that I
have almost a 500 cuin. motor but,I
think that it could do a little better.
I have tried a few upgrades but, they
did not seem to help. Over all a SUPER
truck, buy one you'll love it too!!