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Old 12-01-2018, 08:08 PM   #1
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So I'm looking at used trucks. Had a 2012 Silverado half ton for a long time. 4x4. Wanting to get into a Silverado 2500 with the 6.0 around a 2012 model. I have read a lot about bad fuel mileage on these trucks. What are some of your experiences with it, avg economy over a complete tank. My half ton was only getting 14.3 or so on avg. Only looking at Chevrolet's because I have had good luck with them. Half ton served its purpose except for the 6-7 times a year I had to borrow a truck from my dad to pull gooseneck. Other than that a half ton would be fine again.

Would be getting the 3.73, if I was pulling a load constantly would look at the 4.10 rear end
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:24 PM   #2
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Don’t get the 3.73 gears. I have a 2004 3/4 ton with the 6.0. With that setup it will not pull anything. When I say that mine struggles pulling my 12 foot trailer with my Polaris ranger 570. The gas mileage will still be horrible.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:25 PM   #3
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My stepdad has a crew cab 4x4. Usually gets like 12ish give or take. My cousin has one somewhere around that year. Been a great truck but the dash is cracked (surprise) and he said he gets about 13 or so. Also a crew 4x4.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:51 PM   #4
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I just assumed they would get better mileage with the 3.73 but I will definitely keep that in mind. Yeah a lot of those dashes have cracks. My 2012 half ton had cracks too.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:00 PM   #5
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I have the 4.10, get 12 mpg everyday driving and 15 on the highway with a good tailwind. Pulling my trailer with the mule is around 10. Have had absolutely zero problems with the truck, and neither do the other guys I know that drive the same truck way more miles than me. From what i’ve read the 3.73 is horrible pulling anything, last I looked the newer chevrolets don’t even offer it for the 6.0
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:01 PM   #6
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Donít get the 3.73 gears. I have a 2004 3/4 ton with the 6.0. With that setup it will not pull anything. When I say that mine struggles pulling my 12 foot trailer with my Polaris ranger 570. The gas mileage will still be horrible.
Your 2004 has 300 hp. The 12ís make 360. Big difference in pulling. Iíve had both and still have a Ď12.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:09 PM   #7
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I don't have any experience with chevys since my 99 Z71 but I will weigh in as a 3/4 gas owner. I have owned diesel F250s since 2000 and went with the 6.2 gasser this go round. Like you said the mileage is not too far off a half ton. I average around 12-14 mpg with 3.73's. Here are my thoughts- you don't buy the truck for mileage and as long as you are ok with it than run it. IMO its not worth getting a diesel unless you are pulling everyday. When I had mine I had a load on it almost every day. Now I am like you. 75% of the time it is normal driving but I do have a tractor, hay etc that I haul once a month or so but typically not more than an hour each way. I have a company truck so I do not drive my personal truck much so when I do make the trips that get bad mileage its not a huge deal and I knew what I was getting in to when I bought it and enjoy the truck without the headaches of todays diesels- just my two cents
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:56 PM   #8
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Yeah that's exactly the way I feel about it, I had a couple of older 5.9 dodges in the past and they were great trucks. But now days there is just too much upkeep that goes along with newer diesels. I could probably get away with a half ton again. But i'm finding 3/4 tons same price as half tons. So just thinking it would be nice. Especially when I didn't get that much better mileage out of my half ton.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:53 AM   #9
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If you get a 1500 for the gas mileage it won't put chit. If you get a 2500 you will be lucky to get 12 mgp.
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:00 AM   #10
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I had a 2007 crew 2500HD 4WD with the 6.0. I got around 14mpg keeping it below 70mph. It ran ok and pulled my ranger decent. I had a programmer on it and high flow exhaust but it wasn't loud. Wish I would've kept it for a 2nd vehicle. Believe it had 3.73
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:07 AM   #11
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I have never owned a 3/4 ton that got good fuel mileage, gas or diesel . Seems like they all suck fuel when they pull something.A Nissan Frontier with a four cylinder gets good fuel mileage.

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Old 12-02-2018, 07:19 AM   #12
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Have a 2001 2wd that gets 13 mpg. Got a 2018 4x4 crew cab, and it gets 13 mpg. The 01 would pull 10k fine. Haven't hooked the new one up to a load yet.

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Old 12-02-2018, 07:40 AM   #13
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I have a 2007 chevy 2500 4x4. I pull a 24' gooseneck cattle trailer with 12 cows or a 24' gooseneck with 12 bales of hay. The truck pulls those loads fine at 55 mph. I've never checked the fuel mileage but it's not good I'm sure.
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:45 AM   #14
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I just traded in a 2006 2500HD Crew Cab 4x4 with a 6.0 liter and 4.11 rear end. I averaged about 13.5 on the highway and 10 (at best) in town. The 6.0 is a Very Strong engine, it just LOVES GAS. I traded in on a 2018 2500HD with a 3.23 rear end and 6.6 liter Duramax Diesel. Already getting a lot better mileage, almost 7-10 mpg better, and have less than 1000 miles on it.
I would highly recommend the 6.0 due to it being a workhorse, just don't expect to get great mileage. My mileage would stay the really close when I hooked up my 6.5x12 foot utility trailer (loaded down).
The only reason I got a new one was all the sounds I was hearing, none engine related, was telling me that it was about to start costing a lot of money on repairs.
My 06 had 167,000 miles on it and was still Very Strong, and took me anywhere I wanted to go.
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:50 AM   #15
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I had an 02 2500 6.0 with 4.10 read end. That truck was as reliable as it gets and would pull anything but the mileage sucked. Replaced it with a diesel and havenít looked back. If youíre looking for a bulletproof truck that will do exactly what you need it to Iíd get one.
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:23 AM   #16
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I had a 2010 3/4 ton with 3.73 gears and it would down shift if it could sense any amount of a hill when pulling. Got to the point I just put it in manual and locked it in 5th gear when at speed to stop it from downshifting so much. But power wise, it would hold its own in 5th. Was no problem getting up to speed and staying at speed on decent terrain. Truck itself was great. Fuel mileage was never better than 13.5mpg for the 90k miles I put on it. When pulling I got as little as 7-8mpg. But that was a 16í lowboy loaded to the gills running 80mph the whole way. I never had one issue with the truck, other than the window control on the back passenger side popping out. That was it. I would likely buy another if that fit my needs. Was a very comfortable truck.


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Old 12-02-2018, 11:03 AM   #17
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Mine on the hwy got 13mpg.According to a Chevy mechanic buddy of mine.That 6.0 gasser is the best gas engine on the road.Mine was an 06.

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Old 12-02-2018, 11:20 AM   #18
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I have 2007 personal truck and a 2012 work truck. Both have been great vehichles. Low maintenance and very reliable. Personal truck has 170k on it and id drive to alaska in it right now.

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Old 12-02-2018, 04:57 PM   #19
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I have a 15 with the 410 rear end. It will get 15 mpg if you go 65-70 but it drops to about 10 mpg doing 80. It pulls everything my diesels do just slower.
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:10 AM   #20
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i bought a 2012 crew on here from another TBH'er. has the 3.73 gears. i average 13.8 mpg. its good for what i use it for. it pulled our 65hp new holland fine from BCS to jewett. i've put 33k miles on it so far. i will have it for a long time and then may put it out at the ranch in jewett later.
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:23 AM   #21
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I have a 6.0 with 4.10 the best mileage I have ever gotten was 18. Most of the time it is about 13 but I seldom drive under 80 so that is probably part of the problem. I have never had any issue pulling trailers with mine.

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Old 12-03-2018, 01:11 PM   #22
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I had a 15 that I kept the trip meter going from day one. Over 15K miles I averaged 11.9 and I drive fairly easy. It would get as little as 6-8 pulling heavier loads, up to 15mpg on the highway at 65. Jump it up to 75+ and it would be 11-12 highway empty.

The biggest problem at 6-8 mpg your range to fill up is barely over 200 miles...
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:22 AM   #23
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So kind of on the same subject, just dont want to start a new thread...is it worth it to get the gas over a diesel if going with a 3/4 ton? Not pulling all the time and looking at trucks that already have around 125k miles.


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Old 12-07-2018, 09:06 AM   #24
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The 6.0 is a very solid motor. Very reliable. Fuel mileage isn't great, but it is a 4x4 2500.
Unless you put a lot of miles on it the cost of getting 2-3 mpg less than a half ton is pretty negligible.

However, the 5.3, and 6.2 gas motors in the chevy and gmc 1500s are stout also. My 5.3 is tuned, afm delete, with 3.73 gears and it pulls really well. But all i pull is boats and occasional flat bed.

The 6.0 is designed to be a bombproof work horse, computer protects it quite a bit. A simple tune and those things can really be woken up, and get a little better mpg if you care.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:09 AM   #25
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So kind of on the same subject, just dont want to start a new thread...is it worth it to get the gas over a diesel if going with a 3/4 ton? Not pulling all the time and looking at trucks that already have around 125k miles.


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Depends on what you are looking at, when you do pull how heavy are you pulling? If buying over 100k I would be looking at diesels that can be deleted and all the emissions garbage taken off.

Can get a lot nicer and lower miles gas truck for the money. And they will do almost everything you need.

The wild card is when you occasionally tow, are you towing a 40ft gooseneck? Or something like a boat or 20ft flatbed.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:10 AM   #26
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If your willing to wait, 2020-2500HD trucks are going with a 6.6 gas motor putting out 400hp and 450 tq...its about time!
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Depends on what you are looking at, when you do pull how heavy are you pulling? If buying over 100k I would be looking at diesels that can be deleted and all the emissions garbage taken off.



Can get a lot nicer and lower miles gas truck for the money. And they will do almost everything you need.



The wild card is when you occasionally tow, are you towing a 40ft gooseneck? Or something like a boat or 20ft flatbed.


Yeah the most will be 20ft cattle trailer and 5 bale hay hauler. So gas will handle it no problem.


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Old 12-07-2018, 03:10 PM   #28
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Yeah the most will be 20ft cattle trailer and 5 bale hay hauler. So gas will handle it no problem.


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If you were looking at diesel prices already, used 6.2 gmc denali would be in the range and do everything you need in style.

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