i have a similar (2016) gasser 2500HD and love it. But you have a GMT 800 half ton truck and those are some of the best trucks GM has ever made. IMHO you made the right decision. If the 2015 truck had 50k miles on it, would have been a much closer call.
if you are in the 1500 market, good chance you can use something else - an SUV and a utility trailer, for instance. if you are in the 2500 market, you need a 2500, end of story. if they aren’t making many, and inventory got hit hard, then demand is “inelastic” and prices go up. also if you are a consumer and you buy a used truck, down time is just an annoyance. when you are using your truck to make money, it’s lost work. so the 2500 fleet owners sometimes really are willing to pay for a new truck to minimize downtime. i had a four door rubicon i bought in 2013 and in 2017 i traded it for my 6.0 2500HD crew cab WT 4x4. i had paid 35k for the Jeep brand new, and I paid 35k for the 2500HD. They gave me 30k for the Jeep with almost 50k miles, a dented front bumper, and smelly wet carpet. So I got a new truck for like 5k. I can’t say my Jeep experience was entirely positive, went back and forth to the dealer over and over again for the same problems. But I ain’t complaining about the resale!
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i mean i guess it’s good to be top dog, but realistically any of these three engines is far more than adequate for almost any realistic use of a 3/4 ton truck. for me personally, i do not think 25 hp or ft lb either way would influence my decision on what truck to buy. I would be thinking more in terms of long-term reliability than getting the truck with the most possible pulling power.
to me, it sounds like these new engines do a smidge better on gas and that may be enough to bring over some 6.0 owners or convince someone who was considering a new 1500 to go with a new gas HD.
it’s not so much a question of whether to own a truck, but which truck to own. for instance, if a 6.6 gets 2 mpg better than my 6.0, that’s about $600 per year or $4200 savings over seven years. If it only gets .5 mpg, that’s closer to 1k over seven years. You’re damned right I think about the impact of four grand on a financial decision such as buying a new truck. Just like running the numbers when you refinance a house or put in a new heat pump or furnace - understanding the math on each financial decision you make can make a big difference over a lifetime.
great. awesome. i have a 2016 2500hd crew with the 6.0 and i was dead set on keeping it forever. then you freaking jerks come around bragging about your obscenely economical fuel economy and now I’m building and pricing a new truck every three hours! kidding. but, in all seriousness, the numbers here are significantly better than i see in my six point slow .. average 12.5 in mixed driving with a best of 16 on a long, slow country drive in the summer. sounds like he 6.6 is a great engine.
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