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Old 02-01-2005, 12:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2500HD vs. 1500HD, whats the real difference?

Can anyone give me the straight scoop on what the real difference between these trucks are? I have heard so many things on what makes them different, I'm lost.
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Old 02-01-2005, 01:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know the GVW rating is lower on the 1500HD. 8600 vs. 9200. Lower payload rating on the 1500HD. 1500HD has the 6.0L gasser only. 2500HD has the 6.0L or 8.1L gasser and 6.6L DMax. The 1500HD sits slightly lower. On the Crew Cabs, the only thing different that I notice is behind the rear seat on the 2500HD there is folding flap that covers the gap between the rear seat and the back of the cab. The 1500HD doesn't have it. And I believe that the 2500HD comes with the new (taller) hood and grille design versus the Avalanche look on the 1500HD. I think that about it. Members, please chime in.
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Old 02-01-2005, 02:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I should also say I am looking at the 6.0 motor so that is not an issue. I tow a 21SSO Starcraft hybrid trailer that maxes out at 5000 lbs. I currently tow it with my 95 1/2 ton 4x4 extra cab which does the job but the motor does have 152,000 miles and is starting to get tired. I will add that this truck has been an outstanding truck (never turned a wrench on it other than maintenance). I love my truck but I see the need for updating soon. I was looking at the Duramaxes but my trailer doesnt warrant the duramax and even if I do upgrade I will not get anything larger than a 24 ft so I think the 6.0 is ok. My truck is also my commute vehicle so that plays into it as well. I am looking at getting a cc sb 4x4. Will I notice a big difference between 4.10 and 3.73's? Thanks for the help. Joe
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The 1500 has a smaller rear axle w/o the floating axles.
I think u can still get auto-trac in the 1500 hd
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Old 02-01-2005, 08:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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1500hd is the same thing as the 2500 (non-HD), same truck different name. the 1500hd is only available in a crew cab short bed 6.0 with either 3.73 or 4.10 gears. check out this site and see how the specs measure up between the two.

http://www.chevrolet.com/silverado/specifications/
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a friend with that has the 2003 1500HD with 6.0L and 4.10 gear. His best mpg was about 12-13. Then again, it setup for towing heavy loads, hence lower mpg. Now with the 3.73 gears, mpg should go up but you will lose about 2000 lbs towing capacity. I guess it will depend how often you will be towing versus the commute angle.
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Old 02-02-2005, 12:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Look at the frame rails, HD bigger.
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Old 02-16-2005, 12:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i would get a straight 2500 in your case the best of both worlds still get auto track and smaller hood design with higher towing capacity.
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Old 02-16-2005, 01:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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IMHO Auto-track = sucks for long term in a heavy truck.
Also, if you do plan on having your next truck for 150k+, I would opt for the DMAX. 24k a year in a 6.0 @ 12(at best!) MPG = 2,000 gallons a year on fuel and 6 or more oil changes. If fuel was 1.75 and the oil changes cost 30 per, then the cost would be 3680.oo or about 15.3 cents per mile. 24k a year in a 6.6 @ 17 MPG = 1,412 Gallons a year and three oil changes. If fuel was 2.00 and the oil changes cost 60 bucks per, then the cost would be 3004.oo or about 12.2 cents per mile. that's only saving about 500 bucks a year. However, a loaded 6.0 cost is about 4k less than a Dmax.. unless you get the 4-wheel steer thing. So, @ 24k miles a year it would take over 8 years to make up the difference in fuel.... about your trade in point. Here is where the difference really starts to grow. If you want to, you can keep the Dmax for another 300k or sell it and have the difference "in hand", so to speak.

Diesel ...Good points / bad points ....... Higher cost/better resale ...... higher upkeep/better MPG.....Pulls better/weighs more.....better gears and trans/higher cost.....Feeling of driving a Dmax/(nothing bad)........

Gasser ....fuel is easy to find/ sucks fuel.....drives peppy/sucks fuel.......tows trailer/and that's all......has auto-track/fancy stuff is expensive to fix........ligher weight/trailer moves truck around......It's really quiet/folks won't move out of your way......High cost/crappy resale........ Feeling of driving a 6.0/ where is the next fuel station?
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2500 HD also has some extra leafs in the suspension.

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