Originally Posted by cetnor851
nicely put, that is a still a very good savings. Well you seem well knowlegable, as far as the duramax are you happy with it? I'm a chevy guy all the way hah but I can set what my heart wants aside for a better truck. From what I'm told cummins is right up there but nnot as much potential as the dmax. I'm from Michigan and in the winter its gets somewhat cold. we have or cold cold days very rarly but any problems in the winter with starting or gelling? I appreate this very much man.
Try to not think of a truck as a "DMAX" or the other as a "Cummins". Instead, look at them as a bundle of equipment. When you buy a house, do you buy solely because of the kitchen? Or do you buy a kitchen, LR, DR, FR, garage, yard, etc.?
It has been down to 15-20* here. I've owned my truck for a year, 16,000 miles and I haven't even dug out the block heater cord yet. Starts like a champ. Fuel gelling is caused by not having winterized blend fuel in your tank. Where you live in that kind of cold, I guess there's a chance, and in that case the brand of truck doesn't matter. You would need some additives, like Howe's.
When I look, ask and read about the '08's, GM consistently seems to have the fewest problems. They are also backed by a tremendous warranty. They have a tranny made by the same company that builds the Abrams tank transmission. They have a very proven, reliable diesel that makes peak torque at lower RPM, they have a big 11.5" locking rear, they have more real truck proportional gauges hooked up to sending units, not idiot light gauges, excellent seats and they handle very predictably.
So far, I like mine, I hope it lives up to the way I feel about it now. My only disadvantage is I can't speak from like 5 years of ownership.