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I am an 11-year duramax owner with 220000+ miles. Bottom line, I love the truck. It has been relatively flawless (its an 03 and has had 2 sets of injectors). The interior and exterior are tight other than where my fat butt has worn out drivers seat and headliner is just starting to curl on edges by drivers window.
Power and driveability are awesome, and the new trucks are way better. My truck has outlived half a dozen Fords owned by buddies. I get 19 mpg average and on my duramax forum guys are reporting better mpg on the LML platform.
Another plus to GM is that the duramax/Allison platform is still fundamentally unchanged in over 15 years now. Ford has had what, 4 different displacements in that time?
That said, I joined this forum because I am seriously considering a new Ford truck. I just bought a Ford CMax for a commuter care and have been impressed, so I figure Fords have come a long way.
The only downside to the GM is the front suspension and low slung frame. It is not even moderately off road friendly when stock. I miss my solid axle Dodge and the old twin I-beam on my F-250.