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'02-'05 2500hd good or bad?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by LUCKY 7, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. LUCKY 7

    LUCKY 7 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Hello all- I am seriously considering buying a Chev. somewhere in these model years. I am looking for your honest opinions and experience on these trucks. I have always felt that the older trucks were built tougher- (my '88 has been indestructible.) Do any of you know of weak areas they may have? Any info would be appreciated- Thanks.
  2. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    Hi Lucky
    The fan clutchs and also the steering shaft's. On the 6.0 the manifold bolts have been known to rust off. Other than that they are great trucks. I had a 01 and now a 05 and they both are pushing machines. I would not think twice about buying a chevy of the years you are talking about. You can get 150K-200K out of them if you take care of them.

    Good Luck Mike
  3. naturalgreen

    naturalgreen Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    my 05 chevy 2500hd 4x4 crew love it
    ive had a few fords and a few chevys
    love this new chevy
    extrawide seat
    drives nice/smooth even with timbrens
    have an 8 ft meyer 900 lbs and no prob
    liked my fords but i am sticking with my chevys
    i am really pleased with my truck
    80000 miles and just reg maintenance and i use it to pull lawn equip all summer and plow in winter
  4. Spitz

    Spitz Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Have an 05 chev CC diesel and i havnt had any issue with mine except the normal steering shaft (it makes a clunking noise after about 30k miles), and i had an axle seal go out( replaced under warrenty at that time). Never had any issues since.. I pulled a 10k lb mini exacavator back in the summer and the truck handled the load great, really showed me how much power the truck had, and the brakes did a wonderful job as well.

    ps- if you do end up going with the chev, check out dieselplace.com as they have a lot info on those trucks.
  5. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I just traded in my 03 2500HD 6.0. Not that anything was wrong with it, but I wanted a diesel. The ONLY problem I ever had with the truck other than normal wear and tear were mentioned above (steering shaft and manifold bolts). All I ever fixed was the manifold bolts. The steering shaft issue didn't bother me. The truck pulled great, ran great got TONS of looks and didn't talk back. Only down fall was that I averaged 10.5 mpg due to the 4.10's and 285's. GOODLUCK!!!!
  6. LUCKY 7

    LUCKY 7 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Thanks for the replies- keep 'em coming. I'm thinking of trading off my F350 CC powerstroke (summer work truck) for a ext.cab short box chev. for plowing. My thought was get away from the diesel- gas being easier to start, maintain, not picky on fuel, etc. I truly love diesels and have had many of them. I tow about 10k in summer- bobcat & materials. Don't usually go long distance with heavy load- maybe can do fine with 6.0V8? I just know I'm gonna kick myself for getting a gas but, it might be nicer for winter. Also know i'm gonna be real mad not having a long box in summer. Shorter truck=better plow truck. Trying to decide if I'm willing to make these sacrifices. Thanks again!
  7. k&j Landscaping

    k&j Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Fan clutch and steering shaft replaced otherwise rock solid. Best Gm truck I've owned. Had an 88, 93, and 98. This truck destroys those older models. I had nothing but extensive problems with all 3. The 05 brought my confidence back in Gm. This truck is a beast.
  8. grosser397

    grosser397 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    104 tho on my 6.0 and the only thing i have done it the brakes and cleaned the throttle body! i pulled a 24' goose neck a 100miles loaded with 2 skid steers and i worked fine. these trucks are pretty much bullet proof not to metion i plow with it too!
  9. Doom & Gloom

    Doom & Gloom Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    Fan clutch and steering and some minor stupid things but other than that I love my 05HD 6.0l but hate the gas mileage, 10.5MPG. I don't need diesel plus it equals out in cost with the extra for diesel services and parts are double not to mention fuel.
  10. Clint S

    Clint S Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I agree aside from brakes here is what I have done to our 03. Axle seals, tranny and power steering lines due to rust out, u joints, wheelbearing hub and the anti lock brakes sensors continue to go bad, I just pulled the fuse . I too have the common problems of clunky steering shaft and driveshaft yoke and the dreaded rusty manifold bolts (really check that out before you buy one). I am afraid to touch mine for fear they will crumble to dust. we have ABUSED that truck and It keeps on pushing.
  11. EliteSnow&Ice

    EliteSnow&Ice Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I have a 06 3/4 cc with the duramax. Had the dealer put the plows on it and bought a 7 year 92000 mile ext. warranty. Last winter i had the front pig go out. The dealer informed me that the bracket that holds the pig to the frame had broken the welds. They fixxed no problems and sent me on my way. Had the same problem this year, but this time they denied the warranty claim and refused to fix it. After several calls to GM, I was told the the Duramax trucks aren't ment to be plowed with. Another company that I work with had the same thing on a reg. cab w/ the prep package on it and was also denied. GM is blaming the deal for the mistake and won't cover them. So now I have a truck that I am not sure what will be and what won't be covered due to me snowplowing.
  12. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    What the hell is a pig?
  13. naturalgreen

    naturalgreen Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    oink oink oink
  14. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Pig = differential.

    Old off roader's term.
  15. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I'm surprised your dealer installed the plow for you. They don't offer plow prep on CC trucks. If anything, I'd take them to the cleaners and tell them THEY messed up so they now have to fix it.
  16. zztarg

    zztarg Member
    Messages: 68

    I'll echo NaturalGreen:

    05 chevy 2500hd 4x4 extended cab, leather captain's seats, XM radio - love it
    ive had a few fords and a few chevys
    drives so smooth people like it better than their cars
    have an 8 1/2 ft Curtis 920 lbs and no prob (300 lbs ballast)
    liked my fords but I'll be sticking with my chevys
    84000 miles and just reg maintenance - I use it to pull a 30' camper all summer, carry cordwood out of the forest in the fall, plow in winter and carry dogs and building materials year-round.

    So far, nothing but normal maintenance.
  17. naturalgreen

    naturalgreen Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    yeah forgot my sirius it is great
    even if there was engine noise i wouldnt know
  18. zztarg

    zztarg Member
    Messages: 68

  19. BOSSMAN21

    BOSSMAN21 Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Have a 2002 2500HD and a 2003 Chevrolet 1500HD. We had the 2500's 4x4 go last year doring a noreaster not a good time for that but other than that no problems what so ever with either of them!!! Great trucks and good lick with whatever you turn out with.
  20. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    Lol new one to me. :D