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Chevy 2500HD

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by iluvscag, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. iluvscag

    iluvscag Member
    from STL
    Messages: 57

    Hi guys,
    I'm new on here and right now I'm considering buying a 2004 LT1 package 2500HD. This truck has most every option and is clean. At the current time on the dealer lot is has 40,000 miles. It is an extended cab short bed. Is this truck worth 17,000? It also has new tires. Is there anything else I should check or look over on this model year combination? Any tips or feedback appreciated. And yes I don't mind if it's negative, I want to know everything I can about it. If I buy it I have a 2005 Western Contractor Grade 7'6" Straight Blade to put on it. Will this be a good match for this truck?

    Thanks Garrett
  2. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    Yeah, I'd say that's a good deal! You might want to go with an 8' blade instead, but you'd probably be fine with the blade you have if you add wings to it.
  3. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    What engine, 6.0, 8.1 or D-Max?

    How many miles?

    Makes a difference in value...
  4. iluvscag

    iluvscag Member
    from STL
    Messages: 57

    In the thread I put it had 40,000 miles. And sorry it has the 6.0 Vortec gas.
  5. CEPropertyMgt

    CEPropertyMgt Junior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 12

    sounds like a pretty decent price. i have a 6.0 2500HD CC with a 8' Boss Super Duty on it
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    An '04 6.0 truck for $17,000 isn't a bad deal then.

    Truck prices are completely geographically dependent though.

    Common issues on the '04's (and other years):

    Intermediate steering shaft
    Rear rotors delaminate
    Rear calipers corrode on the sliding pins (maintenance preventable though)
    Gage clusters fail (covered under service bulletin)

    The good:

    Ride good
    Handle great
    Good resale value
    6.0's are reliable, good power

    A 7.6 is a bit small for this truck. Many guys run them and wish they had an 8 footer at least.

    TKLAWN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,637

    Unless you like 9 mpg buy a duramax, you get all the extra torqe plus the allison tranny, they are a little mor but well worth it. The 6.0 also has a tendency to run warm with a plow on it.
  8. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    I get way less then 9 mpg when plowing a heavy snow. I can get 12 the rest of the time. I also have never really had an issue with it running hot. the next one however will be a duramax no doubt about that.
    my truck has plowed every year of its life (2002) so far I have had no faiures directly related to plowing. I have had 2 semi major failures with the transfer case, which is not GM specific. The only other problem I have is with alternators running the plow motor seems to burn them up. I have alway had the high output models and this year I install a bosh hoping to get more then one season out of it.
    I also second what the others have said about a 7'6" plow thats a bit small and if you are not carefull snow will fall back down under your tires and you can get stuck. I would run at least an 8' if not a9'
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2008
  9. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Intermediate steering shaft -- 2X covered in warranty
    Rear rotors delaminate Happens@60K
    Rear calipers corrode on the sliding pins (maintenance preventable though)
    Gage clusters fail (covered under service bulletin) Have a mind of their own

    Ride good Best truck ride
    Handle great Handles great for a truck
    Good resale value Best in class
    6.0's are reliable, good power 12-14 MPG not 9

    17 is a good price, very good for 40K.
    2004HD 4X4 has been my personal truck since 9/03.
    I have plowed with it and towed my bass boat all up and down
    the east coast, great truck.
  10. iluvscag

    iluvscag Member
    from STL
    Messages: 57

    Guys the feedback from this site has been unreal and very much appreciated. I do plan on buying this truck on Friday and will get pictures as soon as I can. I might reconsider the 7"6" plow and maybe a buy a 8'. I will watch out for the delaminating rear rotors. Thank you feedback very much appreciated.
  11. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Also something that I have read about and also happened to me was the exhaust manifold bolts snapping their heads leaving you with an exhaust leak and a pain to get out. Seems to be an issue with some of the 6.0's. I ended up replacing all of mine once a couple broke. Ask them to be replaced as the factory replacements run about 7 bucks a piece, at leas that's what the local dealer charged....

    Is this truck for sale at a dealer? Regardless, it would be worth having it overlooked thouroughly by a local mechanic that you trust. Check tranny fluid to see if dark/burnt. Check air filter and oil too. This can sometimes show you how the truck was cared for. I know I seem a little anal about the whole thing but when I buy a used truck.

    Oh yeah, and if you buy, don't directly power wash around the intake manifold..... water can get trapped underneath and in the knock sensor holes causing them to rust/rot out throwing a "Check Engine" code. Been there, done that.. :salute: Anyway, good luck with the purchase. Sounds like a good deal seeing as though I bought my 03 2500HD LT with 53k on it summer of 05 for 19,500. They are awesome trucks. wesport
  12. iluvscag

    iluvscag Member
    from STL
    Messages: 57

    Tranny oil was pink yet so thats good and motor oil had been changed every 3,000 miles from dealer records. Its a small town dealer.
  13. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    My 2000 6.0 snapped 4 bolts @125K, what a pain, definately replace them!
  14. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,522

    Is one of the many options a snow plow prep pkg?
  15. iluvscag

    iluvscag Member
    from STL
    Messages: 57

    Sure is!!!!
  16. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,522

    Cool. I have the 04 2500 but not hd. The only issue I have had is the instrument cluster panel like already mentioned. Will have them check the back brakes next time in too. Thanks for posting that. I am at 56k on mine right now.
  17. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,522

    Do you know how many miles this happens at?
  18. mmtwin

    mmtwin Member
    Messages: 87

    I would think you should at least put an 8' footer if not go to the 9' footer. The 7'6" isn't worth it. That trruck can easliy handle it
  19. McVey Landscaping

    McVey Landscaping Member
    Messages: 44

    I bought a 2007 2500HD reg cab 6.0 l, love it. This looks like it is well worth it, again it is all in what you want and want to spend.

    Behavior Modification Specialist:gunsfiring: by Night, Mower, Landscaper, SnowPlow by day.
  20. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Happened to me around 80k I think however not sure when the DOOM date is...