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2016 2500, should I?

First time posting here. Looking for opinions and suggestions on whether or not I should purchase a used 2016 2500. I would be trading in a 2014 GMC 1500. I have had both headlights go out at the same time within one year of install and the AC went out, both happened outside warranty and cost me a little less than $1K. I recently purchased a boat, that dry, weighs around 6,000 and can total out around 8-9K fully loaded up. That puts the 1500 at max tow. I don't think I will be towing every weekend, but several times a year for sure. I fear the strain on the 1500 will start to wear it down quickly.

The 2500 I am looking at has around 16k miles, Laramie, Cummins diesel, bench seating, was offered a spray in bedliner, $45k. The gas mileage on the computer was showing 27mpg on the highway (65mph) which is way better than my 1500. Trade in value of my truck (40k miles) is $32.5k. I would end up financing in the end around $10k. The vehicle history states rental, one owner, clean car fax. It looks like it was used to haul and or trailer something and has some rush on the frame underneath and a lot of clay. They said they would detail it and take care of all the clay.

I want a capable, trust worthy vehicle that will last me a long time. I'd like to see comparable or better fuel efficiency than my 1500.

Should I make this deal?? thanks for reading!

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$10K for a Cummins? I'd take that every day if it's in excellent condition-

Towing a 8-9K lb boat with a freekin 1/2 ton Chevy is a menace to society!
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$10K for a Cummins? I'd take that every day if it's in excellent condition-

Towing a 8-9K lb boat with a freekin 1/2 ton Chevy is a menace to society!
It seems to be in pretty good shape. A little concerned about the rust on the undercarriage, but I am assuming that is normal. It was purchased in Utah I believe. I can't post a link yet as I dont have enough posts...
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You should have a bigger truck whether it be a RAM, Chevy or Ford. The RAM you're looking at sounds like a 'no brainer'. Do it.
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That GMC will get that in trade? Wow I would do that in a second and tow easy with the Cummins. I could have towed with an Eco-diesel at the max; but thought the 3500 is the do all and tow all truck for the long term.

My only dislike is the ride; but of course 1/2 tons ride much better and you get used to it kind of.

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It most definitely doesn't get 27mpg, so do not expect that for mileage. someone must have reset it and spent some time coasting. 14-17 mpg avg in city, and 16-20 avg on highway would be more realistic
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That GMC will get that in trade? Wow I would do that in a second and tow easy with the Cummins. I could have towed with an Eco-diesel at the max; but thought the 3500 is the do all and tow all truck for the long term.

My only dislike is the ride; but of course 1/2 tons ride much better and you get used to it kind of.

Good luck.
There will be a BIG difference in ride between a half ton GM and heavy duty RAM - I've had both. The only thing I can recommend is take it for a good test drive to see how you like the ride, and also go as fast as 75-80 mph to ensure it doesn't have the dreaded shake. You'll love driving around with the windows down listening to the Cummins.
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There will be a BIG difference in ride between a half ton GM and heavy duty RAM - I've had both. The only thing I can recommend is take it for a good test drive to see how you like the ride, and also go as fast as 75-80 mph to ensure it doesn't have the dreaded shake. You'll love driving around with the windows down listening to the Cummins.
Today will be my 3rd test drive. Honestly, I knew the ride would be different, but its not terrible. The seats are more comfortable than the GMC, so that helps a lot.

I will get on the interstate today and see if I notice any shake up to 80mph. And yes, I already love starting it up with the windows down.

Are there any major quality concerns I should be aware of? the '14 GMC's 1500 have a lot of issues....Headlights being numero uno.
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That GMC will get that in trade? Wow I would do that in a second and tow easy with the Cummins. I could have towed with an Eco-diesel at the max; but thought the 3500 is the do all and tow all truck for the long term.

My only dislike is the ride; but of course 1/2 tons ride much better and you get used to it kind of.

Good luck.
I agree. If it's only a $10k bump to go up to a diesel and 2 years newer? Jump on it!

Karirick- What pressure are you running in your tires? Unless you are loaded to the max every day, I'd be running 55 front and 50 rear. Anything more than that is crazy and unnecessary.

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It most definitely doesn't get 27mpg, so do not expect that for mileage. someone must have reset it and spent some time coasting. 14-17 mpg avg in city, and 16-20 avg on highway would be more realistic
These numbers a very close to reality. Some guys get mid 20s but they are borderline "hyper-miling". Going 50 mph on flat interstate for hours on end. Possible, but not exactly practical for most people.

OP- There are a few common issues with the Cummins trucks. Vibration can be one of them, but you are on that one. If your prospective truck has any other common issues, they likely would have appeared by now. You will be getting the balance of warranty, so if it has a clean carfax and you get a mechanical inspection done (I would spend the $100) and it drives nice, I'd say go for it.

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These numbers a very close to reality. Some guys get mid 20s but they are borderline "hyper-miling". Going 50 mph on flat interstate for hours on end. Possible, but not exactly practical for most people.

OP- There are a few common issues with the Cummins trucks. Vibration can be one of them, but you are on that one. If your prospective truck has any other common issues, they likely would have appeared by now. You will be getting the balance of warranty, so if it has a clean carfax and you get a mechanical inspection done (I would spend the $100) and it drives nice, I'd say go for it.
Nice! My buddy owns a dealership and said he'd give it a mechanical inspection for free after i purchase. I guess then if there are issues I can get it taken care of under warranty.

Definitely starting to lean towards a purchase here!
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