Seven years and one hundred thousand miles. Our big red truck still looks really sharp, runs great, works fine. Its 8.1 liter engine, paired with a big Allison transmission, is able to loaf almost all the time. Towing our 6,300 pound trailer is pretty light duty for such a heavy duty Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. But the time has come for some serious loving for our big red truck.
Full-timing towing a trailer may be nearly ideal for a pickup truck. The engine operates loaded and acceleration and handling are smoothed by the desire to keep the trailer happy behind us. Towing miles often are on highways with cruise control, trying to get 12 miles per gallon from our gasoline. We rarely are sitting in traffic with the engine idling. We don’t often start the truck in very cold weather and let it warm up to melt ice on the windshield. We want our truck to last. It does what it is designed to do and we try to make the job as smooth as we can.
The big red truck seems to like our approach so far. We thought our oil consumption was really high in 2008. The dealer repaired the oil cooler under warranty and we had no further problems. Our truck always did the job, never struggled or complained, never quit. How great is this? We love our truck.
The owner’s manual told us this was a very special celebration for our truck — 100,000 miles deserves big love. How big? More than we expected, even after studying the owner’s manual. We didn’t expect to replace a hub, pitman and idler arm, and four leaking oil lines (3 engine cooler and 1 transmission cooler, I think). We didn’t expect spark plugs and wires to run over $200. This was a two-day $4,000 special occasion for our big red truck. Very very special.
What are you going to do? The big red truck has never left us in a ditch. Zero maintenance problems in seven years. A big 50,000 mile check-up, but no surprises and just a half-day in the shop that time. We hardly expect such great service from our truck and are very happy with the miles we’ve shared. This service cost is approximately ten or fifteen car payments. Not bad for a fantastic powerful smooth comfortable and gorgeous truck that is perfectly paired with our trailer. We’ll keep it!
See you down the road!