Pros: Sips gas...safe, good in snow, mud, big pulling power.
Cons: Outside, sounds like a Kenworth semi, + diesel fumes
OK, I've owned 2 dozen vehicles, foreign and domestic...
Been driving 35 years. have driven everything from hi-tech racecars and sportscars to 20 ton vehicles, network TV trucks, state trooper cars and been professionally licensed to drive them all.
I personally own 2 Corvettes, including a rare, 'built' ZR-1 + a 2005 Ford 250 Super Duty diesel.
Recently I bought a 90% reconditioned 1999 FDNY Battalion Chief's Suburban.
That's right... The mythical 1999 GMC Turbo DIESEL Sub. ('99 was the final year as well as the year that GM finally got ALL the 6.5's diesel bugs (cooling, etc.) ironed out.
For starters... so called 'HEAVY DUTY' is nothing compared to this beast. And while it sips gas doing the 'police type troll' in OD, while crusing on the highway, it's still 20 mpg with a HUGE gas tank. (60 gal?).
This thing is awesome!
Had it up on unreal rocky roads in the mountain passes of New Mexico the day after it arrived, no fear... TIGHT.
Well today, I finally decided to floor it while getting on the interstate...
Not a Corvette... but not a slouch either.
This thing must have 4.10 gears... cause I actually left a half dozen NEW cars behind on the highway and looking in my mirror I left them going uphill in the thin air at 7000 feet.
So, I settled down at 80 mph and cracked a smile from ear to ear...
Actually almost more fun than my Vettes.
Total Sleeper. Fact is... nothing beats a TURBO DIESEL for raw torque, baby.
The 1999 GMC Turbo Diesel Suburban... last of GMC's 6.5 Diesel beasts.
Once you experience it... you won't leave home w/o it.