2005 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Reviews
2005 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Reviews and Owner Comments
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Picked up a used 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 HD which was in very good shape. Other than a few cosmetic blemishes, it was respectable. The motor is very strong and has good power, even on steep inclines here in the mountains. I honestly think you could tow just about anything you want with this truck. Plenty of power to do the job. The transmission shifts smoothly, and you barely even notice when it changes gears. There is hardly any radical upshifting and downshifting going on. Very nice. Suspension is great. Even with a lift like you would find on some 4WD's, it rides nice and plush, no bouncing. The seats are probably one of the best I've ever had in a truck. Very cushy and comfortable. The motor is fairly accessible if you do some of your own maintenance. I've seen some trucks which are a nightmare to work on. Newer vehicles nowadays aren't easy to work on to begin with, but this one is easier than many of them. If you work on a farm or ranch, you'll like the 8' bed. You can haul a bunch of stuff with room to spare. And you can load it up pretty heavy too, and chances are you won't even stress the suspension doing it. This truck is definitely a hauler. Gas mileage is one of the down sides to the truck. If you keep your foot out of the gas and stay in mild highway speeds, you'll do ok. But if you are heavy footed, expect to visit the gas station often. The truck has a very large gas tank, and it costs a kings fortune to fill it back up. AC and electronics seem to be holding up ok. No problems there. I think some of the plastic parts used on the truck could be of better quality. I'd expect better from GMC on that. All in all, it's a pretty good truck. I'll keep it for a long time, hopefully.
I have had this truck since new in 2005. It definitely is the most comfortable truck I have driven in 33 years driving. Prenty of power, but you pay in MPG with 15 city and 19 road driving just speed limit...if you speed...then drop that 20% and if you tow heavy trailer or boat it drops 40%...shame. I have had trouble with suspension and steering components. The power steering hose both leaked and the power steering box needed replaced at 80,000 miles. The Left front wheel bearing went out at 75,000 miles. This is a sealed unit and wish they went back to greased bearings. These problems are well known with GM, but they have not corrected them. Good truck overall and will drive it till the wheels fall off. This is my second diesel Chevy.