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Old 08-11-2016, 02:53 PM   #81
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I was hoping to make it clear that it's not a 'jake brake' form of exhaust braking, in which exhaust valves are opened/closed. It's not that noisy, which is a good thing :-)
I agree that's an important distinction. A 'jake brake' (or Jacobs brake) is a compression-release braking system, and shouldn't be called an exhaust brake... but people do.

None of the pickup truck engines have a compression-release brake... fortunately!
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:25 PM   #82
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I have a 2016 Canyon diesel, 4WD longbox crewcab, and a 2006 25B17.5 Bigfoot (OK, not an Escape, but at least molded fiberglass :-) ). Like all 2500 series Bigfoots, our trailer is no lightweight. I haven't weighed it, but I'd guess 3800lbs dry based on similar trailers that have been weighed. The tanks are usually at least partly full when towing, as we frequently remote camp. The Bigfoot is a full 8' wide, which I believe is comparable to the largest Escapes, and is raised 4" for back road use. So, it has a fair bit of frontal area. We have an Equalizer hitch, transferred from our previous tug, a 2013 Ram 1500 quadcab.

We just returned from a trip from Nova Scotia to northern B.C. and back, totalling 16,000km of towing. Three adults (totalling 450lb) and one 60lb lab on board. We carried a couple hundred pounds of upright bicycles and luggage in the box. The truck has ~1400lb payload capacity (not including driver), giving sufficient leeway for the Bigfoot's tongue weight.
Thanks, Lawrence. Excellent review. I am sure now that this is the right choice for me. Heading to the dealership this evening to close the deal.
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:49 PM   #83
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As far as service, just about any truck stop will have diesel mechanics, my Jeep Liberty CRD was fixed at one to allow me to make it home, another 500 miles, where my dealer then replaced the hose used with a factory hose.
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:12 PM   #84
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I cannot find info on using the diesel brake in my manual. By how much does the vehicle slow down when you tap the brake? Does the computer adjust things based on what it feels is adequate speed? Or what?
The exhaust brake has a section (page 46) in the diesel supplement, not the main owner's manual. That supplement covers both the Colorado/Canyon Duramax 2.8 and the completely unrelated engine in the Silverado/Sierra Duramax, so only the "4-cylinder pickup" parts are relevant.

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Use of the exhaust brake will help maintain vehicle speed when used with cruise control.
This is what I would expect: if you have cruise control set, the exhaust brake (if activated by using tow/haul mode) will be controlled to hold the truck's speed at that setting.
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As far as service, just about any truck stop will have diesel mechanics...
Sure, but for most parts (even of the engine) it doesn't matter whether it is gas or diesel... and even the most experienced Cummins heavy truck diesel mechanic won't have any Duramax 2.8 parts in stock.
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Wow. Just did it. Ordered my new tow vehicle for our 2017 21. A silver GMC Canyon with the diesel engine.
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:16 PM   #87
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Sure, but for most parts (even of the engine) it doesn't matter whether it is gas or diesel... and even the most experienced Cummins heavy truck diesel mechanic won't have any Duramax 2.8 parts in stock.
Most of the dealers probably don't either, but usually get them in one day.
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:36 PM   #88
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Most of the dealers probably don't either, but usually get them in one day.
That's my experience with Toyota and Mazda, too: there are so many parts to a modern vehicle that there is no way to stock them all (although in a reasonable world routine maintenance items such as oil filters would always be in stock), but after a working day or two and they appear from the regional warehouse.

General diesel repair shops don't seem like they would be much good for the Colorado/Canyon owner, because they would be going to GM dealers to order parts, just like a customer who goes directly to the GM dealer for service.
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Wow. Just did it. Ordered my new tow vehicle for our 2017 21. A silver GMC Canyon with the diesel engine.
Congratulations, I just got back from the dealership looking at the Canyon and I really like what I saw. I’m 6’2” and had plenty of headroom and legroom in the cabin. Even though we are not replacing the old Dodge anytime soon, I am going to be keeping a eye on this truck.

Hopefully there will be a beta tester in the next year or so towing a 5.0 TA. (It might even be me if I can convince the better half that we don’t need a BMW X3 to replace the Fyundai Santa Fe when it dies). Scott

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General diesel repair shops don't seem like they would be much good for the Colorado/Canyon owner, because they would be going to GM dealers to order parts, just like a customer who goes directly to the GM dealer for service.


My point about the truck stop mechanic was of course they did not have any parts for a CRD Liberty, but they managed to make a substitute turbo intake hose out of spare parts. They were able to diagnose the issue and make a temporary fix that got me home 500 miles later. My point being a diesel mechanic can work on just about any diesel. On the other hand when I went to a gas station before the truck stop, they said they could not help me.
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