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GMC Sierra 1500 vs. CHEVY Silverado 1500

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  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    do it.....but you won't be very happy...

    Get a 5.3.....or if you do it a lot....get a 2500 with better brakes, axles, suspension, etc....

    lasts longer too

    Good Luck

    - Tim
  • I might be kicking myself for this later but last Sat I passed up a new pewter 2000 2500 CREW C. 4x4 for $27,360 +T&T. Cloth/loaded except no power seats. I love the interior of that truck and the 5.7L engine but, felt the slow accel for merging and passing and extra wt in driving over Smokey Mnts. might be a problem. I Drove a 4banger '86 Trooper II for 9 yrs and I'm sick of the nick name "slow poke". I drove 5 hrs 1 way to test drive it and it was extremely hard not to drive it home. I think it was getting sold to a dealer in FLA after I didn't take it.
  • I have a similar problem with answers to towing. I posted this question a minute ago elsewhere. we are planning to buy a boat/trailer. i'm told it will weigh about 2700 lbs or so. (i dont know for sure) What's the deal with pickups and theyre higher towing capacity (eg. GMC sierra v6) about 6000 lbs or so. and about the same power (eg Ford escape) is only good for 3500lbs. Can a v6 pickup really tow that much? Is it all about the hp and torque or braking or what? Is a v6 enough? You would think so with what the specs tell you. I know everyone says...get a bigger engine/truck, but do i really have to or will the Ford escape or Sierra pickup do the job? Please Help, It's driving me nuts. (i would rather have the Ford suv but not if smoke is gonna pour out of my engine on the way to Tahoe!)
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    much more than a truck. Get a crewcab V8 fullsize. If you're doing any kind of towing I wouldn't consider anything less that a fullsize pickup and not with a V6 in it either.
  • ok, so, for instance. i quickly checked out the 1500 vortec v8...........same hp and a little more torque..........so what's the difference?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    between the sierra and escape? or pickup vs suv? or .... what I'm saying is for towing your 2700# boat/trailer you also need to consider how much your equipment and passengers will weigh. Four full sized adults would add 6-700#'s with another couple of hundred lbs. for fishing gear quickly brings it up to a 1000 lbs. With that in mind, a V8 would be a neccesity for longevity as a V6 would be taxed. More so in a mini truck or SUV. Mileage is also better in the truck than the SUV due to the wieght difference. Another factor is the difference in mileage between a fullsize V8 and V6 is not much maybe 1-2 mpg due to how hard the V6 would have to work to tow the same load.
  • so the hp/torque being equal in the v6 and v8, the v8 engine will run at less rpm making the difference in wear and tear right? So why the hell do they advertise the big tow capacity. It screws me up. any way thanks for the info. Appreciate it. Rob
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I tried to respond to your email but had it returned as undeliverable. Is that roadrunner you are using? seems like they have a lot of problems lately....especially for what they are charging...
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    It will do the deed. However, the question is for how long...and how hard the V6 would have to work. Marketing at its best...
  • it's new....ATT cable internet, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. oh well. Already starting to look at the Ford F-150 with optional v8. Thanks.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ...but it won't like it on a regular basis......get a V-8....if you had to tow it for a friend once......V-6 OK....but for me as something I would do on regular basis....V-8..

    some little guy may be able to lift the weights right along with the big guys.....but he ain't gonna do it as long.....

    - Tim
  • Recently purchased a 2001 Chev Silverado LT Z71, 4x4, ext.cab, and loaded. Big mistake! I failed to fully do my research and test driving. The front end is very "mushy", while the rear is very "choppy". Front end reminds me of a 50's worn out large car, and the rear like an empty dump truck. Have tried different tires, spring work, shocks, varying air pressures, etc. Nothing helped!!! Also, lot's of wind noise,and fit and trim is not that great either.
    Now for the "Fix". I took the hit and ordered a Ford F-150 Lariat comparably equipped!
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    smell F150Rules?

    - Tim
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Actually sounds more like BLD if you ask me...
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Bud/ZBAD is back?? Oh no...
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    oh god.

    I think the fit and trim gave it away.

    Pretty sad when you gotta make stories up

    Ryan
  • Ryan,

    No BS here! Not talking about major stuff, but things like seam gap between hood and fender, one end of tailgate higher than the other, width of gap between door and body seams. Guess I am picky, picky, picky!!!! I would like to know if anyone else has experienced ride problems?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    No ride problems for me. Just a damn dash rattle which i fixed earlier this wk woohoo. No truck is perfect trust me i am picky and cant find much wrong with this truck.

    Ryan
  • Ryan, My 2001 Silverado has been just great. With the one exception of that "damn dash rattle" you referred too. What did you do to correct the problem? Tighten something down? Replace the dash?Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Sandy
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I took the dash apart. Very simple to do. Open drivers side door. Where the vent is (and autotrac if you have push button 4x4) and you can see the trim that attatches to the dash. Pull that apart it just snaps apart. Unsnap it all the way down past the radio. ALl i did was above the oil and temp gauges in the dash was put a long piece of foam with tape backing probably about 3/4" thick. Reattacthed the dash snapped back together and its great. Let me know if you need any furthur assistance.

    Ryan
  • Ryan, Thanks for the quick response. I will try that this weekend and let you know how it turns out. -Sandy
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    If you cant find the location of where to put the foam let me know i can take some pics (kinda scared to take dash apart but i will if you need a visual look at it)

    Where exactly is your noise coming from? I know i knew the exact spot of mine

    Ryan
  • sfishsfish Posts: 27
    Does anyone know if you can get a factory type transmission heat gauage installed like on the 2500? Also to the guy complaining about ride, I switched up from a 91 explorer and couldn't be happier about the ride wife and kids rave about how smooth it is.
  • rcoosrcoos Posts: 167
    You won't be able to order the transmission temp gage because the instrument cluster comes as a complete unit.

    I checked into this a couple of months ago. You would have to return a core unit (instrument cluster) in exchange for the new one.

    I don't remember who makes the instrument clusters for GM, but it's not GM themselves (Hughes Electronics?). You would also have to put in the wiring for the gage to work.

    The 4L60 transmission on the 1/2 ton pickups doesn't have the wiring sensor going to the transmission oil pan ..... the 4L80 transmission has the wiring sensor in place & is ready to go.

    rcoos
  • Ryan, Most of the noise seems to be coming from behind the speedometer area. It's really just a little vibration. Not a real loud rattle. Maybe I should just leave well enough alone. It's such a minor problem. But it's the only thing that keeps my truck from being perfect. Edmunds did warn me about the cheap feeling interior. I still liked it better than the F-150 though. Thanks again for your help.
  • sfishsfish Posts: 27
    A Chevy dealer told me that putting a bug deflector/hood guard on my new 2001 would decrease the gas milage. Is this true?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    or at most.
  • WITH A COVER OVER THE BEDLINER?? NEVER OWNED A TRUCK BUT AM THINKING OF 01 SIVLERADO.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    maybe 1-2 mpg. Less resistance on freeway driving. Not much on city.
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