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GMC Sierra 1500 vs. CHEVY Silverado 1500



  • As a Ford F150 owner, I am about to switch to GM but would like advice on GMC vs Chev.
    I will be buying a top of the line 4x4 with all the toys but not sure if I want the Z71 off road
    as I understand it can be a rough rider. Please advise.
  • Other than trim and some minor options the Chevy & GMC are the same. It becomes a question of style more than substance between the two trucks.
    I bought a y2k GMC Z71 4 door(SLE w/ all the toys but leather and memory settings)and I am happy with the ride. It is one well refined truck and has awesome power (5300 w/ 3.73 posi). My '97 Silverado 3 door 4x4 didn't ride as good as the new one in my opinion, but you should try it yourself before deciding.
    just my .02
    Good luck and happy hunting.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    before you buy..just for kicks...

    - Tim
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Rough rider??? Nah i think it has a nice ride

  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    That cushy thing of yours?


    - Tim
  • You may be right on the 2500. I remember a '91 2500 chevy 4x4 I had and it did do pretty well for ride and handling. Now I'm kicking myself for not taking a test drive in one.
    Oh well,its already bought.
    Question though. How does the 6000 in a 3/4 ton stack up against the 5300 in a 1/2 ton? Is there a large difference in torqe if rears are the same?
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    if you want to talk racing....(which is not why i got it)....the extra weight of the 2500 and the 2.48 1st gear VS 3.06 for the 1500....makes the extra HP about the same times in the 1/4...with the 5.3 getting a better jump...and then the 2500 bringing up the latter of the race...

    towing....the 6.0 gets up into tow RPm's better being the 2.48 1st gear...and the .74 OD..VS .70 makes a difference on the highway for better power...

    I like the ride be can always cancel?

    - Tim
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162 doubt about it....but too mushy for me after a year in a 2500...

    - Tim
  • I need some advise. I want to buy a 2000 Sierra with the tow package. I can get the 4.8. I do like the MPG the Sierras offer. If I tow a 4000 lb Travel trailer loaded with food etc. and have a couple of mototcycles in the bed with fire wood and 2 adults and 3 kids. Is this pushing the tow rating of 6750 or am I okay?? Any comments would be appreciated.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Old debate....yes, your truck would be able to do it but a heavier package along with a 2500 would be better.
  • 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 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...
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