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Chevy 1500HD Reviews

nordsjnordsj Posts: 3
edited March 2014 in Chevrolet
So what does everyone think of their 1500HDs?

After test driving the Ford 150 & 250 Supercrew and jumping in a Chevy HD for a hour drive, there
was a considerable difference.
1)Fords are higher, but only because of suspension blocks.
2)Fords look great on the outside, but interior
is bland.
3)Chevy I believe could of spiced the exterior up some but the interior is more refined.
and the LT pkg is more/less like the SUVs.
4)Noise levels are much lower on the Chevy, including Road & Motor noise.
5)Chevy 1500HD 4x4 Payload = 2847.
Ford Supercrew 150 = 1670.
6)Chevy 1500HD 4x4 GVWR = 8600.
Ford Supercrew 150 = 7700.

I was debating between the 2500HD 4x4 LS Crew and/or the 1500HD 4x4 LT Crew. It was a long drawn out process and I finally ended up with the 1500HD 4x4 LT Crew Cab.
Options: SummitWhite, Tan Leather interior, 6.0l, 4.10Ratio, Electronic Climate Control, Polished aluminum Wheels, Locking Rear Differential, Rear Window Defogger, Complete Trailering Pkg. Wheel Flares, Deep Tinted Glass.
Then I'll be putting on a Topper and having the lower 1/4 half painted light tan to match the interior.
Anyone know of nice looking running boards and mud flaps for this truck?

I'll be posting to this forum in the near future as I have more driving / towing reviews on this truck.
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  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    http://www.huskyliners.com


    check out http://www.picturetrail.com/ryanbab


    for pics of them on my truck


    Ryan

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    I picked up a flyer at my local Chevy dealer on the 1500HD, and they compare it to the Ford F-150 Super Crew. I find this rather interesting for the following reasons:

    • The new 1500HD is really nothing more than a short-bed crew cab using the Chevy 2500 specs, which has an 8600 GVW. This is the first time I believe that a so-called "1/2" ton" pickup has ever used a 8600 lb. gvw. I know Chevy has offered a 1/2 ton Suburban with a diesel with a 8600 gvw, but I believe in the past 8600 has always been a heavy-duty 3/4 ton pickup model. So, I guess now we can expect to see other 8600 gvw 1/2 ton pickups in the future.

    • I mentioned in my post title that this is a "marketing" issue. Chevy thinks most customers will be personal use buyers, as opposed to commercial buyers. Most personal use folks who think of "personal use," think of the "1500" series, not the "2500" series.

    • And to further confuse the issue, Chevy will be marketing a "2500 series" Avalanche, in addition to the 1500 Avalanche in the fall. The 2500 Avalanche and the 1500HD Crew cab both have a 2500 GVW. Don't you think that the 1500/2500 Avalanche is going to compete with the new 1500HD Crew Cab? I do. I guess Chevy is betting that folks who are turned off by the "over-the-top" styling of the Avalanche will opt for the more conservative looking 1500HD Crew Cab. Confused? I know I am.

    Bob
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    To my knowledge the Super Crew comes only as a F-150 model, with a 2WD gvw of 6600, and 4WD gvw of 6750, not the figures Jo posted in post #1. Ford does make a F-250 Super-Duty Crew Cab, but that's a completely different animal from the F-150 Super Crew.

    Bob
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    Good posts Bob.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    <<The 2500 Avalanche and the 1500HD Crew cab both have a 2500 GVW.>>

    That should have read:

    The 2500 Avalanche and the 1500HD Crew cab both have a 8600 GVW.

    Bob
  • I have a z71 with 252,000 miles 1995(no troubles
    except 1 alternator and an air conditioned.
    I am going to purchase a new truck. I need to find out what type of silage these trucks are getting on the highway(new 1500 4wd crew cab).
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    I'm gonna guess you could eek out 15 on a good day, and 14 without much difficulty if you're empty. Towing...not enough info, but maybe as bad as 10-11, worse if you're at the limit.

    But...252,000 miles on the '95? I'd say that one deserves to be retired and put out to stud, a good one!

    A lot of driving, you are doing! Towing lots? Auto or manual on the '95?
  • s_matzs_matz Posts: 1
    I am looking into purchasing a 1500HD. I have been waiting many years for a true 4-door 1500 series truck with a regular size bed. So Chevy has delivered. My question is how much below MSRP are the dealers going on these trucks. I went to a local dealer this morning and he only had one and it was not 4wd. I may have to wait on the 2002 models. Any input from those who have recently purchased one would be greatly appreciated.
  • campo57campo57 Posts: 94
    My brother who lives in NJ just bought one for about $800 over invoice (that also takes into account the regional advertising fee which was about $400). I'm sure he could have done better but he's not a very aggressive person when it comes to dealing with salespeople.

    Campo57
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Your comment here is interesting:

    << I am looking into purchasing a 1500HD. I have been waiting many years for a true 4-door 1500 series truck with a regular size bed >>

    In my earlier post I suggested that Chevy labeled this vehicle a "!500" rather than a "2500" model for marketing purposes, even though it rides on the 2500 series 8600 lb. gvw chassis.

    Your above comment proves my point. If this vehicle had been labeled a "2500" instead of a "1500," I suspect you probably would not have considered it.

    Ahhh, the power of savvy marketing...

    Bob
  • redsilveradoredsilverado Posts: 1,000
    if the frames are the same on the 1500HD as the standard 1500?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    frames are not the same
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    It's built using 2500 series components, not 1500 series components. It's got a 8600 gvw, so the frame must be quite a bit stronger than those found in the 1500 models.

    Bob
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    If they don't bounce I'll buy one!
  • wight1wight1 Posts: 218
    The 1500HD is basically the same truck as the 1999 and 2000 model year 2500. Its got a heavier frame, springs, axles, brakes, etc. than the standard 1500, but not as heavy as this year's 2500HD. And I'm sure it bounces more than a standard 1500.
  • randyprandyp Posts: 3
    It is a little stiffer but ride quality is much better, it is much quieter, and not intimidating(ask my wife) to drive at all. It does take thought when parking in a crowded parking lot but is nothing like most 3/4 tons(Ford SD series). I did not buy over 2500HD due to marketing(was going to buy 2500hd, drove the 1500hd and couldn't pay the extra $900.00). Also, step in height seems lower(might be my imagination). Grill and hood(I like both) but I think the 2500HD looks a little out of balance with the tires vs size of wheel openings. I really like the 1500hd and averaged 14.9 mpg on 1400 mile round trip to disneyworld doing 75-80 most of the time. Kids and wife thought it was super comfortable.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Is that the old or new body '99 you're referring to?
  • randyprandyp Posts: 3
  • eric2001eric2001 Posts: 482
    The 1500HD & 2500HD both have the same wheel openings (fenders / bed). The difference is the height of the frame, which raises the height of the body from the suspension, giving the appearance of a larger opening.

    Yes you are correct on the step in height, also for the same reason.

    Best of luck with your truck.
    -Eric
  • nordsjnordsj Posts: 3
    Ok, I'm back with about 1,800 mi on the truck.

    1500HD 4x4 LT CrewCab


    First issue - Tranny was replaced @ 450mi

    It was intermitted in going into reverse.

    Since then it's did it 3 times, If it happens

    a 4th time she going back to the dealer.

    Otherwise I love this truck!


    Photos:

    http://community.webshots.com/album/13776922cTltRRmmmG


    Pros:

    *Tons of power to tow our 23ft Boat (Cuddy)

    *Very Quiet interior. little wind and road noise..

    *Lot's of Looks from the Ford folks!

    *There is not as many on the road as ford (mainly because they are so new) it's nice having a truck not everyone and their brother has...

    *Plenty of leg room in the back seat

    *VERY solid construction, Frame / chassis.

    *Drives great! Seats, fit you like a glove.


    Cons:

    *Gas Mi - avg 14.0

    *I have the 4.10 rear-end

    *Tranny was replaced @ 450mi

    *MONTHLY PAYMENTS... :-(

    *It sits about 1/2" lower on driver's side??? (not a big deal though)

    *Firestone Tires - They look great and they look much better than the basic tires, before the upgrade.

    *Wish it sat up like the 2500HD, (but I saved $$$$.$$) and really did not need that extra

    beefed up 2500HD.


    http://community.webshots.com/album/13776922cTltRRmmmG


    Ask me, would I buy one again???

    O ya...!

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    One other advantage (IMO) with the 1500HD vs. the 2500HD crew cab, is that you get the "AutoTrac" 4WD, which has an auto 4WD on-demand mode. The 2500HD doesn't offer that.

    That's a great feature on transitional surfaces.

    Bob
  • wlm26wlm26 Posts: 33
    Recently decided it was time to buy a new truck. Was coming from a standard cab Sierra 1/2 ton standard cab, 2wd. Decided to move up to a crew cab pick up, 4wd. I had seen pictures of the GMC Sierra crewcab and started looking for info on them. I swear, it was like a slap to the face!! 1/2 ton HD?!?!?!?! Like I posted on another forum, if it looks like an orange, smells like an orange, and tastes like an orange, guess what? It's an orange!!!! The Silverado/ Sierra crewcab 1/2 ton HD's are nothing more than 3/4 ton pickups. Plain and simple. Here I was thinking that GM would follow suit with the F150 Supercrew and just take a Tahoe/ Yukon and put a bed on it. Nope!! Idiots!!! Why in the hell would they think that if someone wants a crewcab they're only going to use it for work?!?!?!?! The local GM dealers can't give the crecabs they have instock away!!!! And yet I see Supercrews on every single block!!! And guess what? I bought one and love it!! GM, if you read this, it would be a good idea to do a OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP of your marketing department and go out to hire some fresh new people. You're loosing millions compared to the Supercrew and you always will.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Supercrew for anything other than hauling the family which an Odyssey would do better? I thought that it had at least a 6.5' bed when it came out. After seeing one, the bed is smaller than a Tundra...geez what can you put in there cept a couple of dogs or bags of groceries.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    You can't compare a 1500 to a 2500LD. The bed is larger, so is the brakes, heavier frame. I mean but an Odyssey if you want a family hauler cause the Tundra's bed is larger than that Supercrew....and that isn't saying much......
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I like to sit up where I can see what's going on. I ocassionally have more than just a couple people so can use the back seat and would like 4 real doors. Once in awhile I even use the bed for something. Last time was to bring home a TV. But I don't haul heavy loads and I don't tow anything. Don't even want a hitch on it. So do I need a 1500HD? Nope. But I would like a smooth riding 1500 Crew Cab.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    FYI: I posted the following before (post #3) in this forum, addressing the same issue. If you've already read it, my apologies for reposting.

    << <B>Interesting marketing on Chevy's part by rsholland  Jun 24, 2001 (07:23 am)

    I picked up a flyer at my local Chevy dealer on the 1500HD, and they compare it to the Ford F-150 Super Crew. I find this rather interesting for the following reasons:

    &#149; The new 1500HD is really nothing more than a short-bed crew cab using the Chevy 2500 specs, which has an 8600 GVW. This is the first time I believe that a so-called "1/2" ton" pickup has ever used a 8600 lb. gvw. I know Chevy has offered a 1/2 ton Suburban with a diesel with a 8600 gvw, but I believe in the past 8600 has always been a heavy-duty 3/4 ton pickup model. So, I guess now we can expect to see other 8600 gvw 1/2 ton pickups in the future.

    &#149; I mentioned in my post title that this is a "marketing" issue. Chevy thinks most customers will be personal use buyers, as opposed to commercial buyers. Most personal use folks who think of "personal use," think of the "1500" series, not the "2500" series.

    &#149; And to further confuse the issue, Chevy will be marketing a "2500 series" Avalanche, in addition to the 1500 Avalanche in the fall. The 2500 Avalanche and the 1500HD Crew cab both have a 8600 GVW. Don't you think that the 1500/2500 Avalanche is going to compete with the new 1500HD Crew Cab? I do. I guess Chevy is betting that folks who are turned off by the "over-the-top" styling of the Avalanche will opt for the more conservative looking 1500HD Crew Cab. Confused? I know I am. >>

    As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm convinced this was a marketing decision, nothing else. They (marketing) apparently think if they stuck a "2500" badge on it instead of a "1500HD," that they would lose consumer (as opposed to commerical) sales, because it would be perceived as a 3/4 ton, and not a 1/2 ton.

    I do agree&#151;it's dumb, and confusing. Your post accurately reflects that.


    Bob
  • maringamaringa Posts: 36
    I wish GMC would add some engine options to the 1500HD. The only option available is the 6.0 liter. I would rather have the 5.3 engine available for this model as it would provide better mileage and adequate power (more power than Ford's Supercrew). Yes, I want to use a crew cab for just hauling family and light hauling. I don't need the HD suspension/engine.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    They possibly dont use the 5.3 in the CC because it doesnt provide enough power?

    How do you know the 5.3 would be adequete? The truck is on the 2500LD platform which means it is heavier duty than a 1500. The 1500HD is all marketing
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    isn't offered on the 2500 pickup or 2500 Suburban. That's probably why it's not offered on the 1500HD Crew cab.

    Bob
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