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Old 07-13-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Silverado/Sierra

I love the GMC's I've had.
But with the design changes from the auto industry,
I'm lacking ANY "must have" in a tow vehicle.

Can anyone tell me exactly what difference there is
between the Silverado and Sierra, if any?

My favorite was a 2000 Sierra extended cab, but it got totaled.
I later got a 2005 Sierra Crew cab, but the wife traded it off.

Now everything seems to "look" like a Ford. arghh.

FYI, I'm now driving a 2010 Toyota/Tacoma V-6.
Wife picked it out. Nice truck, but not my Sierra.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #2
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I love the GMC's I've had.
But with the design changes from the auto industry,
I'm lacking ANY "must have" in a tow vehicle.

Can anyone tell me exactly what difference there is
between the Silverado and Sierra, if any?

My favorite was a 2000 Sierra extended cab, but it got totaled.
I later got a 2005 Sierra Crew cab, but the wife traded it off.

Now everything seems to "look" like a Ford. arghh.

FYI, I'm now driving a 2010 Toyota/Tacoma V-6.
Wife picked it out. Nice truck, but not my Sierra.
Personally I like the styling of the '14 Sierra better than the Chevy. I saw one coming up to pass by me the other day, and really noticed the LED daytime running lights. Ha ! .....maybe the LED's won't burn out on one side like it seems all the late chev/gmc trucks have !
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Styling and options.
GMC and Chevrolet are just two badges representing brands from GM, for the same vehicles in their light truck line; Cadillac is another (although mostly used for unrelated cars). There are sometimes differences in the options available in the various brands, and the level of trim; I would put the feature and options lists side-by-side and run down them to see if anything that mattered to me pointed to one or the other.

GMC versus Chevrolet made more sense when GM had Chev/Olds/Caddy dealers and Pontiac/Buick/GMC dealers - each set needed a brand which included trucks. I wouldn't be surprised if GMC disappears in the next economic crisis, the way Oldsmobile and Pontiac (and Saturn) did in the last one.

If GM trucks look like Ford trucks, it happens because those are the two big names in the North American light truck market. The market leaders always tend to conservative styling that suits their established customers, while the "little guys" need to be more radical to attract a few more buyers.
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With two exceptions, always been a Chevy guy. Need head and leg room big time, which narrows my choices, so current and last tow vehicle were SUV's. When the '92 (gulp) Ford Explorer died I went back to Chevy. Really liked that Explorer. And this is hard for me to say... it served well, very easy to work on, quite roomy, engine ran like a clock....then head gasket gave out. Found a really low mileage '96 Tahoe on EBay and fell in love. Could not resist paying under $4k for a $40K vehicle.
Tahoes, Suburbans, Yukons, et al ----all the same I think, give or take lipstick, bells and whistles. That 3.6L engine is brutish and I have gotten 18 mpg (not towing, of course.) But gentlemen, it's paid for.
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I went onto the Chebbie website and "built" a couple of trucks. A 1500 and a 3500 with training wheels. Surprised there was not much diff in price. 48 and change for the 1500 and 54 for the one ton. I spec'd the one ton out with gas though, which is unusual.....most opt for the DA, which adds about 8300 to the ticket.
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A 1500 and a 3500 with training wheels. Surprised there was not much diff in price. 48 and change for the 1500 and 54 for the one ton.
I'm not surprised. This is the same problem with small cars and big cars: so much of the cost is related to the number of components, the cost of assembling them, and the cost of distribution, that the size is not a big factor when the same type of components go into each.
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[QUOTE= That 3.6L engine is brutish .[/QUOTE]

............(--oops) correcting brutish horsepower typo ...5.7L engine.
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