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Old January 5th, 2016, 10:45 AM   #1
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Is the new body style significantly nicer?

Just totaled my tahoe and I am looking for a crew cab pick up. Lots of trucks in the 11-14 range of similar price. (with the new body styles being a click more expensive)

4wd, crew cab, 5.3 with 6 speed.
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I should have gone this route with the subaru.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 11:13 AM   #3
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I should have gone this route with the subaru.
So far I'm really liking our subaru, even the CVT doesn't bother me like many said it will. The paddle shifters are pretty fun too.

Just spoke to my brother who owned a new style (2014 I think) and he said they feel more powerful and have a significantly quieter cabin.

@whiterhino Is it worth 4-5k more to get the newer body style if miles are equal? I'm comparing to trucks, equal miles. 5.3/6 speed. 2011 has a topper (plus), 2014 has heated buckets (plus).
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My current truck is a 2015 2500 HD with a d-max. The previous truck was a 2011 1500 with a 6.2 gasser. I think my new cabin is more quiet and the creature comforts continue to get better with each new generation. Is it night and day different? No. Can I tell you that spending the extra money is worth it? No. I think it comes down to personal choice and budget.

You can buy a replacement topper.
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I know your similar in truck useage to me, also know we aren't comparing exact apples to apples.

I like the 14 better, the wife likes the 11 with the topper better (mostly because it's $4500 cheaper) Camron said the mileage is a click better and the cabon/interior is noticeably nicer.
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I agree with Cameron but you have to decide if you want to spend another $4500 for it. If it's in your budget, I would do it without question. Newer truck, higher resale, heated seats.

I just bought a super nice topper for $1700.
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I agree with Cameron but you have to decide if you want to spend another $4500 for it. If it's in your budget, I would do it without question. Newer truck, higher resale, heated seats.

I just bought a super nice topper for $1700.
That's my mindset, the wife doesn't see it the same way.
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What if you work resale value into the equation?

I would expect at some point the last body style will become outdated to many used buyers and the value will drop (not talking diesel).
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Disregard if you always total your vehicles before getting a new one.
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What if you work resale value into the equation?

I would expect at some point the last body style will become outdated to many used buyers and the value will drop (not talking diesel).
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Disregard if you always total your vehicles before getting a new one.
I usually sell them before I total them, this one didn't work out that way
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So far I'm really liking our subaru, even the CVT doesn't bother me like many said it will. The paddle shifters are pretty fun too.

Just spoke to my brother who owned a new style (2014 I think) and he said they feel more powerful and have a significantly quieter cabin.

@whiterhino Is it worth 4-5k more to get the newer body style if miles are equal? I'm comparing to trucks, equal miles. 5.3/6 speed. 2011 has a topper (plus), 2014 has heated buckets (plus).
I meant the part where I have an on purpose and collect the money from the insurance.
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I agree with interior noise being much better. Also the new technology in the trucks are nice, along with the fuel economy.

We ended up leasing a 2015 and the 5.3 is much better than the previous generation as well. IMHO
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I agree with interior noise being much better. Also the new technology in the trucks are nice, along with the fuel economy.

We ended up leasing a 2015 and the 5.3 is much better than the previous generation as well. IMHO
what kind of mileage are you seeing?

I drive a lot, so if it's "significant" over the previous generation that's important.

I sent you a PM with a few other questions also
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2015 tahoe ltz whatever fully loaded 5.3 16-21mpg (16-18 up north in hills, 19-21 on the flat down state doing 68-71mph with cruise).

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what kind of mileage are you seeing?

I drive a lot, so if it's "significant" over the previous generation that's important.

I sent you a PM with a few other questions also
She is averaging 20-21 on normal driving. Previous Silverados I have owned averaged around 17 so I consider it significant. The biggest thing for me is where the motor makes its power. The torque curve is much lower in the new 5.3L

If you are going to be pulling a heavy trailer you have to be mindful of the gear ratios a lot of the trucks out there are going to have 3.08 gears.
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She is averaging 20-21 on normal driving. Previous Silverados I have owned averaged around 17 so I consider it significant. The biggest thing for me is where the motor makes its power. The torque curve is much lower in the new 5.3L

If you are going to be pulling a heavy trailer you have to be mindful of the gear ratios a lot of the trucks out there are going to have 3.08 gears.

Good info, thank you.

My 09 would pull 21-22 at 65 before I leveled it and upsized the tires. Then i was 17-19ish. My tahoe with the same 285's but stock height (4 speed) never really got very good mileage, typically 16-18 highway.

If I can improve on that by 2-3 mpg I'd be satisfied.
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To hell with what the wife says/thinks . Get what you like or want you have to drive it she doesn't. Happy wife happy life you all are some whipped mfers get your balls from her purse and be a man and buy what you want.





J/k if the additional 4500 dollars is in the budget i would not even consider the obs . The nbs is so much quiter and more pleasant to drive. And the resale will still be decent when the body style changes for the 2017 model year.
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heated seats are an amazing thing, I'd have them on my office chair if I could figure out how to do it
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For what its worth i know 2 guys who have bought 2015's, 1/2 ton 5.3 trucks only to have nothibg but problem after problem until they bitched enough to get a totally different truck. One was a motor issue, had 7500 miles and sent a rod thru the block. The other was a bad drivetrain vibration over 75 mph.
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