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Old September 18th, 2007, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default GMC 1500/2500 options/opinions.

Ok this is round 2 for me in my quest for a new tow rig/daily driver. I'm looking at GMC or Chevy trucks, 1500 or 2500, 95-98. The trucks that I'm looking at are 4x4, ext. cabs, 5.7, auto trans, 6.5ft beds, around 150k miles. Ive found a couple that are around my price range and that meet my criteria.

Besides the high miles on these trucks, is there anything else I should be concerned about with these years truck? Also, While I like the looks of the 2500 model trucks would I benefit from the more "heavy duty" nature of these trucks or would it be more of an issue with gas mileage, cause the truck will see 95% daily driving and about 5% towing.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 07:30 AM   #2
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I doubt the truck will see anywhere near 5% towing.

Go with the 1500
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Old September 19th, 2007, 08:30 AM   #3
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Go big or go home.

If your expecting to buy one with 150k on it, get a 8 lug 2500 which should have a 4L80E, or a 1500 with a recently rebuild (and waranty'd) 700R4, or a manual in either. High mileage 700R's don't like to start towing late in their life. For a complete breakdown on what makes the best truck in the world just follow this link: http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=48708
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Old September 19th, 2007, 11:10 AM   #4
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check out the front suspension/driveline, everything went to $hit in the front end of my 95, I was looking at $1000 in parts for everything related to suspension and steering, and that had 177,000 on it.

If ya decided for a 1500 get one with a trailering package IIRC that gets you the larger trannycooler, 14 bolt sf rear, and I believe 1 extra leaf. I have a yuppie 2500 (6 lug) with a add-a-leaf in the rear and that seems to handle everything I've eveer towed with it(junk trucks, scrap metal, wood, you name it), I'm usually hooked to a trailer once a week.

I also have a 87 3/4ton with the 700r4 and like strangler said , it doesn't like towing very well, its always "hunting" for the right gear. When it down shifts under a heavy towing load it does it violently. Which really sucks in the winter hauling 1000lbs of scrap metal in the box and a junk truck on the trailer behind, in the middle of a snow storm heading up UP hills, it'd downshift hard breaking traction, the trailer would push the back end of the truck everywhere, it sucked, the 4l60e in my 95 never acted that way
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Old September 19th, 2007, 07:22 PM   #5
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I just rolled 300k on my 98 k2500. I wouldnt be afraid of the hi mileage. I tow with mine most every day and still have original motor and trans.

Only advantage I would see of having a 3/4 would be the 4l80e trans. If you arent going to be towing a 10k trailer all the time I would go with the 1/2 ton. They ride better.......and parts are cheaper, but I just drilled the rivets out of the original ball joints at 290k. Brake rotor changes are a TASK on the k2500 also.

Again if its been taken care of as far as oil changes and whatnot I wouldnt be afraid to pay 5-6k on a 150k mile truck.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #6
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i have a 98 gmc 1500. it has the 4.3 v6, and a manual trans. its a 6 lug
has 180,000 runs great, just did ball all ball joints but i live on a bumpy dirt road. best truck i ever have owned.
you wont be disapointed with a GMC
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Old September 19th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #7
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I have a 98 1500 4x4 ext cab short box. Tow with it all the time. Dosen't do too bad. The most weight i have had on it was 5900lbs. I also never went over 55mph. It handled the weight and the pull. I would like a bigger truck only because I would like to tow my tow sammys to go wheeling.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 01:55 AM   #8
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If they are both close in price, go with the 3/4 ton.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 07:43 AM   #9
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Get a 94-98 dodge 2500

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Don't be cheap, I can run 80 with a jeep on a trailer no problem and get 14 mpg

Now that I put injectors in my truck that aren't f'd up I can probably pull 18-20 freeway and 16ish around town.. i cant wait till I can have 3.54's and the mileage jumps way up.
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I have a 2500 98' chevy. It has a factory crate motor that was installed about 50k ago. It drives decent, but defintatly does not tow that great at around 70mph. I have to tow in 3 gear everywhere, it will not pull in overdrive even down hill! I get about 7-8 mpg in 3rd gear around 70mph towing.

I am currently working on trying to get a new cam that would possibly bring the torque and HP range down a few hunderd rpms. That way it could possibly tow better.

I paid $6500 for my truck about 2 years ago. It is really nice and clean and has no rust at all. It has 180k on the ticker, but the dude had a nice dealer installed crate motor put in it around 130k.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 08:59 AM   #11
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go with the half ton no reason for a 2500
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buy up_roktoy's 99 1/2 ton
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Old September 21st, 2007, 09:20 AM   #13
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