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2002 Chevy C6500

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by plowfever, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Guys I am looking at a 2002 Chevy C6500 dump truck with the 8.1 engine and a auto tranny. Is this a good truck? It has only 18,000 miles on it and also has a plow with it. I offered $14,000 out the door for it and they took it so I think it would be a steal. I would use it for pulling my mowing trailer, mulching, clipping when I trim shrubs and snow in the winter. It is a lo pro truck. I know this is a big truck for just using to mow but for that price I am considering it for the fact it would be great to mulch out of and be a perfect landscape truck down the road.
     
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    terrible...what dealer is it at?
     
  3. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Terrilible in what way?
     
  4. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    He just saying that because he wants to buy it for that price. That is a great deal!!!
     
  5. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    That's what I figured! To bad I already got the deal and got a deposit on it. I think it will be a great truck for my landscape maintenance stuff and be a good truck to plow with I would think.
     
  6. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,496

    Be careful. I been looking to sell my C6500 with 20,000 mi.( Stored winters ) and I would want much more than $14,000. Just make sure someone who knows about them looks it over. If it checks out good, you are getting a good deal IMO. ( without having seen it of course )
     
  7. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Why are you selling yours?
     
  8. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,496

    It rarely gets used, hence the 20,000 mi. for a 1998.
     
  9. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Is it gas or diesel?
     
  10. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,496

    7.0L gas Manual 5+2 trans.
     
  11. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    What kind of gas mileage does your truck get. I am figuring that I would get about 5-6 mpg at the best.
     
  12. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,496

    Never paid much attention to gas milage, just always fill it when its low. Your guess on yours is close i'm sure. I would find a different truck to pull mowers around with, you won't make any money by the time you gas that beast every week.
     
  13. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    That's probably close, maybe even the high end when trailering, which is why the truck is going cheap. Most people would prefer a truck that size with a medium duty diesel with 200K miles over the gas motor with low miles.
     
  14. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    The good thing for me is all my work is within a 20 mile radius so it won't be going that far. The gas milage really is not going to affect me for this reason. I know eventually I may expand my coverage area to maybe 50 miles but I don't expect that for several years if ever. I would say on a average week I would maybe put 200 miles on it. I to would prefer a diesel but for this price I figure I may at least consider it.
     
  15. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,496

    Not me, there is more to the truck than just the engine. The engine may be able to handle 200,000 but the rest of the truck could be a piece of ****. For me, I'll take the low miles.
     
  16. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Also as far as my trailer goes all I have is a 16' enclosed that holds my one ZTR and one walkbehind mower so total weight including trailer may be 5,000 lbs. I am going to be buying a trailer for my new skid steer but I plan on maybe a 20' at the most. I don't want to have such a huge rig it is difficult to get into places. How good of turning radius do these trucks have compared to a F350?
     
  17. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    The fuel cost are just the tip of the iceburg. You need to look at everything. The cost to register that truck here is about $500 a year. Cheap tieres are $300, decent tires are in the $400 range, and don't expect to get 40k miles out of them. Call a heavy repair shop and ask them to give you an idea on what a rear brake job costs on one of these trucks. Assuming it has rear discs, I bet you'll be surprised.

    Don't get me wrong, if you can use it to it's potential most of the time, it can make fiscal sense, but if you;re simply towing a few mowers everyday with an empty bed, you'll likely be poeeing away money.


    That's why I said "most", and I doubt anyone here would label you as normal.................... ;)
     
  18. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,496

    :laughing: Maybe I'm biased because I will be trying to sell a gas truck with low miles.:drinkup:
     
  19. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,496

  20. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Those are all good points and for should be looked into. As far as the repairs go those are not a big deal as I do all the work myself so all it cost me is parts. Like I have said all along I am just considering this truck and only way I will write the check is if it is in excellent shape and it checks out well and has not been wrecked or driven like someone stole it. I am very picky on what I purchase because I have made the mistake before of liking the item and finding out down the road it was a big mistake and not worth what I have paid for it. I had a 3500HD Chevy dump and had nothing but issues with that truck to the tune of 3 transmission and one engine before it ever hit 100,000 miles and that was me being on top of maintenance. I have a soar taste from that truck for Chevy trucks that's why I posted this tread!