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Brand newish truck - help me decide

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Q101ATFD, Sep 30, 2007.


Brand New-ish Chevy or GMC?

  1. 2005 "Rounded Front" GMC Sierra

    7 vote(s)
  2. 2003 "Avalanche Eyes" Chevy Silverado

    1 vote(s)
  1. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Hey all - I'm getting ready to buy a new(er) truck so I don't snap a t-bar or cv joint with my (heavy) new-ish plow. For starters, I know that GMC and Chevy are the same under the skin, but I want to know what you guys would buy. Also, the two trucks that I'm looking at are almost identical...

    First is a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD (reg cab, 6.0L) W/T that a dealer is selling off of a lease. It's in great shape, with 60,000 miles on it. I can get it for $14,500.

    Second is a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD (reg cab, 6.0L) W/T that is a private sale. This truck has 43,000 miles, and from the pictures, looks in just as good of shape as the Chevy. This guy wants $16,500 OBO.

    Neither of the 2 trucks have any warranty left besides rust and emissions. I'm stuck because I like the look of the Chevy front end a lot more than the GMC for those years. Should I go with my instincts and get the newer one with less miles, or the one that I think looks better? I take good care of my trucks, so I know they'll both last for years and work well for plowing. What would you do?
  2. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    personally id go for the newer one with less miles. when i got my truck i thought about gmc too but didnt like the looks...but now i really like those gmcs. as for snapping t-bars or cv-joints i dont think you should worry about it...unless you are super hard on your equipment. just dont plow like a maniac and you wont have any problems. also the plow alone wont break those parts.
  3. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    For me that would be an easy decision. I would buy the 2005. I am driving a 2004 Chev and if I had my choice I would get a GMC but the price was right and a truck is a truck. From the inside I think they are the same, at least the seats are.
  4. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    FWIW, I much prefer the nose of the Chevy, but they are really the same exact truck. The mielage is about the same when you look at the age difference. What I would look at next is the cost to register the 2005 vs the 2003. Here it costs and arm and a leg to register a new truck, then it drops gradually each year. So an 03 would probably cost about $150-$200 less to register.
    I drove a 6.0 to 285k miles, beat it like a rental every day of it's life, hauling equipment and pulling 10k trailer. Last I heard it had about 315k on it and still going strong. So don't worry about the mileage. The 6.0 will live nearly forever as long as you keep a modest amount of oil in it and change it if you think of it. The one I speak of hadn't had an oil change in 19k when I got hold of it, and they were running 15w40 in it for some stupid reason. I changed it myself every 5k with 10w40, didn't think it would like anything thinner after eating 15w40 for too long.