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tn_rider 03-03-2010 9:12 PM

New "to me" truck purchase help
Im looking to buy another truck. Preferably lifted. Looking for an 04-07 silverado 1500 with no more than 60,000 miles. NO regular cab, must be extended or 4 door...any finds or any trucks you know of would be helpful im looking for a chevy but will be open to any truck 04 or newer. price range is around 14,000-19,000. im located in tennessee and want to get something relatively close to here, but will be willing to travel a bit. Thanks guys!

jonyb 03-03-2010 9:38 PM

Traveling, towing, and lifting a 1/2 GM truck aren't the best things to mix. I've owned several lifted/lowered trucks and tell you from experience, it's not a good idea. I'm not saying it's not safe, it's just that when you put the bigger tires on the truck, it throws the gearing off. The 5.3L GM motor barely has enough torque to turn the bigger wheels, and it really sucks when you've got a load to tow.

In that price range you can get a decent crew cab 2500HD with the Duramax/Allison combo. Of all the trucks I've had, that's the one I miss the most. Fuel economy was the same as the 1/2 ton stock, and when I towed, the mpg was the same. With the 1/2 ton it was less than 10mpg....

wakemaker01 03-03-2010 11:22 PM

how about a 2005 ford f250 4x4 diesel with 6 in lift 20 in rims and tires custom exaust, intake,$4500 stereo,and its a 4 door with 71000 miles will make great deal.

tn_rider 03-04-2010 4:50 PM

WAKEMAKER any pics? also do you have a chip/programmer? Whats your MPG? i know diesel is going to be ALOT this summer thats the only thing that pushes me away from a diesel.

wakemaker01 03-04-2010 5:19 PM

yes i can email pics it gets around 16 mpg on hwy and 14 when pulling boat no programer.

tn_rider 03-04-2010 5:46 PM

my email is ctillett_04@hotmail.com think you could get more MPG out of it? i have a buddy with a lifted cummins and he is getting around 23

tro 03-04-2010 6:44 PM


Originally Posted by wakemaker01 (Post 1558631)
yes i can email pics it gets around 16 mpg on hwy and 14 when pulling boat no programer.

that seems REALLY high for MPG based on truck and mods.

guido 03-04-2010 7:37 PM

My F250 does 16.5 average. 18-20 on flat highway. 14-15 in town. Around 12-14 towing our heavy a$$ x-star loaded with lead. I'd say those numbers are right on. Where they shine is in the mountains. It get's almost double what my Chevy Tahoe got with a 6" lift and 33's. That 5.3 was a dog. It got the job done, and was bomb proof, but a dog when towing.

I have a hard time believing a Dodge getting 23. Maybe on a slight downhill with a tailwind. Maybe. Ha, ha, ha.

For reference.... My F250 has 34" tires, no lift, but has a programmer running a pretty mild tune. It rips just the way it is. Great truck.

tn_rider 03-04-2010 7:51 PM

lol on a good day thats what the dodge says. His dad works for ATS and he gets all his mods at cost..it is for sure the fastest truck i have EVER been in..we were running around 45 and he punched it and we slid sideways lol scared me but he acted like nothing ever happened

bzubke1 03-04-2010 8:04 PM

My dads 03 dodge cummins gets consistently 20mpg. And on a straight highway trip doing 65 it gets 22-25. This is with a six speed i would imagine the auto would get worse mileage.

bigd1031 03-05-2010 5:28 AM

Hey Wakemaker,

Will you send me some photos as well? That may be the truck I have been looking for.......if Chase doesn't want it of course.........



jaxm211 03-06-2010 7:30 PM

have an '07 silverado 1500 Classic crew cab short bed 61000 miles 5.3L V8 I might be looking to sell

chrisdurcan 03-06-2010 8:21 PM

I have a 2005 F150 Roush about 27k miles 5.4 v8 tow package ect.....Let me know if your interested. Also I live around the DFW area


wakemaker01 03-06-2010 9:07 PM

Will post pics of f250 sunday .

tn_rider 03-07-2010 8:52 AM

Josh, does your truck have the Z71 package? if not is it 4WD? thanks

jaxm211 03-07-2010 1:38 PM

yes I forgot to mention the Z71

tn_rider 03-07-2010 6:48 PM

any pics of the Z71?

jaxm211 03-07-2010 11:32 PM

I'll try and email you some tomorrow

brycejb328 03-08-2010 8:32 AM

I just want to give my personal experience with my 2001 silverado 1/2 ton (which i believe is going to be the same running gear as a 2004). It was a great truck!! until you put a trailer behind it. a list of things i towed with it; 8x12 snowmobile trailer with 2 sleds, small trailer with 2 motocross bikes, and a 24 foot haulmark enclosed trailer. Even with the lightest load i listed here, you would expect the truck to behave as if there was nothing behind it. that was not the case at all. it was quite annoying how my fuel mileage got sacrificed so much with less than a 1,000 pound load. I will say that particular truck had 20" rims, but the tires were probably only a inche taller that the stock ones. I wouldnt think that would make a drastic difference. But it defiantly seemed the gearing on these trucks is quite high.

jaxm211 03-08-2010 3:27 PM

Chase sent you an email

Bryce you realize these trucks come with different gear ratios? My bro-in-law has a 00 1/2 ton with very low gearing
As for mine not sure where its at but I have no trouble pulling my Mastercraft... but I will say its no Duramax, but I also dont need 1

jarrod 03-08-2010 3:45 PM

I agree with John. If you buy a used, lifted 1500 to tow with, make sure you set aside money for gas and transmissions. I would go 3/4 ton for anything lifted that you want to tow with.

adam4x4 03-08-2010 3:54 PM

Thats not always true. I had a GMC 2002 lifted with 33"s. I pulled a 25' toy box fine. and got about 8-10 mpg. I did have it geared low 4.56. The trans i had a bigger cooler on it, and when I sold it with 140,000 miles on it. She still had the same trans. that i bought new with. the truck got 12 to 15 on the freeway

jaxm211 03-08-2010 4:36 PM

But your still paying for more gas going that route

tn_rider 03-08-2010 6:17 PM

Truck looks good!! possibly buying a truck locally tomorrow or the next day will post pics if i wind up with it :D its SICK

brycejb328 03-08-2010 6:56 PM

josh.. yes i am well aware there is gearing options. i was just giving some insight from my personal experiences to the dude looking to buy. I'm sure the truck i owned most likely had a higher gearing set up.

tn_rider 03-09-2010 7:45 PM

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well i picked her up today :D:D hope you like! im in love
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jdhart73 03-09-2010 8:53 PM

Looks like a nice truck, hope it tows well. I had an 08 silverado lifted 4" with 20 x 35" tires. It was a TOTAL DOG so I switched the gearing out to 4.56 and tuned it. It was still a total dog and would constantly shift in and out of OD on the highway so I sold it a bought an 08 F250..... can pull houses off their foundation, pass on the highway without even coming out of overdrive...man I will never tow with anything but a diesel again as long as I can afford it!


tn_rider 03-09-2010 9:07 PM

the only reason i didnt go with a diesel is because of the price of diesel, just couldnt do it lol

jdhart73 03-10-2010 12:14 AM

Well its a sharp truck! Happy motoring!

jonyb 03-10-2010 7:28 AM

I just took a 500 mile road trip towing my 07 24SSV to the dealer with my wife's 05 Denali.

For sale or trade: 04 Caddy CTS-V, 405hp 6-spd <-- so I can buy another diesel truck to tow my boat with.

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