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Old 10-21-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab VS. Chevy Silverado 1500........

I am definitely getting one of these trucks , between a 2007-2012 and have priced some and definitely the GMC that I want with leather, 20 inch wheels, chrome package as far as grill, tow hooks, door handles, mirrors, tailgate handle, I can get that same Chevy 1500 crew cab for maybe 5-6k cheaper.

Basically look like the same vehicle so what is the differences? I know the thing about Name factor when it comes to GMC being that name, but what's really the differences in the truck. I will be pulling my 2 horse trailer sometime but not often, and utility trailer sometimes but other than that it will be just a pretty truck, a cruiser for me . I'm probably gona get the tow package too.
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I am definitely getting one of these trucks , between a 2007-2012 and have priced some and definitely the GMC that I want with leather, 20 inch wheels, chrome package as far as grill, tow hooks, door handles, mirrors, tailgate handle, I can get that same Chevy 1500 crew cab for maybe 5-6k cheaper.

Basically look like the same vehicle so what is the differences? I know the thing about Name factor when it comes to GMC being that name, but what's really the differences in the truck. I will be pulling my 2 horse trailer sometime but not often, and utility trailer sometimes but other than that it will be just a pretty truck, a cruiser for me . I'm probably gona get the tow package too.
GMC vehicles typically have a few more creature comforts and also contain additional options. Until recently, I know that some options like an electronic rear locker were only available on the GMC version of the truck.

Have you considered a Ford F150 with the Ecoboost v6? At least test drive it since test drives are free. You have the most advanced truck engine on the market that creates more torque than any V8 that Chevy offers on their 1/2 ton pickups like the 1500, and gets the fuel economy closer to a V6 when the engine is just cruising and you drive in sanely. This is a truck that out hauls Chevy's 6.0 litre Vortec V8 and can even get from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. Really check it out as these latest Ford trucks are incredible. Ford has pretty much been the first company to also find a way to almost completely eliminate turbo lag.
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GMC vehicles typically have a few more creature comforts and also contain additional options. Until recently, I know that some options like an electronic rear locker were only available on the GMC version of the truck.

Have you considered a Ford F150 with the Ecoboost v6? At least test drive it since test drives are free. You have the most advanced truck engine on the market that creates more torque than any V8 that Chevy offers on their 1/2 ton pickups like the 1500, and gets the fuel economy closer to a V6 when the engine is just cruising and you drive in sanely. This is a truck that out hauls Chevy's 6.0 litre Vortec V8 and can even get from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. Really check it out as these latest Ford trucks are incredible. Ford has pretty much been the first company to also find a way to almost completely eliminate turbo lag.
originally wanted an f150 but over last few yrs fell in love with the Sierra. Everybody and their mama has an f150 too which is another reason i dont want one lol
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originally wanted an f150 but over last few yrs fell in love with the Sierra. Everybody and their mama has an f150 too which is another reason i dont want one lol
Ya know, there is a reason why everyone and their momma's have F150's, as they are really that good of a truck. Ford's Ecoboost offering has pretty much changed the game in the regular duty truck market. If you are worried that too many people have an F150, you could go with the new exclusive King Ranch or Titanium editions which are just gorgeous. If you must have a v8, you simply can't find anything better than the Mustang GT's Coyote 5.0 v8 as well. Sure you could get a Chevy Silverado with a Vortec 6.0 litre v8(the least I recommend since you are actually using a truck to haul stuff) and get v8 fuel economy. Of course you can get an Ecoboost F150 and get v8 fuel economy while towing and get v6 fuel economy when not towing. On top of that, you can smoke any Chevy or GMC driving NASCAR wannabe off the line or from a dig and still know that you are getting better fuel economy than they could ever DREAM of. If I sound enthusiastic, it is because that Ecoboost rewrote the rules on building a truck.
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Hi, the sierra really looks good. I think it would be better if you go for the quality and the savings you can get if the car has lower demand on fuel. This Super Bowl weekend, GM is launching a new 24-month promotion called Pro Grade Protection. Designed to enhance GMC's premium image and boost demand for the 2013 Sierra, Pro Grade Protection is two years of free maintenance for Sierra buyers.
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originally wanted an f150 but over last few yrs fell in love with the Sierra. Everybody and their mama has an f150 too which is another reason i dont want one lol
There's a reason 'everyone' has a F150, it's because of their reliability and service records. But again it's up yo your personal preference, but I would roadtest each and even a Ram which is another well built and appointed truck.
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Since this is a 2 year old post and everybody is throwing in their opinion and ya know that ol saying about opinions and $%# everybody's got one lol.
To each their own on what make , model etc. I know back in the late 80's most of 90's I worked at both a GM and Ford dealership , during those years you couldn't give me a Ford vehicle period , there was a reason why the Ford dealership we had 25 tech's and the GM dealership we only had 8 ...
Not going to go into any "oh yeah well " flame throwing posts ... lol
I'm sure by now the OP already bought what he wanted, but anymore I say test drive as many different makes as you can , and when comparing prices , be fair and compare trim level to trim level .
Not,,, well I got the ford for $8 grand less than the GMC yeah you also got a strip down Ford too , they don't mention that part... lol
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Since this is a 2 year old post and everybody is throwing in their opinion and ya know that ol saying about opinions and $%# everybody's got one lol.
To each their own on what make , model etc. I know back in the late 80's most of 90's I worked at both a GM and Ford dealership , during those years you couldn't give me a Ford vehicle period , there was a reason why the Ford dealership we had 25 tech's and the GM dealership we only had 8 ...
Not going to go into any "oh yeah well " flame throwing posts ... lol
I'm sure by now the OP already bought what he wanted, but anymore I say test drive as many different makes as you can , and when comparing prices , be fair and compare trim level to trim level .
Not,,, well I got the ford for $8 grand less than the GMC yeah you also got a strip down Ford too , they don't mention that part... lol
did i really make this post back in 2011 lol, didnt check. Well no hadn't bought anything yet. Have been looking on and off but I must say my mind has been made up for over a yr to get the GMC Sierra Denali white diamond with cocoa cashmere. It just wasn't worth getting the sle or slt and trying to add the woodgrain and stuff to make it look like a denali. A co-worker of mine bought a 2012 F150 lariatt eco boost and the interior looks a little more overall flashy than the Denali's. In fact he said the base ford's and other models compared to the Sierra Denalis. The sle and slt are basic with the slt having some woodgrain.

Now the thing is, I saw some images of the 2014 and how the interior is supposed to make a turn that is much much more elegant overall so I'm waiting for the brochures and stuff and actualy to see the truck on site. The overall body looks too too square though so I'm sure it will be a 2012 or 13 that I stay with. I'm going to end up spending about 41-43 for a brand new truck, or one with less than 4k miles on it.
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did i really make this post back in 2011 lol, didnt check. Well no hadn't bought anything yet. Have been looking on and off but I must say my mind has been made up for over a yr to get the GMC Sierra Denali white diamond with cocoa cashmere. It just wasn't worth getting the sle or slt and trying to add the woodgrain and stuff to make it look like a denali. A co-worker of mine bought a 2012 F150 lariatt eco boost and the interior looks a little more overall flashy than the Denali's. In fact he said the base ford's and other models compared to the Sierra Denalis. The sle and slt are basic with the slt having some woodgrain.

Now the thing is, I saw some images of the 2014 and how the interior is supposed to make a turn that is much much more elegant overall so I'm waiting for the brochures and stuff and actualy to see the truck on site. The overall body looks too too square though so I'm sure it will be a 2012 or 13 that I stay with. I'm going to end up spending about 41-43 for a brand new truck, or one with less than 4k miles on it.
Have you considered a Toyota?
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Have you considered a Toyota?
yes and the GMC is what I want and I like everything about its style and all despite the interior not being all that fancy; well that is the interiors of the sle's and slt's. The Denail's interior is nice which is what I'm going to get
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yes and the GMC is what I want and I like everything about its style and all despite the interior not being all that fancy; well that is the interiors of the sle's and slt's. The Denail's interior is nice which is what I'm going to get
I had a 99 dodge ram sport 5.9 V8 only a water pump and routine maint. at 70k good truck .
I would seriously look at the new Ram 1500 if I was in the market now . I've rented a couple of Ram
Hemis over the years for one or two weeks at a time on business trips way fun to drive but they sure liked the gas.

In DEC 02 I bought an early prod 2003 ext cab GMC Sierra. Inst cluster went out brakes were crappy headliner un attached it had terrible door rattles and clunk in the steering build quality was not real great .

All those issues were fixed in 06 model much better build . I now have an 06 Sierra SLT 1500 ext cab with 20" custom wheels no leather on purpose cloth is way more comfortable and you don't slide around and it doesn't crack been there done that. Even the expensive leather in a Benz or a Roller cracks and you can be sure they have better leather.

I did test drive an 06 F150 crew it was nice but the overall build quality
was not as good as the 06 GM and Fords were still having cyl head and electrical fire issues then but that was 7 yrs ago a lot can change in 7 yrs.

It's been decently reliable rides and handles well. Only repairs in 60k miles have been a starter, a battery , alignment and tires Oh a brake light bulb also runs and drive like new still.

I've had friends with Fords that haven't done so well most had excessive warranty issues then repairs out of warranty. ECM's endless software updates , intermittent stalling,transmission problems rear window leaks , windshield leaks just a lot of different things .

I think the post above about Ford dealers having a lot of warranty work
may be true it certainly was when I was at Lincoln Mercury years ago
they were some of the worst Fords you could get.

We never lacked for warranty or repair work sometimes the writers would have the cars lined up down the block in the morning trying to get in for repairs no joke . I drove GM's when I worked there .


lotta the cars wouldn't make through dealer prep without issues if the problem was not real bad they told us to push it through
and let the customer bring it back on a warranty ticket because they
made more money that way .

To be fair that was a long time ago I'm sure things have changed for the better now and Some of the new Fords look pretty good . They might be perfectly fine trucks now.

I'm not a great fan of ecoboost (or any turbo in a daily driver) simply because turbos are trouble prone and expensive to repair as they age

The Chev. /GM gen 3,4,5 small blocks have proven reliability as well sometimes simple is better.

Functionally the GM and Chevy trucks are almost identical they are made on the same assy lines. There of course are trim and power train packaging (mostly trim )variations between the two .

You realise you are paying a huge premium for the Denali
nice truck but basically a Sierra /Silvarado underneath all the gingerbread. More luxo gadgets are just more things to break (and they do) and are expensive to fix. that was always a high oprofit area
in the Lincoln Mercury service depts.

I think the 2013 GMC /CHEV models look better than the pictures of the 14's
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I had a 99 dodge ram sport 5.9 V8 only a water pump and routine maint. at 70k good truck .
I would seriously look at the new Ram 1500 if I was in the market now . I've rented a couple of Ram
Hemis over the years for one or two weeks at a time on business trips way fun to drive but they sure liked the gas.

In DEC 02 I bought an early prod 2003 ext cab GMC Sierra. Inst cluster went out brakes were crappy headliner un attached it had terrible door rattles and clunk in the steering build quality was not real great .

All those issues were fixed in 06 model much better build . I now have an 06 Sierra SLT 1500 ext cab with 20" custom wheels no leather on purpose cloth is way more comfortable and you don't slide around and it doesn't crack been there done that. Even the expensive leather in a Benz or a Roller cracks and you can be sure they have better leather.

I did test drive an 06 F150 crew it was nice but the overall build quality
was not as good as the 06 GM and Fords were still having cyl head and electrical fire issues then but that was 7 yrs ago a lot can change in 7 yrs.

It's been decently reliable rides and handles well. Only repairs in 60k miles have been a starter, a battery , alignment and tires Oh a brake light bulb also runs and drive like new still.

I've had friends with Fords that haven't done so well most had excessive warranty issues then repairs out of warranty. ECM's endless software updates , intermittent stalling,transmission problems rear window leaks , windshield leaks just a lot of different things .

I think the post above about Ford dealers having a lot of warranty work
may be true it certainly was when I was at Lincoln Mercury years ago
they were some of the worst Fords you could get.

We never lacked for warranty or repair work sometimes the writers would have the cars lined up down the block in the morning trying to get in for repairs no joke . I drove GM's when I worked there .


lotta the cars wouldn't make through dealer prep without issues if the problem was not real bad they told us to push it through
and let the customer bring it back on a warranty ticket because they
made more money that way .

To be fair that was a long time ago I'm sure things have changed for the better now and Some of the new Fords look pretty good . They might be perfectly fine trucks now.

I'm not a great fan of ecoboost (or any turbo in a daily driver) simply because turbos are trouble prone and expensive to repair as they age

The Chev. /GM gen 3,4,5 small blocks have proven reliability as well sometimes simple is better.

Functionally the GM and Chevy trucks are almost identical they are made on the same assy lines. There of course are trim and power train packaging (mostly trim )variations between the two .

You realise you are paying a huge premium for the Denali
nice truck but basically a Sierra /Silvarado underneath all the gingerbread. More luxo gadgets are just more things to break (and they do) and are expensive to fix. that was always a high oprofit area
in the Lincoln Mercury service depts.

I think the 2013 GMC /CHEV models look better than the pictures of the 14's
Nice insight and great writeup. Yeah i have considered alot and thats why im really in no rush though since early 2012 I have decided to go ahead and get one. I have never had a vehicle with leather so I must have leather in mine. My wife's 01 maxima does have leather though but i dont drive it lol. The way i look at it is I bought my mustang in late 95 new, still have it though i put a v8 in it back in 02 after blowing a head gasket and before that, I had already had the saleen kit and hood, wheels and everythign so the car is tricked out totally. Everyone thinks its a much later model. I bought a 92 s10 pickup in 99 and still have it. Still driving both so I'm pretty sure what I buy, it's gona be with me for a very very long time that's why I wana get what I want; only live once lol plus havent had a payment since 99 when paid my car off a yr early.

Another reason i wanted a new or prettymuch new is because of the warranty with buying such an expensive truck. I'd hate to even get a used one with say 30-36k miles with no warranty and something happens and right off the bat I have to come out of pocket. I can get a new one built for 43 with sunroof and 6 inch side rails. Thats my discount for being military and working for gov so I have some leverage even if i don't build one. I believe its late May thats the deadline to order one so If i don't order one and wait to see the 14's, I will find one and pay no more than 43 for it. I actually have some I have been keeping my eye on , have talked to the dealer and emailed and stuff and the trucks are still there, has been there bout 8 mos so I'm sure I will be able to get what I want before the yr is out.
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GM has some new rules for the dealers they have to sell through most of the 2013 inventory on the lots before GM will give them any 14's

They don't want new 14's alongside the 13's otherwise they will have to be
substantially discounted killing their margins .

I bought my 06 GMC in FEB slow selling season bloated inventories good incentives the new redesigned 07's were coming out in June that year . Similar to the situation now they didn't want the new models beside the last years
it's always like that when they do a re design .

I stole the 06 bought it for less than I paid for my 03 at GM employee cost.!
It was even cheaper than a used one they had with 12 K miles on it
as they say timing helps GM has the 100K warranty now it was only 36K in 06

I bought a soon to be discontinued 2012 50" Plasma TV for almost 1/2 price and a 32" 2012 LCD at 2/3 price in early Feb. 2013's models came out in March same thing. saved a lot of dough.
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GM has some new rules for the dealers they have to sell through most of the 2013 inventory on the lots before GM will give them any 14's

They don't want new 14's alongside the 13's otherwise they will have to be
substantially discounted killing their margins .

I bought my 06 GMC in FEB slow selling season bloated inventories good incentives the new redesigned 07's were coming out in June that year . Similar to the situation now they didn't want the new models beside the last years
it's always like that when they do a re design .

I stole the 06 bought it for less than I paid for my 03 at GM employee cost.!
It was even cheaper than a used one they had with 12 K miles on it
as they say timing helps GM has the 100K warranty now it was only 36K in 06

I bought a soon to be discontinued 2012 50" Plasma TV for almost 1/2 price and a 32" 2012 LCD at 2/3 price in early Feb. 2013's models came out in March same thing. saved a lot of dough.
Yeah I def have to see the 2014's though from what ive seen so far on the computer I prob won't like the too square of a body. The current body style is border line too square but its just right and the fact that they made it more square according to the pics I've seen I probably wont like it though the interior I will probably like better. So the minute they hit the lot and I can go look at some then I will be making a move on the 2012 or 13's. And yeah I try to catch sales on everything I buy lol and try to time them pretty good
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Well I like the GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab because of its style and performance is better then Chevy... I drive sierra and I feel the difference between the driving of this and other vehicles. So personally I like more the sierra 1500.. Thanks

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