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#646 of 2035 Brentwoodvolvo: you are correct.
Jul 27, 2001 (8:32 pm)
i am having a LOT of trouble with my Ranger [even though, basically, i like the design...just crappy quality control..or, NO quality control]. i am trading it in likely on a Toyota Tundra soon. i am waiting for the 2002 tundra so i can get a limited slip diff. i am pretty much done with Yankee vehicles. mostly basically good designs and powertrains, but....LOUSY, DISMAL quality control. good luck with your AV. i hope you like it and get trouble free use out of it. i wouldn't buy an Avalanche or a Nissan Frontier, even though they may be good vehicles; they are , IMHO, the ugliest vehicles ever made. but, many say the same about my Ranger !! so, what else is new !! life goes on...i will say this: the Chevy 4.8 liter and 5.3 liter are fantastic truck motors, probably the best the industry has ever made, if you can get one that is screwed together properly. id, however, am going to gamble on Toyota's V8. i am gambling that the quality control people were awake when they screwed them together...haha !!
Jul 28, 2001 (12:57 pm)
make up your mind in another topic you said your buying a silverado
#648 of 2035 i've made up my mind: it's a Tundra
Jul 28, 2001 (8:56 pm)
i will order a 2002 model in a few months. i still think the Chevy is a great truck (epsecially those GM small block V8's, and their automatic trannies are great), but, reliability concerns sends me to Toyota. i have been reading a lot of horror stories about GM products. i don't think it's design as much as assembly detail and quality control. American companies just can't seem to get their consitency together...especially witness Chrysler's obvious drop in quality in the last couple years. (ago onto a dodege dealer lot sometime, and CAREFULLY check out Rams or Dakotas for defects...THEY SLAP YOU IN THE FACE witho bvious defects. ) maybe NO vehicle is 100 % certain, but i have decided to narrow my odds of NOT getting a lemon...AGAIN. no more Fords...no more Yankee trucks. i have decided, with a lot of thought, to going with Honda and Toyota in the future (i'll put some of my money, i guess, into the pockets of Ontario, Ohio and California autoworkers.... that's fine with me.) by the way, Honda is diligently working on their truck. this will indeed be interesting !
#649 of 2035 GM lets us down AGAIN with the Avalanche
Jul 29, 2001 (3:04 pm)
Why couldn't GM just follow suit?!?! Why did they try to reinvent the wheel with the Avalanche???? I recently decided it was time for a new truck. Had a '92 GMC Sierra 1/2 ton, SB, stepside. Loved the truck! But standard cab didn't have near enough room, especially since my wife and I had just had a baby. Well, I started shopping around. 4 door truck it's going to be!! GMC, handsdown!! That is, until I figured out one of the largest marketing blunders GM has made since the Aztek. They made 1/2 ton crewcab (Yeah!!!), but they made the mistake of thinking that anyone who bought it would only want it as a work truck. 1/2 ton HD my ass!!! If it looks like an orange, smells like an orange, and tastes like an orange, guess what? It's a damn orange!!! Same goes with a 3/4 ton crewcab pickup!!! The Sierra 1/2 ton HD is nothing more than a 3/4 ton with a 1/2 ton badge!! 86'd that one!! Then the Avalanche!! What the hell is GM thinking?!?!? I can't go a block without seeing a F150 Super Crew, and it's a damn good looking truck!! Why couldn't GM just take a Tahoe/ Yukon and add a bed to it??? IS that THAT damn hard?!?! The Avalanche won't sell, but to the few who THINKS it looks great. So I bought my Super Crew and I'm happy as hell!! Thanks, GM for turning me into a Ford man.
#650 of 2035 Wlm26...
Jul 29, 2001 (3:21 pm)
Hope you enjoy your F150 crew. Hope you don't really need to use the bed for anything more than groceries, because the payload just doesn't amount to much. Can't tow much, can't haul much, but it's a 150, not a bit more. There's apples and oranges. I'm glad GM made a real crew cab TRUCK, without having to go to the 2500HD. I'll take the orange over the apple any day! Better brakes, stronger frame, stronger engine, all the better to handle the extra weight of the crew cab, rather than overlaod a 1500/150. I personally don't see why anyone would want what Ford built. Maybe that's why there are apples and oranges.
#651 of 2035 I'm with Will
Jul 29, 2001 (5:00 pm)
In'96 I bought an Explorer. I wanted a Tahoe but didn't really need the room and....the Explorer has BOTH front seats power which GM didn't offer, 4 wheel antilock AND disc brakes which GM didn't offer. It's like GM is always playing catch-up. I shoulda bought the Screw instead of "Bouncing Betsy"! It would suit my needs and apparently does a lot of folks'.
#652 of 2035 Ever seen orange?
Jul 29, 2001 (6:01 pm)
Av's are just starting to hit dealers in my area. Only seen white and silver so far...Anyone got pics of an orange one?
Jul 29, 2001 (6:23 pm)
I have not seen an orange Av but last week I saw an orange Silverado. It was kinda nice looking.
Jul 29, 2001 (7:51 pm)
also take into account the crash testing.
Id rather have a 1500HD (2500LD) than a ford supercrew. Heck of alot safer
#655 of 2035 Dang, Ryan.......
Jul 29, 2001 (9:55 pm)
I guess you're going to get a tundra now.....after all they are a "heck of alot(sic) safer" than a Gm truck. LOL!!!
Besides, the Fords don't clunk, ping, knock (anymore) AND they WON the Government's crash test!! I guess it all depends on what kind of crash you're PLANNING on getting in!!!