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#660 of 2035 Decided no on AV, too
Jul 30, 2001 (7:19 am)
I agree with wlm26's post. Why didn't they just make a suburban/yukon xl with the bed? The caddy escalade ext looks like an escalade with the back chopped. I'm sorry folks, but the grey cladding is just too much. On my way to work this morning, I saw a truck pulling 6 avalanches, six colors. Cannot get over the grey. It's not a dark gray. It's bright grey! I saw one at night, and gosh, the cladding seems like it glows.
The SUpercrews are like roaches, they are everywhere.
Frey, the tundra is a good choice. A lot of these chevy fans bash it because it is not as large and overpriced, but it will pay for itself in the long run. I also once considered it heavily. but because of the rear seating, I had to let it go. From my understanding, a crew cab or something is not going to happen anytime soon.
Honda is working on a truck, but Nissan has a full size coming out in '03. I'd go for the nissan based on the reputation of being solid workhorses.
My search has been narrowed down to one. The 2002 Ram will be my pick. I'll take my chances.
Have fun with your Avalanches, fellas.
Jul 30, 2001 (7:33 am)
"Why didn't they just make a suburban/yukon xl with the bed? "
Um did you forget about the 1500HD CC or 2500HD CC which are basically a burb or tahoe with a bed
#662 of 2035 If I'm not mistaken Ryan
Jul 30, 2001 (7:35 am)
the 1500HD CC has quite a bit longer wheelbase than a Sub.
Jul 30, 2001 (7:38 am)
Of course not!! The posts were deleted by the hosts....doh!!
Jul 30, 2001 (7:41 am)
#666 of 2035 4 door pickups
Jul 30, 2001 (8:25 am)
Each of the trucks out there in the 4 door/pickup quasi SUV have pluses and minuses. In truck shopping (as in car), it beomes readily apparent where the manufacturer's place their strategies...and each vehicle has their trade-offs.
First year it came out, no rear head-rests, no rear defroster. I though this was pretty lame...and not sure if these are there now as options or standard. Power is good, not expceptional (I had a F-150 w/ the bigger 5.4 Trition as a rental for a month). Tailgate lock is nice plus. Interior is nice shaped...guages a bit small...looks only okay in tan). Exterior is nicely styled.
Interior is unimpressive..lots of rounds...haven't seen leather, but cloth interior was weaker than Camry's I've seen. How about a real center console? ABS as an option? Exterior styling is good, but back seat is tight. Like external door handles for rear. Reliability is very attractive selling point, but dealers can gouge prices on these at times.
Chevy Silverado (Which I bought)
Interior plastic is really cheap...and hasn't held up real well. Where is the tail gate lock, instead of or additional to the spare tire lock?
Power from the 5.3 is excellent. Exterior styling a bit bland, but better in dark color (black, blue). No CC or 4th ext. cab door in first model year...not real convenient.
Nice exterior styling, cladding looks good on dark or bright colors (blue, black, red). Same GM interior plastic (ie. not beefy, not textured well). No padded dash...hollow shell just like base work truck. Bed area very versatile and side pockets good ideas. How about the work "Avalanche" neatly sewn into the leather seats, and not a big yellow bowtie...seems kinda tacky. NVH is good, power is good. Rear visibility not so great....back window is now the size of an old Riveria's.
Jul 30, 2001 (3:02 pm)
I saw the orange at the Milwaukee Auto show....almost, ALMOST convinced me no to go with the AV. Thank God my dealer ordered with Pewter! I can't even descibe the look, just a color that wasn't for me I guess.
No real complaints so far with the TRUCK. Plywood fit nice, but the first piece was a pain with the bed mat...had to pull it from the front a bit. I am thinking of the cover I saw in the accesories literature for a seat protector. Not a must, but will make it less of a concern.
I like the power of the 5.3 but it does seem to bog down more than I'm used to. I think some of it has been due to my care during break in. Haven't hauled my boat yet. I did get the backend to break loose and squak this weekend while pulling into traffic so it does have some !#$s.
I have both compliments AND insults...to each his own. One guy thought it was as useless as a SportTrac until I told him what you could do with the bed (I guess he's not a Ford fan!) and another who thought it was UGLY (and felt strongly about it.....was that frey?). Anyway, it's all I wanted it to be and more. Now I have a 4-door TRUCK that fits in my garage.
Jul 30, 2001 (3:46 pm)
Jul 30, 2001 (7:09 pm)
I knew these old eyes were not playing
tricks on me !!!!!!!!!!!!