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#1145 of 1497 Re: First Time Buyer, would like some suggestions [buildintechie]
Feb 27, 2006 (5:37 pm)
I'll make an argument for 2 wheel drive.
4 wheel drive without a locking or limited slip rear differential is really just a 2 wheel drive truck when it comes down to traction on slick surfaces. Ulimately, you'd want 4 wheel drive with a locking rear dif, which in the worst conditions gives you 3 wheels with traction. However 4WD is more expensive and you get worse gas mileage even on the highway in 2WD mode. Most people rarely even use it. Regular maintenance and repairs are more costly on 4WD also. For less than $300 bucks you can get the locking rear differential option on a 2WD truck, which basically gives you 2 wheels with positraction, same as a "4WD" without the locker/limited slip which runs a couple thousand $ more.
Ext cab vs double cab. How often do you think you will be carrying adult passengers? If that will be rare, go with the ext cab. Our backseat is used for cargo and grocerys much more than passengers. But works well for passengers when needed. The double cab weighs more and shortens the bed, unless you get the long ass version that makes parking and manuvering in tight spaces a hassle. Besides, even if you have kids later while you still own the truck, how much leg room do they really need? They'll be in carseats:)
Diesel vs Gas. Diesels are around $8000 more. Do you need all that tourqe? I know I wanted it! But couldn't really justify the cost since I'll never need to tow more than 6000lbs. Diesel costs more than gasoline nowadays too.
After much thought and research, I went with a 2005 Chevy Silverado LS (2006 models are renamed trim level "LT2") 2WD 1500 Ext cab with the 5.3L vortex engine, locking rear diff, and 3.73 gear ratio for towing. I'm very happy with it, and although I've only racked up 7900 miles so far (half towing about 4000lbs) I've had no problems at all.
Just my 2 cents:)
#1146 of 1497 rear locking differential
Feb 27, 2006 (6:41 pm)
"For less than $300 bucks you can get the locking rear differential option on a 2WD truck, which basically gives you 2 wheels with positraction, same as a "4WD" without the locker/limited slip which runs a couple thousand $ more."
I just looked on the chevy build and price site, and it appears that "Differential, locking, heavy-duty, rear (G80)" is standard on most, if not all trucks. (With the LT2 package at least.)
Also...thoughts on the Vortec 6000 vs the vortec 5300 with flex fuel....the flex fuel sounds like a winner to me, and will only become more popular as time goes on.
#1147 of 1497 Re: rear locking differential [buildintechie]
Feb 28, 2006 (8:40 am)
I don't know anything about the 5300 Flex fuel, but my thoughts on the 6000 are that the major loss in fuel economy is not worth the little bit of extra HP and torque. The 5300 vortec gasser is a good strong engine.
Chevy is coming out with an all new 2007 Silverado later this summer. You may want to wait and see what that brings. Click on "future vehicles" above for more info.
#1148 of 1497 Re: First Time Buyer, would like some suggestions [sailboatguy]
Feb 28, 2006 (10:14 am)
"4 wheel drive without a locking or limited slip rear differential is really just 2 wheel drive truck when it comes down to traction on slick surfaces".
That is absolutely not true. I say that because I owned several 4 WD trucks and SUVs, all with either limited slip or locking rear differential. Without exception, all these vehicles got stuck in dry loose sand, or deep mud immediately when in the 2WD mode, limited or locking rear end or not. Engaging the 4WD got them going again immediately. There is no substitue for the front end wheels pulling uder poor traction condition.
#1149 of 1497 Re: First Time Buyer, would like some suggestions [p100]
Feb 28, 2006 (10:37 am)
Depends on the circumstances. Without a locker, power goes to the wheel that has no traction, front or rear. For instance, in 4WD if your right front and rear tires are spinning in mud, and your left front and rear are on dry dirt. You are stuck. If you had a locking diff, your rear left wheel would the one to pull you out. Ideally I would have 4WD with the locking rear diff, but in my case, I wouldn't use it enough to justify the added expense.
My old Jeep CJ had a locking rear and limited slip front and I still got it stuck in snow. For serious 4 wheeling, theres nothing like a good wench on the front.
#1150 of 1497 Re: First Time Buyer, would like some suggestions [sailboatguy]
Feb 28, 2006 (11:37 am)
Quote: "For serious 4 wheeling, theres nothing like a good wench on the front".
Personally I prefer a winch.
#1151 of 1497 Re: First Time Buyer, would like some suggestions [p100]
Feb 28, 2006 (1:23 pm)
whoops, must be a sailboat thing:)
#1152 of 1497 Re: First Time Buyer, would like some suggestions [sailboatguy]
Feb 28, 2006 (8:10 pm)
Yeah, I prefer a good wench in bed, bud a good winch on front of my truck.
#1153 of 1497 gasoline leak
Mar 05, 2006 (8:57 pm)
Firstly, I am newly joined to this forum, and secondly, allow me to proclaim my virtual ignorance of automobile
That having been said, I have a problem: I own a 2002 Chev Silverado extended cab 2 WD. Over the last couple of weeks
I have noticed the odor of gasoline when I ended a trip and turned the engine off.
The odor came not from the engine compartment but from an
area of the bed immediately behind the cab on the drivers
side. The area in question, was a hole provided for a support post on the edge of the pickup bed (there is, of course, 1 at each corner).
This evening I crawled under the truck for the purpose of
viewing anything unusual, and directly beneath the metal shield on the gasoline tank, I could make out what
appeared to be a wide gasoline stain.
Further looking revealed similar stains in an area that appears to be the bottom of the pickup bed, just immediately above whatever rests on top of the gas tank (I could not see on top of the gasoline tank; there were too many things in the way). There is about a 4 or 5 inch space gap between the top of the gasoline tank and the bottom of the pickup bed.
At first blush, I thought that the stains on the bottom of the tank were spillage residue from overfilling the tank, but I could think of no way that such stains could likewise appear ABOVE the gas tank on the bottom of the truck bed.
Has anyone ever heard of this problem before, and if so could someone suggest a remedy? The truck was purchased new and has never been wrecked or abused.
Curiously, I have not noticed any appreciable loss in gas mileage, an observation which mystifies me since I would expect such an event if I were leaking gasoline.
Finally, is this a dangerous problem, and if so, is it too dangerous to drive the vehicle to my dealership about 20 miles away?
Thank you for indulging my ignorance and reviewing my questions.
Mar 06, 2006 (4:15 pm)
Hey guys my 4WD service light keeps on lighting up. I have about 88k on my 2000 Silverado. My 4WD works but the module is somewhat acting up. I have to hold down the button and shift it around a bit before it shifted into 4 wheel drive mode. I don't want to take it to a dealership to diagnose the problem as they will charge me an arm and a leg. After shutting off the engine it doesn't come back on. But then sometimes it comes back on while driving again. Anybody have this problem before?
Also while checking out the front end to see if anything was wrong with the 4WD, I noticed a lot of grease on the plastic boot of the axle. There is no noticeable tear on the boot and I'm confused where the grease came from. The grease sprayed all over the fender wall. It can be a small crack that I can't see but anybody know whats possibly wrong?