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#23 of 44 Re: 1500 Sierra Bluetooth?? 6-Speed Transmission?? [blharris77]
Aug 01, 2007 (4:08 pm)
Well one of the obvious and main benefits of a six speed is gas milage at highway speeds. With the two extra overdrive gears, your engine will be working less thus saving gas. Also, the six speed will be geared differently most likely allowing a lower first gear, which will give you a little extra grunt off the line. As far as the four speed goes, well the main benefit is that it has been around for a very long time in GM trucks. So this has allowed GM to tweak and refine it over the years yeilding a very dependable unit especially the 4L80E.
As far as disadvantages go, well the new six speed is, well, NEW. With anything new, there are going to be problems. When you make something more complicated, there are more things that can go wrong with it. Even the new Tundra six speeds are having various problems. Also with more gears to choose from, you will notice that the 6speed trans will be consantly searching for the right gear to use. Now had GM simply used their bulletproof Allison six speeds, this wouldn't be the case, however, in their infinite wisdom they decided, probably do to cost concerns, to develop a whole new line of six speeds that could be made mostly with robots thus saving money. With the 4speed, the only real main disadvantage is the gas milage.
It all depends on what you're going to use your truck for. If you're like most people who use their trucks for grocery getters and drive plenty of highway miles, then wait for the new six speed. If you tow over 6,000lbs on a regular basis, get yourself a used 2002-2007 2500HD with the diesel or 8.1L engine. Both come with Allison 6speed trans. Now if your like me, and don't blow a gasket every time you see a new scratch, and actually plan to use the truck for its intended purpose (ie: hauling dirty cargo, playing off road, towing a small ski boat every once and a while) then get yourself a used '96-'98 Chevy/GMC K1500/K2500, lift it and go play!
#24 of 44 Re: 1500 Sierra Bluetooth?? 6-Speed Transmission?? [12ozcurls]
Aug 02, 2007 (8:20 am)
Thanks for the reply 12ozcurls (like the name too). That's kinda what I figured. I hate to admit it but I would probably fall into the grocery getters driving plenty of Hwy miles category 98% of the time. Maybe three times a year do I tow a trailer that weighs more than 2,500 lbs. May one day get a boat but can't bet on that! In the grand scheme of things it probably won't make a huge difference for me. Thanks for the very informative reply!
#25 of 44 Production Volumes?
Aug 17, 2007 (1:01 pm)
#26 of 44 Production Volumes?
Aug 17, 2007 (1:01 pm)
Does anyone know how many or what percentage of all 1500 series trucks that GM produces each model year are Silverado SS models for Chevrolet and Sierra Denali models for GMC? I'm guessing less than 1%, but I'd like something more definitive. Thanks.
#27 of 44 Chevy Silverado 1500 advice
Jan 01, 2008 (8:06 pm)
I'm looking for a used ('01-'05) Silverado 1500, extended cab, under 70K miles, hopefully for around $15K. I rarely will load the truck to capacity, and tow a small trailer ocassionally. I drive mostly flat terrain in NJ, no off-road. Is the 2WD and/or V6 under powered for this full size truck? Is the 4WD recommended? LT vs LS?
Anyone familiar with that range of years have suggestions on which years were better than others?
#28 of 44 Need help in picking
Dec 18, 2007 (6:57 pm)
#29 of 44 Need help in picking
Dec 18, 2007 (8:20 am)
I am all set to buy a new 2008 Sierra Z71. When I went to look at it last night on the lot, I saw that there was a 2008 All Terrain marked down to the same price as the other z71. I saw where it had originally cost 4000 more. What are the benefits of having the All Terrain as opposed to the regular Z71?
#30 of 44 Re: Need help in picking [chrisntx1]
Dec 18, 2007 (8:22 am)
Saving $4 K?
#31 of 44 The Z71 is an option package that you can select
Dec 18, 2007 (8:30 am)
when ordering a truck and is identified by the Z71 sticker on the truck. Not sure what an All Terrain is as its not listed as an option with the Silverado/Sierra. It could be something that is dealer specific. I would compare the Monroney sticker to be sure on what you're getting.
#32 of 44 Re: Need help in picking [chrisntx1]
Dec 18, 2007 (6:57 pm)
All Terrain package includes a bunch of dress up options inside and out, along with Rancho shocks, Z71, and Z82 trailering package. If it is a color you like, go for it.