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Howie's Lawn Care
08-11-2005, 01:52 AM
I've been looking at used trucks lately and came across a GMC Sierra. Let me know what you guys think of this truck.

2001 GMC SIERRA 1500
100,000 MILES (Just over by a few)
4.3L V6
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
WHITE
HYDRAULIC LIFT INSTEAD OF REGULAR TAILGATE
ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, TILT, A/C, ETC

$7995.00 AFTER TAX & TITLE W/ FORD RANGER TRADE-IN

The guy didn't care if I test drove it with my dad in the truck, so I drove it around a little in town and then on the highway. I thought it drove great. My only concern is the mileage on it. It averages around 25,000 miles a year. I did a Carfax history report on it and found that it was registered as a commercial lease vehicle. Another company leased the vehicle from them. It appears to be in great shape. The interior is spotless and the engine is very clean. Everything sounded good and oil pressure was also good. It has the hydraulic lift on the back, so I am wondering how hard the truck was used. If it was leased by some company and has the hydraulic lift, it may have caried some pretty heavy loads. It sounds like hard work for the 4.3L V6. The lift has a limit of 1,000 pounds, so it could come in handy. I just want to know if you guys think this is a good buy or not. I've given you all the information I know about it so please give me some opinions based on the description. Thanks everyone.

topsites
08-11-2005, 03:30 AM
As for me, I will never purchase anything less than a 3/4 ton unless it's free.

bushtrimmer
08-11-2005, 06:21 AM
You probably get what you pay for on it. Fleet vehicles are usually very well maintained. We have had good luck buying 3 year old trucks with over 100k miles. The guy we buy from offers a warantee for an extra $1000.

Howie's Lawn Care
08-11-2005, 09:54 AM
C'mon guys. What do you think of the price. Should they come down more or is it fair. They also have a 1995 Chevy 1500 for $5,595.00 with 149,000 miles. It's an automatic, but I don't know the engine. I'm going back tonight, so I need some opinions as far as which direction I should go. Is the guy giving a good price as far as the condition of the truck goes? Why are fleet trucks usually well maintained when they are being used constantly and leased.

twins_lawn_care
08-11-2005, 10:09 AM
As far as the engine goes, I have a 1991 4.3 V6 with 191,000 and I have had 0 problems with it thus far. have not been pulling a trailer, but it handles a full bed full of topsoil or mulch just fine. saves a bit on the gas too (17-19 mpg) it's a great truck for us, but we don't do any constant heavy hauling (trailer) just change the oil, best thing you can do

as far as the price, sounds a bit high, but it all depends what you are expecting out of it. how long do you need it to last? any warranty at all? usually, my thinking is, buy the cheaper truck if you have any uncertainty of where it will be in 2 years. if you need it to last 10, buy it new, then take care of it. i'm pretty handy working on cars though, so I'll do all minor repais on my own, something to take into account if you can do, or if you'll have to pay someone to do (fuel pump, brakes, tune ups, that sort of thing)

another thing, is it 4x4, or does it have the W/T package? those help a lot, and I am glad my truck has them. something to think about when talking price. the heavier suspension will help a LOT when that bed is full!

scholzee
08-11-2005, 10:10 AM
I searched cars.com Akron Ohio and found below. Look in your local paper and see what 2001's are selling for. I say forget the 95 and go with the 01, say your serious and whats the lowest he will go, if possible arrange your own financing and tell them you have cash/check in hand to buy. Fleet is maintained well because, they are do not want you to have a wreck ( brakes ) it would be their fault if brakes are faulty. Oil change grease etc, they need to rent/lease a reliable vehicle to pay off their investment. The last thing they want is to come pick up a broken down vehicle and supply you with another when leasing, so they do maintain them pretty well. The difficult part is how the person driving it treated it, that you may never know. Generally if the interior looks to be taken care of the truck probably was used reasonably.


2001 GMC Pickup $25,000 62,936 Miles Individual Seller Crew Cab Gray
2001 GMC Pickup $19,900 107,000 Miles Classified Ad Crew Cab
2001 GMC Pickup $16,875 61,000 Miles Classified Ad Ext Cab
2001 GMC Pickup $14,900 -- Classified Ad Pickup
2001 GMC Pickup $10,599 102,000 Miles

Howie's Lawn Care
08-11-2005, 10:20 AM
I searched cars.com Akron Ohio and found below. Look in your local paper and see what 2001's are selling for. I say forget the 95 and go with the 01, say your serious and whats the lowest he will go, if possible arrange your own financing and tell them you have cash/check in hand to buy. Fleet is maintained well because, they are do not want you to have a wreck ( brakes ) it would be their fault if brakes are faulty. Oil change grease etc, they need to rent/lease a reliable vehicle to pay off their investment. The last thing they want is to come pick up a broken down vehicle and supply you with another when leasing, so they do maintain them pretty well. The difficult part is how the person driving it treated it, that you may never know. Generally if the interior looks to be taken care of the truck probably was used reasonably.


2001 GMC Pickup $25,000 62,936 Miles Individual Seller Crew Cab Gray
2001 GMC Pickup $19,900 107,000 Miles Classified Ad Crew Cab
2001 GMC Pickup $16,875 61,000 Miles Classified Ad Ext Cab
2001 GMC Pickup $14,900 -- Classified Ad Pickup
2001 GMC Pickup $10,599 102,000 Miles
There is just about absolutely nothing in my local paper. There may be an early 90s pontiac here and there, throw in a recent cavalier or sunfire and you've got a classifieds section. I'm serious, ten vehicles max during week and 15 on sunday editions. There's usually no lawn equipment. How much would you give for it if you were interested in it. The dealer already told us they could get us 5.73% financing and it's actually with my current bank. Thanks for you opinions.

elamey
08-11-2005, 10:31 AM
I just saw an ad in the paper here in Evansville IN for a BRAND NEW 2005 Silverado for $10,980! I'm sure it's the stripped down version etc...but it probably has the vortec v-6 that your talking about.

People think these used trucks are worth a fortune, not with new trucks at 10-15k. I'd get a new one

nmurph
08-11-2005, 10:49 AM
i have a '95 s-10 with this motor. it has 216k and zero problems with the engine. i will say that it is underpowered for pulling a trailer. with a 5x10 trailer and the gate up my truck will top out at 65-67 mph. it is a struggle to maintain this speed and the mpg really suffers (9 mpg with the trailer, 19 without). the model you are looking at does have more power. however, i am not an lco and haul only my ztr, if you plan on hauling more equipment than this, and i assume any legit lco would have more, i would look at a v-8 or at least a higher hp v-6.

efaubert1
08-11-2005, 11:25 AM
I wouldn't do it. For $3000-$4000 more you can get a new Chevy or Ford with 00000 miles and a 3 year warranty. The V-6 isn't a bad motor for a daily driver, but it has no heart for pulling anything beyond a jet ski. Not to mention you have a lift gate that probably reduces it's hauling/towing capacity by at least 3 to 400 pounds. Always remember how the average guy thinks: "There are three types of vehicles that can go anywhere. Rental car, company car, and four wheel drive." This vehicle fits two of the three categories.

daveintoledo
08-11-2005, 11:26 AM
thats too much for that many miles man, dont you have a trading post magizene there, you can do lots better then that, come to toledo and you will get a decent truck for that amount of money

Mlc gmc03
08-11-2005, 11:58 AM
we have a 2001 silverado 1500 for sale its a reg cab short bed pewter silver its only got about 45000 mile on it and its in just about perfect shape it wasnt used for work just back and forth to the office here is a link to the pic http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=81722&page=5&pp=10 its the 5th pic down we would let it gor for about 8500

flametamer49
08-11-2005, 12:50 PM
Check these sites: www.kbb.com, www.nada.com. Both are pricing guides to used vehicles. kbb is what most banks and dealers use, nada is more for personal use. kbb will be closer to loan values if you are going that route. I looked it up for my area and it is showing to be about $6800. Hope this helps.

Howie's Lawn Care
08-11-2005, 07:26 PM
we have a 2001 silverado 1500 for sale its a reg cab short bed pewter silver its only got about 45000 mile on it and its in just about perfect shape it wasnt used for work just back and forth to the office here is a link to the pic http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=81722&page=5&pp=10 its the 5th pic down we would let it gor for about 8500
E-mail some specs and more info at nickrhoward@hotmail.com. Thanks.

Runner
08-11-2005, 10:08 PM
With the liftgate truck, you are paying for something you have absolutely no use for. It's not your market. Keep looking.

Howie's Lawn Care
08-11-2005, 10:39 PM
With the liftgate truck, you are paying for something you have absolutely no use for. It's not your market. Keep looking.
That is true. I made the decision tonight that I'm not going to get it. You guys convinced me that it's not worth it. It may be a sound vehicle, but the price ISN'T right. I was going to put my school books on the lift and lower them down though. If anybody is selling a truck and is in my general area, let me know what you have to offer. Thanks guys.

Scag48
08-12-2005, 02:07 AM
You can get alot more truck for $7,000. Probably a good rig, but if it had about 40-50K miles I'd say that price would be right on. Last May I paid $11K for a 2000 GMC 2500HD w/6.0 Vortec completely loaded (dual power seats, A/C, everything except leather) 4x4, long box, std. cab with 125K miles. Blue book on this truck was about $14K at the time.

easycareacres
08-12-2005, 02:15 AM
Heeee somtimes I really wished I lived in usa, a 2003 is f truck 6 litre dieselturbo v8 is $80.000 bucks here, and our fuel more so ill pass. But wow would love one. Ya dam lucky to have them oppourtunities.

All Seasons Landscaping
08-14-2005, 05:10 PM
i'd check eBay, if i were you. me and my family have purchased and sold a number of vehicles on there, without problem. sometimes you may have to drive a ways to get it, but it can be worth it. i picked up my 1/2 ton ram on there, with about 100k miles, for $8,000. considering i had just looked at one at a dealer a few days before for $12k, i think i did alright. (and this is top of the line 1/2T, 5.9 V8, 4x4, LSD rear, ext. cab, power seat, etc. etc.). just check the person's feedback before you bid.

Master Po
08-14-2005, 09:24 PM
I don't know. I bought my 2000 Silverado 1500 4*4 fully loaded with a V-8 for 11000. I would talk the guy down to 6000 or 5500. I talked they guy I bought mine from down from 15000

Jpocket
08-14-2005, 10:05 PM
Point blank those prices are WAAAY too high for an 01' 1500 with 100k i'd say $6000 at the most. I would'nt pay that but that's what i feel the truck is worth. for what that truck would cost you in the short term you could buy a brand new one. 1/2 trucks especially base models aren't that expensive. take that $7995 and put it down on a 05' and you'll have a really low payment.

QualityLawnCare4u
08-14-2005, 10:14 PM
Our Chevy dealer has a brand new now for 14k with the 4.3. Chevy is offereing BIG discounts right now and it makes the used ones worth a LOT less now. Im willing to bet your dealer does not have 5 grand in this one. I would offer him much less or go with a new one. With that being said the V8 would pull much better. My late Tundra with the V6 pulled great but dont know about the 4.3 chevy. It is rated I think at 190-195HP and my Toyota V6 is 245HP.