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smitty's lawncare
02-05-2013, 05:37 PM
Hey everyone,

I have a 2005 gmc sierra 1500 4.3 v6 2wd and manual transmission. Heres the deal, I thought my throw-out bearing was going bad but i figured out that its my front transmission bearing. This basically means that my transmission will have to be re-built. The truck has 99,000 miles on it and it is my daily driver as well as my work truck. When i'm home from college i run a small landscape/lawn biz with about 25 total costumers, i pull a 10 ft trailer that usually hauls my mower or mulch/gravel/dirt (for landscaping jobs). I figure the truck is worth about $5,600. If i got a new transmission and did the work myself, it would run in the $1000 range. The bottom line is should I fix my truck and make it last? Or should I sell it and upgrade to a slightly bigger truck?

Thank you for your replies!

Deori
02-05-2013, 05:46 PM
I vote keep it as long as the rest of it is pretty sound.. Miles are relatively low and it sounds well suited to your needs. An 8 year old V6 (it's manual so I'm guessing work truck model. Cab size?) half ton with a transmission on the way out is going to be a really tough sell in my opinion. I think you'd take a bath on it if you can even find someone to buy it. A bigger truck is probably going to lower your gas mileage as well and it sounds like this is more of a daily driver than a dedicated work truck. For what it's worth I say keep it, especially if you can do the work yourself. I only just got rid of my '01 SCAB V6 F-150 with 193K miles on it.. It was a dog, but a very reliable dog. Make it last!
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smitty's lawncare
02-05-2013, 05:49 PM
I was kinda leaning in that direction also. My truck is a standard cab and it is the base model (which i prefer anyways). Thank you for your opinion.

kandalawncaremgr
02-05-2013, 06:27 PM
I would keep it. Its paid off and its an easy fix. Swap trans and back to work in a day. I have a 2000 ram1500 and I don't plan on replacing it anytime soon. I rebuilt the front end and rear end. I upgraded to 2500 springs. Trucks great. You should change your rear springs also. Less strain and drag.

smitty's lawncare
02-05-2013, 06:33 PM
Thanks for the reply kandalawncaremgr. I am looking to change my rear springs to heavy duty springs when i put new shocks on my truck soon. When you changed your springs, did you get the new ones from dodge? Or did you use an aftermarket brand?

Landrus2
02-05-2013, 06:34 PM
Thanks for the reply kandalawncaremgr. I am looking to change my rear springs to heavy duty springs when i put new shocks on my truck soon. When you changed your springs, did you get the new ones from dodge? Or did you use an aftermarket brand?

Dam stay away from dealer parts:waving:

kandalawncaremgr
02-05-2013, 06:42 PM
I went to the boneyard and bought them off a ram 2500 for 80 bucks and rock auto for the new u bolts and the bought Gabriel air shocks, all the parts were 165 and change. Under a load it sits level and rides like a dream. I'm gonna add a dump insert this spring. I also haul a 14 foot open trailer. You wont be disappointed. Trust me. Best 165 bucks spent on my truck yet. I also added a 1.5 coil spring leveler to the front. Truck looks great.

kandalawncaremgr
02-05-2013, 06:48 PM
My phone takes crappy pics but here's one

kandalawncaremgr
02-05-2013, 07:04 PM
Just one more thing for an easy transaction on the spring swap. Your gonna need to cut the front leaf spring bolt on the driverside or remove the gas tank. (Easier to cut) and replace. I went to Dodge for that part was a few bucks.

ecurbthims
02-05-2013, 07:42 PM
I am not familiar with the model of standard tranny in your truck ,but some manual trannies you can just remove the input shaft from the front without any more tear-down ,if thats the bearing your having issues with it might be a cheap and easy fix as it comes out with the shaft .
Last summer I bought two trucks like yours ,v6,cloth seats,roll-up windows ,rubber floor,single cab long box air,auto not manual very good condition and paid $250.00 for one ,$500.00 for the other needing no more than a front brake job on each .I think your value estimate is way out to lunch ,but maybe your area has expensive trucks .

larryinalabama
02-05-2013, 07:47 PM
Throw out bearing will make noise when the clutch is pushed in, imput shaft bearing will make noise with the clutch ingaged or your foot off the pedal, eighter way why sell the truck for that???

You dont have to rebuild the whole trans, a seal kit and bearing will be just fine, as long as all the gears shift and lock smooothly, and dot pop out.

CHARLES CUE
02-05-2013, 09:10 PM
I would fix the truck even if your going sell it or keep it

But personly i would put a bearing in if it was cheaper

Charles Cue

Iceman318
02-06-2013, 04:02 PM
I went to the boneyard and bought them off a ram 2500 for 80 bucks and rock auto for the new u bolts and the bought Gabriel air shocks, all the parts were 165 and change. Under a load it sits level and rides like a dream. I'm gonna add a dump insert this spring. I also haul a 14 foot open trailer. You wont be disappointed. Trust me. Best 165 bucks spent on my truck yet. I also added a 1.5 coil spring leveler to the front. Truck looks great.
Have you had any issues with the coil spring leveler? I have heavy springs in the rear of my 2002 silverado and would like to level up the front a touch.

Iceman318
02-06-2013, 04:04 PM
I am not familiar with the model of standard tranny in your truck ,but some manual trannies you can just remove the input shaft from the front without any more tear-down ,if thats the bearing your having issues with it might be a cheap and easy fix as it comes out with the shaft .
Last summer I bought two trucks like yours ,v6,cloth seats,roll-up windows ,rubber floor,single cab long box air,auto not manual very good condition and paid $250.00 for one ,$500.00 for the other needing no more than a front brake job on each .I think your value estimate is way out to lunch ,but maybe your area has expensive trucks .
Have any more trucks up there for that price? :P

LandFakers
02-06-2013, 04:13 PM
If thats the only problem with the truck, I would think it would be no question to fix and keep it.

Iceman318
02-06-2013, 04:23 PM
I'd fix it too! Other than mine is auto its identical and I think its a fantastic work truck!

kandalawncaremgr
02-06-2013, 05:19 PM
I never had any problems with the levelers (coil spring) I have aluminum ones from a guy I bought them off of ebay. My friend has an 2002 silverardo and he was the one who told me about them. I probably wouldn't take it off roading as in jumping the truck but just for what I use it for is great. I do go off road on job sites but like I said I don't jump or do any mudding lol

ecurbthims
02-06-2013, 05:31 PM
Have any more trucks up there for that price? :P

I can find them if you want them .Are you picking them up,or do you want them delivered ? lots of newfies around here might find some to drive them home for you .

Iceman318
02-06-2013, 06:58 PM
I can find them if you want them .Are you picking them up,or do you want them delivered ? lots of newfies around here might find some to drive them home for you .
Haha I was only kidding if I get anymore old trucks I'm going to have to live in it :P. Those trucks are selling for far more than that down here tho, you could easily add another zero to the price for a 2005!

Iceman318
02-06-2013, 07:01 PM
I never had any problems with the levelers (coil spring) I have aluminum ones from a guy I bought them off of ebay. My friend has an 2002 silverardo and he was the one who told me about them. I probably wouldn't take it off roading as in jumping the truck but just for what I use it for is great. I do go off road on job sites but like I said I don't jump or do any mudding lol
I'll have to check them out, seems like it might serve my purpose. Do you have many miles on them? I was just worried about how they would affect wear on the balljoints and whatnot?

kandalawncaremgr
02-06-2013, 07:06 PM
I have about 2500 miles on them, remember I rebuilt the front end, seems to be holding up great.. I think I got them for around 35.00 and I installed them myself.

Iceman318
02-06-2013, 07:14 PM
I have about 2500 miles on them, remember I rebuilt the front end, seems to be holding up great.. I think I got them for around 35.00 and I installed them myself.
Cool, I'll have to check it out!