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Old 03-01-2014, 09:20 AM
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I have an 07 4.3 1500, its not fast but it makes a good work truck. I've towed 5000lbs, and regularly tow 2,500lbs and it does great. Truck never struggles with that much weight. Reliability..... from 25,000 miles to 33,000 miles I've had 2 trim pieces fall off, thermostat go up, and pulleys/belts replaced. I am not thrilled with it but it always starts, I would never be afraid of it not starting. My particular truck seems expensive to keep running at only 35000 miles.
Don't feel alone. My Chevy ejects random trim pieces, too. And, I'm getting the feeling that, at only 38K miles, it's going to start nickeling me. But, it'll still be cheaper than a monthly payment or trading into something else. For sure, it's my first new Chevy and will be the last.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:44 PM
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I have an 07 4.3 1500, its not fast but it makes a good work truck. I've towed 5000lbs, and regularly tow 2,500lbs and it does great. Truck never struggles with that much weight. Reliability..... from 25,000 miles to 33,000 miles I've had 2 trim pieces fall off, thermostat go up, and pulleys/belts replaced. I am not thrilled with it but it always starts, I would never be afraid of it not starting. My particular truck seems expensive to keep running at only 35000 miles.
I guess that is ok. I am not looking for fast, just a decent work truck/daily driver. What do you mean by thermostat going up?
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:48 PM
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Yeah they been around forever. Be better off with a v8 either way. You'll get better mileage
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Sorry man. My dad told me no v8 engine, end of discussion.

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I think everyone gets the idea that a bigger truck and a v8 are deffinatly better than a v6, but he has stated many many times that that's not happening, so stop suggesting it!
Thank you, as also stated above, no v8 engine, end of story. I appreciate all the helpful replies everyone has given me. He is however open to four wheel drive, but no v8.
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:05 PM
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I would say if you can swing it, I would look into an ecoboost F-150. That particular v6 has tons and tons of torque, and it would pull a 16 foot trailer without much difficulty. And 4x4 is nice if you have to deal with snow, or if you often need to go off-road to get to a dump site for debris, or if you will be using your truck to haul debris at a large property, where you will be needing to drive onto the turf. But it isn't something you absolutely have to have.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:49 AM
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I guess that is ok. I am not looking for fast, just a decent work truck/daily driver. What do you mean by thermostat going up?
Its really not bad towing, temp gauge stopped working and engine wouldn't let air conditioning turn on because it thought it was overheating even on a cold start. Check engine light clear and thermostat replace cost about $300.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:02 AM
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just get a chevy single cab long bed v6 with 4wd. Dont get a 2wd because it will make it so it wont even be an option for plowing. So you can put a small plow on this when you finish college and grow with it so that when you get another truck you will already have a 4wd and you wont have to buy 2 trucks to have a backup.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:22 PM
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I would say if you can swing it, I would look into an ecoboost F-150. That particular v6 has tons and tons of torque, and it would pull a 16 foot trailer without much difficulty. And 4x4 is nice if you have to deal with snow, or if you often need to go off-road to get to a dump site for debris, or if you will be using your truck to haul debris at a large property, where you will be needing to drive onto the turf. But it isn't something you absolutely have to have.
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I did some research for an eco-boost truck. It was introduced in 2011, and I haven't been able to find any within my budget. But, I was impressed with the numbers, and it is a good idea. Thanks though.

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Its really not bad towing, temp gauge stopped working and engine wouldn't let air conditioning turn on because it thought it was overheating even on a cold start. Check engine light clear and thermostat replace cost about $300.
That sounds good, if it's not terrible at towing. Thanks for the explanation. Is yours a 2wd, or a 4wd? If it's a 2wd, how does it do in the snow?

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just get a chevy single cab long bed v6 with 4wd. Dont get a 2wd because it will make it so it wont even be an option for plowing. So you can put a small plow on this when you finish college and grow with it so that when you get another truck you will already have a 4wd and you wont have to buy 2 trucks to have a backup.
That is a great idea, except I have to see if I can fit in a regular cab. At 6 feet/4 in, my legs are longer than my torso. I am certain I will be going with a silverado, 2000-2006 model year, with a v6, 4wd if i can find it. I have not found great luck with trying to find a 4wd v6 in an extended cab.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:37 PM
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My parents told me no v8 too. I said who's making the payments?

I got the v8 f150
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:59 PM
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I have a 2000 Silverado 1500 ext cab and love it. 220000 miles and stll purring like a kitten.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:19 AM
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My parents told me no v8 too. I said who's making the payments?

I got the v8 f150
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I am not making any payments. Our plan was to buy it outright.
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