I had asked about the 3500 in another thread. I got a chance to drive it and it is a very nice truck. Ext. cab, 4x4, long bed, dually, loaded w/ 66K miles on it for 15,900. It has the 5.7L (350) engine. However, yesterday I was offered a 2000 Silverado 1500 - ext cab, 4x4, short bed, few options but only 17K miles on it for 16,500. It has the 5.3L engine. I know these are two very different trucks but which would you buy? It will be my only vehicle for both personal and business use. Doing lawn care part-time with about 10 lawns a week plus doing mulch and other landscaping as well. I work out of the truck bed - no trailer as I have no place to park one. I've been doing research all day, and I'm seeing some discouraging reviews of the 1500 in regards to the brakes, transmission, and suspension. Seems to be about a 50/50 split between good and bad reviews. Have seen very little bad about the 3500. What do you think? I need to make a decision on these somewhat quickly.