Chevy Silverado 1500 - any first hand experience?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by drsogr, May 5, 2006.

  1. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey I am looking at a 2001 chevy silverado 1500 with the 5.3l engine. Is there anything good or bad I should know about these trucks? I will regularly (2-3 days a week) be pulling with it, about 3-4,000 lbs.
  2. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Excellent trucks, but please do yourself a favor and plan ahead and get at least a 3/4 ton. You'll make the money up by having a bigger truck. Good luck and post pics whatever you decide to buy!!

  3. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    I have a 98 silverado 1500.. Nice truck.. but when the weight is back there.. you can tell.. the truck tends to sag alot. Other than that, it has nice power, and can do alot of work.. I would say go for the 2500hd..
  4. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any ideas on gas mileage? I would love to get a 2500hd...unfortunately money will determine that I won't be able to afford one. I want to pay cash..I don't want a loan. I have a feeling though what ever I will by will be my estimating vehical and the I will be buying a 2500hd when I get my crew built up.
  5. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
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    ive only hauled cars on a trailer with my 93 1500 short bed, 2WD. does fine when loaded properly. mileage with my 350 is about 13 around town empty.
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    i think thats too much weight for a 1500. i have a 93 w/305 and it pulls my trailer ok but its not that heavy. any thing more and it would really struggle. milage is suprisingly good about14mpg
  7. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    I have a 1996 2500 4x4. Hauling or towing a trailer I get about 13 MPG, combination driving, heavy right foot. Highway driving and I get 15 to 16 MPG.

    I have moved tractors, (International H) fire trucks (1950 Internation L-150.) Won't talk about mileage pulling the fire truck. It was up hill into a stiff South Dakota head wind.
  8. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    I have a 2000 Silverado 1500 ext. cab. Bought it in 2001 with 24,000 on it and it's now got over 114,000 on her. Just replaced the rear brakes at 104,000, change oil frequently and that's it. It's towed my equipment, four wheelers, snowmobiles, and snowplowed with it and not a problem yet. Been an excellant truck.

  9. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
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  10. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    Pretty nice looking truck.

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