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Need a new Truck!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ColePyck, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. ColePyck

    ColePyck LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 208

    Hey guys I come to you for wisdom on my dilema. I have a 95 GMC 1500 with 160k on it, its a nice truck 4x4 hauls my mowing trailer and dump fine. It leaks oil, and there always seems to be something breaking on it. Well its paid for and I am stuck between a couple different ideas for a new vehicle.

    Keep the 95 and spend 20k on other aspects of my business

    Trade the 95 in on a 2500HD w/ duramax

    Keep the 95 and finance a BMW X5, and just keep spending money on the 95 to keep it running

    Trade the 95 in on a Tundra or Nissan Titan

    I am just hesitant about getting another GM product, I want something that will last and not be leaking oil in 10 years. I know the duramax is built to last but i can spend 20k on a X5 and KNOW it will still be a quality vehicle in 10 years, compared to a American product that might be crap and will probably lose most of its value in 10 years. Are GMs built today a better built vehicle than 10 years ago?
  2. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Yea american vehicles are junk. Our 96 3500's engine just lost oil pressure the other day. Those 7.4 vortecs are junk, 254,000 original miles and it gives up already.

    Buy your jap truck and see how long it lasts, never heard good about newer jap trucks and heavy work loads. Good luck with their "10 year warrenties" too, a friend worked at a kia dealership and said they NEVER once gave a warrenty on something over 3 years, they found a reason to get out of it.

    As for the new chevy's, the ls series engines are very much so the best engine gm's ever come up with. The duramax is also a very good work horse. And GM trucks hold their value...but any truck thats 10 years old isn't gunna bring in top dollar. After they brought out the vortecs in 96 its all been up hill for gm trucks.
  3. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    i would go with he 2500HD w/ duramax we have a 94 2500HD gas and the thing is awsome i think we will still get a couple more years out of it. we plow and pull mowing equipment with it. you should go with the 2500 HD duramax IMO
  4. ColePyck

    ColePyck LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 208

    There is a difference between Korean and Japenese. I wouldnt buy a Kia, they dont even makes trucks anyways. If you havent been around the last 5 years the japanese market is doing something right by taking over American market shares and building better quality vehicles. Nissan and Toyota are both repuatble names in the auto industry....I know some guys on this site even haul with the Nissan Titan
  5. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Yea they're doing something right, its called selling way cheaper then american brands. Money talks to consumers (most anyway, the ones that just read reviews and think OH WOW THESE ARE GREAT!)

    Cheap parts, cheap labor, cheap trucks.
  6. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    And before I'm told "But they're built in america" its still cheap labor, compair what their workers get paid (10-12 an hour if that) to american companies.

    "but at least they're still made here" will be the next response, and I'll have to answer "and wheres all the profit go? In to our economy right" :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    It's my new thing, if a company uses forein trucks, I don't deal with them. This is a big stickler in my area because we have a gm plant in town. If I drove all yota's, I bet I'd lose a few of the gm retiree's that are customers.
  7. ColePyck

    ColePyck LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 208

    John Deere....built in USA......what about the Yanmar diesel engine......is that Yanmar, OHIO its built in.....I dont think so. Its not all about cheaper wages, its about better engineering as well.
  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I am running into the same problem, My 94 F150 is in like new condition but I have put a ton of $$$$ into this truck but I only see it lasting a couple more years. I think at that point you would be further ahead to buy the Duramax. It should last you 200-300k miles I would think. The BMW I'm not sure what that is, but I wouldn't think any foreign truck would have power that American trucks do. I know a guy that has a 92 F350 2wd turbo diesel that has over 300k on it and it looks and runs like it's brand new.
  9. ColePyck

    ColePyck LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 208

    Thanks that is what I am leaning towards, the BMW X5 is a Luxury SUV, I woudnt use it for work, just something nice to drive in the winter.
  10. lawn masters 2006

    lawn masters 2006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    :hammerhead: a ten yr old truck should probly leak oil some wear,thats why u have to keep up w maintance....id rather drive a older truck an put money in it now an then than pay a payment every month.350 vortec is the best motor gm made,i had a chevy w a 5.3 vortec in it an it was a dogg...trade it in for a older chevy w the 5.7....deisels are a big expence to main tain..to strat the need 10 + qts of oil for a dang oil change....just my .02:usflag:

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