New Chevy or GMC 2500 or 3500?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Barkleymut, Nov 26, 2002.

  1. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am going to buy a new 2002 or 2003 Chevy or GMC this winter. My question is what is the difference between the 2500 and 3500 as far as transmission, clutch, and brakes? I currently have a Dodge 1500 and it does fine with the weight I put in it but the brakes are underpowered. I also will not do any plowing so I am getting a 2wd. As for all you ford guys....I would probably buy a Ford instead of Chevy but my father in law has $4000 in GM points that he is giving me. So unless you are going to give me $4000 please don't say "Buy a Ford". Thanks for any advice on the tranny, clutch and brakes.
  2. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just did some searching. It looks like all they offer in the 3500 is the dually. Can you get single rear wheels?
  3. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. The Good Earth

    The Good Earth LawnSite Member
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    When I went looking for my new truck I had the same question. I didn't want the dually but wanted a one ton truck. The dealer told me that the 2500 HD in the GM trucks is essentially the single rear wheel 3500 and that a 3500 is only made in a dually now. I didn't research it any more because I decided that the trucks were just too ugly to drop that much jack on!! That isn't to say that the Ford or Dodge is any prettier!

    TALLEY-HOE Guest
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    check out the new Dodge. they come in 3500 without duel wheels on the back.
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    Barkleymut, are you going to be able to get $4000 off of near invoice pricing on it? So, say invoice plus $500 -$4000 - what ever rebates might be available? If so that's probably too hard to pass up. That would end up probably being like $9000 off the window sticker.
  7. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
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    Even if you pay $4000.00 more for a FORD, you'll get a better truck and a better return on your investment..:D :D :D
  8. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Alright Lee, if you want to give me $4000 then I'll buy the ford. Keith, I'm getting the 4 grand plus 2 grand in manufacturers rebates plus my trade in which I hope to get $7500 for, plus 5% financing. I am a great negotiator. I'll get the truck for no more than $100 over actual invoice. Too hard to pass up.
    Talley hoe-give me $4000 and I'll consider a Dodge, I have a 1500 now and love it.
    Good Earth- thanks for the info about the 2500 and 3500. Only I think all 3 domestic trucks are very tough and good looking, especially the new Dodge's man what a great looking design.

    Also anyone have any advice on what rear end to get on the 2500HD? I will be doing mainly city driving and will never go over 70 MPH.

    Harry, thanks for the link. It always scares you when you read something like that BUT. Ford, GM, and Dodge all put out a couple of lemons every day. I'm sure all 3 are quality trucks for the most part and hopefully the Chevy I buy will give me 10 years and 300,000 miles before I even have to put in a new clutch!:D
  9. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    chevy does have an odd line up. they also have a 1500 HD if you were interested. i too have read the 2500HD is essentially a srw one ton.

    ford also has a srw one ton, for those reading (i know, not you bark:D _)

    do they still have the 2500? they did for 2002 i believe. i don't know what you need it for but for city driving, a dually might be a pain. of course you may need the power...

    and with the points, are you listing your biz as the buyer? GM canada doesn't honour gm card points on commercial sales. course you aren't a canuck but you might want to be sure.
  10. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Blount is so right. I wouldn't consider the GM Barkleymut. But then some people are slow learners :D :D

    Only a couple of weeks ago a Ford sales person told me they have 0% interest on Superdutys for 3 years. That will take care of any savings you might be making with $4000 in GM points.

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