Should I buy this?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Howie's Lawn Care, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    I've been looking at used trucks lately and came across a GMC Sierra. Let me know what you guys think of this truck.

    2001 GMC SIERRA 1500
    100,000 MILES (Just over by a few)
    4.3L V6


    The guy didn't care if I test drove it with my dad in the truck, so I drove it around a little in town and then on the highway. I thought it drove great. My only concern is the mileage on it. It averages around 25,000 miles a year. I did a Carfax history report on it and found that it was registered as a commercial lease vehicle. Another company leased the vehicle from them. It appears to be in great shape. The interior is spotless and the engine is very clean. Everything sounded good and oil pressure was also good. It has the hydraulic lift on the back, so I am wondering how hard the truck was used. If it was leased by some company and has the hydraulic lift, it may have caried some pretty heavy loads. It sounds like hard work for the 4.3L V6. The lift has a limit of 1,000 pounds, so it could come in handy. I just want to know if you guys think this is a good buy or not. I've given you all the information I know about it so please give me some opinions based on the description. Thanks everyone.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    As for me, I will never purchase anything less than a 3/4 ton unless it's free.
  3. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    You probably get what you pay for on it. Fleet vehicles are usually very well maintained. We have had good luck buying 3 year old trucks with over 100k miles. The guy we buy from offers a warantee for an extra $1000.
  4. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    C'mon guys. What do you think of the price. Should they come down more or is it fair. They also have a 1995 Chevy 1500 for $5,595.00 with 149,000 miles. It's an automatic, but I don't know the engine. I'm going back tonight, so I need some opinions as far as which direction I should go. Is the guy giving a good price as far as the condition of the truck goes? Why are fleet trucks usually well maintained when they are being used constantly and leased.
  5. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    As far as the engine goes, I have a 1991 4.3 V6 with 191,000 and I have had 0 problems with it thus far. have not been pulling a trailer, but it handles a full bed full of topsoil or mulch just fine. saves a bit on the gas too (17-19 mpg) it's a great truck for us, but we don't do any constant heavy hauling (trailer) just change the oil, best thing you can do

    as far as the price, sounds a bit high, but it all depends what you are expecting out of it. how long do you need it to last? any warranty at all? usually, my thinking is, buy the cheaper truck if you have any uncertainty of where it will be in 2 years. if you need it to last 10, buy it new, then take care of it. i'm pretty handy working on cars though, so I'll do all minor repais on my own, something to take into account if you can do, or if you'll have to pay someone to do (fuel pump, brakes, tune ups, that sort of thing)

    another thing, is it 4x4, or does it have the W/T package? those help a lot, and I am glad my truck has them. something to think about when talking price. the heavier suspension will help a LOT when that bed is full!
  6. scholzee

    scholzee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 130

    I searched Akron Ohio and found below. Look in your local paper and see what 2001's are selling for. I say forget the 95 and go with the 01, say your serious and whats the lowest he will go, if possible arrange your own financing and tell them you have cash/check in hand to buy. Fleet is maintained well because, they are do not want you to have a wreck ( brakes ) it would be their fault if brakes are faulty. Oil change grease etc, they need to rent/lease a reliable vehicle to pay off their investment. The last thing they want is to come pick up a broken down vehicle and supply you with another when leasing, so they do maintain them pretty well. The difficult part is how the person driving it treated it, that you may never know. Generally if the interior looks to be taken care of the truck probably was used reasonably.

    2001 GMC Pickup $25,000 62,936 Miles Individual Seller Crew Cab Gray
    2001 GMC Pickup $19,900 107,000 Miles Classified Ad Crew Cab
    2001 GMC Pickup $16,875 61,000 Miles Classified Ad Ext Cab
    2001 GMC Pickup $14,900 -- Classified Ad Pickup
    2001 GMC Pickup $10,599 102,000 Miles
  7. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    There is just about absolutely nothing in my local paper. There may be an early 90s pontiac here and there, throw in a recent cavalier or sunfire and you've got a classifieds section. I'm serious, ten vehicles max during week and 15 on sunday editions. There's usually no lawn equipment. How much would you give for it if you were interested in it. The dealer already told us they could get us 5.73% financing and it's actually with my current bank. Thanks for you opinions.
  8. elamey

    elamey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I just saw an ad in the paper here in Evansville IN for a BRAND NEW 2005 Silverado for $10,980! I'm sure it's the stripped down version etc...but it probably has the vortec v-6 that your talking about.

    People think these used trucks are worth a fortune, not with new trucks at 10-15k. I'd get a new one
  9. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Messages: 668

    i have a '95 s-10 with this motor. it has 216k and zero problems with the engine. i will say that it is underpowered for pulling a trailer. with a 5x10 trailer and the gate up my truck will top out at 65-67 mph. it is a struggle to maintain this speed and the mpg really suffers (9 mpg with the trailer, 19 without). the model you are looking at does have more power. however, i am not an lco and haul only my ztr, if you plan on hauling more equipment than this, and i assume any legit lco would have more, i would look at a v-8 or at least a higher hp v-6.
  10. efaubert1

    efaubert1 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 109

    I wouldn't do it. For $3000-$4000 more you can get a new Chevy or Ford with 00000 miles and a 3 year warranty. The V-6 isn't a bad motor for a daily driver, but it has no heart for pulling anything beyond a jet ski. Not to mention you have a lift gate that probably reduces it's hauling/towing capacity by at least 3 to 400 pounds. Always remember how the average guy thinks: "There are three types of vehicles that can go anywhere. Rental car, company car, and four wheel drive." This vehicle fits two of the three categories.

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