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01-01-2009, 10:03 PM #1
need crash course on GM trucks
Hey guys: I am a newbie to this forum. I have been a Ford man for the last 13 years, when I traded my 95 Z71 for a 97 F150. My news for all is I am coming back, as my GM family is glad to see my return, but I need your help. I am looking for a truck, and I need a crash course in what to be careful of. My 04 F150 has spark plug issues, injector issues and now, a burnt up engine. For these reasons I am returning to GM and need your help in steering away from known problems or issues in the GM truck family. Any help will be appreciated: Thanks in advance.
01-01-2009, 11:12 PM #2
Welcome to the forum! What year chevy's are you looking at? Brand new or a few years old?Dan
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01-01-2009, 11:54 PM #3
Welcome back! Also, are you looking for a truck or SUV?ANDREW
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01-02-2009, 09:39 AM #4
I am not working at the moment, have great credit and will take a big loss on my 04 Lariat, oweing about 12 grand on a truck with a blown motor (warantee won't cover piston & valves cause injector caused problem, and injectors not under warantee). But thats my problem and its another story.
I know nothing about the Avalanch or other smaller truck, but @ 6'2" and 235 I may just not fit...
I just really need overview on any major known issues or mechanical or engine sizes lets say, years etc to stay away from. I know the Fords pretty good, but changing back to the bowtie will take some re-training.
01-02-2009, 09:43 AM #5
01-02-2009, 09:57 AM #6
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Welcome (back) to GM, sorry about the bad luck with the Ford, that stinks that they didn't validate the warranty, how many miles on it when it went down? You should be able to find something I think to meet your needs.
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01-02-2009, 10:32 AM #7
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Welcome to the site and good luck on your search!Darcy
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01-02-2009, 10:47 AM #8
My 95 Z71 was a real turn off to say the least. Run like a tank, TBI gave 9 & 10 miles mpg and a bunch of little things, like broken seat frame, door handle 4 wheel drive switch and on & on. My family are GM 100% and I was since late 70's. I have had Buicks, Regal and still a 68 Skylark in the garage, Chevy Lumina, Bretta and Astro van. I even had a Cutlass with a 350 bow tie under the hood... Thoes were the days.
But since 85 I have been a truck man myself, and wife gets strickly GM whatever she wants. Employee discounts always helped.
I know there are guys out here that have been on the forums and know the GM's much better than me. I just want to steer clear of more trouble and all badges have some/
01-02-2009, 11:29 AM #9
Well you mentioned an Avalanche before, if you can find on in your price range, they are not a pickup , they are actually built on a suburban frame with more comfort in mind and the bed for the in-case once in a while dirt or plywood. My brother owns a 01 Z71 silvy and has never had a problem, was the old mans first. He has low miles but still a great truck, I have a 99 Suburban and no REAL problems just more that come along with an 11 year old truck.99 K1500 Suburban LT "THE BEAST"
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