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Opinions please 2wd or 4wd

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by cj11209, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. cj11209

    cj11209 New Member

    Hey everyone brand new here been reading peoples posts last few weeks and has really helped me figure out some things, I really appreciate that. I am looking at buying a 2008-2013 crew cab silverado 1500 in just a few months. Here is my thing. I live in NC and go offroad here and there sometimes but no where I have not been able to make it in my current 2wd truck. We dont get much snow here maybe once or twice a year and then it is mainly icey mixture. I want to level a silverado and put something like 285-65-18 nitto trail grapplers on it. This will be my only truck so driving it daily and just wonder what your opinions are on doing something like this on a 2wd? I love the look of this and feel like 4wd would be nice but I am sure I will hardly ever use it if ever. I just dont want to look stupid leveling and putting these tires and all on it giving it an offroad look if I get a 2wd. Honestly money is the only reason I am thinking about possibly getting a 2wd instead times are hard now days. Please give me some honest opinions I know you guys will be a great help. Thanks!
  2. sierra11

    sierra11 Rockstar 100 Posts

    In my opinion it's better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it. But going with just a leveling kit on a 2wd with 33's wouldn't look stupid and seeing how this is mainly an on road daily driver this modification is for appearance. I think it's pretty dumb when people start lifting 2wd though.
  3. cj11209

    cj11209 New Member

    Thanks for your reply. Yes I agree I would never actually lift anything but a 4wd. And I can also understand your thought process on having it in case. Luckily if I do go with the 2wd and get stuck at least I know some people who can come get me out. Do you know by chance if there any difference in the ride height of the 4wd and 2wd in this year model?
  4. stchman

    stchman Active Member 1 Year 1000 Posts

    Only you can make the decision if the additional cost of 4WD (insurance, fuel, maintenance) is worth it. Some people quote higher resale for 4WD, but forget the additional cost.

    IMO, if one does go off road, frequently pulls a boat up slick ramps, lives in an area that gets a lot of snow in the winter, the additional $3500 for 4WD and its associated costs are definitely worth it. If one wants 4WD for a "look" or JIC it snows when they live in Alabama, then it is not worth it.
  5. cj11209

    cj11209 New Member

    Thanks for your reply too stchman. By offroad I mean going down to one of the many ponds I go to to fish that are always fairly easy to get to. If I were just made of money this would not even be a discussion. My only thing in my price range right now a 4wd would have more miles then i would like to have on buying a used truck. Any advice on a range of mileage to be looking for in a used truck? I really plan on keeping this truck until it just wont go anymore and then I am probably going to throw a new motor in it.
  6. Rebel_Bowtie

    Rebel_Bowtie Member

    cj I'm in the same situation but I know I want a 4x4. If you're gonna drive it till it rusts out, then I'd say look for a truck with AT MOST 50,000 miles. I don't know what you're working with financially but there are lots of chevys & GMCs 4x4s out there for $26K or less with less than 50,000. And that's crew cab models.

    Here's another question: Do you want/need a 5.3? If not, you could get a W/T crew cab 4.8L 4x4 with less than 30,000 miles for that same price. I know because I've found them. That's the great thing about GM trucks: OPTIONS
  7. cj11209

    cj11209 New Member

    Yes that is true plenty of options. lol. If you dont mind me asking where your looking as far as trucks online sites or just going place to place? I honestly dont want to spend no more then 23 right now. Big reason for the thinking about 2wd option. Going to start a family here in a few years too so like the idea of the crew cab for sure. As far as the motor I have not really decided on it. Idk as far as towing if I need the bigger engine. I wont be towing alot but every now and then a smaller camper or utility trailer but nothing serious. And also up until now I have only owned vehicles with 160,000 plus lol just got my ford ranger sold with 225,000. So anything is like new to me at this point.
  8. stchman

    stchman Active Member 1 Year 1000 Posts

    Yes, if I was made of money you'd see the trucks and cars I would have.

    If you don't mind us asking what's your price range?

    Right now Chevrolet and GMC dealers are making AWESOME deals on 2013 Silverados and Sierras to make room for the 2014s. You might be surprised on what you can get a 2013 for.
  9. cj11209

    cj11209 New Member

    Honestly at this point I want to spend 20-23k. I realize that this means i get something that has some miles on it already. And in all reality at this range I know its not going to last me forever but I can upgrade later in life hopefully then things will be a little more sound financially. I really want crew cab silverado and black. For some reason seems like black is popular cause everything I find is more expensive in that color. lol
  10. Rebel_Bowtie

    Rebel_Bowtie Member

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