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2006 Chevy p/u owners please speak up

Post in 'The Gear' started by ckarotka, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. ckarotka

    ckarotka Minister of Fire

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    I'm looking at a 06 chevy with 88000 on it. Nowadays is that bad millage?? I need it to haul 6 people, firewood, camping stuffs, and yard stuff. No real heavy long distance towing or hauling. Should I be concerned with any real problems with this vehicle?

    I'm trying to get it for around 15000. The pics online looked real clean and it had a matching cap, four doors, and the bed looked brand new like nothing was ever put in it.

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  2. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Look it up.
    http://www.kbb.com/
    I just got rid of a 96 Chevy with 160,000 on it. Body was excellent and motor was strong but it needed a timing chain and gears and some other minor work. Found a screamin deal on a mint 03 extended cab with 57,000 miles . With the money I sold the 96 for and $1900 cash I upgraded BIG time!
  3. golfandwoodnut

    golfandwoodnut Minister of Fire

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    88,000 miles is not much anymore. My GMC Yukon had 175,000 on it and was still running strong.
  4. ckarotka

    ckarotka Minister of Fire

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    Good to hear. Going to look in person tomorrow. If it's clean and sounds, drives good I'll buy for my price.
  5. JDC1

    JDC1 Feeling the Heat

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    My brother in law just picked up a 2010 f150 extended cab 4x4 w/ 15k for 19,000. The deals are out there.
  6. jimbom

    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    We have 18 years on a 1993 4x4. It is right at 100,000 with no real problems.
  7. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Should be just about due for its' first set of front wheel bearings. Doesn't matter how you use them... they are going to go! Told the brother in law a little while ago that his 08 should be just about due- his reply was something like oh it is only the old junk like your that had that problem, they solved that issue years ago. It was only a matter of weeks before his was in the shop!
  8. Dano5509

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    Ditto on the wheel bearings/hubs.... I have a 2005 Silverado 3500, crew, long bed Duramax and at 53,000 I am ordering a set of SKF hub/bearings.....
  9. Frostbit

    Frostbit Feeling the Heat

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    I would look for an '07 and up Chev. Much improved reliability over the 2000-2006's. I have a 2000. The motor and tranny is original (88,000 miles), but I have changed most everything else. My brother and co-worker each have 2005 Silverado 1500's, always something mechanical with both of them: wheel bearings, brakes, IPC's, ball joints, one transmission and transfer case, and a ton of electrical gremlins on both. Son has a 2007 with 55,000 miles and its been very reliable.

    My next truck is gonna be a Toyota.
  10. jotul8e2

    jotul8e2 Feeling the Heat

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    My '04 K2500 has 120k and yes, I've had both front wheel bearings go out. And one power door lock actuator. And one headlamp. That is it, the entire list. I still have the factory brakes and shocks, although I think I'm going to do the shocks before winter.
  11. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    My 01 3/4 ton has 160K and it gets used and abused. Tires, brakes, shocks, struts, battery, starter, window kits, transmission is starting to get cranky but still doing the job. Driver seat needs padding replaced and the numbers are worn off the presets on the radio. IMO, $15K seems a little high for a 6 yo truck with miles on it.
  12. mayhem

    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    88k is barely broken in.

    My 2000 6.0 has 142000 on it and is going strong. Original motor, tranny and all drivetrain bits...just replacing the u-joints now. This truck has been by far the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned...ranks right up there with ym wife's 2000 Toyota Celica. I've got some rust problems on the rockers and my passenger side power window regulator is going to need to be replaced, did the front wheel bearings last fall and the usual gas, oil, tires, etc.
  13. Fi-Q

    Fi-Q Feeling the Heat

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    I just bought a 3500 duramax 2006 for 22k$ with 60 000 miles on it.
    It is my 3 rd Used GM in 7 year. Always been happy with those
    Used truck ...but my need keep chnging went from a 97 1500 to a 03 2500
    Duramax to now a 06 duramax 3500 DRW.... If its a gasser 1500
    The price is on the high side, but if in mint condition, might worth it
  14. deck2

    deck2 Burning Hunk

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    I have a 2005 GMC 2500, Crew short box and am very happy with it, got about 2 1/2 yrs ago with 27XXX miles and it now has about 45K on it have had no problems, use it to haul anything and everything and have never had it loaded to the point that I have felt uncomfortable. I paid 21K for it in feb of 2009(at a local GM dealership). Its a 6.0 gas so the milage sucks but its nice to go down the road with the box full of wet oak and a loaded dump trailer (aprox. 4.5K #s) and feel safe. I had a 99 ranger with a 4.OL before and when I filled the box with wood the ride home would get pretty interesting.

    But 15K is a little bit on the high side for that truck IMO, unless that truck is really clean. I almost would be tempted to let mine go for that and it is real clean and has been maintained very well.
  15. ckarotka

    ckarotka Minister of Fire

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    I thought 15K was ok. I can't find a truck with that milage or even close with the same options for less than 20K around here. Prices here are really high I guess.
  16. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    Then drive across the border to where JDC lives LOL........ I think the price is a little steep with 88,000
  17. ckarotka

    ckarotka Minister of Fire

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    Well I bought it. It seems to run strong as it did with the test driving. I need a bedliner though. Anyone ever use that Hercliner (sp) roll on bedliner. I obviously plan on putting firewood in it. Or just buck up for the plastic one since I will be keeping the cap on it??
  18. lukem

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    Congrats on the new truck. My FIL has a 2006 Sierra that he bought new and it has served him well.

    I would spend the $ and get a Rhino liner over a DIY job. Not saying you couldn't do it, but the i've seen a lot of DIY start to chip and peel, and the pro installed ones usually carry a lifetime warranty.

    I've had a couple plastic ones in the past. They are OK, but I recommend getting a bed mat with the them to. The plastic is really slick and thing tend to slide around a lot. I have a heavy rubber mat in my truck and it does a nice job. I don't have a liner, but don't mind scratches in the bed. Trucks are supposed to have scratches in the bed, IMO.
  19. Mt Ski Bum

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    I've had mixed luck with GM trucks at work... probably more due to the mechanics up at the warehouse in Helena being too lazy to properly maintain the truck fleet...

    2009: '02 Chevy 2500 w/ 95k+ mi- barely has any oil in it when I picked it up (the little oil that was in it was pitch black dirty), along with a loose wiper blade. Later on in the season, I had the battery die on me twice- once out in the field (luckily my supervisor lived only a few miles away, so her husband comes to help me out)

    2010: intially am given an early-to-mid '90's Chevy 1500 with 214k+ mi on it- everything works ok in the parking lot, so I proceed to drive it back towards Bozeman, only to have the rear passenger-side wheel lock up (faulty wheel bearings) on me while driving 70mph down the highway about halfway between Helena & Bozeman- supervisor's husband come with his state truck to rescue me again... talking to the warehouse mechanics in Helena, they were like "well, we took it for a test drive around the parking lot, & it did ok, & you know, wheel-bearings aren't something you can just check during routine maintenance, so there's no real way we could've seen if there was a problem with the bearings or not"

    as a replacement, I am given the same '02 Chevy as the previous year (now with 105k+ mi on it)- battery problem seemingly fixed (the warehouse mechancis supposedly didn't do anything, so the problem apparently just fixed itself), only things to really go wrong are a broken wiper blade that starts flopping around when my partner tried to turn on the wipers to wipe off some morning dew, & a check engine light that came on (wasn't anything serious, though)

    later on it the year, I am given a '96 GMC 1500 with 100k+ mi on it- large rusted-out holes on both muffler & tailpipe (was told by the Helena warehouse mechanics that "it may be a bit loud when you drive it (duh), but as long as the truck still drives ok, there's no need to fix it" (several months later, I was finally able to convice our vehicle accountant to let me get it fixed after saying I was starting to smell exhaust in the cab whenever I idled), later on the interior driver's door handle broke off when my partner tried to open the door, had to roll window down to grab outdside door handle for about a week before I got authorization to get it fixed. Other than that, no real mechanical problems, though.

    2011 (so far this year): was given a '92 Chevy 1500 with only 69k+ mi on it, feared the worst at first when I got an e-mail from our vehicle accountant saying she believes that that truck hasn't been to Helena for service- ever. Had a couple good cracks in the windshield, tires were kinda worn out, & the horn didn't work. Took it to Helena, & had the warehouse mechanics take a good look at it- they asked if I noticed any particular problems with it on the way up- I mentioned the windshield & was told "oh yeah, that's definitely something we want to fix. Especially if the cracks are on the driver's side". When I pick it up, I see that they put nice new tires on it, but the windshield was still cracked (go figure...) & the horn still doesn't work... alterted our vehicle accountant about the horn, asking her what she wanted me to do, & never got an e-mail back (she is noctorious for not answering her phone or returning phone or e-mail messages). Despite the windshield & horn, it seems to be working ok for now, & happens to be the only state truck I've had that doesn't have some sort of rip or tear in the seat. Would still like to get a 3/4 ton... the 100 gallon water tank puts alotta strain on the 1/2 ton climbing up passes & hills... (also, just an interesting side note, I recently did some research & learned that my little Ford Ranger has a bigger payload capacity than this full size 1/2 ton!)


    Hope you don't have any of those problems with your new Chevy- I think they make some decent vehicles (although Chevy/GMC will NEVER be as good as Ford! :p) You'll love having a bedliner... I have one on my Ranger & love it- no dinging or denting up the bed floor when I'm tossing chunks of firewood around!
  20. MarkinNC

    MarkinNC Minister of Fire

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    I agree that the rhino type linings are nice indeed. My truck came with a plastic bed liner and I was ready to pull the trigger on one of the premium liners. But I have 2 young children so I often find myself taking care of business by myself, while my wife is watching the kids. When I loaded and unloaded a refrigerator in the bed of my truck by leaning it against the tailgate, lifting the base then sliding it in, I was glad I did not have a high traction bed liner.

    This week I cut up about a 20 inch red oak that had fallen in someones yard during a recent storm. Here is the mountains things are invariably hill and I could not get my trailer in their back yard (and I was worried about a truck too). I elected to shuttle the wood to my trailer. When I was loading the rounds from the base of the tree, I had parked my truck on the down hill side. I lifted the rounds up and gave them a shove and they slid to the front. When I want to get a log out I just pull on it with a rake to slide it out. Now I guess one could roll the rounds in and out, but I can slide them on and out either way.

    FWIW though, I don't think a liner is necessary today. The trucks don't rot like they used to and that metal truck bed will work as good as anything. I just strap something down if I don't want it to move. I use one 50 cent bungy to hold my two saws, gas can, bar oil and tool box in the back of the bed by running it through the handles.

    I would save the money from the bed liner and buy something else. You should see how much firewood you can pull home in a tandem axle trailer (a cord without stacking). That's what I would get instead. That way you can keep saving money by burning wood like me:)
  21. ckarotka

    ckarotka Minister of Fire

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    I've had the plastic liners in the past. I traded my GMC 2500 6.0 in for a VW Jetta three and half years ago!! It really hurt but it's what needed to be done. Now I'm ready for my truck back. Gosh did I miss it and how easy having a truck makes everyday life with a family of 6!! It seemed like once or twice a month I was borrowing a truck from my buddy. Just got sick of that all together.

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