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Old 05-08-2007, 03:08 PM
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Maybe someone can help a fellow GM truck owner. I am baffled by the new pick-up truck designs.

My first Z71 was a 1994 and it was a mean azz truck. Big, meaty, high off the ground. It looked like a 4x4. My current Z71 is a 2002 model and its a tiny bit smaller looking, not as tall, but nevertheless still looks like a nice truck.

The new 4x4 models are weak at best. Whats the deal? They are obviously smaller vehicles and are no higher off the ground than the regular 2wd models. Why in hell's name would I want a 4x4 that looks like a 2wd truck! The lines are okay, I can get used to it, but the way they sit really low in the front is just disgusting. I sure am glad I sold my GM stock a few months back. These new trucks are going to kill them. The 3/4 ton models don't even look good anymore. They look like 2wd trucks too!

I was going to try to get a new truck in 3 years when my current Z71 rolled over 200K miles, but now I may be waiting to see what they come out with next. If the new models get any weaker looking... I may have to start thinking about a Ford!

At least Ford understands what the consumer wants. Their trucks keep getting better looking every year. Beefier and taller.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:20 PM
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I'm a Dodge truck owner and have no first hand knowledge of Chevy/GMC trucks, but I'm pretty sure the low front end of today's trucks comes from an effort of trying to get better MPG. Its more aerodynamic to have the front end down low. My 2001 Dodge 1500 4X4 was like that as well and I agree I don't like it. That's why I put the 2.5" leveling kit on it.

BTW, the reason you see 4x4 trucks sold with wimpy tires is a result of MPG as well. If they come from the factory with those wimpy tires they get a little better MPG.

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I don't buy a truck based on its looks.
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Most all trucks have a lower front end these days. It was a government mandate (bumper height) that came out of crash testing. You can get leveling kits that make them look MUCH better.
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I'm sure there are different tire packages which will affect the "look" of the truck as well as ground clearance.

I was always a die hard Chevy truck guy, but Ford is kicking their butt right now. I currently drive an '04 Roush F-150 SuperCab, and there is absolutely no comparison to any Chevy I've driven to date. Nor is there any comparison between it and the '03 Harley-Davidson crew cab I had before the Roush. I haven't driven the new Fords or Chevy's, so maybe things are different now.

Now SUV's are another story. The wife's Tahoe rides and drives just as well if not better than her mom's Navigator.
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I love the new Tahoe/Suburbans. The real pisser is that we lost our Suburban in H. Katrina, so I had to run out and replace it post haste (momma's gotta have wheels to cart the kid around). I bought a really nice 05 Suburban (new) with all the toys, and not 2 months later the new models came out. What a bummer.

The thing about the Fords is that they come off the lot with the front end lifted level with the rear end and looking good.

If I am going to piss away 40-50K on a vehicle, it better be pleasing to my eyes.
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You can get a leveling kit for around $150-$200 from most off road shops. I did it on my 99 and about to on my 06. Makes a world of diffences in height and clearing larger tires.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:22 PM
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Personally, I'm still struggling with the thought of carpet in a truck..... I'm also perplexed by the increase in height/size of the new ones. Not that I'm a midget, but if I can't reach over the side of the bed, it's too tall. I've driven pickups for 30+ years, and am perfectly content with my 98 Chebby 3/4 ton...don't even LIKE the new stuff.
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You guys have failed to notice that today's "truck" buyer in most cases does not need a truck.

Think about it.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:21 PM
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How often do you use 4WD?
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:45 AM
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I use 4wd almost weekly. I use the Auto 4wd in rain/wet roads. I always use 4wd at the boat launch (I have a very heavy boat to pull out of the water). Most of our launches don't have parking lots. We back our trailers into the marsh or park in the ditches along side of the roads. Most of the ramps areond here are shells or very slimy concrete. I will never have another truch thats not 4x4. When you need it, it's sure nice to have.
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At least Ford understands what the consumer wants. Their trucks keep getting better looking every year. Beefier and taller


Actually I kinda feel the same about Fords that you feel about GM's. The older Ford trucks had much more ground clearance than they do now and enough room to run a 33"x 12" tire with no rubbing whatsoever, heck I was able to squeeze 35" tires under my truck by just shimming out the front bumper a 1/2". Pre 86 GM was like that too, 33's no problem. Now they look like a dog sniffing around in the weeds with those bumpers so low. All the manufacturers are doing a fine job designing the "truck" out of all the trucks, but i'm kinda old school in that I don't think a pickup should ride like a BMW.
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:30 AM
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Saw an '07 duramax 3500 crew cab 4x4 tonight at home despot, and by God, that is one butt-ugly truck. Whoever designed the hood should be fired. He prolly added the tip to the tailpipe also. I'm sorry, the truck was just ugly. The 05 2500 duramax we loaded next to it was a whole lot better looking.
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