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Old 02-21-2017, 10:16 AM
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Default GMC 1500 keep or trade

just sort of looking for opinions here.. (what would you do).

I have a 2013 GMC Sierra SLE 4x4 crew cab with 77,000 miles on it. The truck suits my purposes fairly well. (I have been spending a lot more time on the road and the seat suck after a while but thats it). Big note... its paid for.

I have posted a little about my problems with oil consumption, rough idle, misfires, etc. but long story short my truck is at the dealer right now getting all new rings and pistons put in it (under warranty). They said that this will unequivocally fix the oil consumption issue.

I tend to keep my vehicles for a long time and 1) I have no confidence that I won't be spending serious $ on the truck again, and 2) feel like I have some diminished value based on now having an "unclean" car fax.

So my options are either to keep or trade. I have though about just going and getting a tundra and being done with it, but also have though about pleading my case as a loyal GMC owner (wife has a denali) that they should step up to the plate and help me get into a new GMC at a really good price. I understand they districts keep pools of funds just for this occasion.

As a side note, my loaner is a 2017 SLT and its a really nice ride.

Thoughts and opinions from the THT masses?
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Drive your old truck for a while to see if it really is fixed. I would have argued to get a whole new short block versus new rings and pistons.
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I have a 14 SLT and plan to drive it for a long time. Really like it.
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Personally, I wouldn't put up with any BS from a vehicle. If you can't trust that it's going to get you from a to b without any issues, it's time for something else.
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You have 23k miles left till the warranty is up...I would not keep that truck past 100k mile due to its history. I traded my 2009 GMC this past August with 137K but it had no real issues. It did use about 1 a qt of oil in 3,500 miles but I did not think that was excessive.

I went with a 16 2500 GMC gas for more towing capacity..
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i would dump the truck as soon as you get it back. it will be nothing but problems. the only true fix is to turn off the AFM. get rid of the truck while it still has some value.
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Originally Posted by Vitamin_Sea View Post
Drive your old truck for a while to see if it really is fixed. I would have argued to get a whole new short block versus new rings and pistons.
a short block is not the answer, the problem is what they are labeling overactive lifters which is caused by the active fuel management system
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
You have 23k miles left till the warranty is up...I would not keep that truck past 100k mile due to its history. I traded my 2009 GMC this past August with 137K but it had no real issues. It did use about 1 a qt of oil in 3,500 miles but I did not think that was excessive.

I went with a 16 2500 GMC gas for more towing capacity..
If he bought it in 2012 then his warranty will run out this year after the 5 year mark.
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Of course your 17 SLT is a really nice ride. Im sure you thought your 13 was a nice ride at one point in time. I can't beleave that six years after the AFM issue appeared on the 07 models they are still rebuilding engines from it. Add in the phantom vibration issue that the 14 and 15 had and GM clearly has a lack of attention to detail. I can say myself that after the engine being replaced in my 07 and my 15 vibrating so bad I gave up and traded it on a Ford I will never own another gm product.

As for them owing you a good deal, i'm not sure about that. They are giving you what they owe you which is a rebuilt engine and I don't see where carfax plays into this even if it did everyone knows that GM has had AFM issues for years.
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
a short block is not the answer, the problem is what they are labeling overactive lifters which is caused by the active fuel management system
Ok, I did not know there was a known issue. I am a Dodge guy. Yeah, I would dump it ASAP and they'd have to give me one hell of a deal to buy another GM!
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A new model 5.3 with the AFM engine will not be any better. I just did a 1200 mile trip with my '16 and when the engine would kick down to 4cyl mode, I could hear the lifters rattle. At first I thought it was an exhaust leak, but then realized it would only do it in the 4cyl mode.
It blows my mind that GM would continue to produce this engine with the long history of issues. Glad its a lease.
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I had a 'o3 F250 with the 6.utoh PSD. I had issues with it. I traded that POS in before the 36k mile mark. I will not keep a truck I can't trust. You are the only person that can answer the question if you should trade.
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Get rid of it. I was in a very similar situation as you with an '11 Sierra. As soon as they said they needed to crack open the engine on a 5 year old vehicle I lost all trust. I drive a Tundra now.
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mine had the same problem, GM had it several times and even sent the motor off for a couple of weeks, every time about 1000 miles after they so called fixed it, oil light comes on and have to add 3 quarts. on a road trip i stopped for oil and checked the gas
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Originally Posted by HardLivin View Post
Get rid of it. I was in a very similar situation as you with an '11 Sierra. As soon as they said they needed to crack open the engine on a 5 year old vehicle I lost all trust. I drive a Tundra now.
Do you have the 5.7? What is your real world MPG? Looking hard at a tundra....
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I dumped my 09 Chevy due to oil consumption. Started out at a quart between oil changes and steadily increased to 3 quarts. I drove GM trucks for 35 years and traded it on an F-150 with 5.0 so far so good.
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Keep it until you hate it.That's the only way you get any "investment" back.My son had the warranty engine rebuild for oil consumption,fixed it.
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Do you have the 5.7? What is your real world MPG? Looking hard at a tundra....
I'm on my second tundra. First one was an 08 crew max 4x4. It averaged 14. My current truck is a 2014 lifted 7" with 35's. It averages 13.

If you're concerned about mileage, this ain't your truck.

But they are very reliable and because of that, have great resale value.
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The piston and rings replacement will fix your engine. We've fixed quite a few of them. Some have gone an additional 80K miles since repair was done and have zero issues.

The new GMC trucks are very nice. If they'd only fix the damn vibration issue and water leaks they'd be awesome. Those two problems are my daily nightmare.
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I would give them a chance to make you an offer you can't refuse, to keep you as a customer.

Plus, if you are driving a lot, you need something with a good seat.

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