LD Pickups Offer Cash and Competition

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There's a lot of good news out there if you happen to be in the market for a full-size, light-duty pickup truck. It seems a perfect storm of variables is coming together to make this one of the best seasons for wheeling and dealing in a long time.

GM dealerships are scrambling to make sure they don't get stuck with too many of the current-generation Chevy Silverados or GMC Sierras, according to Automotive News. Production facilities have been running at full tilt, building up supply in the pipeline to accommodate the staggered factory slowdowns and shutdowns in order to make the needed changeovers that will build the highly anticipated new GM full-size half-ton trucks, which are likely due out at the end of the first quarter of 2013 as 2014 models.

But don't expect other truck manufacturers to sit and watch GM dealerships offer strong incentives to buyers; each truck maker looks to have its own "truck month" special program, in some cases cutting as much as $4,500 off the factory sticker.

In addition, the Detroit News is reporting that the GM dealer body was shown quite a few new cars and trucks at a recent dealer meeting in Las Vegas. And near the end of the event, dealers were able to see the new Chevy Silverado (as well as a few other fullsize SUVs off the same platform), and the excitement was palpable. Even though expectations are appropriately high, several dealers reported saying they were very happy with what's coming. And to the best of our knowledge, all those inside the exclusive meeting have not broken their vow of silence. Of course, if they do, we'll be sure to bring you all the details fit to print. (2013 model shown above and below.)

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Your whole arguement (which was ridiculous and completely incorrect to begine with) is null and void with this unrealistic claim "The Explorer is like a Range Rover for crying out loud" Any Ford person even realizes they are no where near a range rover. I just recently test drove a Range rover, never really understood them until now...

Yes, Lambda SUV's over Explorer and the new sorry excuse Durango (which are so great people are buying them left and right, winning comparisons and you see them every where. Please notice the excessive use of sarcasim.) The Explorer, shoot it finishes last in pretty much every comparison test, and it is brand new!

@Tyler, I'm a Chevy guy. I'm nor Ford or Dodge man but I do agree Ford is making much nicer vehicles than both Chevrolet and Buick. If I had to choose between a new Ford or Buick, it would be a Ford no contest. They don't have that old persons stigma and they retain a more cutting edge design while still keeping it classed up. The Limiteds are out of this world and so are those Platinums.

I can't wait for the Chinese F-150. Maybe Ford will cut a deal to make F-150s for them, or better yet have Tata Motors of India make F-150s then all of them can catch on fire. Then Ford for sure will have the hottest truck around.

While I am on the subject, name one Buick nicer than a Ford

@Tyler, no way are Buick's nicer than either Ford's or Dodge's. You're high. The Lacrosse has some nice exterior lines and so does the Enclave. That's pretty much where it ends.

@FordTrucks1 - thanks.


You hit the nail on the head regarding GM sheet metal. I see all this bashing over GM thicknesses and in reality, all manufacturers are the same. The big flat panels are going to appear to be less rigid due to lack of "corrugation". I’ve polished trucks from each manufacturer and they all flex about the same when you put pressure on them.

I have used a micrometer and measured thicknesses at random points between GMT-400 and GMT-900 (I still own one of each) models and they are incredibly close. The biggest differences are in the new model crimping method. The GMT-900 bodies are crimped so much tighter due to better manufacturing methods.

Front/rear fender wells and hood thicknesses are identical. Hood supports are also identical. If you measure the bottom of a door of old vs. new the old appears to be much thicker but again, the crimping is so much better on the new models it makes for a tough measurement. So I went to the inside door jamb and they are identical.

Bumpers are 1/2 the thickness as the old models though.

My frame on my 2010 2500 HD is slightly thicker than my 1996 K1500. Frame height is significantly higher on the 2500 though but you would expect that on a ¾ ton. There are nowhere near as many welds on the 2500 though due to hydroforming.

There is no way I would call one of these newer models worse than their predecessors. The 2500 HD rides so much nicer and the body lines are so much tighter there is no comparison. The waves in the sheet metal above the wheel wells notwithstanding though. That drives me crazy that they sell vehicles like that. I’ve seen it in F250s though and look around the door depressions on F150s and you’ll see it as well.

@Anon, my 2010 Silverado metal isn't anywhere close to my old 96. I have the flapping hood syndrome and am always scared to lean up against it when pumping gas. The bumpers are the worst I'll give you that. I've already had both the front center section and my complete back bumper replaced from minor bumps agains the garage front wall which is thin sheetrock and very forgiving. I could push a car with my 96 and not have any damage. I too am upset over the waviness over the rear wheels. I didn't notice it at the lot but the first time I waxed it out in the sun that stuff just popped right out at me. I about wanted a different truck but am stuck with it for now. That's a Glaring defect to me that should have been caught at the factory when designing these. I understand they're all getting thin now and I do agree with Lou that the Silverado design with the puffed out bed sides really hurt. They're sticking out like a sore thumb just waiting to be dinged in. You see it quite often on these bodies. Yet I never notice it on the Tahoes or the Avalanches which I assume are the same metal thickness. I think it's a combination of thin metal meeting a very poor design. I hope the next Silverado is worlds better than what this one has been. If I had it to do over, I most likely would have bought and F-150.

Hi Keith,

I've actually seen people sit on the hoods so I wouldn't be too concerned. Check out the somethin' bout a truck video for an example.

I backed into a telephone pole at 15 mph in my 96 and it didn't do a damn thing. If I did that with my 2010, I know I would be into the tailgate if it weren't for the hitch. But at my company, we have F150s and they are the same. This has more to do with crash tests than anything.

As per your hood flutter, did you raise up the hood bumpers underneath it? Mine used to flutter until I did that. I have also fixed 3 others that had the same problem. This is supposed to be part of dealer prep but I am sure you know how well they prep the vehicles.

I've actually seen people sit on the hoods so I wouldn't be too concerned. Check out the somethin' bout a truck video for an example.

@anon, Dude, you can't sit on the new hoods! You're going off a country music video? They were trying to recreate that old Chevy Like A Rock commercial where the guy lays on the hood on the 90's tough trucks. They must have been cringing trying not to cave that hood in the video in on these new trucks. I have one and you don't dare even push on the hood to shut it. You have to drop it so you don't push dents in it with your fingers. The sheetmetal on these things is flimsy as all get out. And ya, maybe they all are now but this thing is bad. No way the hood or any other part of this truck can be laid on. I have dents in my bed from carrying 2x4's. The old ones were WAY sturdier! I wish CAFE would get lost so they'd build trucks like those 90's ones again.

I received a letter in the mail yesterday from an area GM dealer requesting to buy back my 01 Sierra. I thought at first that it was a weak attempt to get me to buy a new vehicle. The letter said even if i didn't buy a new one, they would give me 110% of the Kelley Blue Book value. So what gives, why do they want an 11 year old vehicle?

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