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    Thread: New Ride - 315HP / AWD / 21 MPG / 20" Wheels...and 9600lb towing

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    1. Member PlatinumGLS's Avatar
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      10-18-2010 01:53 PM #1
      Sold our B6 Passat (2006 4-Motion) a couple weeks ago with the intention of buying a used truck as it is a PITA having two sedans when you own a house, a large yard and no nearby relatives with pickups. I work from home and my wife is home with our son (almost 3) so fuel economy would not be a concern.

      Was looking at used trucks on craigslist and ebay but it is crazy what even rusty, high-mileage work-trucks are going for. Luckily, we are eligible for a GM employee discount through my wife’s grandfather so I emailed the internet sales guy I deal with who has sold me 2 new VW’s and a Chevy. After a test drive, a night to think it over and about 15 minutes of paper work later, I think I got a killer deal on a new 2011 Silverado LT 4x4 “All Star Edition”…

      Surprised with the number of features…5.3L V8, 6-speed transmission, 4x4, electronic locking rear differential, dual zone heating/cooling, bluetooth, USB port, steering wheel controls, power driver seat, 20” wheels, adjustable pedals, rear parking assist, remote starter, homelink, OnStar, trailering package, etc…

      Here are some pictures…the color is Imperial Blue Metallic - difficult to see the metallic due to overcast sky...









      Last edited by PlatinumGLS; 10-18-2010 at 04:05 PM.

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      10-18-2010 01:56 PM #2
      perfect for groceries

    3. Member PlatinumGLS's Avatar
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      10-18-2010 01:58 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      perfect for groceries
      That is what the Jetta is for unless we get a Costco membership in which the truck will in fact be perfect

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      10-18-2010 02:00 PM #4
      The only truck I like better is a GMC Sierra Denali.
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    5. 10-18-2010 02:01 PM #5
      Hm. Nice silver medal.

      Should've gotten the F-150.

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      10-18-2010 02:03 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Krazee View Post
      The only truck I like better is a GMC Sierra Denali.
      The Denali is awesome but out of my price range

      Quote Originally Posted by Bonanza View Post
      Hm. Nice silver medal.

      Should've gotten the F-150.
      I've driven numerous F-150s and they are very nice. However, the driving experience is not to my liking. IMO, they feel more disconnected.

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      10-18-2010 02:06 PM #7
      Sharp looking truck. Congrats!
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    8. 10-18-2010 02:09 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by PlatinumGLS View Post
      The Denali is awesome but out of my price range


      I've driven numerous F-150s and they are very nice. However, the driving experience is not to my liking. IMO, they feel more disconnected.
      Yeah, I'm just giving you a hard time cause I love my F-150. I really do like the look of those trucks, especially how the back fender flares out. Nice lines in a truck.

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      10-18-2010 02:16 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by PlatinumGLS View Post
      The Denali is awesome but out of my price range
      I know...more expensive than I thought...but damn is it beastly looking.

      Are the 'Burbans/Escalades/Yukon built on the same chassis as the Silverado/Sierra?
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    10. 10-18-2010 02:04 PM #10
      Not a big fan of the exterior of those trucks, but that color really compliments it.
      Quote Originally Posted by Roketdriver View Post
      Supercar, f*ck kids.

      The only whine I like to hear comes from superchargers and straight cut gears.

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      10-18-2010 02:04 PM #11
      Nice! Great looknig truck and you won't regret the way it drives.

      My dad has an '08 GMC 2500HD with the Duramax/Allison with that same cab/bed configuration. Hasn't had a thing go wrong thus far, and I am shocked at how well it drives/rides. I used to dread long drives in his old '89 C2500; I welcome driving/riding in the new truck. Only thing I don't understand is why must all trucks be so tall now? His '08 is a FOOT taller than his '89--and they are both 2wd.

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      10-18-2010 02:13 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      perfect for groceries

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      10-18-2010 03:34 PM #13
      congrads! now lets see the toys it pulls

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      10-18-2010 03:52 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by VW1.8Tsunami View Post
      Truck envy in 3, 2, 1.....

      Nice truck
      Thanks

      Quote Originally Posted by uncleho View Post
      You cannot lose with trucks these days. They're all varying levels of NICE & WIN. Even the Toyota with that rear bed that bounces around in that Ford YouTube.

      I like the CrewCab, but the bed is too short and the Ext Cab's rear seats are plenty for my kids... and me.

      The styling of this Gen Silverado reminds me of the clean and simple (not bold like Ram or trucky like Ford) form and lines of the Silverado 2 gens ago, which I also like.
      I agree, not many compromises when buying a new-full size truck. And I have no problem sitting in the rear seat either

      Quote Originally Posted by Wanganrunner View Post
      I want some big ridiculous pickup, it looks like so much fun.

      Nice buy.
      Thanks, we are enjoying it so far. I love the V8 sound which has been missed since selling my GTO.

      Quote Originally Posted by Amdek View Post
      congrads! now lets see the toys it pulls
      Nothing right now...but my Aprilia could easily fit in the bed and will come in handy this week when I buy a new compressor

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      10-18-2010 03:57 PM #15
      Nice truck!

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      10-18-2010 04:01 PM #16
      ^^^^^




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      10-18-2010 04:03 PM #17
      Great color! Both Ford and GM are coming out with some awesome colors these days...I am pleased
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      10-18-2010 08:13 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      Great color! Both Ford and GM are coming out with some awesome colors these days...I am pleased
      I agree wholeheartedly

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      10-18-2010 08:34 PM #19
      The best color on a great truck. When my buddy bought his '10 it was the Texas package with huge chrome emblems and those same chrome "clad" 20's. He debadged it and traded another guy for the other style 20 inch wheel. It went a long way in the way it looks, and the overall design of the truck really grew on me.

      These wheels.


      I have always thought they looked fantastic, much more subtle than the chrome and one of my favorite factory wheels of any manufacturer. It's a little irrational on my part, only because I know the chrome clad wheel is a plastic cover. I don't think of them in the same way as a regular aluminum wheel now.

      Did you get a chance to drive a 6.0 liter? The 5.3s are bulletproof and will give you many miles of hassle free power if you maintain it, my personal DD has a 5.3 and I love it, but those 6.0s really move when you push the go pedal!

      Keep it nice, but use the hell out of it.
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      10-29-2010 06:00 PM #20
      Sweet truck So you can get 21 mpg highway?

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      10-30-2010 09:36 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by 8v_gti777 View Post
      Sweet truck So you can get 21 mpg highway?
      Thanks

      Haven't gotten 21 MPG yet but the truck is still breaking in - have less than 300 miles.

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      10-30-2010 11:43 AM #22
      Nice, truck...its hard to go wrong with them. My 08 Silverado has just under 140k on it and has only needed gas, oil and tires. The vortec engines are about as old and proven as you can get this day in age.

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      10-30-2010 02:52 PM #23
      Beautiful color! It really makes the chrome trim pop.

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      10-30-2010 08:51 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Mabe View Post
      Nice, truck...its hard to go wrong with them. My 08 Silverado has just under 140k on it and has only needed gas, oil and tires. The vortec engines are about as old and proven as you can get this day in age.
      Thanks!

      I hope we get the same with ours but will take a lot more than a couple years to get near that mileage!

      Quote Originally Posted by VDUBfanatic View Post
      Beautiful color! It really makes the chrome trim pop.
      Thanks a lot - we are very happy with the color and like I said previously, looks even better on a sunny day!

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