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I have the opportunity to buy an 06 chevy 1500 crew cab with 97000 miles for about $17k. It has the 5.3 with a tow package and all the bells and whistles.
I can also get a 2013 brand new extended cab work truck with a basic power windows locks ac cruise package for about $19k. This truck has the 4.8.
Both trucks are 4x4.
My question is, those of you that have a crew cab, is the room difference that noticeable? And my second question is that we have a 17ft aluminum boat and a 27ft camper, could the 4.8 pull these alright? Is the 4.8 as reliable as the 5.3?
 

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If truck #2 had the 5.3 I would opt for that, but you tow something large so you are asking a great question. The 5.3 is very strong, not sure about the 4.8 though.
 

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Rambo93 said:
I have the opportunity to buy an 06 chevy 1500 crew cab with 97000 miles for about $17k. It has the 5.3 with a tow package and all the bells and whistles.
I can also get a 2013 brand new extended cab work truck with a basic power windows locks ac cruise package for about $19k. This truck has the 4.8.
Both trucks are 4x4.
My question is, those of you that have a crew cab, is the room difference that noticeable? And my second question is that we have a 17ft aluminum boat and a 27ft camper, could the 4.8 pull these alright? Is the 4.8 as reliable as the 5.3?
I will never go back to an extended cab from a crew cab ever, even when my kids are grown and gone. Yes the room is noticeable, seats up or down there is NICE room back there. I truly believe the crew cab pick-up is THE perfect vehicle for the outdoorsmen who camps, firewoods, ATvs, hunts, roadtrips etc...no matter if you drive around with one, two or six people.

2. I would take the 5.3l over 4.8l even if i was just hauling groceries. The boat is no big deal, but the camper I am guessing you will see the difference between the two.

But if you are really talking $2K diff on new ext cab 4.8 and 7 years old with 97K miles crew with 5.3...that certainly gives cause for pause, tough question there.

Questions to ask to help you...will you often have backseat passengers or cargo you want inside the cab? And how often do you tow?

IMO, that is great price on the new one, not so much on the old one.
 

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My father has the 4.8 liter and it has plenty of power..They beefed those engines up to 1200 horsepower and it never blew.. I would never pay 17000 dollars for a truck that has already spent the best part of its life on the road...That guy will have trouble getting rid of it even at 12000 dollars..Forget the 99K truck and put a few more Gs into a brand new one or almost new one..
 

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Rambo93 said:
I have the opportunity to buy an 06 chevy 1500 crew cab with 97000 miles for about $17k. It has the 5.3 with a tow package and all the bells and whistles.
I can also get a 2013 brand new extended cab work truck with a basic power windows locks ac cruise package for about $19k. This truck has the 4.8.
Both trucks are 4x4.
My question is, those of you that have a crew cab, is the room difference that noticeable? And my second question is that we have a 17ft aluminum boat and a 27ft camper, could the 4.8 pull these alright? Is the 4.8 as reliable as the 5.3?
I will never go back to an extended cab from a crew cab ever, even when my kids are grown and gone. Yes the room is noticeable, seats up or down there is NICE room back there. I truly believe the crew cab pick-up is THE perfect vehicle for the outdoorsmen who camps, firewoods, ATvs, hunts, roadtrips etc...no matter if you drive around with one, two or six people.

2. I would take the 5.3l over 4.8l even if i was just hauling groceries. The boat is no big deal, but the camper I am guessing you will see the difference between the two.

But if you are really talking $2K diff on new ext cab 4.8 and 7 years old with 97K miles crew with 5.3...that certainly gives cause for pause, tough question there.

Questions to ask to help you...will you often have backseat passengers or cargo you want inside the cab? And how often do you tow?

IMO, that is great price on the new one, not so much on the old one.
What RB said, If you can get a new one with a 4.8 for 19, I wouldnt even think about a used truck.
 

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I had a 99 silverado with a 4.8.It ran great and got decent gas mileage.I used to haul a 2 horse trailer with it all the time and it did fine although you knew it was behind you.Personally,I wouldn't be hauling a 27 ft camper with 1/2 ton unless you haul it very sparingly.I do a lot of heavy hauling every week and would never go back to a 1/2ton if I did half the hauling I do now.If I only towed once in a while,I wouldn't have a 3/4 ton.

I've had several extended cabs and currently have a duramax crew cab.If I didn't constantly have kids getting in and out I wouldn't care much.Since I do,I'll take the crew cab over the extended cab.Put a bed extender on it and the loss of bed space won't matter.
 

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To answer a few questions, we take several fishing trips a year to lake Ontario with 3 guys, I will either get a cap or a good toneau cover so I wont NEED the extra cab room besides passengers but I won't be riding back there so what do I care I guess. Our camper is a 3 or 4 times a year thing so it shouldnt be a problem I suppose. I thought the crew cab price was steep but it blue books for around 19k and is a niiice truck. I've got some shopping to do still so we will see.
 

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CREW CAB! 4 DOORS.

I am one of the guys who get stuck in the back of extended cab trucks. Not fun when you are 6'1" Plus car seats would be rediculous. I am going to get a 4 door truck when i up grade.
 

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I would keep shopping. Good time of the year to be in the market. Chevy new body style is coming out on the 2014 half tons, so there should be some good deals, good finance on any 13's on the lots over the next few months.

Personaly, I would recommend you go crew cab, 5.3....over the xcab/4.8.......the 5.3 crew should also hold a much better resale value.
 

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Unless my something in my life changes, my next will be a Tacoma Crew Cab. I have a 04 Tundra extended right now. Even going to a smaller size pickup there is a difference in the back.
My major complaint of the extended is in parking lots. When you want to put shopping bags in the back, you first have to open the front door, then the back , which opens in the opposite direction. Now you're stuck between two door, the car parked along side of you, and the shopping cart is still behind the rear door, it's a big pain.
 

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crew cab all the way. i had the extended cab for 17 years and got a quad cab a couple years ago. that will be the style truck i buy from now on. just gotta get one with at least a 6.5' bed. those 5.5's are pretty useless.
 

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Unless my something in my life changes, my next will be a Tacoma Crew Cab. I have a 04 Tundra extended right now. Even going to a smaller size pickup there is a difference in the back.
My major complaint of the extended is in parking lots. When you want to put shopping bags in the back, you first have to open the front door, then the back , which opens in the opposite direction. Now you're stuck between two door, the car parked along side of you, and the shopping cart is still behind the rear door, it's a big pain.
The new 2014 Chevy Ext Cabs now have handles on the outside on them. I don`t like 4 door trucks, but love ext cab trucks. I don`t want handles on an ext cab truck, so the 2014 would be out for me and I don`t like the new lines either. They creased the side of the new '14 bodies. Too each their own though. I think the outside handles on the new GM`s will be a big hit with people, just not me. I am very picky though
 

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Coureur De Bois said:
Unless my something in my life changes, my next will be a Tacoma Crew Cab. I have a 04 Tundra extended right now. Even going to a smaller size pickup there is a difference in the back.
My major complaint of the extended is in parking lots. When you want to put shopping bags in the back, you first have to open the front door, then the back , which opens in the opposite direction. Now you're stuck between two door, the car parked along side of you, and the shopping cart is still behind the rear door, it's a big pain.
That's why I take 2 spots when I grocery shop in my extended F150,plenty of room to open the doors and position the cart. I make no apologies for it either!
 

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crew cab all the way. i had the extended cab for 17 years and got a quad cab a couple years ago. that will be the style truck i buy from now on. just gotta get one with at least a 6.5' bed. those 5.5's are pretty useless.
I should add for Chevy you gotta go 2500 (3/4 ton) for crew with 6.5 bed, 6.0l.THAT is the ultimate vehicle IMO..on my second one now, would still be on my first if it was not for that sleepy northbound old driver in Ontario... I miss my 03 I(best truck ever built IMO) but the 09 is growing on us but is a bit to compturized and my foot ain't.
 

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RB, I believe the new 1500 Chevy is now available with the crew cab, 6.5' bed. When I was looking to upgrade my 03 1500, I wanted to just get another 1500, but wanted the crew cab, they didn't make it. So I stepped up to the 2500 and got the 6.5, crew cab, 6.0 motor. Now I think I saw the new 2014 is available, but not sure if you can get the 6.0 in the 1500, i'll have to check. Either way, the 03 was the best thing I ever owned, still on the road, just not a everydayer now, sitting with 245,000, all original. Love that 5.3, it's a time tested motor, just change the oil and drive, it loves to be run..

Anyway, if this '12 2500 lasts as long as the 03 1500, I have plenty of time to worry about my next truck
 

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Don't the new extended cab back doors open all the way up and lay almost flat against the bed? My dad has a 2010 sierra that does, just figured they were the same.
 

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CREW CAB! 4 DOORS.

I am one of the guys who get stuck in the back of extended cab trucks. Not fun when you are 6'1" Plus car seats would be rediculous. I am going to get a 4 door truck when i up grade.
Ya bowmike, I feel ya, try being 6' 3" and all your buddies have 2 door extended cabs from the 90's! Hence me wanting a new truck so I can be the driver! LOL
 

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Coureur De Bois said:
Unless my something in my life changes, my next will be a Tacoma Crew Cab. I have a 04 Tundra extended right now. Even going to a smaller size pickup there is a difference in the back.
My major complaint of the extended is in parking lots. When you want to put shopping bags in the back, you first have to open the front door, then the back , which opens in the opposite direction. Now you're stuck between two door, the car parked along side of you, and the shopping cart is still behind the rear door, it's a big pain.
I have an 04 Tacoma Crew Cab and love the extra room compared to the extended cab I used to have
 

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I have a new 2013 Crew cab... I'll never go back To anything else! For the deal your getting though it would be tough to pass the ext-cab, and I think you could find a better deal on a crew cab than what your looking at.
 

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but not sure if you can get the 6.0 in the 1500
Been doing some half butted shopping, looks like you can get a 1500crew with a 6.2 with over 400hp. Not sure what the mileage is on that bad boy!
 
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