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post #1 of 37 Old 07-24-2006, 6:37 PM Thread Starter
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2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

Looking for opinions from owners. I've been on the edge of selling the WRX and getting a truck for a while now. Titan is the #1 choice, followed by the F-150 based on looks alone.

On the other hand, I have the opportunity to pick up a dark-red 2002 GMC with the 5.3L, running boards, full cap (which would be removed most of the time) and only 29,000 miles. My dad is a dealer, and traded the truck today. He has gone over it top to bottom. It's loaded and absolutely SPOTLESS. I prefer the other trucks (again based on looks,) but the kicker is that I can pick this one up for a fraction of what a used Titan or F-150 would run me.

I don't think that gas will be a huge issue. I average 17-18mpg in the WRX and have to run Premium Fuel.

I've been holding off buying an enclosed trailer b/c I didn't want to abuse my '98 Trooper. The truck will be used for a short commute and long-distance towing on vacations.

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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

Those years of GM had some pretty serious piston slap issues. My '01 5.3 wasn't going to live a long life.

Not all were affected, but GM refused to fix them...and of course, there is the obligatory class action in progress as we speak.

Another friend also had problems with the driveline, which was also apparently a design problem, but he also beats the hell out of his stuff so I take that one with a grain of salt.

Otherwise it's a good engine and nice truck.




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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

Got a 2000 Sierra with the little V8. I wish it was a 2500 since I only use it to tow. 95K miles and no complaints. It tows the sheephauler but is working a bit through the hills and gets a bit of sway above 70MPH at times (so I try to keep it below that).

The only issue so far is the CD player to a holiday so I put an Alpine in Also when you change the trans filter DO NOT change the seal just the filter (you can thank me later)

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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

They are a good truck, but I would wait... The new bodystyle comes out in late fall and the prices on the 99-06 will drop significantly.

And then there's this asshole...
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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

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The only issue so far is the CD player to a holiday so I put an Alpine in Also when you change the trans filter DO NOT change the seal just the filter (you can thank me later)
I'll keep the filter in mind. I switched to the XM Inno, so CD's are a thing of the past for me.



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They are a good truck, but I would wait... The new bodystyle comes out in late fall and the prices on the 99-06 will drop significantly.
True, but this is a "right truck at the right time" kind of thing. I wouldn't even be shopping GMC's except that this one is pristine.



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Also when you change the trans filter DO NOT change the seal just the filter (you can thank me later)
What seal?

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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

Completely unrelated, but the new Avalanche is a very good looking truck.
Still not my cup 'o tea, but I was checking one out at the ALMS event in the Chevy tent and it is very classy and stylish for a truck.
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... the new Avalanche is a very good looking truck.
... very classy and stylish for a truck.

Agree. And still useless.

And then there's this asshole...
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Agree. And still useless.


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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

A friend of mine just picked up a blue model like that. I had a GMC product that had transmission issues but other than that it was a good truck.
I currently have a Titan and really like it. Nice quiet cab, good supportive seats and great power. Went to Texas recently and got 17 mpg with the cruise set at 85....16.9 to be exact.

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Agree. And still useless.
You sir are insane. I had one and it was the schizz. Great for road-trips (great comfort, ride, storage, but bad mpg). It is the most flexible veh I can think of. 5 people comfortably, and a bike in the bed. Or, a bike in the bed, two people and lots of crap in the cab. Or, a bike in the bed, 3 people and a little less crap in the cab. Or, A bunch of crap in the bed under the locked panels, and 5 people. Or...

You get my drift.

I miss that truck every day except "fill-up" day. at $3 a gallon it would've cost my 100 bones to fill the tank.

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You sir are insane. I had one and it was the schizz. Great for road-trips (great comfort, ride, storage, but bad mpg). It is the most flexible veh I can think of. 5 people comfortably, and a bike in the bed. Or, a bike in the bed, two people and lots of crap in the cab. Or, a bike in the bed, 3 people and a little less crap in the cab. Or, A bunch of crap in the bed under the locked panels, and 5 people. Or...

You get my drift.

I miss that truck every day except "fill-up" day. at $3 a gallon it would've cost my 100 bones to fill the tank.

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My dad's F-350 Turbo Diesel will do the same, plus another bike in the bed, plus a huge trailer, plus it looks like a truck, not a half-assed anything! Ok, I'll step down
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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

If I were to buy any truck right now (which I wouldn't, as all trucks are useless to me) it would hands down be the new Avalanche. It is FAR better looking than ANY Ford "Super Duty" (what a laugh that is anyway), is actually flexible to use as multiple platforms, doesn't have a diesel engine, will pull and haul anything I need it to, and will do so much more comfortably.
Did I mention it doesn't look like complete ass like all "Super Duty" trucks?

But none of that matters anyway as there is 0% chance of me buying a truck. I already had a very nice rig that I never really used as a truck, and while it had all the interior appointments wasn't as comfortable as most cheap small sedans.
But it was definately the easiest thing to park I have ever driven.

I take that back, I may end up buying another small truck to use off-road, like a truck should be used and where full sized trucks can't go.
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Re: 2002 GMC Sierra Z-71 Extended Cab

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What seal?

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There is a seal on the neck of the trans filter that comes with replacement filters. It is a $%@%#$#^ to get out and is best never changed. Just pull the old filter down and pop the new one in.

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