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Will I regret this decision?

Postby vilord [OP] » Apr 21 2021, 5:34pm

I currently in the driveway have a 2006 Silverado 1500 with the hybrid generator transmission and a 2009 Sierra 1500 WT... Both 5.3 gassers.

I may have just bought this here thing (if the auction purchase goes through, which seems to be a bit of a question mark): https://www.copart.com/lot/35522301/cle ... y-syracuse
2013 Sierra 2500HD SLT Duramax / plow prep

Gotta sell the 1500s, but for all y'all duramax owners, how big is my smile going to be after taking care of the rusty panels, hook up my boat, and mash that go pedal?

My current Sierra has been a lot of work to get on the road, some idiot at the auto auction hooked up jumper cables backwards and fried every computer in the thing... and it still only has a 4 speed / 3.73's, so not exactly a tow rig.

And my Silverado's tow capacity is right at the limit with my boat... and the 4L60E-hybrid transmission/stator/inverter is like 3-5 grand if I cook it... Gotta sell 'em both now

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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby tsuintx » Apr 21 2021, 5:53pm

What was your bid? I think I saw $13200, but maybe that was just the pre-bid.

That sure is a lot of rust, though, but maybe you're handy with the welder. Otherwise looks pretty decent and has low miles. I'm not a D-max owner, but have driven many and can say that you'll definitely feel a difference when you hook your boat to it.

If the seller releases it to you, you might need to look into all the stuff you need to do the diesels to make them even more reliable. Good luck!
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby vilord [OP] » Apr 21 2021, 5:55pm

I think I'd set the max to 15, so not much over the 13,2 pre-bid you're seeing.
Yes a lot of rust, though my current trucks have even more. Damned new england winters and previous owners who don't wash their trucks...
I have *some* welding experience, but wanting to get better :D
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby freonpushr » Apr 21 2021, 6:17pm

All I can say is I still miss my '05 Dura. Traded it in with 220K miles. This truck looks a little 'rough' for my likings, but the truck and engine is a horse you will appreciate.
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby vilord [OP] » Apr 21 2021, 6:26pm

I hear that, yep! Replace the tailgate, sand/primer/rhino the bed (or maybe a bedliner to go over top of the gooseneck, if I can get the ball out), a little work on the quarters plus some chrome fender flares, and maybe sand/primer/rhino the bottom 4 inches of the fenders and quarters too.

That, a real deep clean, and a couple hours with a wheel and some undercoat spray should get it good enough for me!
I'm hoping the rockers aren't rotted through, but not holding my breath on that.

And heck if it's too too bad, I've seen a couple with just as much rust go for 18-20k up here with nearly 200k miles.

I just hope that "run and drive" means that the CP4 hasn't grenaded.
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby Larry-Cleveland » Apr 21 2021, 8:42pm

Manufacturers should be ashamed to see something rust so fast up north. They could do it right with some hot dip zink, but no let's put money into batteries...

Be aware the auction service fees are high and they have a fee for everything.

Shipping was not the best but the price was ok.

Looks good, I like it and you will love it.
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby vilord [OP] » Apr 21 2021, 10:11pm

No kidding... My others are a 15 year old bmw wagon and a 19 year old audi tt. Both have 110k miles in new england winters and zero rust, because they're zinc treated from the factory.

Nobody makes a truck like gm though so we keep coming back
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby tsuintx » Apr 21 2021, 10:19pm

Larry-Cleveland wrote:Be aware the auction service fees are high and they have a fee for everything.


Ain't that the truth! :roll: If his 15K offer is accepted, he'll be in for at least 1200-1300 just in Copart's fees. Depending on his account status, payment method etc. If a broker was used, then there are of course all the broker fees. Plus taxes and other fees the state might impose.
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby roorancher » Apr 21 2021, 10:41pm

tsuintx wrote:
Larry-Cleveland wrote:Be aware the auction service fees are high and they have a fee for everything.


Ain't that the truth! :roll: If his 15K offer is accepted, he'll be in for at least 1200-1300 just in Copart's fees. Depending on his account status, payment method etc. If a broker was used, then there are of course all the broker fees. Plus taxes and other fees the state might impose.


FYI....Check this out on Auction Prices in Texas!!!

https://www.carprousa.com/SPECIAL-REPOR ... ing/a/1874
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Re: Will I regret this decision?

Postby tobyhd02 » Apr 21 2021, 11:16pm

To answer your question, A HUGE smile! I don't regret for one day switching to 2500 Duramax from my 5.3.
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2002 Z71 Silverado Extra Cab 189,000 miles
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