I haven't been around this forum for a while (super-busy at work and other life things keeping my time pretty full), but I thought I'd share something that happened about a week ago.
Some may roll their eyes at this, but I have another new-to-me truck...again.
I really had intended to keep my last Silverado for a long, long time. I loved that truck and had it just about where I wanted it. However, long-story short, I think I may have made a mistake when I first acquired that truck and ended up with a bit of a lemon. Over the last year, it had begun to become more of a money pit. With some other potentially big repair bills on the horizon, my frustration level was rising. And things came to a head this past Saturday when I finally pulled the trigger on a 2022 GMC Sierra SLT.
To be fair, I'll kinda blame the wife for this (but only kinda). I woke up Saturday morning not intending to end the day with a different truck. But, in a discussion with her where I was talking about some stuff that was going to have to be done at some point in the near future and my frustration with it, she suddenly said "you know, there's a GMC lot near where I work and they had a bunch of trucks on the lot the last time I drove by a few days ago. Why don't you see if they might have anything that peaks your interest?"
I looked on line at the dealer's website and they had a two 2023 Sierras that interested me and both of them were listed at what I would consider good deals (at least with what prices for trucks are nowadays). One was Volcanic Red and the other was the Titanium Rush Metallic gray. I reached out to the dealer and made an appointment with a sales guy. I had a few other errands to do that morning, so I told them I'd be there mid-afternoon.
When my wife and I got there around 3:00 p.m., we found that the red truck had sold, but the gray one was still available. We took it for a test drive and I very much liked how these new trucks ride. But, I just wasn't feeling this particular truck. For one, it didn't have the trick tailgate (maybe it's a gimmick, but it's fascinated me), it didn't have parking sensors and I just wasn't all that enamored with the color. I told the sales guy my concerns and he thought for a moment and then told me that he had a red 2022 SLT on the lot that was a prior demo vehicle and would I be interested in looking at that one? I said yes.
The truck only had 900 miles on it. Since it was a 2022, it was the Cayenne Red color instead of Volcanic Red (there isn't that much of a difference) and, of course, it wasn't brand new (but was practically new). It did have the trick tailgate and (theoretically) the parking sensors. We took that truck for a drive as well and it drove just as well as I expected. It also still had many pieces of the plastic protective wrap on many of the trim pieces on the interior. This truck definitely had my interest.
I have said before that I'd really love an AT4, but the prices on those are even more insane than everything else going on in the truck market these days and that kind of money was just not going to happen. But a well-optioned SLT was perfectly fine with me and this truck is well-optioned. The only option really missing from this truck that I've noticed that I wish it had is the sliding rear window (this truck only has the single pane of glass). But, that was not a deal-breaker to me.
We sat down to talk numbers. I made sure he knew my concerns with my Silverado that I would be trading in. He had their appraiser guy look it over. They offered me much more for my Silverado than I was expecting (significantly more). The last thing I wanted was, because I had purchased the AT4 wheels I put on the Silverado a few years back and I had just dumped over $1,000 in new tires on those (and I like the look of the AT4 wheels better than the current SLT wheels), I wanted them to swap the wheels/tires between my old truck and the new one. So, a quick call to my bank (I was already pre-approved) and we had a deal. I got this truck for almost $9,000 less than the original sticker price when new.
So, here she is!
This truck is amazing. It rides so composed. The 10-speed transmission is smooth (one complaint I had with my prior Silverado was the 6-speed lurched a lot, even after having it tuned, and frequently just never seemed too be in the right gear). It's not a 6.2 truck or the baby-diesel, but the 5.3 seems to work well here. The interior is lightyears better than my 2016 Silverado's was. The seats are incredibly comfortable. And it is very
quiet. As well (and I know there are those that aren't impressed by this), but I really like all the gizmos and gadgets (wireless CarPlay that's reliable is a godsend). And lastly, truth be told, I like the look of the refreshed Sierra better than the refreshed Silverado.
Most importantly, my wife really likes the truck too.
As for plans for the truck, just some minor things right now (tonneau cover of some sort, as an example). I do want to eventually get different step bars to replace the generic ones it came with. And I'm interested in some sort of minor lift at some point. But, right now, we're going to be spending some money on improvements to the house, so I'm just going to drive it as is for a while. Will probably be looking at some of the other things later this year.
I wasn't intending to get a different truck, but here we are. I just hope this one proves to be more reliable than my previous one.