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OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby OverlordSpock [OP] » Sep 01 2019, 4:44pm

As I detailed on my previous build thread, I just recently traded my 2014 Silverado for a 2016 with about 55k less miles. It wasn’t that I was specifically looking to trade for a different truck, but I was putting a lot more miles per year on my truck than I originally anticipated. I know these trucks will go 300k+ if they are taken care of (and mine was), but I was going to hit 100k miles within the next 12 months and still wanted to get as much value out of my truck as I could before it fell off the 100k cliff.

So, I had been causally looking around, but nothing serious. However, on a recent Friday evening, my wife was looking at stuff on her iPad when she suddenly turned to me and asked “What do you think of this?” She showed me her iPad and I saw she was looking at a 2016 Silverado in Siren Red. She said she really liked the color and that it had a lot less miles than our current truck. It was about a two-hour drive from where we live (truck was in Wisconsin and we’re in the Chicago area). She said she’d be really interested in going to take a look.

And so, Saturday morning, we got in my truck and we took made the two-hour trip to the lot. It was a Chevrolet dealer in a really rural area (my phone—Verizon—did not have service). It may have been rural, but they still had about 100 cars on their lot. They sales guy we worked with indicated that they are the only Chevy dealer around, so they pride themselves on servicing a really large area.

So, we drove the truck and I looked at it thoroughly. It had 32,644 miles on it when we first saw it. It wasn’t perfect (there are a few scratches in the paint that should buff out, although, surprisingly, the paint wasn’t very swirly at all). There was a small dent in the tailgate that I think would PDR just fine. The worst problem that I saw was that the chrome on all four rims was bubbling/peeling in spots. The spots weren’t large, but they’re there.

The truck drove and rode very nicely (I hadn’t realized how soft my factory original shocks on my ‘14 had gotten after 87k miles). The interior was just about perfect with one minor problem that I noticed: there was a scuff/mark on the A-pillar about the size of a quarter. The truck was optioned just about identically as my ‘14 (LTZ Plus 2LZ) with the only real differences being the new stuff available in ‘16 that weren’t available in ‘14 (new front end, Car Play, phone charging mat, remote locking tailgate, memory key fobs, etc.). It was apparently a lease return that the dealer purchased at auction and apparently spent most of its life in Michigan.

The sales guy and I dickered around for a little while on the price of the truck and then on the value of my truck for trade. We ended up with a number that I was happy with (and, I think, is still a fair deal for them as well). I also had them throw on black bow-ties (the truck had pee-gold ones) and switch over the chrome nerf-bars from my ‘14 onto the ‘16 (the ‘16 didn’t have anything).

So, after about two hours total at the lot, I drove off the lot with a new-to-me 2016 Silverado LTZ in Siren Red Tintcoat.

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The new-to-me truck (and old truck, in the background)

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New truck on the lot


Incidentally, while I was at the dealer, someone else apparently traded in a 2017 Silverado in Ocean Blue for a used 2015(?) GMC Terrain. I overheard them talking with the sales guy telling him that the truck just turned out to be too big for them for day-to-day. It was just an interesting conversation as I gathered they didn’t originally buy the Silverado because it was a truck and I was trying to figure out why they bought it then.

Anyway, I’ll post up some more thoughts on the new-to-me truck after this post gets approved.
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby OverlordSpock [OP] » Sep 01 2019, 7:57pm

Some may wonder why I only gained two years. If I was going to get a newer truck, why not buy new and get one of the new 2019s?

To tell the truth, I seriously considered it. I even drove a 2019 GMC Sierra AT4. I thought the truck looked really sharp and it drove oh so well! But, there were two main reasons:

1. I just couldn’t get over the dashboard design. It’s not the materials or the quality of assembly or anything like that. It was literally the way the dash looks, design-wise. The center stack on the dash is a terrible design, IMHO. The screen is way too small in proportion to the surround. I don’t like the way that the row of buttons along the bottom of the center stack jut out farther than the rest of it. In fact, there is just no front/back dimension to the center stack at all. It just looks like one big slab with a screen, air vents and some buttons on it. There needs to be some dimensionality to it. The center stack on the K2XX trucks is so much better because there is a 3D look to it. It’s visually interesting. Not so with the new trucks. I couldn’t get over that look and, no matter how much I liked the rest of the truck, the dash is what you see every day and I didn’t want to get stuck with that look.

2. It was obviously a lot more money. Although I want the best value I can get, I wouldn’t have been opposed to the financial outlay, in general. However, knowing I wouldn’t be happy with a major part of the experience with the truck, I didn’t think the cost was worth it. I like the K2XX trucks. They do everything I want them to. They just aren’t new any more. I know... I know... that’s not quite true. You can get a brand new K2XX truck or a left-over 2018. But, again, I talked about value. I thought I got more for my money with going with slightly used. Plus, with as relatively little as I spent on this, if GM does change up the interiors of the new trucks in a few years as is rumored, and it’s something to my liking, I’ll be more comfortable switching to that as I won’t have thrown nearly as much away. (Wow...talk about first world problems...)

At any rate, I’m happy with my decision.

Now, on to things to do the truck...
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby green68mustang_2002 » Sep 01 2019, 8:20pm

Good looking truck. I stayed with the same year truck, just went from a 15 1/2 ton sierra to a 15 3/4 ton silverado duramax. The new models haven’t grown on me enough yet.
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby roorancher » Sep 01 2019, 9:36pm

Gonna take a lot of growing!!!
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby OverlordSpock [OP] » Sep 01 2019, 9:57pm

roorancher wrote:Gonna take a lot of growing!!!


To be fair, I used to think that the 2016 front-end redesign on the Sierra and, especially, the Silverado were evil incarnate. And, now I own one and think it looks pretty good. I'm not saying that it's a 1:1 comparison, but things can grow on a person.
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby mjrchabot » Sep 02 2019, 3:47am

Great call on the 2016... personally, I think the 2016-2018 Sierra/Silverado are still the nicest designs compared to the last few generations.

I’ll admit that the 2019 has started to grow on me as I see more. However, as a few automotive engineers have told me - avoid first model years. Let them iron the kinks out before you buy into that model/design.

This is why I went with a 2018 Silverado, not to mention they were blowing them out to make room for the 2019. If and when I trade up, it would be towards a 1/2 ton with the 3.0 Duramax or I’d step up to a used 2016-2018 2500 Silverado.


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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby 05Canuck » Sep 02 2019, 1:06pm

Congrats on the new ride. Looks great...what are your plans with it? Are you sure that's not Cajun Red?
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby roorancher » Sep 02 2019, 1:16pm

Cajun red is a 2019 color.....Siren red is 2016.
Maybe they changed the name to protect the innocent.

Its probably gonna piss off the Cajuns, though....Those people are patriots, and as far from "red" as you can get!!
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby 05Canuck » Sep 02 2019, 1:21pm

roorancher wrote:Cajun red is a 2019 color.....Siren red is 2016.
Maybe they changed the name to protect the innocent.

Its probably gonna piss off the cabins, though....Those people are patriots, and as far from "red" as you can get!!



Maybe, but my buddy has a 18 Lt that's Cajun Red with the Coco/Dune interior...stunning colour combo!
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Re: OverlordSpock’s 2016 Silverado

Postby OverlordSpock [OP] » Sep 02 2019, 2:32pm

05Canuck wrote:Congrats on the new ride. Looks great...what are your plans with it? Are you sure that's not Cajun Red?


It is definitely Siren Red. Siren Red is a bit darker than Cajun Red.

As for plans, many of the same things that I did with my previous truck: tonneau cover, 2.5” level, bigger tires. I may replace the wheels due to the peeling problem. I’ve already started the process of getting this one Lew tuned as well.

roorancher wrote:Cajun red is a 2019 color.....Siren red is 2016.


Actually, Cajun red replaced(?) Siren Red in 2018. I looked, briefly, at a Cajun Red 2018 Silverado and loved the color, but, according to the CarFax, it had been involved in a wreck.
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