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Old 02-25-2008, 08:17 AM   #1
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'02 Silverado

We're looking at possibly buying a 2002 Chevy Silverado 4x4 extended cab pick-up. I was wondering if any of you might have this particular model and have more insight into whether this is a wise decision or not.

I've been looking online at reviews but would love to hear from someone I'd trust more!

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Old 02-25-2008, 08:19 AM   #2
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How many miles and how much$$$$$
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:32 AM   #3
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It has 70,000 miles and from what Les's brother said, they're asking $14,000 for it. I've looked at Kelly Blue Book....$8793 trade in and $15,670 suggested retail. Les's brother's 4wd went out on his '07 so they gave him this one as a loaner while it's in the shop. They're driving it up to Allegan today and when they come home on Wednesday, Les is bringing it home so I can take it out for a bit and see what I think.

Here's what it has:
long bed
rhino liner
am/fm cd
step bumper (the chrome kind)
towing package
Z71 system
alloy wheels
cruise, tilt wheel, power windows, doors
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:30 AM   #4
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Well, I've only bought one used car in my life so I'm not an expert here. The mileage on it isn't out of whack, if Les or someone you know is vehicle mechanically inclined you might want them to take a look at it from a transmission/engine perspective.

If it's in good shape, no prior accidents, sound mechanically, not hard miles on it....I'd say it sounds like a fair price, but in this economy, if he's really trying to unload it, he might have trouble...try offering him 12,500 and see where he goes.

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I have the 06 and LOVE it. I've owned Chevy's my whole life and this is a great truck. Go for it.
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Make sure the 4WD is checked out throughly!!
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Les's brother has an '05 (oops I typoed) with the 4 doors and 4 wd. He also has the '07. He's a Chevy man through and through. His have a lot more extras and are more heavy duty than this one. Where they're going in Michigan had snow from knee to waist high so I'm sure they're going to give it a good run in 4wd. They're also pulling his work trailer with all the tools and supplies so will see how it tows.

Of course, we won't put it through much "rough" treatment. No real towing as a usual thing and if it's like the Bronco I had, the 4wd might be used once a year.

Thanks for the advice!

Bruce, we'll definitely be doing some negotiations with the sales guy if we decide we're interested.
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Make sure the 4WD is checked out throughly!!
Without a dought.... All fluids needs to be checked to make sure the seals are holding & no water is present in the axles, tranny or transfer case. also put it in 4H & drive slow turning the front wheels all the way left & right making a figure 8, there should be no clunking banging or clicking.
it will make some whirring humming sounds, thats ok.

Down here they also need to be checked for a straight frame. Have someone follow the truck driving on a straight road, Make sure it aint side walking (the front & rear axles out of parallel with each other)
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:08 AM   #9
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I have an 02 Silverado and it is an excellent truck! I've had it since it was new. Listen to JB he knows about trucks! I would also suggest having a mechanic check to make sure it is not a flood vehicle by pulling off the door panels and checking for a water line, and checking the wiring harness. A mechanic can even check the truck's computer for code history.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:41 AM   #10
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Thanks JB and ChevyGrl adn everyone else!

They didn't take it with them so I'm going to pick it up from his brother's house in a little bit. I'll drive it home and then when the kids get home, take it out on the interstate for a few miles and see how it handles. When they get back Wednesday, I'll have Les do the figure 8 at his brother's house. I don't want to chance hitting their septic tank since I'm not exactly sure where it is and there's no room at my house unless I attempt to drive through ice and around trees. lol

Hmm, have to see if we can find a mechanic to check the other things mentioned.
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