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I'm getting a company truck and they have given me a choice. A guy is retiring, and I can either have his '01 Silverado LT extended cab 4x4 with 115,000 miles, in excellent condition, or a new '14 basically stripped regular cab 2wd. New trucks are hard to say no to, but I think I would rather have the loaded extended cab. What would you do?

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Extended Cab and 4x4 sound more handy than Regular Cab and 2WD; though, I suppose it all matters just how much use you will have for the Ex Cab and 4x4.

 

I look more closely at the fact the existing truck is 12 years old. Even if it's in excellent condition, are you likely going to need to see it in the shop more often now for things like drivetrain items, worn linkage, ball joints, brake work, seals; all standard wear-n-tear but more expected with age.

 

I'm not going to speak on anything regarding the glamour of the new car smell, but, in this case, despite the creature comforts of additional options, I'd have to side with choosing the 2014.

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Thanks for your reply, I'm looking for opinions. My personal truck is an '02 2500 extended cab with 130,000 mi., my family vehicle is an '01 Tahoe with 170,000 mi., and my current work truck is an '03 2500 extended cab with 190,000 mi. All of them have been pretty much bullet proof, the miles don't bother me. The main thing I like about the older truck is the extended cab, I like having the extra space for "stuff". Getting used to a regular cab would be tough.

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There is no storage in the regular cab. If you're used to the extra space, you'll miss it. Having said that, there are a lot of storage options available for the bed and I'd probably be happier in the newer model.

 

Mike

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