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Just signed up here and !m going to be asking a lot of questions ,so please bare with me . We would like to purchase a 2024 Chevrolet 2500 HD or GMC 2500 HD .I think I like the front end of the Chevrolet better . If I'm correct they are basically the same truck . We don't want a diesel as we would not be towing enough to justify it . I'm semi retired so I will be driving locally no long commutes to work . We want to purchase a trailer eventually and do some holidaying . I like to hunt as well .  I have looked on YouTube on Fast Lane Trucks and their reviews and, the other channel the name escapes me, maybe Automotive Inquires where he bought the red Chev 2500 Custom .

 

Have you watched either of those channels ? What do you think of the reviews ?

 

I'm thinking as far as trim levels go the Chevrolet Work Truck 2500 HD or the Custom trim level and basically the 2 same trim levels if going GMC .

We don't need all the bells and whistles on the higher end trim levels . I like the idea of gauges instead  of digital .

 

What's the difference in wheel height between 18'' wheels and 20 '' beside the height ,pros and cons ?

 

I'm in British Columbia , Canada so I would think the truck would be built in Oshawa seems the price of these 2 basic trim levels are from $70.000.00 to $76,000.00 before taxes .

 

I have seen reports of the cabs splitting on these trucks . maybe it was on this forum ? Are those coming from the USA plant (Flint ) ? Not from Canada ?  Or both ?

 

If you have one of these trucks could you post up how you like it ,pos and cons .

Okay hope I get some replies ,anything you can contribute would be great !

Thank You !

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Not super recent, however, purchased a '22 Sierra 2500 6.6 gas (factory order) after lots of research, including watching a slew of Youtube vids.

 

Generally, TFL was okay, but I found they did not go into much detail on the difference between GMC/Chev trucks, nor differences/preferences in trim levels. Mostly comparisons on the towing/mpg differences between similar class trucks from the big three manufacturers and compared diesel/gas towing.

 

My trim is SLE (mid level trim, as I too did not wish all the bells and whistles, in fact I actually requested no sliding rear window nor multi-pro tailgate, which were included in the SLE trim).

 

Also reside in BC (Lower Mainland) and truck was built in Flint, so purchase location is not necessarily based on country of purchase.

 

Can't help you with other questions.

 

Marv

 

 

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5 hours ago, BCGM said:

Hello all !

Just signed up here and !m going to be asking a lot of questions ,so please bare with me . We would like to purchase a 2024 Chevrolet 2500 HD or GMC 2500 HD .I think I like the front end of the Chevrolet better . If I'm correct they are basically the same truck . We don't want a diesel as we would not be towing enough to justify it . I'm semi retired so I will be driving locally no long commutes to work . We want to purchase a trailer eventually and do some holidaying . I like to hunt as well .  I have looked on YouTube on Fast Lane Trucks and their reviews and, the other channel the name escapes me, maybe Automotive Inquires where he bought the red Chev 2500 Custom .

 

Have you watched either of those channels ? What do you think of the reviews ?

 

I'm thinking as far as trim levels go the Chevrolet Work Truck 2500 HD or the Custom trim level and basically the 2 same trim levels if going GMC .

We don't need all the bells and whistles on the higher end trim levels . I like the idea of gauges instead  of digital .

 

What's the difference in wheel height between 18'' wheels and 20 '' beside the height ,pros and cons ?

 

I'm in British Columbia , Canada so I would think the truck would be built in Oshawa seems the price of these 2 basic trim levels are from $70.000.00 to $76,000.00 before taxes .

 

I have seen reports of the cabs splitting on these trucks . maybe it was on this forum ? Are those coming from the USA plant (Flint ) ? Not from Canada ?  Or both ?

 

If you have one of these trucks could you post up how you like it ,pos and cons .

Okay hope I get some replies ,anything you can contribute would be great !

Thank You !

 

 

GMC doesn't have an equivalent to the Custom trim on the Chevrolet.  WT (Chevy) and the Pro (GMC) are apples to apples if you will.

 

Custom trim is actually rather decent but could use a couple extra options to really hit the spot.  You can get a power drivers seat in it too unlike the WT and Pro.  

 

Chevy vs GMC, obviously the exterior looks are rather different.  Prices are a bit higher on GMC.  GMC also charges for every paint color except for like 2 of them where on the Chevy WT and Custom all paints are a $0 option. 

 

Biggest advantage on the GMC Pro trim that the WT and Custom don't get?  Factory LED headlights.  The WT and Custom use halogen reflector.

 

Wheel/tire packages.  The 20s are the largest (and heaviest) option.  Tire (LT275/65R20) works out to be a 34" tire.  Not a cheap tire size either.  The 18" are an option on the WT and Pro with steel wheels only (not that you can't get some takeoff aluminum to put on instead) and are LT275/70R18 which is 33".  Lightest options (and cheapest when it comes time for new tires) are the standard 17" wheels (available both steel and aluminum options) with either LT245/75R17 (standard) or LT265/70R17 (optional) both being 31.5" diameter.  So the lowest truck height and lightest options.  Lower rolling resistance = a hair better MPG.

 

My dream chap HD pick?  A Sierra Pro with the power driver seat but that's a combo that I can't get cuz they won't offer it :( 

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Welcome. 
never seen anything about a cab splitting on here. 
I have a WT with plenty of options that matter to me and mine has the 18 steel wheels. I personally prefer the look of a 18” wheel on a pickup. Plenty of guys like the bigger wheels though. 
The 18” size gives more options for serious off road tires if you care. And as new dude said, cheaper too. 
 

Mine has the analog gauges which like you, I prefer the look of. Just personal preference. 
mine also has no carpet which I’m very thankful for. Anyone who’s seen carpet caked with salt from winter knows it’s never coming out. 
 

only real annoyance I’ve delt with is some sounds in the rear leaf area when doing slow speed maneuvering on uneven surfaces. And the rear diffs all seem to be low from the axle factory. Most have added about a quart to the rear. 
it’s so common you could have them check before you sign on the dotted line. 
 

I’ve had my truck about 18mo now and it’s my favorite truck I’ve owned. 

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Thank you fellas for the replies ! Hoping to get some more !

In regards to the cabs of the Chevrolet 2500 HD and GMC 2500 I found the article  on the web and if Im not mistaken on here as well or another Chevy/Gm truck forum .Im new to navigating this site so noy sure I know how to do a link but will try .

 

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Thank you fellas for the replies ! Hoping to get some more !

In regards to the cabs of the Chevrolet 2500 HD and GMC 2500 I found the article  on the web and if Im not mistaken on here as well or another Chevy/Gm truck forum .Im new to navigating this site so noy sure I know how to do a link but will try .

 

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/cars/news-blog/gm-to-stop-sales-of-silverado-and-sierra-for-roof-splitting-issue-44504167

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Mine is 2021, but heres my advice:

 

You may want a lower trim for various reasons, but make sure you can live with the seats that go with it. When I drove an SLE with center jump seat I could tell the seats wouldn’t work for me on a long trip within 5 minute. I was thinking i wanted that jump seat like my previous trucks, but the seat is barely usable on these trucks anyway because it’s so high and in a fixed forward position. I am very happy with my SLT leather bucket seats with permanent center console. Everyone is different, but get some seat time in the one you think you want to buy. 
 

I am really glad i bought all the safety package features and surround camera. I have a feeling that as I get older (60 now) they will be an even greater benefit. 
 

The 18 inch wheels give a softer ride versus 20s. I am glad I went with 18s.  The springs are stiff enough that reducing tire pressure when lightly loaded really helps. 
 

There were three levels of gage packages. The SLT has the mid level. Still has analog minor gages for the old school look but has a lot more features. Again, look at all three. You might decide a mid model is worth it. 
 

A gas truck sounds like the better choice for the plans you describe. I’m very happy I went with gas. 
 

Get the 220 amp alternator and consider the second battery. They will be nice to have for trailering and are cheap if part of the new truck order. Only get the second alternator if you know you are going to want it. 

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3 hours ago, Another JR said:

Mine is 2021, but heres my advice:

 

You may want a lower trim for various reasons, but make sure you can live with the seats that go with it. When I drove an SLE with center jump seat I could tell the seats wouldn’t work for me on a long trip within 5 minute. I was thinking i wanted that jump seat like my previous trucks, but the seat is barely usable on these trucks anyway because it’s so high and in a fixed forward position. I am very happy with my SLT leather bucket seats with permanent center console. Everyone is different, but get some seat time in the one you think you want to buy. 
 

I am really glad i bought all the safety package features and surround camera. I have a feeling that as I get older (60 now) they will be an even greater benefit. 
 

The 18 inch wheels give a softer ride versus 20s. I am glad I went with 18s.  The springs are stiff enough that reducing tire pressure when lightly loaded really helps. 
 

There were three levels of gage packages. The SLT has the mid level. Still has analog minor gages for the old school look but has a lot more features. Again, look at all three. You might decide a mid model is worth it. 
 

A gas truck sounds like the better choice for the plans you describe. I’m very happy I went with gas. 
 

Get the 220 amp alternator and consider the second battery. They will be nice to have for trailering and are cheap if part of the new truck order. Only get the second alternator if you know you are going to want it. 

I’ll play devils advocate and say the base trucks do indeed have less to go wrong and I hate little piddly stuff going wrong. It seems the vast majority of software and other quirky issues are features I don’t even have. Luckily none of those features that I don’t have do anything to make the truck less of a truck. If anything, the mote stuff in the truck the less the payload. 

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Thanks for the replies so far fellas its appreciated ! I wish I could find a list of the VIN numbers for the affected Cab roof splitting issues . The reason being that if Im looking online at dealers that have the truck Im interested in I can ask for the VIN number of a truck and then just check it against the list . I dont really want to get into some of the dfealership B.S. until Im almost certain I want to purchase   . Make sense ?

Thanks 

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Wondering if anyone has anymore information considering the roof cabs splitting issue . In my opinion the VIN # numbers for these 3000 plus trucks should be publicly available . Why do you need to go to a dealership . I emailed GM  Canada and they said go to a dealership . 

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bought 3 latest gen 2500s and not 1 issue with any of them......like someone said above get the truck you want....if it doesnt have a feature you really want youll be regretting it.....an LT isnt much more than the custom, and everyone is different as to their needs....cpl of grand on  50-60k truck is nothing....

 

different interiors between custom and below vs LT and above.....

 

feel GM has best reliability out off all the brands though not perfect....

 

buy the interior as the exterior is easy on aftermarket ...imo, I think line x is superior to factory bedliner, have had both

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On 4/11/2024 at 4:16 AM, Dunn said:

bought 3 latest gen 2500s and not 1 issue with any of them......like someone said above get the truck you want....if it doesnt have a feature you really want youll be regretting it.....an LT isnt much more than the custom, and everyone is different as to their needs....cpl of grand on  50-60k truck is nothing....

 

different interiors between custom and below vs LT and above.....

 

feel GM has best reliability out off all the brands though not perfect....

 

buy the interior as the exterior is easy on aftermarket ...imo, I think line x is superior to factory bedliner, have had both

I’ll agree with that. My 2003 had 298K on trade but did have the injectors changed and the hydro boost tended to leak on my boots. As for the bed liner well….had Line X on both the 97 and the 2003. Really liked the factory coat on the 2018 and hope it holds up as well on the 24. Time will tell.

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