18th Nov 2008, 16:38

I work at a Chevy Dealer and I can say from personal observation, people trade in 2008 and 2007 models all the time. Especially when it is a truck because they get home and find that the truck does not pull their 5th wheel or whatever as easily and they have no choice, but to get another truck to meet their needs.

For example, the Hemi Dodge Ram and the Toyota Tundra both have high horse-power, low-torque engines and you need torque to pull.

Toyota doesn't have nearly the expirence with building trucks that the big three do, and you don't throw a Hemi sports car engine into a pickup truck. Ford and General Motors trucks have the highest towing capacity and best gas mileage of pickup trucks. And I'm not just saying that cause I work at a GM Dealer.

29th Nov 2008, 21:36

My wife has been known to trade a car after 3 WEEKS and only 800 miles. YES, we DID take a beating, but if she doesn't like something she is not about to keep it. She had been trading her SUV's about every 18 months and 16,000 miles until she got her 2003 GMC Envoy. She is so wild about it she vows to keep it until 200,000+ miles. In the 5+ years we've had it, it has been absolutely flawless.

I can very easily see someone trading a Tundra (especially the early ones, which were very flimsy and unreliable) in a very short time. I have yet to hear of even one person who has ever bought a SECOND Tundra. They always go back to domestics. Toyota has so many serious mechanical issues now that nothing in their line is really a safe buy.

5th Dec 2008, 20:50

Yesterday I was driving in town and got behind a late model Chevy pick-up that was pulling a huge 5th-wheel trailer with 2 full-size sedans and a Ford F-150 crew cab on it. When we came to a red light I eased into the other lane because I was SURE it would be a turtle taking off, like semis are. When the light changed, I heard a nice, deep roar and saw the Super-loaded Chevy staying right with me. Then it PASSED me!! I was very shocked that it could pull so much weight so effortlessly. If it had been a Tundra it would probably just coughed a couple of times and died right there.

6th Dec 2008, 05:11

To 11/18/08 16:38.

I am a Dodge man, and found your post to be flawed when it comes to facts. The 5.7 Hemi is in no way inferior to any of the competition when it comes to torque. The numbers are as follows:

Ford- 5.4 liters, 310hp, 365ft/lbs. of torque

Chevy- 6.0 liters, 367hp, 375ft/lbs. of torque

Dodge- 5.7 liters, 390hp, 410 ft/lbs. of torque.

These numbers are for 2009, 1500 series models, taken right off the companies web sites.

15th Jan 2009, 08:57

Love the new truck. Traded in a 2006 GMC Extended Cab LT1 for a 2008 Chevrolet Crew Cab LT2. Needed the extra room for another baby. Unfortunately 2 car seats do not fit the Extended Cab.

My only problem is there is no A/C vents in back. You would think with a $37,000 truck that would come standard. The 06 Extended Cab did.

12th May 2009, 13:24

I own a new 2009 Chevy Silverado with the 4.3 V6 and love it. It has the power of a v8 and will handle anything. It gets between 15-18 mpg around town. This truck is the base model extra cab 2wd and is a very good truck. I plan on trading it in before winter for a 4x4 V8 Silverado extra cab short bed. The person who buys this truck will surely get a good one that will last several years and thousands of miles.

26th Oct 2009, 11:36

I traded my truck in for a brand new 2009 Silverado. My brother bought a 2008 and his was so nice to drive and handled very well on the highway. I decided to buy a newer model and I made 19 km from a brand new truck off the lot. My transmission went. It would not shift out of 3rd. After 2 months of fighting with the dealership, they finally put a new transmission in. I have had nothing but problems with this truck. Should have bought the 2008, they were a lot better than the 2009.