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Old 03-29-2014, 09:35 PM   #1
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Height of Chevrolet trucks

We have been looking at 2014/2015 Chevrolet diesel trucks.
We were at a dealership today and saw a used 2013 Silverado diesel with the Z71 pkg. My husband noticed that there was a considerably difference in the entrance height between the 2013 and 2014/2015 models.

He found the 2013 model much easier to get into. Have any of you noticed this difference? Is it the case for all models of the Silverado?
My husband is leaning towards the used 2013 if only for the increased ease of entry.

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Old 03-30-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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I think I have found my own answer. The new trucks we were looking at were all HD versions. We thought that the used 2013 was an HD but it was only a 3500. We were both surprised at the difference in height and the effort involved in getting into the truck. It seemed to be as much as 4 or 5 inches higher which does not sound like much but makes a big difference.
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
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Anything above a 1500 version is considered a heavy duty. Also a few years ago they made a 1500HD which was I think a crew cab.

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Old 03-30-2014, 03:07 PM   #4
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Any idea why the used 2013 3500 Z71 is so much lower and more convenient than the 2014 models?

Might we have luck finding other 2013 models equally as convenient as the used one we saw yesterday?

Thanks, Chad, for your help

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Old 03-30-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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Z71 package was available on 1500 and 2500 that I have seen. I have NOT seen a 3500 with the Z71 package yet. Is it possible the 2013 was a 2500?

4-5 inch difference seems like the difference between a 2wd and 4x4.
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Would side steps make it easier for him to enter and exit the truck? Should be $400-$500 option.
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Possibly could have been a used truck the previous owner could have shortened the spacers in the back to make it lower. But even still with that I couldn't see 4-5 inches. That's significantly lower than stock. Must have been 2wd.
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I have the sheet in front of me for the used vehicle. It is model: CK30743-2013 Silverado 3500 4WD Crew Cab. The build date was 12/03/2012. The sheet has the VIN for the specific truck on it. It has LTZ equipment group. Then way down at the bottom of the second page there is a listing of the Z71 off road suspension including off road skid plates.

Even with the side steps the new ones were more difficult for him to get into than this 2013 model. This used one had a step as well.

The used one is black with a black interior which is not great for us. It has 23,000 miles on it. They want $48,000 for it. Just like Bob and Tammy we travel with a terrier named Pip. A lighter colored vehicle is better for staying cool for your dog.

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If you get the used one - 23,000 miles is nothing on a diesel and you save money over new. Get seat covers like the Real tree camo ones, as they will match, protect the seat and be cooler for the pup. Tint the windows and get vent shades to vent truck when parked (without pup of course). Bass pro, Cabellas, Gander Mountain and other outdoor shops have seat protectors for the back seat especially designed for dogs.
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If you get one with a sliding rear window, this will also help to keep it cool without letting bugs in while the window is open. Clean Breeze - Great Day CB1010 - Exterior Accessories - Camping World
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