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Old 11-26-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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Any experience with the new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500?

GMC states that the 2014 Sierra 1500 can tow up to 11,500 lbs and the 5.3 Engine has 355 hp and 383 foot lbs of torque. I was waiting for the new 6.2 liter but now GM has recalled all vehicles with that engine and are not going to re-release until February. I have a 27' International. Does anyone have experience with this as their TV?
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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I have a 2014 Silverado with the engine you mention but don't have a 27', mine is 23'. I follow these trucks quite closely and haven't heard about the recall of the 6.2 liter motor. My experience with the 2014 Silverado is wonderful - best truck I've ever had and quiet, comfortable beyond belief.

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Old 11-26-2013, 09:10 AM   #3
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Thanks John! I only found out about the recall after calling both a Chevy and GMC dealer yesterday. They both told me the same thing about the 6.2 recall. I currently have a 2011 Suburban and was really looking forward to the bigger engine and increased torque. . According to GMs stats the 2014 5.3 has a bit more horsepower and torque than the 2011. However, I am not sure its enough to warrant a trade. However, the fact that the 2014 is rated to tow 11,500 lbs compared the 8000 of 2011 Suburban is intriguing. This in itself suggests to me that 2014 Silverado or Sierra may be a significant improvement. Enough so that the 6.2 litter engine might be a bit overkill.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:31 AM   #4
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Pat check the towing grid. Capacity depends on engine, 2wd vs 4wd and rear axel. Basically 9600 for the 3.42 axel and 11,000+ for the 3.73. Love mine and looking at getting a FC25 as soon as my Camp-Inn teardrop sells.

Looking at the 2013 Towing Guide the 6.2 wasn't all that much better at the high end. 3.73 tow capacity was about the same with the 6.2 vs the 5.3, of course there is more torque with the larger engine, just not much more total tow capacity.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:59 AM   #5
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Hi Pat,

I just called my Chevy salesman and he had no info on a 6.2 liter recall, although he said that he hadn't read all of his e-mails. I also Googled the issue and came up with nothing. Not saying it didn't happen but am curious as to why it hasn't made the news yet; typically, stuff like this gets jumped on right away. My dealer currently has a 6.2 liter 2014 Silverado in stock and for sale, so go figure!

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Thanks again John. I have been searching the internet as well and can't find any info. I just called another sales person and she told me there was not a recall but what GM calls a constraint. Apparently they are not able to produce them as planned, possibly as a result of a supplier issue. As a result they have stopped taking orders until they can increase production.
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Ghaynes, which do you have. The 3.42 or 3.73?
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Thanks for the update, Pat. That makes sense. Sorry I can't shed any light on your original question other than to tell you that both my wife & I love the 2014 1/2 ton.

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Pat I have the 3.42. The 3.73 was only available as part of the Heavy Duty Tow package and the HDT wasn't being released until 2014.
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No recall that I am aware of. A constraint, yes. It is an availability issue with the larger MaxTow rear axle. There were WAY more orders for MaxTows than anticipated, so they decided to put the lion's share of the axle allocation toward 5.3 liters.....the much larger order bank over the 6.2 liter.

I am not sure how long the constraint will last, but I would anticipate several weeks to a couple months. Depends on if the 5.3 orders slow up and/or the axle supplier can ramp up production.
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:42 PM   #11
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I got the 2014 Sierra SLT double cab 5.3, 3.42 rear. Love it! I am only towing a 21ft Sovereign but it is like it is not there. Have not done any really steep mountains yet.

The built in brake controller works great and I love all the high tech stuff. The truck sends me an email if I get a flat or have a diagnostics issue. And in the cab and a half the dog has a window to roll down.
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I am still looking to upgrade my tow vehicle. After months of test drives and research, I had determined that 2014 Silverado or Sierra 1500 5.3 liter engine with the Max tow package and the 3.73 rear end would be perfect for my towing needs. However, I have come to the conclusion that I don't want a pickup and want too stay with a SUV similar to my Suburban. The problem is, as I see it, nothing currently being built is significantly better from a towing perspective that what I currently have (2011 Suburban LT 1500). I just started looking at the 2014 Dodge Durango. The 8 speed transmission combined with the Hemi is interesting. However, it appears that the towing package from Dodge includes a 3.09 rear end. So, my question, does anyone have experience with this vehicle as a TV? And, can anyone suggest an SUV alternative to the Suburban that would give me a similar improvement to the Silverado with the 5.3 engine and 3.73 rear end?
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Recall - as reported by Chris Woodyard at USA Today on the 11th of Jan, 2014....

Fire risk: GM recalls 303K Chevy, GMC pickups

As someone already said, software fault but one that causes the trucks to catch fire....
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Recall - as reported by Chris Woodyard at USA Today on the 11th of Jan, 2014....

Fire risk: GM recalls 303K Chevy, GMC pickups

As someone already said, software fault but one that causes the trucks to catch fire....
Only in extended idling situations at very cold temps. Software available tomorrow. Affected Vehicle files at dealers loaded tonight.
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