Our Review of the GMC Sierra
Is a Used GMC Sierra a Good Choice?
The Sierra has been around for generations. It was introduced in 1962 as variants of the C and K series pickup trucks. It got a body overhaul in 1967 for the second generation. The third generation came in 1973, but the GMC Sierra truck we know and love today came in 1991.
For all these years, the GMC Sierra has served multiple purposes, catered to families and workhorses and maintained a rugged persona. 💪
Mileage is usually high, but then the GMC Sierra is known for a long lifespan. Competition at Public AUto Auctions can be fierce for these big workhorses.
Let’s take a look at:
- Best GMC Sierra years 👌
- GMC Sierra Problems 😠
- GMC Sierra Price 💰
- Where to find a GMC Sierra near me at auction, particularly here in Kyle 😎
You might be interested in how to bid at auction. Prices at auction are staggeringly low compared to dealers!
🏆 The Best GMC Sierra Years:
Lots of opinions floating out there, and some data as well. Engine Patrol lauds the 2010 Sierra model, for instance, as does Four Wheel Trends, and there’s usually praise for the 2012 GMC Sierra, and newer models.
Most of the GMC Sierra’s sold at Public Auto Auctions are late 90s and early 2000s and certain of those models, like the 2006 GMC Sierra, as well as the 2005, 2004, 2003, and the 1998 models are all top tier. As of this writing we have a 2004 GMC Sierra for sale with 310,000 miles. And it will sell! That’s how far these babies go! 😲
While reliability is the top factor, the “best” also depends on your preferences and driving needs.
The 2017 Sierra didn’t have much to offer in the way of towing, and exterior lighting was a big issue for the 2014 and 2015 models.
Some of the older models, such as from the 80s and mid-90s, while not being the most reliable anymore, have certainly retained their iconic status. 🤩
⚠️ GMC Sierra Problems
There are models you need to stay clear of, and downsides to a few of the older models. Drivers have reported electrical problems and AC problems with the 2005 model.
Even the beloved 2012 model has had a few engine problems and vibrating.
But the models you really need to think twice about are the 2014, 2017, and the 2001, 2000, and 1999 GMC Sierra.
The 1999-2001 models were all plagued by a flood of brake troubles. 😰
Much of the time, it all comes down to this, doesn’t it.
Out of the Sierra’s sold at auction in recent months, the average price was around $1,000 and mileage ranged from 100,000 to 400,000 miles.
But that’s what it’s like. 😉 Amazing prices on donated cars.
A quick comparison with used car dealerships cements our point. You can expect to pay $2,000 on a 20-year-old GMC Sierra 1500 with 150,000 miles.
The same truck at a dealership will cost two times, even four times as much! 💰
So… if you’re looking for a solid make and model, American-made no less, then an older GMC Sierra 1500 with proof that it can last AND a lot of miles left in the tank, may be the truck just for you. And you can spend money at auction AND on repairs and still save a ton! 🥳
Check out how long cars usually last based on the data.
👍 GMC Sierra for Sale at an Auction Near Me
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Public Auto Auctions, opened in 2001 in Austin, Texas with the vision of helping small charities benefit from car, truck, boat and RV donations. Since then, C.A.R. (Charitable Auto Recycling) has processed over 75,500 donations and helped raise over $20,000,000.00 in profits for some great charities in Austin, Texas and beyond.