I purchased a 2000 Chev Silverado 2500 Extended cab short box 2wd truck on Tuesday.
The truck has the 6.0 Liter Lq4 with a 4l80e transmission and 4.10 gears. It has 8 lug rims with the semi floating 14 bolt rear end. GAWR of 4,670lbs.
I searched the internet and in 2000 the brochure says the GCVR is 16,000lbs
I asked the dealer what the tow rating was and the owners manual (verified by me says 10,500lbs) So I think great, here I can get a 3/4 ton truck to haul my trailer and have no car payment and life is great. Payload should be over 2,000lbs I believe the brochure even says 3,000lbs.
I didn't look at the door sticker until just today and much to my horror it says I have a GVWR of 7,200lbs and a payload of only 1,200lbs. This supposed 2500 is barely a 1/2 ton. Admittedly the truck sits pretty low and does look a lot like a half ton. I assumed this was because it was 2wd.
So my new to me 2500LD 2wd is somehow different to The 4x4 extended cab short box 2500LD version of this same year truck which get's a GVWR of 8,600lbs and the 3,000lbs payload or the 1500HD Crew Cab version also get's the same 8,600lbs. My truck has 5 leaf springs in the back and coil springs in the front, where I understand the 4x4 is torsion in the front and maybe 6 leafs in the rear?
I am freaking out, thinking I have had the wool pulled over my own eyes by my own naiveity. I guess I am kind of hoping that GM just put the GVWR at 7,200lbs by accident and this truck is really going to be ok for me. I suppose I would be ok if the truck actually only weighs 5,000lbs that would give me a payload of 2,200lbs and I could stop freaking out.
I guess these are my questions (thank you for reading this far):
1. Do I really have a GVWR of 8600lbs? (Could I add suspension or axle from 4x4 to get there?)
2. Does anyone know what a 2000 Extended Cab 2wd 2500 actually weighs?
3. My trailer weighs 8,000lbs, GCVR is 16,000, truck mostly like weighs 6000lbs, so I am under GCVR but I would be over on payload by at least 400lbs. Anyone think this is ok???
4. Should I try and go back to the dealer and get my money back because they sold me a 1500 in 2500 clothing??
Any help is appreciated,