Well, a deal is pending. ?I needed a 2500 for the towing capacity, so the salesman is attempting a dealer trade here in town. ?I told my dealer where the vehicle was, but didn't want to change salesmen. ?He was great.
While the new features on the 2003's were enticing (Steering wheel controls mainly, I have a broken wrist from the accident) I really like the 2002's every bit as much and controls can be retrofitted if need be. ?There is an 03 TNF here on the lot, but the difference was minimal (Eg: I didn't even notice the cladding color change, etc...). ?Dealers here only have a half dozen or so in stock, so it was kinda slim pickings. ?The one I'm buying has been on the dealers lot only a month or so! ?Also (strange enough) the MSRP on a 2003 (per Edmunds.com) has risen for the vehicle I wanted...to the tune of nearly $3,000. ?
? Besides, I like the thought of owning the first year of a new Classic!
Hopefully my rig will be the only 2500 in the area that's available: (apply drool smiley here!)
2002 2500 4x4 8.1L with Black and Tan (like the beer!) dead cow bun warmers, convenience package, LRDiff, granny assist steps (want em?), 3.73 axle ratio, and sunny roof ?
?Why black? ?Well, because my dog looks better in black. ?He demanded it! ?
Mods? ?I REALLY need a tape deck (!), steering wheel controls (I'm one-handed for 2 more months!), and some ice for that built in cooler!
?If you ask me, an Avalanche comes "modded" directly from the factory. ?Especially compared to a standard pick-up.
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