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#4436750 - 06/20/17 12:53 PM Is this the Atlas I 6?
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
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Loc: Marshfield , MA
https://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/ctd/6184900393.html My last GM was a '57 1/2 ton pickup. Would you buy a 150 K mile Chevy ute?. Duty would be as a local 2nd vehicle. TIA
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#4436757 - 06/20/17 01:03 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8741
Loc: Phoenix
Has the Atlas I-6. Would I buy? If I didn't plan to drive it much or mind doing some annoying repairs, sure. Keep in mind it is 13 years old and was average at best. $3k doesn't buy much SUV, and this one looks clean. Hopefully it isn't a rust bucket underneath.
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#4436766 - 06/20/17 01:12 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 06/11/17
Posts: 147
Loc: Waco, Tx.
I'm admittedly biased...i love my Fords. Those are either rock solid or they are falling apart, they don't seem to be in between. My grandma had one and it wasn't the greatest. I remember it using a at of oil every 1500 miles, the pcv was a bear to replace, numerous switches..etc. This was years ago, around 2005. I was a lot younger then.

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#4436775 - 06/20/17 01:23 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 06/11/17
Posts: 147
Loc: Waco, Tx.
I'm admittedly biased...i love my Fords. Those are either rock solid or they are falling apart, they don't seem to be in between. My grandma had one and it wasn't the greatest. I remember it using a at of oil every 1500 miles, the pcv was a bear to replace, numerous switches..etc. This was years ago, around 2005. I was a lot younger then.

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#4436808 - 06/20/17 02:16 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7666
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Go over it with a fine-toothed comb-a coworker had one about that year & it mickel & dimed him to DEATH-bad instrument panel, door hinges, transmission, etc., etc.
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#4436867 - 06/20/17 03:51 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 16963
Loc: Michigan
If it is not the last few model years (2006-2008), don't even bother wasting the time.

I have a few friends that bought them used. One a 2004, the other a 2008.

The 2008 is doing well, though it had some little issues at first. (going on 110k now)

The 2004 is on the way to the junkyard...nuff' said......
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#4436875 - 06/20/17 03:57 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10571
Loc: Buffalo, NY
I would agree that 2006-08 are the sweet spot for a GM T360 chassis with the Atlas, but for $3000, if it's clean, rust free, runs and drives nice, it's just as risky as anything else that age, mileage and price.
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#4436878 - 06/20/17 04:00 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
gabriel9766 Offline


Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 936
Loc: Missouri
They are great trucks. Only thing i see them come into my shop where i work is for suspension work. And some do burn oil.
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#4436899 - 06/20/17 04:31 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
JBinTX30 Offline


Registered: 09/08/14
Posts: 475
Loc: Texas
Yes it is the Atlas 4.2L I6. The 2004 was an ok year the year to avoid would have been the 02.

Be sure to have the front suspension checked. Tie rods, control arm bushings and sway bar end links always need to be changed by that mileage.

Other than that very reliable.

Also, to have some fun, you can get a custom mail in PCM tune for $99. Worth every dollar. wink
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#4437021 - 06/20/17 07:08 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
BrocLuno Offline


Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5514
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
Looks good. As long as there is no huge rust issues, why not? That's what a B&B will cost you for a week on a get-away laugh
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#4437175 - 06/20/17 10:14 PM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10108
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
They're alright. My grandparent's have an 02' and while it has needed some strange work like window regulators, A/C electric motors in the dash, rear wiper doesn't work 95% of the time, bad electric seat motor, 5'-6' long power steering hose needed replacement, etc. it's been ok. Nothing yet that makes us want to toss it. Runs and shifts great.
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#4437432 - 06/21/17 09:53 AM Re: Is this the Atlas I 6? [Re: andyd]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10571
Loc: Buffalo, NY
We had a 2005 Trailblazer LS 4x4. Bought it used in 2005 with 29K miles (was a rental) for $16K. Those were the days! They ride nice and are super roomy and comfortable. We averaged about 17-18mpg with it. I traded it off for a new Cobalt in 2007. Terribly flimsy bodies and interior bits on them. Like said, for under $3000? You're not going to get much.
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