Used 2006 GMC Sierra 3500

2006 GMC Sierra 3500
List Price Estimate
$4,976 - $8,679

Pros & Cons

  • Multiple drivetrain configurations, substantial towing and hauling capacities, compliant ride quality.
  • Interior design is showing its age, spotty build quality, cheap interior materials.
GMC Sierra 3500 years

Edmunds' Expert Review

Although the Sierra still has the capacity to tackle just about any job, its newer competition has a slight edge when it comes to overall refinement.

Vehicle overview

GMC's modern full-size pickup has been around in one form or another since the early '60s. Now into its sixth generation, the Sierra, as it's now called, boasts classic styling and some of the most powerful drivetrains available anywhere. A perennial competitor to the full-size offerings from Ford and Dodge, GMC positions itself as the "professional grade" truck in GM's lineup. Although its sales numbers are far below those of its competitors, when combined with its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado, the GM trucks sell in competitive numbers to Ford's F-Series.

Often first to market with exclusive features, the Sierra continues that tradition with options like XM Satellite Radio and Bose audio systems. GMC trucks also offer the OnStar communications system that provides the convenience of 24-hour on-call assistance for everything from tow truck requests to dinner reservations. Between its potent Duramax diesel and strong gas V8s, the Sierra one-ton can tackle just about any hard-core towing and hauling duties you could throw at it. Combine this with sharp styling on the outside and plenty of available features on the inside, and the Sierra 3500 presents a compelling package for anyone in the market for a no-holds-barred work truck.

As capable as it is, the Sierra is starting to show its age while its competition has been slowly upgrading its offerings. Both Dodge and Ford offer more powerful engine options as well as more refined interiors. Needless to say, it's worth shopping around before settling on the Sierra.

GMC Sierra 3500 models

The 3500 is only available as a long box, but buyers can still choose between regular, extended- and crew-cab body styles and either two- or four-wheel drive (regular cabs are 4WD only). There are several trim levels: Work Truck, SL1, SLE1, SLE2 and SLT. Work Trucks are intended for jobsite use and offer basics like 16-inch steel wheels, a vinyl 40/20/40-split bench seat, dual-zone manual air conditioning and an AM/FM radio. SL1 models add chrome-finish wheels, grille and bumpers, cloth upholstery, cruise control and a CD player. SLE1 models add foglights, privacy glass, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, power-heated exterior mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. SLE2 models provide a six-way power driver seat and an upgraded Bose stereo. Top-of-the-line SLTs add leather bucket seats with heaters and dual 10-way power adjustments, driver-seat memory, automatic climate control, power-retractable mirrors, an in-dash CD changer, steering wheel audio controls and a trip computer.

2006 Highlights

For 2006, the Duramax diesel engine receives a host of power and refinement upgrades, as well as reduced emissions. The Allison automatic transmission is now a six-speed, and features a tap-shift range selection mode. The camper-style mirrors have been replaced by a folding and extending design with a built-in convex spotter glass. Trim levels and packaging have also been juggled.

Performance & mpg

The 3500's base engine is a 6.0-liter V8 rated at 300 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. If that's not enough grunt under the hood for you, GMC offers two more powerful options: an 8.1-liter V8 and a 6.6-liter "Duramax" turbodiesel V8. The 8.l-liter engine boasts an impressive 330 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel makes 360 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission for the 6.0-liter V8 is a five-speed manual with a four-speed automatic optional. The 8.1-liter V8 and 6.6-liter diesel can be hooked up to either a six-speed manual or a heavy-duty Allison six-speed automatic. Properly equipped, the Sierra 3500 can tow 12,000 pounds.

Safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard. In government crash tests, the Sierra earned a four-star rating (out of five) for driver protection in frontal impacts and three stars for the front passenger. In frontal offset crash testing, the Sierra was given an overall rating of "Marginal," the second lowest on a scale of four.

Driving

The 3500 is a dedicated work truck, so don't expect the plush ride of its light-duty siblings. Any of the three available engines provide swift acceleration and ample towing power, but the 6.6-liter turbodiesel is the best choice for those who tow heavy loads. The manual transmissions are about what you would expect in a big truck, but the automatics shift smoothly and crisply no matter how heavy the load.

Interior

Inside, Sierra buyers will find a logically laid-out interior with an easy-to-use dual-zone climate control system and clear, uncluttered gauges. Materials quality is unimpressive, and build quality, though improved over the last few years, is still below the competition. Extended cabs and crew cabs offer large cabins with plenty of room and, on higher trims, comfortable bucket seats.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 GMC Sierra 3500.

5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 33%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.0 stars based on 6 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, A Truck that puts a smile on your face!
don lewis,

I have owned this truck since 2006 and now have 56000 miles on it. The Duramax/Allison combo outshines the rest. I have hauled volleyball teams, 15000lbs 5th wheel up the Cascades, to work everyday and a multiple runs crosscounty and I smile everytime I start this truck up. Do I have complaints? One, the roof liner fit and finish leaves alot to be desired :( I have drove the rest and this is hands down the best. A Quiet diesel that can smoke the tires. I laugh when the Toyota boys try to pull something heavy up the mountains, they just don't have it. It will be the last truck I own.

2.125 out of 5 stars, A disaster
MyGMCLemon,

I am absoultely horrified that I have a brand new vehicle that actually just shuts itself off while I am driving. It has now been into the dealership twice with only 1200 miles on it. Since they can not get codes out of the computer they can not isolate the problem and fix it. This truck has been a nightmare. It has been to the dealership twice now for repair. I still do not have it back and they still can not figure out what is wrong.

4.875 out of 5 stars, Best vehicle i have owned
mark mcrae,

Bought deisel truck for camper and boat. this truck goes over mountain passes like the load isn't there, 15,000lbs. I bought an aftermarket engine program to increase performance, and with this chip I get 20mpg empty, 15mpg with boat or camper, 13mpg with boat and camper. Programer takes 5 minutes and allows me to program for specific loads or to put it back to stock settings, recommend this. There has not been 1 problem with truck and have already put on 12,000 miles in the first 4 months. Very happy customer.

4.75 out of 5 stars, My retirement truck that I love !!
my86gmc,

Best truck I have ever owned, period. Not sure what these other bad reviews are about? I have had no major problems. This truck pulls my 5th wheel better than anything on the road. Many Diesel magazines have given this truck its best in class award, and for good reason. Its a very comfortable truck to drive and loves to be hot rodded around. I'm at 45000 miles looking forward to many years of driving and towing with this. I added a Delco navigation unit plus a Delco 6 cd changer, it was well worth the price.

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Features & Specs

SL1 2dr Regular Cab LB features & specs
SL1 2dr Regular Cab LB
6.0L 8cyl 4A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm

SL1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
SL1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
6.0L 8cyl 4A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm

SLE1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
SLE1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
6.0L 8cyl 4A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm

Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
6.0L 8cyl 4A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm

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FAQ

Is the GMC Sierra 3500 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2006 Sierra 3500 both on the road and at the track. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a GMC Sierra 3500. Learn more
Is the GMC Sierra 3500 reliable?
To determine whether the GMC Sierra 3500 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sierra 3500. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sierra 3500's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2006 Sierra 3500 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2006 GMC Sierra 3500?

The least-expensive 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 is the 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,185.

Other versions include:

  • SL1 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $24,420
  • SL1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $28,050
  • SLE1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $29,385
  • Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $26,710
  • SLE1 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $25,885
  • Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $23,185
  • SLE1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M) which starts at $29,135
  • Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M) which starts at $26,465
  • SL1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M) which starts at $27,855
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What are the different models of GMC Sierra 3500?
If you're interested in the GMC Sierra 3500, the next question is, which Sierra 3500 model is right for you? Sierra 3500 variants include SL1 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), and Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A). For a full list of Sierra 3500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 Overview

The Used 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 is offered in the following submodels: Sierra 3500 Crew Cab, Sierra 3500 Regular Cab, Sierra 3500 Extended Cab. Available styles include SL1 4dr Extended Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Crew Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 4dr Crew Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Extended Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Crew Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Extended Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Extended Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Extended Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Extended Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Extended Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 4dr Extended Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SL1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), SLE1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M), Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M), and SL1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2006 GMC Sierra 3500?

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