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Autotrader Find: 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 With Quadrasteer

As Eric Brandt mentioned in a post earlier today, GMC did some interesting things in the early 2000s — and one of the most interesting was “Quadrasteer,” a system developed for the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and the heavy-duty Chevy and GMC Suburban 2500. Quadrasteer allowed all four wheels to turn at once, giving these vehicles a dramatically better turning radius in tight spaces — and significantly improving reversing precision when towing.

Unfortunately, General Motors cancelled the system, largely because its additional cost made it unpopular — but many drivers swear by their Quadrasteer pickups. If you’re looking for a full-size truck with a tight turning circle, this 2003 Sierra Denali currently listed for sale in rural Haubstadt, Indiana, has the feature — and it’s one of just a few Quadrasteer trucks currently for sale on Autotrader.

This particular Sierra is finished in silver with a beige leather interior, and it generally resembles basically every Sierra Denali model available at the time — with one big exception. If you look closely at the rear fender, you can see that it bulges out a bit more. That’s to account for the turning wheel in back. In creating this vehicle, GMC also had to stick tiny orange and red marker lights in front of and behind that bulging wheel arch — and the bulge made the truck so wide that it was considered a “commercial vehicle,” meaning each Quadrasteer model also required a set of orange lights mounted on the roof, like a semi truck tractor.

This particular Sierra Quadasteer has covered 183,000 miles — a big number, sure, but you can’t exactly be choosy if you’re looking for one of these. It’s offered by Midwest Motorsports for $8,000, and it has a clean Carfax report with no accidents.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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  1. I found a 2003 with Quadrasteer a few years back. It handles like a Camaro on the road, tows a small skidsteer with ease, and when you need to make a u-turn it is better than most cars.

  2. Wow! I need this truck for my business! I’m looking for something like this to purchase. But whenever you’re buying a used car, you should to be aware of the car’s history. In this way you’ll avoid problems with its repair. As far as I know FAXVIN reports accidents history, odometer readings, recalls & defects, lien & repossession records, theft & recovery records, mileage rollback, vehicle specifications. Have you tried it?

  3. Recently I saw one of these with a huge banner across the rear window reading in tribal letters: QUADRASTEER. I thought that was an interesting thing to be so boastful about.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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