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By Ron
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1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series C1500 Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB


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From looking at the other reviews I should consider myself lucky to have only replaced the altenator & battery @ 36k miles,Power Steering pump @46k, Rear Axle @ 54k and the water pump @ 75k. The rotors lasted until the 3rd set of brakes @ 88k.The Uniroyal Tiger Paws tires were junk from day one they pulled like the front end was out of alignment.The problem fixed itself when I had the tires replaced @ 32k. They were not worn out-i just couldn't take them anymore.Windshield Wiper Controller is defective according to NHTSA id# 03V159000 and has the potencial to affect 1,755,876 1997 Chevy trks-BUT NOT mine.I had the same symtoms that caused 1.7M trks 2b recalled-but my trk was not covered.


Best Features

Smooth ride (once you get the factory installed Uniroyal Tiger Paws off) Plenty of power and good fuel economy (approx. 17mpg) Resell value is great.


Worst Features

Braking is real spongy. It takes a few seconds the brakes to apply during a hard braking situation. Durability of major components needs to be improved. I have never had a rear axle fail in anything I have ever driven. Chevy should be fair-when they make a defective safey part replace all of them.


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Not bad at all
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By Z71
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1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series K1500 Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB


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I bought this truck with only 23,000 miles on it and as of now (2006) I have close to 107,000. For the most part is has been a great truck overall. The Z71 package and the 5.7 make this thing a workhorse. Towing and hauling never have been a problem. Mechanically though, there has been a list of problems including the valve body on transmission, water pump, intake manifold gasket, oil cooler line leaks, broken door handle, idler pulley bearing went, bad brake pedal switch that controls brake lights- 2 switches and the same problem, finally went aftermarket. Overall it is a great roomy powerfull truck, just wish gas mileage was better though!


Best Features

Roomy cab, third door, 5.7 liter engine


Worst Features

Better brakes. They are too soft. Cup holder placement, and a better location for the oil filter


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Not for the long haul!
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By sledspeedracer
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1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series K1500 Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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This truck has been one problem after the other. I have put one engine, 2 transmissions and a long list of other parts over the years into this truck. It is underpowered for my needs. I can say the ride is car like and a better ride than any other truck I have had. I am going to try a Dodge next.


Best Features

Car like ride. Nice seat.


Worst Features

Engine life and transmission life.


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By koryharper
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1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series C1500 Silverado 2dr Extended Cab SB


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Good at first, had to change brakes and rotors, fuel pump, and intake manifold in first 1 1/2 yr. After that no problems then had to change tranny shift modulator. But other than that truck runs well with scheduled maintenance.


Best Features

Seats are really comfortable and interior lights everywhere


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Great truck
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By cavercarl
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1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series K1500 Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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Great truck! On road, off road, hauling people/gear/building materials, whatever! 80,000 miles and NO PROBLEMS. Have had this vehicle in places where mud is up to the doors and Jeeps got stuck, and got out no problem. Anyone who hates this truck and says they will buy foreign next time is biased against American made vehicles to begin with. Relative has a Ford and has gone through a transmission, 2 sets of brakes, and 4 clutches in 27,000 miles. Friend has a Dodge which is a bit better, but not as good as Chevy. 3 friends with Toyotas all complain of bad handling, lack of power, lack of payload, boatloads of strange noises and frequent expensive repairs.


Best Features

Gotta love the motor! Also, 19MPG is darn impressive for a loaded V8 truck with high rear end gear ratio. Friends with Fords and Dodges are hurting at the gas pump. Friends with Toyotas can't keep up on uphill stretches of highway.


Worst Features

Can't figure out why the frame rails drop down below the body in the center of the wheelbase, this hurts offroad clearance just a little, Chevy changed this on later models.


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