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