Got this vehicle for just over $5000 for my then teenage son, when we got it the vehicle already had 195,00 miles on it. the previous owner used it at a commuter vehicle on the freeway, and when we got it there were minimal maintenance issues that needed to be taken care of. Even after neglected care, after a little elbow grease, this truck's been running great ever since and now has 233,000 miles on it. other than routine maintenance, the truck's been running great for the miles it has on it.
Back in October 2001, my dad bought a Olympic White Extended Cab 5.3 LS 2001 Silverado and we have had it ever since. I received this car as my first car in the Summer of 2013 (I got it when I was 16, now I am 18) and it has been since the day it came off the lot. Overall, it has been very reliable, it has had a transmission replaced under warranty, around 115k mi, the oil pan began to leak and the water pump was replaced, 140k mi the fuel pump was replaced and thats really all that has been major with it. Just basic oil changes every 5-7.5k miles and fluid changes and it is still running like a charm. Its fast, comfortable, easy to maneuver and it still looks good 14 years later!
- 5.3L V8 power/noise
- Comfortable interior
- Truck capabilities
- Handles better than you think
- Reliable as a wood burning stove
- Cheap to upkeep
- Built fairly well
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4dr Extended Cab LS 4WD SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)
Bought the truck as-is, needed a few minor repairs that I did myself. Replaced the radiator, ignition cylinder and heater blower motor resistor circuit. All were not very difficult, I'm not a mechanic. I'm very impressed with the way it rides. The 4.8 V8 engine seems great, smooth, quiet and plenty of power. I like the truck doesn't seem as high as Dodge Ram of the same year, makes for easier loading. It sure doesn't feel like it has 177k miles on it. It's for occasional use, based on other reports I've seen the high mileage shouldn't be a concern. I like that the truck is not over-designed, I prefer the styling of this generation over anything else.
Was asked to update the review. Don't drive the truck much, 3 years since I bought it in 9/2013 and doesn't quite have 180k miles. Once when my son borrowed it and was idling waiting in line it stalled, started back up fine. That and the emergency brake light sometimes doesn't work are the only troubles I can think of. I changed the oil/filter. Easy to do once you get under, I had to remove the driver's side running (tube?.. round not flat) to do so. Engine still runs like new.
I love my '01 chevy silverado 1500, its getting up there in miles has 233950 still runs better than any ford i have owned. only problem is that the oil pan and rear main seal leak i dont have extra money to fix but we havent had any major problems. we replaced the starter wen out once at 205xxx miles but that wasnt a big deal. no tranny problems what so ever. it is a tough truck pretty comfortable. back seat is cramped, other than that its a good truck. the bed is a good size and doesnt fall apart like a ford would. i trust this truck and would drive it across the country without a worry in my mind. very relaible pretty powerfull. 4x4 works better than any ford 4x4 i have drivven.
i love that the back seat folds up and you can store under neath the seat. the bed is big enough where i have figured out how to fit 2 crf250's back there and get the tail gate to close. has never let me down period!!
Its a chevy for cryin out loud
the radio control cluster falls apart easy. the speakers on the front doors fall out. poor fuel mileage struggles to pull my 18 foot carson racer. personaly i think the 5.3 is lame it works great but i still like the 350 5.7 better. easier to work on less emission crap. back seat could be bigger. stronger interior plastics. colder ac. but i cant give it too much crap it has been in the family for 13 years bought in late 2000.
I bought my 2001 Pewter LS Silverado new and have 97,000 original miles on it. It has never been garage kept. I live in NJ and there is not a spot of rust on the truck and the paint still shines. I run it through the car wash 1 to 2 times a month and get the wax treatment that is included. I have only replaced the fuel pump and recently the thermostat besides the norm. I continually get offers for the truck and complements from other pickup owners. The truck has no rattles and runs great. the door speakers have just started buzzing, but I'm sure it's because of age and banging of the doors for 13 years. My only complaint has been tires. I'm on my 3rd set of Bridgestones that are 16/60/ 275's
I really like the look of the truck and still do. The 4 wheel disc feature is great and the split bench seat is great in the regular cab. The power windows locks and mirrors are a must on pickups and I've never had a problem with any of those options.
I wish the truck had better traction control for the 2WD. I understand the newer silverados are greatly improved in this area