I had always loved short box extended cab Chevys. Upon seeing the redesign for '03 I had to run out and pick up an '02 (don't care for the Batmobile nose). Has simply been the best truck I've ever owned. The 5.3L has excellent power and the cab is quiet and comfortable. Sensible driving returns about 16-17mpg in town and can get 20mpg highway if I keep my foot out of it, which can be difficult since its a lot of fun to jump on, occasionally.
Comfort, performance, styling. It looks like a pickup instead of a Dodge- ified Big Rig wannabe.
I goosed up the factory stereo with an amp and better speakers.
I purchased this truck used with 15,000 miles on it, I now have 45,000 on it 2 years later. I have had no problems with the truck mechanicaly. I tow a ski boat reguarly and fuel economy is only slightly effected. Only problems I have include, the leather seats cracking prematurly, and the dash has a few spots that are chipping. I get better than avertised with fuel economy, i get about 17 mpg city and 20 hwy with the 5.3L V-8. However, I do drive with a light foot and I have a bed cover on the truck. My father has a 2005 4wd Ford F-150 with an idetical bed cover and he gets better gas milage that that, however the chevy seems to handle towing better and is more manuverable.
Power, stereo, driving dynamics, look.
Better paint/rubber on dash, better leather (see what Ford uses it is higher quality).
Not into the overstyling of the Ford
or Dodge. Like the Toyota but the
Chevy had the biggest ext cab. Very
impressed with the heated leather and
the controls. Plenty of power with the
5.3 and I would worry about the tranny
if it had more power. The limited slip
comes with LT's but I wouldn't get any
P/up without it. Too much power to the
rear and it would be worthless in the
rain. Awesome with the limited slip.
Interior design and size. Perfect.
Better fog lights. Cupholders in the
rear that aren't in the door. Your
child leaves his soda in the cupholder
and gets out. What do you think
happens when they slam the door????
This is my second Silverado. All
complaints I had about the previous
truck have been addressed on this new
one. Much tighter turning radius than
my 97. Much roomier extended cab.
Controls are all placed very
The heated seats are an absolute
pleasure. Sound system greatly improved.