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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Purchased mine with 10 years and 132K on the clock
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By jimsrod
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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4dr Extended Cab LS 4WD SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)


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I'm the 2nd owner of a well kept 2003 Silverado LS 4WD with the Z71 package. Aesthetically for a 12 year old truck this one has held up exceptionally with the paint still being super glossy. The powertrain is still rock solid especially the engine. All of the electrical components work and I've only had to change out the starter in the two years I've owned it. I did have a total flush and replacement of all the fluids (transmission, power steering, brakes, antifreeze, transfer case, front and rear differentials) when I purchased the vehicle. I highly recommend you do this with any 4WD you purchase used with over 100K on the clock. I've only replaced the starter and had the instrument cluster serviced (stepper motors replaced and LED lights changed to blue - $75 fix). I'm very proud to own this truck because it was obviously taken care of by the previous owner.

I have a couple of gripes ... the transmission is clunky shifting from 1st to 2nd and also 2nd to 3rd. Also when driving at 45 mph and at 65 mph the extended cab and crew cab versions of the Silverado (also GMC's version the Sierra) transfer vibration through the cabin. Both the shift and vibration issues are simply design flaws. GM recommends you place 300 to 500 pounds directly in the middle of the truck bed to stop the vibration (but who is going to do that). So you can't fix the vibration issue ... but I plan on replacing the tranny with a rebuilt and hardened version of the 4L60E automatic that will address the hard shifting. Fortunately you can find these transmissions relatively cheap with the biggest issue being able to find a good mechanic to install it without it costing too much.

Overall for a pickup I purchased with 132K on the odometer I am extremely happy and I've only had light maintenance done so far. The 4.8L V8 doesn't leak oil and parts are cheap because there are millions of Silverados and Sierras on the road. I plan on keeping this truck a minimum of five to ten more years.


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Excellent Reliability!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By jdeluca1
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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4dr Extended Cab LT 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


Review

This is my 4th Silverado and love it.
It has everything I want in a truck.
The Bose sound and 6disc in-dash stereo is great.
Very comfortable inside.
I bought this truck used with 36k miles on it.
Since then--in the past 3 years, now it is up to 106k miles on it----still no problems.
The only complaint I have was the face of the radio.
The paint or numbers would peel off.
The other thing I love is how much this truck holds its value.
Unlike other cars--it holds its value really well.
Great truck!


Best Features

Bose surround sound, 6disc in-dash CD changer, push button 4WD.


Worst Features

The face of the radio needs a redesign as your fingernails can peel off the paint on the radio.


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Excellent Reliability!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jdeluca1
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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4dr Extended Cab LT 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


Review

This is my 4th Silverado and love it.
It has everything I want in a truck.
The Bose sound and 6disc in-dash stereo is great.
Very comfortable inside.
I bought this truck used with 36k miles on it.
Since then--in the past 3 years, now it is up to 106k miles on it----still no problems.
The only complaint I have was the face of the radio.
The paint or numbers would peel off.
The other thing I love is how much this truck holds its value.
Unlike other cars--it holds its value really well.
Great truck!


Best Features

Bose surround sound, 6disc in-dash CD changer, push button 4WD.


Worst Features

The face of the radio needs a redesign as your fingernails can peel off the paint on the radio.


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Great truck
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By chev_03_Z71
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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4dr Extended Cab LS 4WD SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)


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Bought used with 69,000 miles 2.5 years ago. I now have 115,000 miles with no problems. I regularly tow a 3000 lb ski boat and have a truck camper in the bed and the 5.3 L has no problem handling it.


Best Features

Bose sound. Smooth ride. 18 mpg on road trips (without trailer/boat)


Worst Features

Better sealing rear windows.


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2003 Z71 2DR
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By llogan
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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2dr Regular Cab LS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Have had this 2003 Z71 2-dr since new. It currently has 134,000 miles. No complaints about reliability with just basic maintenance. Original tires only lasted about 40,000 miles. Replacements have lasted about 80,000 so far. Only parts that have broken on me are two rear U-joints,water pump seal seeps, and the battery died after 7 years. Clunking noise from steering column is a little annoying, but apparently common for this model. Under-body rust is a problem even though I regularly wash the underside of the truck. 4x4 system has been rock solid in snow, ice, mud, you name it. Tows/hauls with no problems although trailer brakes highly recommended for heavy loads/high speeds.


Best Features

4x4 system, 5.3 LS style V-8, reliability, cost of ownership relatively low for a full size pickup.


Worst Features

Put on better tires, electronics become unreliable after several years (gauges, radio, CD player, turn signals), and under-body should have been coated/treated better from the factory. This, after all, is a pickup and just might be used more places than city streets(sand, rock, etc take a toll).


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