2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Consumer Review: Fixed What I Didn't Like

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab - Consumer Review

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Fixed What I Didn't Like
By ktn on


2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD 8 ft. LB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Bought an '08 Silverado 4x4 with the 4.8 V8 in January '09 when Chevy couldn't give a truck away. Got a great price. Overall love the truck, except the front clearance for a 4x4. Cracked the license plate frame the first week crossing a frozen creek. Ended up adding a 4 inch Rancho lift and it handles even better with a better ride and turning radius. The approach and departure angles along with articulation is infinitely better. Highly recommended if you are actually going to take it off road. I got 21-22 MPG on the highway before the lift and adding 33 inch mud tires. Now about 18, still great for what it is. Stock tires were useless offroad. Other complaint: stock skid plates are plastic.

Best Features

Interior well laid out. MPG+power combo, reliable, comfortable, does what I ask it to do. Drives really really well, now have 23,000 miles on it and it has been bulletproof reliable. Well put together, tows very well. Good daily driver/hauler and now a very good offroad vehicle. Love XM and heater.

Worst Features

Plastic skid plates?? Terrible stock approach angles for a 4x4, terrible. Stock Goodyear tires were worthless offroad. Cannot tell if the locker (G80) is ever actually doing anything.
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