With its numerous powertrain and cab configurations and stout towing and hauling capacities, the Silverado 3500 is a hard truck to beat for those who need maximum functionality and capability from their work truck.
by rick194 on Feb 5, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
It is now time to trade in the Duramax/Chevy.
I have not pulled a trailor in the last 18 months so I am getting something smaller (Suburban).
I have over 230,000 miles on it, averaged 17 mpg, pulled trailers from TX to 36 states.
It brokedown twice.
The alternator went out at 200K+ and a wire rubbed in two shorting out the electrical system at 180k+.
The injectors were replaced under warranty and that was it, other than routine wear items, brakes, belts, hoses, ball joints.
Do not need a truck like this any more but have kept it for 18 months because it is such a good one.
by doug on Jul 19, 2007 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
I have had all three brands of trucks. This one hauls and rides the best. As far as reliability, I have been more than pleased. GM hit the right cue when putting this truck together. Duramax/Allison, best combination. I tow a 44 ft trailer @ 26000lbs and get 10-11.5 mpg. I will be hard pressed to go back to a different brand. Great work GM!
by nmn.strabel on Nov 7, 2005 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
After accepting delivery of my expensive 2002 3500 duramax equipped Chevy truck I was very disappointed to discover that my 1 ton dually truck came with the cheapest steel wheels that are made. After only a few thousand kilometers there were rust spots appearing on them. After going as far as I could with GM Canada and getting nowhere, I ended up sanding and repainting myself. Ford & Dodge do not have this problem. A $50,000 truck with 10 cent wheels. The rest of the truck is pretty good.
The Silverado 3500 now sports the same look as its light-duty siblings, including a new front fascia and revised side moldings and taillights. Top-of-the-line models also get power-folding heated mirrors with puddle lamps and turn signal indicators. On the inside, the 2003 Silverado offers numerous entertainment options, including a Bose stereo system (with rear-seat controls on crew cab models), XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based entertainment system (crew cab models only). The instrument panel and center console have been redesigned, and Chevrolet has added new seats, a more comprehensive driver information center and a dual-zone climate control system. On the hardware side, the standard 6.0-liter V8 gets electronic throttle control as well as the ability to run exclusively on compressed natural gas (CNG) or a mix of CNG and gasoline.