Previously I owned a 2002 Chevy
TrailBlazer SLT. I found
towing my 16ft. aluminum boat on a
steep grade to be rather poor with the
(15.8 MPG Hwy) 5.4 ltr V8. Chevy's 4.2
inline 6 cylinder would have dragged
this boat to the top while
I also found the Lariat package of my F-
150 to be rather lack luster. No heated
seats nor the simplisity of a pocket on
the back of the front seats. There's no
storage room! For the price of this
vehicle and the top-of-the-line Lariat
package, it should have been much more.
Other than the rugged body construction
and durability, there are no features
that I particuarly like.
Fire the designers and get some that
can actually design. Upgrade the
interior without increasing price.
Create some storage areas, copy GM or
I have the 5.4 V8, Tow, Moonroof, power
rear window, 6 disk in-dash, and
purchased for 28K. Now at 3500 miles
there are no rattles,squeaks or wind
noise. Alignment is perfect. The ride
is firm. Interior quality is excellent.
The seats have been raised 2-3 inches
from previous models. I am relatively
short (5'7") My feet just touch the
floor. The seats took some getting used
to. Low mounted door arm-rests not
practical due to tall seats. Engine
power is very adequate. I tow a 5,500lb
boat frequently. This truck accelerates
well with or without boat in tow. Truck
does not deserve "suggish" ratings.
Excellent quality and good performance
for the price.
My favorite features are the 5.4 V-8,
Sunroof, and power rear window. In the
Supercab and larger trucks, the old
style manual sliding rear windows were
hard/ dangerous to reach from the
drivers seat. Now they are practical
and safe to use.
Raise the door arm rest or
put back the older style door pull-
handle. The pillar mounted grab-
handle is intrusive. Make more like
the 2000 Expediton models. Transmission
whine very noticeable at lower highway
speeds. (45-60) mph. Ruins otherwise
Wife loves it and in fact it was her
choice of vehicle over a 4 door car.
I like the good road manners and the
good performance as well as handling.
Keeping in mind that it's a truck, but
it does handle well.
Remains to be seen how it's going to
work out for towing a 3600# trailer,
but hauling the - car - trailer empty
(1200#) it seems like it's not even
It has the 5.4 engine.
One improvement I would like to see,
assuming there is room would be a well
in the rear floorboards that would be
an on-board permanent toolbox.
All in all though, we're very pleased
with the truck.
She's finding it difficult to share....
Wifes favorite thing: the electrically
adjustable foot pedals.
At 5'2" she never has liked to sit
close to the steering wheel and with
the adj pedals she has the best of all
With so much adjustability built into
the vehicle, it seems like a worthwhile
addition would be a memory chip for the
foot pedals and seat so they would run
back to the settings for each driver.
Two would be enough.
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