i have had my 1997 GMC sierra 1500 (it a heavy half ton) for 10 years ever since my grampus ford got stolen. dam good truck loved it since the day we bought it its a 4wd has 203837 miles on it it blue has a regular cab its an sl it has a towing package.
I have pulled stumps with this vehicle as well as a utility trailer with household articles, motorcycle, and ATV. It never had any trouble. I did have the water pump changed a while back. The previous owner had placed small wheels on it for some reason. I put the size tires it should have had. Therefore, I think the mileage is a good bit less than the 60000 that the odometer reads.
My favorite feature is its ability to take a big load anywhere. I like its electric seat, great radio and third door.
I does get more than the 13 mpg that is suggested in the review. It can get that much pulling a light load.
I have a lead foot and every month or so I'm replacing the bald rear tires. I have driven a lot of veichles and this one has stood up to the abuse allmost as good as the 94 Chevy Cavalier I had. This truck is awesome. It's a 5 speed and I have no trouble with it. As much as I rag on it it still passes emissions with no trouble.
I bought this truck with 165,000kms on it. Very well maintained and in perfect shape. I have driven it a total of 10,000kms to date. It's the 4.3L V6 motor which gets anywhere from 15-21 mpg in the city, I have no idea why it fluctuates so much but the drop came with the cold weather. The truck is dependable but performance is weak (definitely suggest the v8 models). The A/C condenser has a leak now it does not work. The transmission sometimes makes hard shifts. The rear shocks are clunky now and will need to be replaced. Otherwise regular maintenance seems to keep this truck running well. Couldn't ask for more from a truck.
Body styling (old truck like). Power steering (effortless!). Simple to repair & cheap parts
Better seats. Better dashboard (very boring to look at)
Third GM with intake manifold leaks. 1
4.3, and 2, 5.7 vortecs. GM knows this
problem exists. ASK ANY DEALER. Sun
Crashes dashes. Two water pumps, one on
4.3with 47000 miles, one on 5.7 with 50M
Rattles in dash. Gas mileage on 5.7 is
excessive. New tune up may get 15...
Heater hoses are poor
Powerful in all engines. Grillwork is
beautiful. Appearance is not an issue.
Have 5 GM's but beginning to think about
TOYs and Nissan. Watch out when they
increase engine size (torque).
Put more than 8 bolts in the INTAKE
MANIFOLD!!!! Do something with those
quick disconnect heater hoses