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Great Truck
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By pyusmc66
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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4dr Extended Cab 8 ft. LB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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Bought this truck 12/30/09 with many incentives, but you are never going to beat a dealer on a negotiation. Got a fair price. Disabled Vietnam Veteran who uses this truck primarily for towing a fishing boat and around the home hauling. Extremely comfortable on my back. I love the Active Fuel Management which is very good at maximizing mileage with cruise. Also love all the bells and whistles bluetooth, onstar, sound system, quiet interior, mp3 etc. Have been very happy with the drivetrain even though the 6 speed auto became available on this model in 2010. Would absolutely recommend this truck to anyone and love buying American and glad GM is doing better.


Best Features

Z71 4X4 very agile on snow and ice. That comes in handy in northern MN. AFM is great for mileage. Onstar, Sirius, Bluetooth and a great sound system. Comfortable, quiet cab make this truck seem more like an SUV than a truck.


Worst Features

I'm unable to come up with anything after 13,000 miles and 18 mos of ownership. Great truck.


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So So
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By CG
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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)


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My only real complaint with this truck is the power/acceleration. I have the 5.3L Crew Cab with 6-speed AT, and unless I just have a lemon, this truck is a dog when it comes to acceleration. I literally get passed by Honda civics and the like with ease. The transmission sometimes feels like it is going to break apart; there are loud clunking noises quite frequently. It seems like the truck drives differently each and every time that I turn it on. I love everything else about the truck, but I just can't get past the very poor performance of the engine/transmission. This is more than likely due to the limitations that GM puts on the engines/transmissions due to the long warranty period.


Best Features

Exterior look; quiet and smooth ride; good gas economy


Worst Features

Get rid of the limitations on the transmission/engine! This truck is weaker than my previous 2000 Chevy extended cab with the same engine.


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21,000 miles (Everything I expected)
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By Colorado
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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)


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Replaced a disaster 6.0 PSD (too many warranty invoices overloaded glove box) and went back to gasser GMC. Truck is fully fitted out and has never been in the shop for any warranty work. Averaging 19.7 mpg city/hwy and consistently get over 20 on the hwy at 75 mph (about what I expected for this heavy truck). Auto 4WD is great in the snow and wet weather, and tow/haul functions as designed. Can cruise all day at 75-80 mph on the interstate--comfortable with smooth ride. Good leg room in the back seat for adults. Reasonably quiet ride with lots of room--tight finish, no rattles or squeaks.


Best Features

Auto 4WD. Tracks very well in snow and on wet roads with all-season tires. Tow/haul function is great when towing. Like the auto volume control on the radio. Bose stereo with aux connection. Use Bluetooth phone system with great sound clarity--connections have no idea I am on the speaker phone.


Worst Features

A little more low-end torque when entering freeway. Can't figure out why brakes squeal occasionally--even when rotors are clean--but not a big issue. Should have spray-in bed liner and door sill guards on premium SLE's for the price charged (instead of paint).


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Was expecting perfection, so far from it
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By Truckguy101
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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4dr Extended Cab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)


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i will say that I enjoy driving the truck when it's not at the dealer with issues. has a real nice sound, but the 4 speed transmission makes an alarming jerky upshift at about 30 kph. horribly unreliable. definitely a money pit. the dealer really doesn't care and screws me over by saying they didn't find anything and charge me $70 labor every time. truck's left me stranded more times than necessary. had it in for dead battery every morning and the truck has been in for the cylinder deactivation system not kicking back to 8 cylinders when needed. auto rear locking differential wouldn't unlock. overall, should've done my research and paid a bit more for a Ford.


Best Features

looks nice, black interior, auto 4x4


Worst Features

quality control, get rid of the horrible thumpy drivetrain and make a better extended cab structure. put baffles in the gas tank and redo the seats so they maintain comfort after 5000 miles.


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Maybe DODGE next time???
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By kg
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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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I have the experience of driving botht he F-150 and the new GMC and I have to honestly say after owning both vehicle, that the F-150 seems more solid. The 6 speed transmission shift funny, it shifts when it seems like it should hold the gear longer and downshifts when it shouldn't. Sometimes for no reason at all, it will just shift hard. I pull a 6000 pound camper trailer with my GMC and pulled the same one with the F-150. The GMC transmition is just not up to the task. If a GMC can not do a truck's job, who can?? Perhaps Dodge, I hear they make a good truck these days. Hopefully GM will take a serious look at their trans in next years model, and consider a recall on current ones.


Best Features

Love GM different package features in their truck lines. They are better than ford. You can pretty much get and pay for features you want and leave the ones you do not want/need.


Worst Features

Dump, or figure out a cure for the lazy 6 speed tranny, and you might actually have a truck that will not make a guy feel bad after they have paid over 46000.00 for!! How about a recall when you have figured out a cure. Too bad, I really like my GM dealer too.


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