I have put over 300000 miles and never touched the inside of the motor. 5.3 i think. It gets 18 mpg. I have a 345 rear end, auto. Used both in construction work and pleasure. Has been an excellent pickup, and still looks good. Did replace transmission @ 235000.
I have had many cars and trucks foreign and domestic. By far this is the best and most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. We live on acreage and the 4x4 is like a billy goat. The only thing mechanical that has needed to be replaced are the power window motors and the gas pick-up in the gas tank. I have not even needed a brake job probably because I do little towing and it is driven more like a passenger car. I take very good care of my truck,oil and transmission fluid changes, wash and wax and I am careful when I use the 4x4. Gas mileage around town is 15-16 and on the interstate 18-19. It is more comfortable on trips than our cars. Feel very safe in all kinds of weather. Love it.
Looks great, rides like a car, reliable, goes over hills, snow and mud like a billy goat. Plenty of power and decent gas mileage. Use the back seat to carry passenger's when we pick them up from the airport. Always feel safe. When the road gets slippery just push the 4x4 button its great.
The only improvement which is in later models would be the 4th door. But then having been in the four doors they don't seem as solid as my truck. GMC really got it altogether with this truck.
The features on my GMC SLE extended cab
(3 door) are fantastic! This is the
BEST "General" I've ever owned; and
I've had a few. This truck has modern
V8 power; modern comfort (lots of
options); modern sound system w / CD;
modern ride (suspension and disc brakes
@ all four corners) If you can find one
(99' +)with "mimimal" milage........get
it! For a 1/2 ton pick-up truck it's
got more "creature" options than a 99'
Cadillac........I continue to forget
that I have to manually turn on/off the
head lights in my other vehical! WOW!
4.8 (293 c.i.) V8; All of the "cabin
creature" options; Disc brakes @ all
corners; Smooth ride; GM dependability.
I'VE OWNED THIS TRUCK FOR 3 YEARS WITH
GREAT ENJOYMENT. I TOW A BASS BOAT
MANY A MILE THE POWER SHOWS PULLING UP
HILL. THE INSIDE COMFORT MAKES FOR
RELAXING EXPERIENCE EVEN ON A 16 HOUR
NON-STOP RIDE TO CANADA. I PLAN ON
REPLACING THIS TRUCK WITH ONE JUST
LIKE IT WHEN THAT DAY COMES.
THE INSIDE COMFORT WITH THE POWER
BUCKET SEATS IS AWESOME!!
THE ONLT IMPROVEMT I WOULD MAKE;
INCREASE THE BODY HEIGHT TO ACCOMODATE
A LARGER WHEEL/TIRE SETUP.
I bought this truck for the price I got
on it. I have not been dissapointed.
It only has the 305 automatic so when I
put my travel trailer (750 pound
tounge, 10000 actual)it is a bit
sluggish and it kills the gas milage.
I have added a freer flowing exhaust
and air filter and routinly get 17 mpg
city and 25 on the road. I baby it
though. The looks are spot on for me
and my son plans on buying the truck
from me in a few years. If you get a
good deal on one of these trucks GET
IT!! you wont regret it
gas milage, interior design, decent
factory stereo, ride is great,
more powerful base V8, stiffer tires if