After going through 3 cars that did not last as long as they should have, I got this truck last year. It had 200000kms on it, the motor sounded like new. The previous owner did not replace the faulty gas gauge which meant changing the fuel pump. I ran out of gas twice before I learned and had the fuel pump replaced (the faulty sending unit is part of the pump). Also the passenger seat would not recline, a mistake at the factory so I bought a parts truck ( 2000 Blazer ) and took the seat from it. I got the truck for $6000, safieted and etested, but so far I have had to replace the rear brake lines, and 3 calipers, gas tank, fuel pump, and rad, signal light switch.
We beefed up the springs and can carry a decent camper on it, it handles well, rides well, great on gas, easy to work on.
I got lousy gas mileage until I changed the cat converter and both 02 sensors. We now get 18 to 20 mpg with the trailer on, and its a heavy one. This truck with pass anything, no problem keeping up or leading the way.
4x4 is awesome in winter.
Once we get lots of miles on this one, we will be looking for a low mileage 2002-2004 model with 4 doors instead of 3.
My dad is breaking springs in his 2006 full size Sierra and he doesn't even carry a trailer.
Is there less quality in new trucks?
Got this truck with 90,000 miles on it. I have the 4.3 Vortec V6. Has 165,xxx now and still running great. Only replaced fuel pump and idler arms. I love the ZR2 (high rider) off road package and 4x4--never get stuck. It handles great and looks sharp. Great for outdoor activities (hunting, camping, fishing) and general all-around use. Love this truck. Reliable. Solidly built. Decent gas mileage. Fun to drive.
Great suspension on ZR2. Great sound with extended cab. Reliable. Love how the high rider looks.
Wish the interior had stronger materials. Plastic seat levers break. Door hinges are poorly built--weak pins. Has large turn radius for smaller truck. Fuel pump is inside tank--hard to replace.
Bought mine with 88,000 miles on it and a/c and dash lights broken. Needs alignment and one ball joint has some wear. Used to own a 2000 S-10 so I knew what to expect. Previous owner replaced alternator and water pump. I've put a rebuilt a/c in it. For an 8 year old truck, it has only been in shop twice. Got 25.5 mpg on 1200 mile trip. Seats OK, brakes very good. Carried 1200 lb load with no problem.
V6 with great power yet almost 25 mpg driving to work and back. A/C very cold after repair. Extended cab useful.
No longer made. Better seat recline handles. Better A/C mount pad design.