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2003 Chevy Silverado Timebomb
By Former Chevyman on
Vehicle2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)
ReviewCamshaft and lifter failure at 71K! Pitted cam lobe evident once exposed along with a worn valve lifter. Was diligently maintained including oil changes, routine servicing, etc. Independent repair shop says defective parts were installed at manufacture. Took 70K miles to manifest itself hence the time bomb. GM says off warranty so no help or assistance possible with $4500 repair costs. Also a front shimmy since it was new has been troublesome and apparently is not fixable per Chevy, Les Schwab Tires, and independent repair shop. CD player failed at 45K miles, never bothered to repair. Third new Chevy truck I have owned and it's definitely the last.
Best FeaturesCar-like ride and handling on the highway, but handled off-road nicely as well at least on logging roads. Very comfortable seats and leg room. Good console storage design.
Worst FeaturesGet a solution to the front end shimmy. Better major engine failure warranty or non-warranty solutions from GM. Customer service out of warranty is abysmal.
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