Only options were automatic trans., HD suspension (Z85) and larger tires. 4.3 liter V6 and 3.42 axle were adequate almost all the time. Occasionally towed a 2,000 ATV trailer and it did well, but I would say the 3.73 axle would have been better with the six. Got as much as 21 mpg on hwy. Very bright headlights, comfortable ride. Dash looks cheap and flimsy, with painted plastic surfaces everywhere. Problems I had in 2 years were ABS module failure, AC compressor failure, and steering intermediate shaft clunk (common problem!), all repaired under warranty.
V6 is surprisingly powerful on the low RPM end. Runs out of breath a bit if you need high speed passing, but normally not a bad choice if you do no heavy towing.
Front end is ugly, period. What were they thinking.... The brakes on this year are terrible! You would think that rear disks would be good, but NO. Almost dangerously underpowered brakes!
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab LS Rwd SB (4.3L 6cyl 5M)
I HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT TROUBLE WITH
THIS TRUCK SINCE I PURCHASED IT FROM
LINDSAY CHEVY,DUMFRIES VA. IT WAS IN
THE SHOP FOR 25 OF THE FIRST 30 DAYS
THAT I OWNED IT. TRANSMISSION
PROBLEMS, THEY COULD NOT FIND OUT WHAT
WAS WRONG, SO THEY PUT IN A NEW
TRANNY. BEEN BACK SEVERAL TIMES WITH
IT. SAME PROBLEMS AGAIN. SO THEY HAVE
IT NOW MAYBE A NEW TRANNY AGAIN. SO
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab LS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 5M)
4.8 V-8 very smooth and strong. Red
color very deep and luxurious. Hauling
capacity excellent. Short bed ride a
little choppy when bed empty. Handles
superb in snow and ice with 4 WD
engaged. Great vehicle!