Used 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Consumer Reviews
My Silverado is sporty and fun to drive. My truck had a bad rear diferential at 9000 miles however it was totally fixed good as new. I still like the truck very much after 3 years of ownership. I hunt and fish and the Silverado gets me to the country in style.
Three years later and its still going strong. No diminished qualities. The only repair outside of standard oil changes has been the steering column bearing and the A/C diverter actuator. No big deal either time. The warranty covered it all. Nice riding vehicle. All two-wheel- drive Chevys historically have the porpoising front ends on hilly/bumpy roads, this one is no different. But, I bought a truck not an El Dorado.
Bought the truck new in 2004. Had a Dodge Ram 1500, This was a huge step up. Best gas mileage: 21 MPG driving on factory tires thru Ohio / Indiana. Worst gas mileage: 16 MPG driving on larger P265 aftermarket truck tires thru Central PA. I don't like the rear doors, they don't shut right. At 12,000 miles I had to have all rotors turned, they were warped so bad I was afraid to step on the brakes. At 34,000 miles rear rotors rusted & wore the rear pads out?? Chevy blamed it on me...keeping it in a garage & driving it on weekends is too much for rear disc brakes? Excellent 4WD system, like the part-time 4WD feature, comes in very handy on wet roads. At 35K I still like the truck.
I bought this truck with 150,000 miles on from someone that I knew and I knew the mechanic that did 100% of it's maintenance and repairs. Both told me that the truck was a gem with very few repairs during it's 1st 8 years. In keeping with that repair history the truck has seen only 1 or 2 minor repairs plus a transfer case replacement (mostly my fault). My 1500HD has about 230,000 miles now that it is over 15 years old. If you ever had a chance to drive a vehicle with 4-Wheel steering you'd fall in love with it as I did. when in 4-whl drive I can turn 180 degrees in 10 lees feet that the exact truck w/o the option. It was only available in the 20102, 2004 and 2005 pickup trucks. It was discontinued due to it's high option price of $4,500. Granted it was lowered to $3,000 the second year and - I hear - it was lowered even more in it's final year - 2005. Chevrolet just didn't sell enough units to make it worth their while. You'll find almost entirely praise on various chat rooms dealing with pickup trucks and I found no one who ever needed a repair of their 4-wheel steering. I have never needed any work done to mine but the alignment shop had to buy a special book from GM with the specs on aligning a truck with this option. Very little extra work and he charged no extra 'cause he was fascinated by the unit.