2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Consumer Review: Good Truck, but...

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Consumer Review

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Z71 Extended Cab Pickup (4.8L V8 4x4 4-speed Automatic 6.6 ft. Bed)

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Good Truck, but...
By Matt on


2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4dr Extended Cab Z71 4WD SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)


I purchased new in late 03. Has been a very good truck for me. About 1000 miles a year I would tow loads that are 75% of max according to the tech manual. No issues on engine or trans for 50k miles. In fact, it towed like a dream. At 53k miles I lost my transmission. No excessive driving or cliff jumping. It broke without warning coming out of a church parking lot and costs me $3k to replace the entire transmission. IMHO there’s no excuse for a transmission to break at 53k miles. Truck is out of warranty so the cost is on me. Chevy dealership says, “so sorry. What a rare oddity to lose a trans at 53k miles”. I’ll remember that at trade-in time.

Best Features

smooth drive and towing

Worst Features

durability of major components. Lost transmission at 53k miles. No excuse.
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