2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Consumer Review: Z71 w/3.42 Axle Ratio

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab - Consumer Review

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT1 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


I have 5,100 miles on my Victory RED '06 now and not excited or disappointed. This is a nice average American truck that has had 7 or 8 years to work out the proplems since it's introduction in Fall of 1998. This truck still does not compete with the likes of the Nissan Titan, as of yet....I hope the 2007 Silverado redo will put the Silverado back on the top. I don't tow anything and choose the low gears (3.42) for fuel economy, and quite surprised with 17.1 average with 15 city/19 highway, just as the window sticker indicated. Plenty of power, but not as much as the Nissan Titan which in turn gives 14 mpg average. Brakes work great since GM dropped rear discs for old-school drums in 06

Best Features

OnStar, XM radio, new '06 grill treatment and HD-look hood different than "Avalanche-looking 2004-05 Silverado's", comfy cloth seats, fuel economy (19 mpg at 73 mph), Driver Information Center, easy to steer, signal-power-fold mirrors, daytime lights, my complements to my dealer.

Worst Features

Exterior and interior redesign overdue since intoduction in Fall 1998 as a 1999 model, storage usage in rear seat area, five-speed or six-speed automatic needed over the four speed only offered at this time, needs better crash test results, needs offering of side-curtain and side-seat airbags.
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