I bought this 07 Silverado during the summer of 2007. Truck looked great with the z71, chrome, and desert brown metallic paint. Truck has proven reliable. No issues with the power train. The seats are comfy, and we use it for long trips and moving with my job. But, its not without issues. Had a water leak. Turned out to be the 3rd brake light. Stained the headliner and had to fight GM to fix. Has had a blown rear shock, annoying underhood vibration, and check engine light due to a crankshaft sensor connector loose (GM fixed all issues). Now the dash has cracked at 87,500 miles. GM knows its an issue (check youtube), but will not fix. Almost every dash cracks around the passenger airbag.
Interior fit and finish is poor. The plastic rattles and makes cracking noises. Wind noises in town and on the highway. The seats make cardboard noise when sat in. The doors rattle and the radio sounds cheap 4.8 auto-track is a great power train. Gas mileage is average. Factory tires could be updated.
This Silverado has been an outstanding pickup. Now with over 100k miles, I have had no issues whatsoever. It's also worth noting that this truck has not had an easy life. I'm constantly hauling, towing, and driving in the oil fields with it (Almost all trucks in the oil field are GM or Ford for a reason. The others simply aren't build nearly as well). In my spare time it is frequently being driven off road for hunting or fishing trips. No doubt, my next truck will be made by GM. Finally, it's always great knowing that my pickup was built in Indiana with 90% domestic part content.
This is my favorite vehicle to date of ownership out of the past 59 vehicles. The ride is unbeatable for a truck. Tempted by Toyota but their rtuck had cheesy interior and an ugly front end. The new Silverado design is perfect and to drive one will make you an owner. I added Flowmaster exhaust and it opened the 6.0 MAX engine up and let it breath. Wow, the 4X4 system really hooks up when climbing steep rock formations and getting through the mud. Yes, I am not a concrete cowboy, I take my $46,000 truck off road.
Fastest run was attained by using a standard street start with no brake torque. Slight wheelspin off the line, but an otherwise uneventful launch. Power is average down low, but there is a noticeable surge in power above 4,000 rpm. Shifts were very smooth at 5,300 rpm. No redline on the tach so we didn't try manual shifting.
Stops were long for the class at around 150 feet. We suspect these pads haven't adequately broken in yet. Pedal feel is about average for a truck with a quick initial bite. The ABS system is very refined with little kickback.
Throwing a full-size truck through the slalom is never easy. The Silverado's new suspension kept it very stable, however, so once I got used to its size the truck was easy to control. As it approached the limits, the tires gave out very progressively allowing me to push it hard throughout the entire run.