I purchased this Truck Oct 2009 with 3000 miles. It actually has a 5.3 V8 Flex fuel engine. I drive this truck all the time as a salesman. It now has 110,000 miles on it. I have done nothing except change the rear breaks. I added dual exhaust. It runs as good as it did when it was new. At 70-75mph I get 19 mpg. In town around 15mpg. The truck is very dependable. I have driven other Chevy trucks as sale vehicles and 300,000 miles is not hard to get out of these trucks. However the gas milage is killing me right now.
After only 5 years - too many things wrong with it
written on 12-05-2013
I've enjoyed the truck which I bought new in early 2009. At 1700 miles off warranty, I had to replace rear break cylinders that cost about $1,100 all in. Too much too soon. I've been burning oil like crazy. I took it in to have that repaired. It turns out there is a dealer bulletin on it. That means they did a big repair job for free because I got it in at under 100K miles. Apparently excessive oil usage was a big and noted problem. On the same visit I replaced to door lock motors $500, to rear window switches $250 and a solenoid that was causing an engine light $400. I just think that this is two long and expensive a list for a truck that is 5 years old with only 86K miles on it.
This is a very nice truck, and obviously built with pride and quality. I have not heard any noises, from fuel sloshing, brake squeal, driveline or any other noises. I am unable to achieve the fuel mileage stated on the window sticker, that is disappointing.
Like the truck overall, however, the passenger seat belt apparatus on the side of the door rattles every time one goes over a bump. The 4 speed transmission did not perform well when hauling a toy hauler trailer (shifted in and out of higher gears and reved up to around 4500 rpm). Got very poor gas mileage while towing trailer (6mpg) and once when stopped engine compartment smelled like burnt oil. ON-Star didn't indicate any problems with engine or transmission and later Chevy technicians could find nothing wrong. Worried about pulling trailer in actual mountains instead of the Black Hills of SD. Don't like the cloth seats, shows to much lint and is hard to clean.
I bought my Silverado in 10/09 new from the dealer with 36 miles. Currently I have 8,550 and have not had any problems AT ALL. Not even a rattle. I have blue granite Texas Edition extended cab with the 5.3 engine. My mpg has been 16-18 city driving. I have the LT and wish I would have got the LTZ. Sorry you other guys are having so many problems. Are you sure you're not driving an F150?
Touchscreen Navigation With CD, MP3, XM and XM traffic ($2,250); 20-Inch Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels ($1,045); 6.2-Liter V8 With Flex-Fuel Capability ($1,000); Power-Sliding Glass Sunroof ($995); Power-Sliding Rear Window ($250); Integrated Trailer Brake Controller ($200); Cargo Management System ($195); LTZ Plus Package ($190 -- including rain-sensing wipers and lockable easy-lift tailgate); Wheel Credit (-$300).
Part-time four-wheel drive
V8 with flex-fuel capability
6,162 (376 cu-in)
Cast aluminum block and heads
Pushrod-actuated, 2 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
403 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
417 @ 4,300
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.04; II = 2.36; III = 1.52; IV = 1.15; V = 0.85; VI = 0.66; Final Drive = 3.42
The Silverado comes ripping out of the hole and banging gears unlike any other full-size pickup. This 6.2-liter V8 and six-speed transmission raise this Chevy from the bottom of the group to the top. An impressive powertrain.
Stopping from 123 feet from 60 mph is impressive for such a truck, but I'm not sure it's repeatable. We saw consistent 130-foot stops with no fade, and that's not bad either.
Skid pad: Minimizing understeer is required to get a good number, because the Chevy liked to get into a radical bouncing routine if understeer got too heavy. ESC on and ESC off numbers are essentially the same. Slalom: Vague steering is typical in full-size trucks, but the Chevy is the worst of the four competitors we're comparing today. Vague, indirect, information-free; call it what you want, it isn't very good. Still, the huge tires (and relatively light weight) keep its slalom speed at the top of the pack. Turning ESC off makes a big difference in this highly dynamic maneuver.