1st, I have the 8.1L engine. Pulls great but mileage is disgusting. $80 in the tank and the range says 212 miles. Only have 70K on it (who can afford to drive it).
Purchased as dealer demo w/ 7K on it, got home & oil was not even on the stick.
Found out that you must add a quart of oil every two fill ups.
Dealer told me "that's normal". Gages went out & was part of recall & class action suit but that expired & now its $550 for a rebuilt unit...thanks GM.
Garage stored but undercarriage is all rusted!
Brakes are awful. Lots of confidence w/ 10,000 lbs behind me on a wet road. This thing rides like a dump truck. This is my last GM EVER.
My next truck will be a Toyota
Paid all cash and had hopes for many years of good use. At about 90K we had fuel injector problems which were repaired under warranty. 50K later at 140,000 we began to see smoke from the tail pipe. Took the car into Chevy service and was told that two or three injectors were beginning to fail, but that they still tested to be acceptable by GM standards. The car billowed smoke, a few weeks later we found fuel in our motor oil. Still no budge from GM to repair the injectors which were covered under a extended warranty but still tested within their standards. GM didn't care if we blew our motor as it wasn't covered. We're done with GM.
Chevy silverado's are one of five most repaired vehicles. "Consumer reporting". I have spent over 8000 on my 03 for repairs not including regular maintainance. Never again! GM you should not be in business!
I had a 90 Chevy work truck then
switched to the Ford F250 Super Duty.
Now I'm back to Chevy with the 2500HD
4X4 Diesel. I found what I was looking
for; all the things that the Ford
didn't have. Much more comfortable
ride. The LB tracks wonderfully on the
interstate at 80-85 mph. Better fuel
economy.The diesel has lots of power
and acceptable acceleration. Easy to
get in and out of and also low enough
to work out of. The plastic in the
grill seems soft and easily scratches
with bug impacts. The tires and wheels
are purposely small to max out the
torque, but they look too small for
the truck. When washed and clean it
gets positive stares.
Get the diesel/Allison combo! I have experienced 23-27 mpg cruising at 70 mph, 16-17 city. Even factoring in the higher price of diesel, the cost per mile has been less, and with unlimited power and towing ability. Only annoyances have been rattling steering column and body squeaks and rattles. Otherwise truck has been very reliable. Comfortable and with very good brakes and handling.