This was my first Chevy buy, and it is a blast. I will never go back to a Ford again. The Silverado is very reliable, and easy to drive. I bought it about a month ago and it has had absolutely no problems. It is a must buy if you need a new car.
I drive the truck as an oilfield lease operator. It is a piece of junk. The brakes started rattling at 15000 miles. It has had three sets of brakes with only 70000 miles. Both C.v joints have had to be replaced. The wind caught the doors and sprang both driver and passenger side. The airbag has been worked on twice. Runs decent and the ride is okay for a 3/4 ton, but something is always broke. Please rethink buying this truck if you have to work out of it.
Duramax Plus Package ($9,115 -- includes Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, Allison six-speed automatic transmission, power-adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, Driver Alert package: lane departure warning, forward collision allert, safey alert seat); Rear Seat Entertainment System ($1,495); Power Sunroof ($995); Chrome Trailering Mirrors ($230); Duramax Plus Package Discount (-$1,500)
Turbocharged, direct-injected V8, diesel
Pushrod, four valves per cylinder
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
397 @ 3,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
765 @ 1,600
Six-speed automatic with column shifter and column-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Despite the massive torque and power at play here, the HD Silverado isn't as fast as we had thought it might be. It'll probably run similar times towing a light load. Power delivery is as you'd expect -- early and abundant but finished by about 3,200 rpm. Turning off traction control and power braking does measurably reduce acceleration times. It also can result in detrimental wheelspin, however. This truck feels very out of place here. It's not made to do anything fast. By the fifth stop, braking distance increased and there was both smoke and stench in the air. All runs in two-wheel drive.
Yes, this is a big, heavy truck designed to tow big, heavy loads. It also requires more distance to stop from 60 mph than virtually anything else we've ever tested. What's more, the brake pedal, when in full-ABS application -- feels artificial. The pedal goes soft at maximum effort in a non-natural way. It doesn't feel like fade, but rather like the ABS system has taken full control from the driver and won't give it back until pedal pressure is reduced, which is probably the case.
As expected, the Silverado HD was rather awkward through the slalom cones. Though its body doesn't roll too much, it's a lot of work to wrestle the Silverado between the cones. Steering is slow and responses can be trying for the driver. Drive at 7/10ths and it goes more or less where it's pointed, with ESC doing an admirable job of keeping the truck behind the front wheels. ESC isn't terribly intrusive and would be a welcome companion on the road if it were needed. The skid pad can be handled at wide open with ESC on -- just steer and keep the throttle wide open. Turn ESC off and you'll actually need to sense the big truck's limits, which can be difficult. There's little steering feedback to help and because it's so stiff, the chassis hardly communicates. It is just a big, stiff truck made for towing, not handling.