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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab SLT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
This truck has been in the shop more times than my 3 other trucks total.The transmission has been out of the truck 6 different times for different problems. The front wheel bearings have been replaced. The brakes & rotors have been replaced twice. Torque converter has been replaced & still vibrates through the gas pedal at 56 mph. All in less than 46000 miles. I do not pull anything. Even GM just blew me off. I should have pushed the lemon law.
Very comfy seat & 20-plus for hwy mpg. Sharp looking external package.
Have GM take care of these trucks that were produced before 2007.2006 1500's are nothing but a headache.
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab SLE1 4dr Extended Cab 6.5 ft. SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)
Very Handsome truck. Price was very reasonable ($6,000 less than comparable Titan)Combination of performance and fuel economy very good for 4X4 large truck category (17 mpg avg.). Only two complaints too tall gearing 3.42 gears in all 4X4 trucks I looked at;thus towing is kinda difficult. Truck feels like it is in second gear when starting off. Corrected that problem with 4.10 gears. Now truck pulls hard and feels more powerful than the titan I drove, and also my dad's hemi ram. I also have a programmer intake and exhaust. The truck with 8" lift and bigger tires still runs around 7.2 seconds to sixty. Stock it could muster only 8.8 seconds to sixty. other problem no grab handle for driver.
Tough looking exterior, smooth transmission, motor has more power than reviews whould lead you to believe. The next time you check out a new truck comparo check the tranny and rear end gearing for all the trucks and you will discover that the titan, hemi ram and toyota all have much lower gearing.
make 4.10 gears an option for non vortec max models.(I have still not ssen one yet) Please do us all a favor and put grab handles in all 4X4s driver doors.
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab SLE2 4dr Extended Cab 6.5 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
It may be too soon to truly evaluate. As of now only 800 miles on it. The alternator whines. The dealer says this is normal with new pulsating alternators, there is a slight seat of your pant vibration at all speeds. Brakes pulse as if disc or drum is out of round. The overall ride is smooth and comfortable. Gas mileage is not bad for 5.3, average 16.4 city. It tows my boat as if it were not behind me. So far, so good! Just some kinks to be worked out.
Impressed with the smooth ride and towing capabilities. Not bad fuel economy either.
Rearview mirror is distracting with the air bag indicator always in your face. Alternator whines with a slight vibration while driving. If it's as good as GM says it is, then enhance your mediocre warranty.
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab SLE1 4dr Extended Cab 8 ft. LB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Lots of research online, couple of test drives and a superb track record with my last GM product led me to this truck. Solid truck with great power and resonable fuel economy that has a cabin as comfortable and quiet as any large sedan. Guages and controls are thoughtfully laid out. Driving visibility is excellent. Responsive handling and braking. Look forward to keeping this truck for at least the next 10 years. I'd recommend the Sierra to anyone who wants a great looking and reliable truck for a good price.
Driving visibility, power, tow package, control and gauge layout, chrome accents and comfortable seating.
Better use of area in front of seats for storage (like Chevy counterpart).
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab SLE2 4dr Extended Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
I drive this vehicle for business, and typically turn a vehicle over every two years after putting on about 100,000 miles of gravel, off road and hwy driving. Past truck was 05 F150. I picked the GMC for its gas mileage which is quite good for a full sized truck, definitely better than my experiance with Ford and Dodge. Unfortunately this is the only area where the GMC exceeds the other American brands. I found the GMC has a lot more interior noise at hwy speeds than the new model F150. The GMC trailer towing capacity is clearly less than the F150, can't really put the GMC in cruise as it will rev so high. On uneven roads the GMC has so much body flex, it creaks like a covered wagon.
Gas mileage is consitently in the high teens, ( drive a lot of gravel and off road and hwy speeds typically 70- 80, no city). Exterior well finished. Interior upholestry easy to keep clean.
I appreciate any product is going to be a compromise, unfortunately the GMC compromises are obvious. In order to improve gas mileage GMC has produced an under-powered, light, noisy truck with limited comfort.