2002 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 4 x 4 8 cylinder
Overall OK, but...!!
I have owned this vehicle for 31 months. As a retired, but very active person, this vehicle is primarily used as a light duty truck i.e. light construction and farming.
I have been relatively pleased with its performance... until the last few months.
In March 2004, the pinion gear was replaced under warranty at approximately 43,000 km.
In early April, 2004, I became stuck in snow. After engaging the 4 x 4, a friend noticed that the front tires weren't rotating. Returning to the dealer, I was informed that the transfer case was "toast". A cause could not be found. Metal and oil were both sent to a GM lab for analysis, but to no avail. This would not be covered by warranty, to my surprise! After a detailed discussion with the Regional Service Manager, it was decided that this would be covered by warranty. Consequently, I must now have this checked by the dealer with each oil change, at no charge I might add.
Within a week of this, the universal joint was replaced by warranty.
Would I buy another Chev/GM half-ton truck? Am I optimistic or scared about the next few months/years while possibly owning this truck? I'll have to think long and hard before arriving at a decision.
This vehicle handles well, both in-town and on long distance drives. The front bucket seats are great, but passengers are not comfortable in the rear seats. A good all-season vehicle for the variable weather in Ontario.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th July, 2004
You should be optimistic. I have been looking at reviews of many diffirent full size pickups and there is always someone with major problems. Seems that Chevy does not have that many.
I have 2002 Chevy Silverado Z71 and it has 297000 miles on it. I have owned it for 3 years and the only thing I have replaced on it is the water pump and fuel pump. The 4wheel drives work great.
So, all in all, I would rate these truck on a scale of 0-100 as 99.
The fuel tank sensor system is a expensive replacement, as are the brake lines alone, & I had the misfortune of losing the front left tire/wheel assembly while driving... and adding to that is the fact that the brake lines rot real fast & the master cylinder is a piece of junk (go custom after market with an adapter plate, that'll fix the M. Cyl problem) & needs to be better made.
BODY: better stronger bumpers are recommended, lower door rocker panels rot fast, paint them with THICK coats of rhino
paint-on/roll-on bed liner... the entire underbody should be made a lot more rust resistant to New England weather -or- any kind of topsy turvy weather, wet dry/hot cold/dry /moist
weather (a Corvette body fares better) a fiber-glass nose/hood, body panels would be better for fuel economy too!
OVERALL A GOOD TRUCK FOR HAULING WOOD OR A CAMPER/BOAT or even a bike (a Harley or any vintage 350/1100 series of sportster-cruiser copy Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, etc). Though I'd gladly take another early 90s Chevy Blazer Sport or a good early 01-05 Blazer ZR2 Sport 2 door with a digital dash & 6 cyl with a lot of better than stock parts replaced/made in America!)...
OVERALL: if you like pickup trucks, this design is a canvas waiting to be painted, customed, touched up by you - go for it.