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
24th Sep 2005, 00:57
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.
2nd Feb 2011, 13:20
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.
10th Apr 2011, 11:01
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.