1997 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado 5.7 from North America


Reliability number one!


Upper radiator hose at 63,000 miles.

Water pump at 67,000 miles.

Drive belt at 67,000 miles.

Belt tensioner at 83,454 miles.

Radiator at 134,556 miles.

Valve cover gasket and rear seal at 168,875 miles.

Crank sensor at 169,245 miles.

A/C compressor and lines at 171,546 miles.

Cam sensor at 178.985 miles.

Front seal and pan gasket at 198,745 miles.

Alternator at 238,784 miles.

Fuel pump at 275,675 miles.

Water pump at 285,745 miles.

Coolant temperature sensor at 297,358 miles.

Cam sensor 314,789 miles.

Crank sensor 352,456 miles.

General Comments:

Great trucks, never had any major problems with the engine or transmission, always was normal wear and tear items.

The truck get good gas mileage and is powerful! Would have been great if GM decided to back the ext cab four doors back in 97.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2009

10th Dec 2010, 23:58

My neighbor has one of these, it's an unstoppable tank. It looks really bad, all dented and rusted, but works like a charm. We have towed our ATVS up huge hills, offroad, and it's only a 2wd! The truck has over 400k on the original motor, and will not quit. I would like to buy one myself someday.

1997 Chevrolet C1500 z71 5.8L from North America


My 1997 Chevy Z71 is fantastic!


So far, nothing has gone wrong, but the transmission was replaced with a new Chevy factory tranmission at 180,000 miles by the previous owner. He said he towed a 5 horse goose neck trailer with it and used the overdrive. That is what killed the original transmission. Other than the transmission, nothing other than typical maintenance was done.

General Comments:

I am amazed that a vehicle, especially one that was used for towing a 5 horse trailer is as perfect as this one is after 200,000 miles of use. I bought it from a neighbor so I know its history.

It runs perfectly, uses no oil, has a very quiet engine with no lifter noise. There is not even a puff of smoke when it is started after setting for a week.

The interior has no wind noise and very few rattles, even on bumpy roads. Everything still works on it. The body has no rust, but the clear coat is peeling on the roof of the cab where no one can see it.

This 10 year old truck is great. I expect many more years of service from it and plan to pull it behind my motor home.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2007

27th Jul 2007, 18:49

It's a 5.7 litre...

1997 Chevrolet C1500 silverado 5.7L gas from North America


Not a good opinion of the truck


This truck has hard bumping noise when in a slow hard turn either left or right turn. What could be wrong?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th January, 2007

21st Jan 2007, 10:02

Thanks for that amazing review.

And that bumping noise is probably worn CV joints in front or something is wrong with the 4WD or front suspension.

1997 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado 5.7L from North America


It's a money pit


Add me to the list as well. My 97 5.7L 1500 had gone to pot. In the last year I have replaced: idle arm, pitman arm, water pump, O2 sensor, master cylinder, rotors, in tank fuel pump and now like everyone else, I have a blown head gasket. What else can go wrong.

General Comments:

I will not buy another chevy truck. Prior to this I had a Ford f-150 and I never put a cent into it. I think I will get rid of this one and buy another Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th October, 2006

14th Oct 2006, 03:13

Its got 140,000 miles and it's a truck... they all face repairs.

16th Oct 2006, 22:50

I also own a 1997 C1500 Extended cab Chevy pick-up with 125,000 miles. I ordered the truck exactly how I wanted it and took delivery on Dec. 31, 1996. It has been almost 10 years and I have replaced the alternator, water pump and fuel pump. Naturally, brake pads and wiper blades have been replaced as well. Rear brake shoes are original. I change the oil and filter every 3,000 miles and have done all the repair work myself.

Pete, Simi Valley, California

12th Aug 2007, 09:39

I have a 97 Silverado with a 5.7 liter 350 with 201,500 miles on it and I've had to do some maintenance on it, but it's a 2wd and I treat it like a 4wd. It's a good truck!