Chevrolet manufactured and sold me an exceptionally reliable truck
The engine and transmission have been, and are outstanding.
There have been zero problems with the powertrain or brakes. I have only had to change brake pads twice and I do mostly city-small town driving. The engine still does not burn a drop of oil.
Needed to replace the fuel pump and gas tank at about 120,000 miles. The alternator failed at about 85,000 miles. The fuel gauge died at 135,000 miles. The body remains solid. The only failing is one 1/16th-inch pinhole below and behind the passenger front wheel. Replacement parts have been cheap and available.
This truck was and is still great. The vehicle is exceptionally reliable.
The engine is solid. Mileage with the 2.5 L4 exceeds 35mpg for flat elevation highway travel because of a stellar overdrive automatic transmission.
The truck accelerates slowly, but never fails to gain speed and never knocks under stress in hilly terrain.
Mileage suffers because it is a bit underpowered, but again the transmission maximizes the limited horsepower by up-shifting or down-shifting very smoothly.
Handling is very predictable. Stopping distances with tires one width size broader than manufacturer specifications compare favorably to a older model Ford Escort I also own.
The original equipment painted rally wheels have not rusted. The cheap hubcaps disappeared many years ago. But, that I can remember this as being one of the problems speaks volumes about the small number of problems this vehicle has given me.
Chevrolet should be proud that it manufactured this pickup truck. It serves and has served me well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th May, 2005