1997 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7 from North America
Best truck on, or off, the road!
I experienced the same hard shifting between 1st and 2nd gears as many of the other reviewers mentioned. Not just hard shifting, but slamming between gears. This happened on day 3 of owning the truck. Dealer told me it was a sensor in the transmission, and all it took was $1100 to fix it, but I haven't had a problem since.
Inside door handle on drivers side quit working as soon as I got the truck in my driveway for the first time.
Had to replace the water pump after 1 week of ownership.
2 alternators so far.
Thought I got a bargain when I purchased the truck, but after sinking in close to $2000 in the first month, I was obviously not very thrilled. Ever since then this truck has been awesome!
I did have the same steering issue as many of the other posters shortly after I got the truck, very tight, but then just cuts loose. I have not changed anything related to the steering, and have not experienced this in at least 5 years. Just fixed itself I guess.
The truck is very comfortable to drive or ride in if you are in the front seat, but the legroom in the back is virtually non-existent. Especially behind the driver's seat (I am 6'2").
I now drive over 70 miles one way to work, and I get about 17 MPG at 70 MPH. Not bad for a 5.7 liter 4x4.
I am closing in on 200,000 miles, and the only thing this truck needs is a new set of tires and an outside door handle on the driver's side.
15 years old, and both the interior and exterior are in excellent condition. Paint still looks awesome; a few minor cracks in the leather, and everything power still works.
After all the problems I had with this truck in the beginning, I thought this truck was going to be higher maintenance than my wife (which I didn't think was possible) but I have been proven wrong. Definitely built "Like a Rock".
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th January, 2012