1997 Chevrolet Silverado Reviews

1997 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup


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.

General Comments:

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

1997 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 5.7 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles


I love this truck, but after 2 garages, 7 visits, still have an unknown steering issue


Since Mid December, I have been to 2 garages, 7 visits to garage, $2,000 in work, and still have a steering issue.

When this started, I had two problems... the steering was extremely loose and it would spontaneously jerk in direction of turning (similar to a binding effect, then it will break loose suddenly jerking in that direction). I had the steering box replaced, this helped with the loose steering, but the sudden "jerking" in steering continued. This will occur at random, I can go days to a week without it happening, or it can happen on every turn/bend in a single day. The faster I am going or harder turn I am taking, the more noticeable and scary it is.

Parts that have been replaced in attempt to fix this issue are:

Steering box

Pit-man arm

Steering pump and lines

Linkages were checked and lubricated (not replaced)


Things ruled out as they are not on this model:

Steering box sensors

Steering pump cooling system.

One garage mentioned that the steering shaft had a "little bit of play", but not enough to be of concern.

I am at a complete lost with not being comfortable driving this truck, running out of money to spend on it, and have a large headache.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2009

21st Feb 2009, 16:36

I have a 1997 Silverado as well and I had the same problem. I replaced the steering wheel position sensor that is located in the steering column under the dash inside the cab. It only takes 5 minutes to change and I haven't had a problem since and that was 2 years ago.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 35 reviews