1997 Chevrolet Silverado k1500 5.7L from North America
I consider this vehicle not up to par with others I have owned in the past
Power steering pressure hose ruptured at 72000 miles.
Water pump failed at 74000 miles.
Abnormal steering control at approx 35 MPH causing left jerk of the steering. Noticed just after purchase.
Windshield wiper controller failure at 70000 miles.
Coolant leak into engine oil and external of engine due to failed intake gasket at 88000 miles.
Severe engine knock for about 2-3 minutes after staring in temperatures below 30F noticed at 85000 miles.
Most comfortable pickup I have owned, but I will not purchase another of this manufacture. There are service bulletins yet no recalls on most of these problems. Dealership will do the repairs, but the costs exceed that of many independent repair shops.
Repair costs have almost exceeded the purchase price of the vehicle. I have another truck with 300K miles that I have yet had a major repair other than a leaking fuel injector.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th June, 2006
7th Sep 2007, 16:11
There is a Silverado Z71 in the family that has 135000km on it, (roughly 85000 miles). It was babied until the last 20k, and has made a few offroad runs since then, but nothing to warranty the parts that keep breaking. The front end is being rebuilt as we speak, axleshafts are being replaced for the second time, bearings are being replaced as well. In the last several months the truck has had almost 6000 dollars in repairs, while my truck has had none.
I use my 1/2 ton to pull a trailer and occasional high speed offroad use. I bought it with water in the front diff, and we just swapped the fluids, no major issues with the differential, it's just in need of bearings. This is a Ford I have, what ever happened to GMC being far and wide higher in the quality department? The GMC is being replaced with a Dodge ASAP.
6th Jun 2009, 22:24
I own a 1997 Chevrolet z71, best truck on the road. This truck looks sharp and runs great.