1997 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7 from North America


A solid truck that any backyard mechanic can work on without too much trouble


Replaced brakes and Goodyear tires at time of purchase as cords were showing on the tires and the brakes were completely worn out.

Replaced Delco battery at 90000km with another Delco Battery.

General Comments:

I am very impressed with my 97 Z71 extended cab. I have had virtually no trouble with this truck.

The cabin storage cannot be beat as there is compartments everywhere.

This truck is so much easier to work on than it's Ford counterpart.

The truck is quick off the line and has gobs of horsepower. However, I pull a 24' cabin trailer and find at highway speeds it lacks high end torque. One has to serious RPM's to keep it from bogging down.

The only real issue I have is with the steering. When driving straight, the truck seems to have steering similar to a Camaro which is very tight. When turning corners, it turns real hard and then goes back to normal. Almost like going over a knot in the steering. Somehow it only does this for myself and never for a dealership or steering shop. All GM dealerships I've contacted have never heard of this and offer no real insight into the problem. I believe it to be a sticky solenoid or a sensor in the speed sensitive steering that the dealerships say the truck doesn't have?!

The truck rides like a lumber wagon, but what else can I expect from a Z71.

My fuel economy is 19 MPG on the highway @60 MPH with out using air conditioning and the cruise set on flat roads. I also get about 8 MPG in the city. It's a 5500 LBS truck so that's not too bad.

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

Review Date: 27th September, 2003

21st Oct 2003, 13:29

If you install a K & N air filter which allows for higher air flow, you'll probably notice a little extra something when you are towing, and need more horses. Also, if you are getting 19 mpg you're doing better than any of the rest of us. 16 is the best I have ever seen, and less than that in town with the air conditioning on. 5,500 pounds? That's weird, because I could have sworn that my z-71 weighed in at 6,600 pounds. Do you have a smaller gas tank or something, or is yours a short bed regular cab?

1997 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 Vortec 350 from North America


1/2 ton Big Rig


I haven't had the truck for a long time, so nothing serious has gone wrong. The guy I bought it from had no serious problems except for some mishaps with the belts. I bought the truck knowing it leaked anti-freeze. My uncle looked at it and thought it was coming from the intake manifold gasket, which I've heard isn't uncommon. My truck also has a rough 1st to 2nd gear shift, making a "clunk" sound. This bothers me because I've had transmission problems with my past two vehicles. The biggest problem I have with my truck is the steering. I've been told that the 97's have a speed adjusting steering, but while making very slight, higher speed (freeway) turns, the steering wheel will jerk to the side I'm steering to. Very annoying to deal with, especially in the wind.

General Comments:

I am very happy with the truck, I hope to get all these little problems taken care of because it's a very nice, comfortable ride. For a high mileage truck, she really pulls like no other. The truck has very strong heat, and air conditioning. The interior is very friendly, except to a smaller guy (5'5") I find it feels a little big sometimes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2003

5th Jan 2004, 09:07

Have the EVO sensor checked for your steering problem. I've had mine replaced twice since buying the truck new.

9th Jan 2014, 19:00

My 97 Z71 is a reliable old truck. 304,040 kilometres on it, never had a problem that wasn't fixable in your own garage.

It hasn't had an easy life, and it keeps going. It's been an oil lease truck, was a teenager's truck, was jumped (by accident), and still remains in the town it was bought in. It has 100,000 km more than my F150, and it will outperform it any day of the week.

From my point of view, the 90s Silverados / Sierras are the toughest and longest lasting half tons out there. It doesn't owe me anything. I love my truck, and I won't sell it because it's priceless to me. It's never left me stranded, and I will always remember it.

12th Jan 2014, 20:44

How will you "always remember it" if you are never going to sell it?