1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1/2 ton, short bed, Z71 5.3L from North America


A tough, reliable truck


Fuel pressure regulator went out at 89000 miles.

Various electrical components are starting to fail.

Black interior is starting to fade.

Uses large quantities of oil.

Sticky throttle.

General Comments:

This truck despite the problems has been a reliable vehicle for me. The first problem I had with it was rough idling and frequent stallings which began after the first few months of ownership. I took it to a mechanic and they said it was probably the fuel pressure regulator or the fuel pump. Well I decided to go the cheaper route and bought the regulator and installed it myself and that cured the problem.

One other problem I have is excessive oil consumption. I found it rather odd that 2000 miles after an oil change the check oil level light would come on. I checked the oil and there was barely any oil to be seen on the dipstick. I thought it strange because it doesn't leak, so I assume it's consuming it. I'm hoping it's not something serious, but for now I just add a quart every 1000 miles and that keeps the light off.

The adequate power of the 5.3 engine with the smooth shifting tranny make for a nice combination.

The stiff Z71 suspension package makes for a rough ride on and off the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2007

1999 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3L Gasoline from North America


Most reliable truck out there


Since buying this truck in 2004, I have not had to replace one part. Just keep changing the oil and treating it well and it will run forever.

General Comments:

The 5.3L has amazing power. It can white smoke an entire intersection and cruise like a buick. It beats the 5.8L F-150's no problem and gives a Hemi a run for it's money. The handling is alright, but hey, it's a truck. The gas mileage is pretty good if you don't lay your foot in it, but that is easier said than done with these things. I will definitely buy another Silverado, but I'm not sure if I want to get the older SS or the new 2007's. If you want a truck that was built like a rock pick a Silverado!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2006

19th Nov 2006, 13:44

I have a 2004 Silverado which has been really great as well. I have a brand new 3" cat back true dual exhaust system, new factory rims, tires, upgraded sound system. These are simple upgrades nothing that was really necessary to replace. Just a mild tasteful custom for fun. I removed the original badging with a heat gun on low and replaced with factory SS trim and on the 3rd light changed the dash overlay and added carbon graphite pedals. Its just a nice truck if it was a car I would buy a real SS only. It has also been great for fixing up my house a lot better than my previous small trucks. Its simpler to do basic maintenance and change the oil and filter is also a breeze.

1999 Chevrolet Silverado LX 4.3L from North America


Not reliable


ABS EBCM appears to be defective at 44k miles.

Had to have Power Window regulator motors replaced (both sides) at 40k miles.

Intermediate steering shaft have to be replaced at 40K miles.

Tailgate straps replaced at 44k miles.

Parking brake is poorly designed and wears out prematurely (even if it gets no use!).

General Comments:

What's upsetting about the above is that model year after model year GM trucks have these problems and no permanent fixes were made. Type in the year and model and see that it appears everyone is experiencing the same problems, but GM won't stand behind their product. They're awfully good at issuing TSB's for chargeable repairs for many of the above items!!!

I believe this will be my last GM Truck. Not that they all (car manufacturer's) don't have quality issues, but not on a reoccurring basis such as GM.

Then they wonder why they're losing market share to Toyota, Honda, etc... They just don't get it...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 2006