2000 Chevrolet Silverado LS Z71 5.3 from North America


I will buy another just like it


The switch controlling the transfer case went out around 80,000 miles. I was a reasonably cheap repair if I hadn't messed with it. I ended up burning up the encoder motor for the transfer case and had to pay $600 for a new one. I have discovered that they are everywhere on the Internet for $150, and you can easily put it on yourself.

It does sit low, and I have been stuck several times due to limited ground clearance. The jack will not fit under the front end if you have a flat front tire. You should buy a cheap floor jack to keep in the truck.

It is a royal pain to clean the mud out from underneath.

The latch on the center console has a mind of its own.

$400-$500 a month on gas (honest)

3rd door would be much much nicer if it were on the drivers side.

General Comments:

This is a great truck:

Great performance at 130,000 miles.

130,000 miles and dry as a bone around every seal.

130,000 miles and still has a high resale value.

Auburn University chicks dig Z71's.

130,000 miles and burns no oil.

Less than normal squeaks and rattles.

Been through many many many mud holes and the only thing broken was my ego.

130,000 miles and still spins mud grips in 4 hi with no problem.

Interior, paint and wheels still look like brand new.

I let my mud grips get dipped out on the front and had them rotated to the back. At 130,000 miles, the truck still had plenty of power to spin them smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2003

31st May 2004, 02:57

I also have a 2000 Z71 Silverado. But it squeaks and clunks a lot more than it should at 57,000 miles and also I have had a few problems with the lowering mechanism for the spare tire. But other than that I have had no problems what so ever with the truck and I am very happy with it. But I do agree with you that the jack for the truck sucks and the gas mileage is horrible.

3rd Apr 2005, 04:00

So...how many miles did you say you had on that Z71? (kidding) I've only got 70K on mine. The only thing that bugs me is the fact that the yoke clanks when taking off from a start. I guess there is a $200 nickel-plated replacement for it if the noise bugs you, but I feel like Chevy should foot the bill for that, since 90% of the 2000-2003 Z71s share the same problem. Actually, more like 100% in my book (4 out of 4 trucks). Oh well, I'm happy with everything else.

1st Jun 2005, 20:58

I have a 99 Silverado and I had to put a rear end in it at 75000. The carrier broke in half. I am now having problems with my four wheel drive. Found the encoder motor case cracked and the plastic housing around the motor filled up with water. Does any one know were I can get a transfer case shift motor (encoder motor).

2000 Chevrolet Silverado LS 1500 5.7L Vortec V8 from North America


The high water mark for American trucks. Love it!


All four hubs needed to be replaced. Covered by warranty. Attributed to previous owner hauling 5th wheel without trailer brakes.

Rear differential seal leaked at 39,000k miles. Covered by warranty.

Daytime running light burnt out at 36k miles. Covered by warranty.

General Comments:

What? You haven't bought one yet? I love this truck and you will too. Powerful beyond my expectations and hauls my 19' ski boat up and down hills at whatever speed I am comfortable without any dramatic shifting, engine or transmission noise and without any noticeable difference in gas mileage.

Long highway trips loaded with kids, dogs and camping gear is a dream. Everything about this truck reflects thoughtful engineering and manufacturing.

If you have had a bad experience with any other truck, you need to buy one of these. You won't ever want to get rid of it.

My dealership experience has been very positive, and they even let me take the trip on an overnight coast trip to help me decide whether to purchase or not.

If you buy used, insist on a GM extended warranty (they won't offer it unless you ask) instead of their after market warranty which is less comprehensive and more expensive. They get a bigger kickback, so they offer this one first.

I have no complaints, but would recommend you buy the rig with tow/haul transmission if you intend to haul something heavy. It is bullet-proof and makes hauling things a breeze.

Also, spend the extra money and get step side rails (Smitty Bilt or similar) which makes getting in and out more comfortable for shorter folks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2003

6th Sep 2003, 11:12

Unless you've done an engine swap in your truck, there is no way it could have a 5.7 (350 C.I.) in it. It would be either a 4.8 or a 5.3 V8 in a 1/2 ton p/u.

22nd Oct 2004, 08:56

The 5.7l V8's were available up through model year 2000. My dad has a 2000 model GMC Sierra 1500 with the 5.7l V8 in it.

That truck can pull damned near anything.