2000 Chevrolet Silverado c2500 6.0L Gas from North America
Would buy another Silverado, but would get a diesel next time
3rd and 4th doors were almost impossible to shut and latch when it was very cold (20-30 degrees F) out. Dealer tried to fix many times before replacing latches with new design that fixed problem.
Cold breeze in passenger side foot well from under dashboard. Dealer tried several times to fix with limited success, finally replaced complete heater and ductwork unit in dash which corrected the problem.
CD player skips after extended use. Dealer replaced, new unit is better, but occasionally skips when hot.
6.0L gas engine is underpowered for this truck at Denver, CO elevations. When on cruise control at highway speeds the transmission frequently shifts out of overdrive to climb hills when speed is 70mph or higher. Too much weight and wind-resistance for gearing and horsepower/torque curve.
6.0L gas engine must be revved to pull camper and cargo trailer up hills, results in 9-10 mpg. Truck only gets 14-16mpg when unladen if I don't go any faster than 68mph; above 68mph the mileage drops quickly.
Nice truck, very comfortable for a 3/4 ton truck, but the 6.0L gas engine is not powerful enough for what I do. I would've bought the new diesel, but demand was so high Chevy wouldn't sell me one at the time I ordered this one.
This is an extended-cab, 8' box truck, when I tried to order it Chevy wouldn't allow my dealer to place the order for several months and then they wouldn't build it with the diesel. To get the truck ordered I had to write nasty letters to GM on their website, surprisingly the very next day my dealer called with the OK to place the order-- I'd been waiting several months to give them my money and they couldn't take it. What a screwy way to run your business.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2004
22nd Mar 2005, 16:50
That is really something that you had to practically beg Chevy to take your money. I am fond of GM, but some of their business practices do often times leave me scratching my head.
Thank you for a very nice, complete, review. It was good of you to mention about the altitudes you are operating the truck at, possibly causing some of power issues. I do not live in a high area, but have experienced those altitude effects on vehicle performance, when I have been on travel. I was surprised at how pronounced it was.
I guess the real question, for those of us who live at sea level, is how does the Silvarado compare to other comparable vehicles in that environment? I know they run tremendously well here.