2001 Chevrolet Silverado Reviews - Page 6 of 7

2001 Chevrolet Silverado LS 4.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance35500 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

Best vehicle I have ever owned

Faults:

Excellent truck. No problems so far. Never went to the dealer.

General Comments:

Great truck. I got the basic version of the Silverado. Only options are: Extended cab, AC, and tinted windows.

Never had any problems with it.

I drive it almost everyday 70-100 miles.

Changed oil regularly: Every 4000 miles Mobil 1.

K&N air filter.

I get about 20-23 miles/gallon.

Last summer I had 2600 lbs of topsoil in the box. Didn't even feel anything.

I will definitely buy another GM truck for the wife.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2003

2001 Chevrolet Silverado LT 8.1 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 8.1 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance89000 kilometres
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Not a bad product, if you drive on pavement

Faults:

Engine started burning oil at 30,000 k's

Brakes went at 32,000 k's

Rear brake caliper fell off at 50,000 k's

Allison transmission was noisy and didn't like to shift when taking off. Also leaked oil when it was cold.

Truck box cracked on both sides behind the wheels.

Constant rattles and dust in the cab.

C.D. player quite at 40,000 k's.

Rims grooved so bad from rocks that they could no longer be balanced.

General Comments:

This truck was a lemon! It was was the first new Chevy that I have bought, and I was not impressed with it. I especially was not impressed with GM Canada's service. They refused to replace the motor that was burning oil, but did offer to fix the old one. After 4 trips back to the dealership, with each time having them fix something minor, the motor was still burning oil, and GM would not replace it. GM would also not warranty my brakes because I drive in gravel and did not have the dealership install the rubber mud flaps in the rear wheel wells. I did however have the caliper guards in place, a $600 upgrade that I have been told is only needed in Canada, which only works if you install the $600 mud flaps. Good thing I bought a 4x4 truck that I can't even drive off of the pavement, without spending another $1200 to do so. To me the truck was a lemon, and being unbiased I I'm currently trying one more GM truck. Not as many problems with the new truck, but still the same problems with GM Canada. I know that trucks are machines, that are built by machines, and I can live with a few mechanical problems, but when a company won't stand behind its products, why should I buy from them?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2002

30th Nov 2003, 12:09

Sorry to hear about your long struggle. I own a 94 C1500 and couldn't be happier. I bought the truck in Florida, which was built in Canada (coincidence?) Sounds like you got a bad truck. The jury is still out on the 8100, but the Allison is getting rave reviews where I live. You did a good thing giving GM another shot.

I don't know how the Canadian lemon laws work, so I'll have to give you some advice based on my experience in the states.

First: I had similar problems with a 94 Jeep wrangler. It broke a motor mount, ate a tranny, broke the exhaust and ate more starters than I can remember. This is the similarity to your plight. The motor mount broke on the trail. The closest dealer to me (one that my family had many bad dealings with in the past) told me I would have to pay for the repairs, which were still under warranty, because I TOOK THE JEEP OFF ROAD!!! This is considered abuse by Chrysler's definition! Sound familiar? The dealer wouldn't warranty a 4x4 because it was used off road. Gee, I guess I should have used a Buick on the trail (it would have held up better.) Trail Rated my... Happy ending: the vehicle was taken to a trusted dealer in another town and all repairs were covered.

Second: My 94 has had it's share of problems. The trans was the big one. Although the truck was well out of basic warranty, the factory issued a recall and was subsequently replaced with a GM re-manufactured unit. I have put over 100,000 on this trans with no problems. The truck now has almost 170,000.

Sounds like your dealer might be the ones who are denying the warranty work, not GM. Believe me, letter campaigns and bad press go a long way to customer satisfaction. If you have the same experience again don't take no for an answer. Get the regional managers name and number. They are invaluable to getting complaints resolved (had to use them a couple of times with outstanding results.) Good luck.

13th Aug 2006, 23:02

So what if he tows a lot? The truck should still hold up to the rigors of towing or gravel roads. I own a 2001, bought it new and I'm anal about my vehicles, and it's the biggest lemon going. The steering rod wore out, slip yoke wore out, fuel pump gave up, ignition had to be replaced, security module screwed up, power window unit broke (twice same window) and then I noticed that the slip yoke is starting to clunk again.

I used to tow a 25'travel trailer, but I only did it for approx 1500km. So I guess you can't blame it all on the towing. I don't abuse my vehicle, I'm scared to as I'm sure something else will break! Oh did I mention that I only have 50,000 km on it???

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 20 reviews