I was never a Chevy truck guy growing up, I despised Ford and I was all about Dodge trucks. My first vehicle was a Dodge Ram 1500, which was a pretty fun truck. This Silverado is a whole 'nother animal.
This truck is a beast, it looks great, it stands great and it rides great.
I looked at a 2004 F-150 the newer body style, and loved the interior looks, but the gas mileage is terrible in their trucks.
I looked at the 2002+ Dodge Rams, but the interior looked too bland and the ride quality was really only subpar for the 1500 models, and I have no need for the 3500, so I looked into a Chevy.
Lo and behold, on craigslist, the deal of my life. A guy needed money for his business fast, so offering up his truck for $8000 to the first guy that could come out and offer cash. I took that deal in a heartbeat, and it's been one of the best investments I've made!
The ride quality is outstanding for a truck, the gas mileage is wonderful as I'm averaging 20 on the highway in 2WD and about 16 overall for city/highway, and I live in a very hilly area.
The options this truck gives are awesome. I don't really know what package my truck really is, but it has everything except moonroof. Bose, 6 disc CD changer, heated leather seats, digital climate control, towing package, Onstar, auto dimming and folding mirrors, all the steering wheel controls. It's got everything that my old 1999 Cadillac Seville had.
I'm also quite impressed with its reliability. I know not everyone experiences the same thing, so I hate giving reliability ratings on vehicles, but this has performed perfectly. It's never left me stranded, it always effortlessly starts up; even in -30 degree weather. Besides the minor alternator problem, which happened about right when I got the truck, the only things I have had to do were routine maintenance the last 50,000 miles.
I'm very happy with my truck, I love it to death and I will give the review a smiley face, but I'm not happy with the new Silverados that are out.. they are kind of fugly to me, so I'm pretty sure my next truck with be a 2010 or 2011 Dodge Ram when I trade this bad boy in. We shall see! I'm reluctant to give up such a nice truck, but it's getting to about that time!