Solid work truck, gas sipper, fun when modified
2nd gear in transmission went out, new tranny around 35,000 miles. Junkyard tranny cost a few hundred bucks, high performance clutch + slave cylinder etc a few hundred more, not a big deal. Still kickin'.
Clutch master cylinder went through the firewall, and the pedal was useless until the firewall bracket was replaced.
Dropped a big ladder on the roof, now have a headache rack...
The truck is supercharged with 3.90 gears + LSD. Power is NOT a problem, and the truck being much lighter than other half tons, still returns 24 MPG when cruising at 60mph. Averages 20-21 everywhere unless on the pedal. 17 if I get on it enough while only city driving.
Payload is a beast; it WILL take 2,000 lbs+ payload, but you'll be dragging the back end. Add-a-leaf or bags, and you'll be fine. It will tow a few thousand pounds; most people never tow more than that with half tons.
If you don't know your rear from a spark plug, buy a Toyota truck and use the stealership.
Although it's had problems, it's never left me stranded anywhere; attributed to the manual, and one of the most reliable engines GM has ever built.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th August, 2012