5th Jun 2009, 21:55
I can't believe the problems that I've had with mine. Every month or so there is something new. The latest is the 3rd brake light leaking water into the cab. If you look at the light, it is actually made incorrectly, and they do not fit the roof opening. They are too wide. The red lens contacts the roof, chipping the paint off, instead of the gasket providing a good seal. The dealer just caulked the hell out of it. They are too cheap to put a new one in. What's the point anyways, that one will leak too. The amount of rust is unreal too. Inside the gas door, two nickle sized rust spots. Inside the tail gate, paint flaking. Underneath looks like it came out of a lake. A real piece of garbage. I won't miss this one a bit.
7th Jul 2009, 02:31
I've owned GM cars and trucks for years. Although I did like them, there always seemed to be something that needed fixed. Be it brakes, wheel bearings, mass air flow sensor, idiot lights on the dash, noisy fuel pumps etc... nothing real serious, but always aggravating.
The ABS brakes were the worst; never liked them. In the winter they were always cycling when you go to stop. Rear disk brakes wear out too fast...
Anyway, I bought a 2000 Grand Caravan because I didn't like the GM vans. Had very good luck with this van so I thought I would try a 06 Ram 4 door sport with a Hemi. This has been a great truck with no problems yet. Tows my 4 ATVs no problem. Bought another new Grand in 2008 with no problems to date... I still have my old 78 GMC, can't seem to part with it... Needs brakes though...
31st Jan 2010, 21:06
From Canada, 2007 Crewcab, leather seats, sunroof (leaks) 4x4.
Just returned from Florida and low oil came on with 2500km from oil change.
Use synthetic oil. Down three lines on oil stick.
Cold weather starting brings out knocking or piston slap.
Great handling and ride when driving 12hrs.
Also why would anyone put a hole in a perfect piece of sheet metal (sunroofs).
22nd Feb 2010, 01:51
We have a 2007 Silverado regular cab at work. For the most part it's been good, in that it always starts, and doesn't give us much trouble. It's had some of the problems mentioned here. For example:
Problem: Tire pressure sensors reporting low pressure when the tires are properly inflated.
Solution: Tire pressure sensors were removed.
The door opening too far when the wind catches it is true. It's happened to the truck at my work twice now. The doors are quite big, and light weight for their size. When a strong wind catches them, they turn into sails. If you don't have a good grip on the door pull (not the inside handle), the wind will probably take it out of your hand. Since GM went away from the really strong stops that they had used for decades, and replaced them with stops that are in no way as strong, the doors do get blown open to far, and in many cases require an expensive trip to the body shop.
28th Feb 2010, 12:52
I've owned lots of vehicles over the years, in fact I'm on my 35th vehicle, so I have owned almost every import/domestic truck so far with the exception of a full size Ram.
The original poster is absolutely correct with the driveline slop in the 4x4 models. I had a 2004 Avalanche that had slop on up and downshifts - also had to replace 2 axle seals due to an out of round rear axle. Don't forget the excessive engine knock as well, especially once it got down to 20F.
My Dodge Dakota (2001) was the most reliable of the trucks I've owned with the exception of ball joints, both front wheel bearings, and rear differential that had to be completely rebuilt but other than that, it was very reliable.
Also owned a 2004 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 with the 5.4L. A bit harder on gas but a nice truck.
I just got rid of my 2005 Nissan Frontier CC 4x4 NISMO because of multiple issues - had to have a new right head put on the engine, rear driveshaft fail, and severe engine knocking under load.
And every GM vehicle has had some severe issues with the exception of my wife's 2004 Pontiac Vibe. The only reason we bought that new is because the entire driveline is Toyota and this was the best GM vehicle we owned. We traded that in on a 2009 Chevy Traverse and the gas mileage claims they state are a joke. Not only that, but we had this thing for 6 weeks and transmission issues caused the vehicle to become inoperable when we were 6 hours from home on a long weekend. So whomever states this is a one off, believe me based on what our family has already gone through with GM vehicles, that is a load of bunk. They get cheap parts which translates to cheap vehicles.
You want a truck, get a Ford.
24th May 2010, 09:17
I am the original poster of this, and I am happy to say that the '07 Silverado has been gone now for just about a year. I traded it in for a new 2009 Ram 4x4 Hemi. It's a regular cab with TONS of room in it for tall people.
Although the Ram has several minor interior rattles, it is 100 times a better vehicle than the Silverado ever was. Plus, even with the Hemi engine, I'm getting BETTER fuel economy than the Silverado.
After 1 year and 9,000 miles, I have yet to return to the dealer with any warranty issues. If you're looking for a truck, check out a new Dodge!