23rd Jan 2009, 11:52
I think your truck must have been a Monday truck.
I drive a 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab stepside and it is probably one of the nicest vehicle I have ever driven. Despite the gas mileage of the 5.3 V8.. the truck drives smooth, handles good, has plenty of power.
The ONLY problem I have had with it is the universal joints... I heard it's a common thing in Chevy's though..
24th Jan 2009, 06:09
I think he should have bought the new Tundra after have the GM for 8 years. After owning the Tundra we can see the comparison 8 years from now... I tested both new Tundras and new GM and bought the new Silverado. I'll keep you posted also...
26th Jan 2009, 12:52
My family owns 2 companies that use Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks and vans. We have one '83 Silverado that was originally dad's personal truck and was then put in service with the company fleet. It is STILL in service, as are many that have been driven well over 200,000 miles. The down time on these trucks is very low. Somehow I don't see risking our income on a less-than-reliable Tundra with a very short warranty. If a company doesn't have the confidence in their products to match competitors warranties, I think that says a lot about their vehicles.
15th Apr 2009, 16:56
2001 Silverado Z71 5.3L, the best truck I've ever owned. Runs like a top and looks great at 140,000mi. YES, I've had to do some work to it, but I've also worked on every other vehicle I've owned (all brands).
I would buy another one without a second thought.
4th Mar 2010, 22:48
I have a 2001 Silverado LS with a 5.3 with 326700 miles.
Oil pressure is still at 45 psi.
Water temp. is 205 degrees.
Charges 14 volts.
There is a lot to be said about American made trucks, but I will just say I love my truck.
6th Mar 2010, 08:47
I have a 2004 white Silverado and just upgraded the sound system as I had extra money from not needing repairs. Nice functional truck and still looks sharp, and this November will be 7 years old! Great truck.
28th Aug 2010, 18:12
I bought my 2001 Silverado 1500 in Jan. 2003 with 26000 miles on it. It's only got 59200 on it now, since I'm real close to work, and it is the best truck I ever drove.
Like the commercial, I'll be handing this beautiful and tough truck down to my grandkids.
29th Aug 2010, 12:59
The grand kids will get a good truck. My best friend bought a GMC Sierra back in the '90's (I forget the exact year) and just passed it on to his son at just over 165,000 miles with barely a problem. My wife, who used to trade cars every 18 months, bought a 2003 GMC and now has close to 100,000 miles on it. It is flawless and she vows that she will keep it another 10 years.
GM is building some of the best vehicles on the planet, second only to Ford.
26th Dec 2010, 22:16
Honestly, Chevy trucks are probably the best in the country. Out of all the ones manufactured, you probably got one of the few with a defect. I have a 2001, and if you take care of them the right way, they'll last forever.
28th Dec 2010, 04:06
I work my trucks pretty hard, and don't keep them 10 years. I buy every 5 years max, and have found the newest Silverados trouble free. If you haul and tow a lot, it's different than an empty car or commuter truck with an easy life.
19th Jan 2011, 01:31
I own a 2001 Silverado extended cab 4.8L. It's been the best thing I ever owned.
In the past 10 years, all I ever had to do is buy a battery and tires a couple of times. I pulled my boats and my car hauling trailer with that little 4.8L V-8 and never had any problem at all. It's ready to turn 100.000 and runs like a top. Still waiting to replace original brakes.
I know a lot of people with Chevy trucks. Out of the 6 people I know, 5 love their Chevy trucks and 1 didn't. He bought it used with 160.000 miles from his cousin who hardly ever changed the oil. It runs on about 6 cylinders instead of 8, but still gets him around with a bit of a smoke trail. Not the trucks fault, human error not keeping track of oil changes.
11th Feb 2011, 12:49
I own a 2001 Chevy Silverado. Miles - 149,946
It has never needed any work done on it; real smooth ride, change oil every 3,000 miles. Auto transmission shifts smooth every gear.
Things replaced - Battery, brakes, oil.
Best truck; she's 10 now and still runs like new. You must have gotten a defective one, because Chevy is great.
24th Nov 2011, 21:25
Just a personal opinion, but having owned all major company vehicles, I can speak only to my own experiences, and that would be that I have had bad mechanical situations with all, and often wondered which to choose next. I can relate and understand your frustration, as I just unloaded a Ford product that took me for thousands.