13th Sep 2010, 04:13

I have a 2000 1500 Z71 with the 5.3 MTR. Great truck but when it shifts from 1 to 2 it slams into 2nd even worse when towing. At about 45 MPH to 55 MPH normal driving there is a slight revving of the motor. I read about replacing the transmission solenoid but would like some help. I get about 13.5 MPG.



19th Sep 2010, 11:38

I love my 2000 Chev Silverado, wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I'm always looking to see how they're selling, to be quite honest, it's a rarity to find one. That says a lot about the truck. Right now, mine is in the shop, getting a fuel pump installed.

7th Dec 2010, 23:59

2002 Silverado 1500 Z71 LS 5.3L.

Bought it in 2005 with 24,000 miles now has 96,000.


.Have gone through 2 water pumps ($100 part about 2 hour fix).

.Have replaced upper intermediate shaft twice. It is the knock you get in steering column GM is yet to solve. ($100 part 30 minute fix. Greasing it is a waste of money it will come back, a new one will at least last you another 30,000).

.Just did all rotors and pads, rotors were warped but I guess that's what you get when you double the max payload about 10 times a year since I bought it. ($700 dollars had Les Schawb do it though, it would be less if I did it myself, that was with performance rotors and good pads).


I change my oil when the change oil light comes on around 3,000 to 4,000 miles, with fully synthetic 5w-30, and good oil filter, Mobile 1 Or Wix. Fuel filter once a year as well as cleaning my K@N air filter. Put new shocks on but probably didn't have to.


I bring this truck off-road at least 10 times a year. It is excellent in the snow (in 4 wheel drive). Have towed buddies boats over mountain passes many times. As I said hauled over 3,000 lbs (in the bed) on many occasions which is double the payload, riding on the bump stops. (gravel, dirt, retaining wall block, etc). It averages about 15 MPG, 20 at best if all highway.

So far this truck has been pretty dependable and I have no complaints. With regular maintenance I think this truck will last me a long time. My dad has the same truck he bought brand new with no problems at 72,000 miles.

For the guy who says he changes his oil every 1,000 miles all I have to say is WHY? Waste of money.

16th Dec 2010, 10:45

I also have a 2000 Silverado Z71 that I bought with 198,000 miles knowing that I would eventually have some sort of issues. I had one several years ago and I sold it with 148,000 and the guy I sold it to over 5 years ago still drives it every day and it has well over 300,000 miles on the same engine.

As for the one I have now, I have had to install a fuel pump, and water pump and just installed a fresh transmission with a 3 year warranty. I think the power steering pump is going out also. I know if I keep the regular maintenance I can get over 300,000 miles on the engine. The guy I bought it from traveled a lot, so I know 80% of all the miles are highway miles.

The truck looks new and is in excellent condition, just has a lot of miles and I love it. One comment I would like to make is I don't understand why anyone would change their oil every 3,000 miles if you are using syn oil. That seems a bit too much.

26th May 2011, 12:03

1999 - 2002, I had a major problem with the ABS system going out, the simplest way to fix that is to unplug it... Those also had a lot of problems out of the fuel pumps.

16th Nov 2011, 22:58

I have the same noise when turning to the left only; 2000 Chevy 1500 Z71 4x4 5.3. Did you find out what was causing this?

29th Aug 2012, 08:09

The likelihood of you ever seeing this comment is astronomical, but anyways, I do indeed have a 2000 Z71 Silverado with 489,867 miles on it, and there is nothing wrong; it still runs just as good as it did when I purchased it off the showroom floor.

Now with that said, it is the original engine, no rebuild and no major components have been replaced, with the exception of O2 sensors; you know, things that must be replaced.

The fuel mileage is great with this, but I am at a low elevation, thus giving me more MPG; otherwise, being at a high altitude will give the user less MPG, for the simple fact that it is naturally aspirated.