I have the POWER!
Starter solenoid went out, repaired by dealer.
Heater control broke, repaired by dealer.
Running lights (not including head lights) went out when part of light switch burned out.
We bought this truck to carry a slide-in camper. When I first saw it sitting in the dealer lot, I thought it was a brand new truck. This size truck usually does not sit in the used section for very long as they are very desirable for hauling. This truck has an undesirable option - the 7.5 L engine with a manual transmission. So what's wrong with a stick? The clutch is so stiff, I can hardly walk after driving in traffic, although because it has a "granny" low, I can let the clutch out and the truck will proceed at a walking speed, which is great when in bumper to bumper traffic.
There are other drawbacks to having the 7.5 L engine - it does not get very good mileage. EPA does not rate this vehicle because of it's size, but it is generally understood to get 8 - 10 mpg. Because this truck has a stick, I get 10 mpg city - 13 mpg highway. This truck is a real highway cruiser - just set the cruise and go! The XLT package consists of 2 excellent captains chairs with folding armrests and very good lumbar support. The cloth looks great and great in all seasons. The fit and finish of the body is superb.
Parking can be a problem because of the width of the rear wheels, but because of the dually rear wheels, it turns better than single wheel trucks the same length.
The engine is very smooth over its range, I usually shift between 3000 and 4000 rpm. The tach is a necessity to prevent over revving the engine. At 70 mph the engine is turning 2500.
This is everything anyone could want in a luxury hauling vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th June, 2003