1996 GMC 1/2 Ton Review

1996 GMC 1/2 Ton SLT 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance278000 miles
Previous carToyota 4x4

Summary:

This is the best car or truck I have ever owned

Faults:

I have replaced the fuel pump twice, (every 100,000 miles). The radiator just once. And the alternator once.

I am due to replace the catalytic converter.

I also had to replace the interior door handle once.

General Comments:

This truck has been FANTASTIC!

I even bought my wife the same year Suburban; they have been great trucks, the best I have ever owned. I keep mine tuned up and running right, and get between 23 and 25 mpg, depending how I am driving, and my wife's Suburban gets 21 to 23.

I loved my Toyota when I had it, but it never compared to the comfort, reliability, or power of this truck.

And I could load it in the bed of my GMC!

Hands down the best truck I have ever owned, and I have owned 11!

I will probably never own anything else again after owning this truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2009

10th May 2009, 22:39

My wife feels the exact same way after owning her GMC Envoy for 6 years. She NEVER wants another vehicle!! She was trading every 18 months until she got the Envoy. It is awesome. Great power (275 hp I-6), very smooth and luxurious and got 24 mpg fully loaded (including our fat dog!!) on vacation. Never one single problem.

We are a family of car enthusiasts, and we each own 2 vehicles. My wife wanted a small sedan so she bought a Ford Fusion in January ('09). I think she has driven it a total of three or 4 times since because the GMC is so great to drive. Our other GM car (a 9-year-old Pontiac) has also been absolutely flawless. Both GM and Ford are building the best cars in the world now.

13th May 2009, 17:33

Same story. I saw a Corolla that looked like it had got obliverated. I was looking for another car to be all messed up. The other car barely had a dent in it. It was a Chevy Impala. These cars just don't seem to hold up very well in accidents, but they are reliable.

15th May 2009, 20:44

Having had really bad experiences with imports, I can't call them "reliable" either. None of ours made it to 100,000 miles.

Average review marks: 9.6 / 10, based on 1 review