1997 GMC Pickup Review

1997 GMC Pickup Z71 5.7 liter from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.7 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carGMC Pickup

Summary:

This model is a lemon

Faults:

Replaced : Water pump, radiator hose, 2 fuel pumps, needs its 4th transmission since bought in the year 2000, thermostat.

Air conditioner compressor quit working.

Heater core (leaked inside cab).

Thinking about putting a 350 turbo in it, and selling the LEMON!

General Comments:

Lemon, lemon, lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2010

10th Nov 2010, 12:56

Okay, you are talking about a 13 year old vehicle with 170K miles on it. A lemon usually is a fairly new car that has an irreparable problem and is bought back by the manufacturer and swapped out for a new one. Other than tranny failures, which are common on the Chevy trucks, you haven't had too many really big problems with this truck.

What do you use it for? Do you tow anything with it? If you are towing and you just stick it in drive and take off with a heavy load, you will most assuredly fry your tranny in this truck. This transmission is not meant to be used in overdrive while towing and will fail prematurely if you do so. With every Chevy I have owned, I have towed in 3rd gear and they have had no tranny issues. Even a snowmobile trailer with two sleds on it is more than you should be towing in OD.

Average review marks: 3.5 / 10, based on 1 review