1st Mar 2007, 06:22
OooOOoohh, Gee! The world may stop spinning on its axis over that one! Is that really the worst thing you can find on the Silverado? Under CERTAIN circumstances the gear select indicator MAY not illuminate?? Consequence: If somebody who is too clueless to feel the clicks as they shift through "PRND" puts the truck in neutral instead of drive or reverse, they won't go anywhere. Scary! This recall only supports what others have said: to issue a recall notice over something so minor is an indication of how detail oriented Chevy is.
1st Mar 2007, 06:56
All I can say is that since 2000 it has been a lot more out of pocket expense with imports that I have owned. And I am personally speaking in the thousands of dollars. Domestics are better equipped and have better warranties today in my opinion. Get out of the past... look at 2000 present.
1st Mar 2007, 07:38
19:07 you need to review your comments so that you are taken seriously. A Silverado is not a sport utility vehicle it is a truck. I believe I have some knowledge in this area being I own a 2007 Silverado and 2007 Trailblazer. I also test drove a Tundra and did not like it whatsoever. The same night I drove and ordered a new Silverado on the spot. If you test drive them surely you will notice how much nicer the GM are overall.
1st Mar 2007, 09:50
22:15; well, your whole comment is completely backwards. The junkyard are full of Fords and Chevy's, not Toyota's and Honda's, and not because they sell less (which is rapidly changing), but because they last longer. Sorry your one example of a good Dodge isn't enough to qualify them as better than Toyota. Not even close.
1st Mar 2007, 15:53
No, that was for a 2006 Silverado. I've owned or driven about 10 GM trucks over the years.
1st Mar 2007, 21:38
Just a heads up for any of you people still thinking about buying a Toyota. Here's a link of a video on YouTube, in which a 2003 Toyota Sequoia had a lower ball joint failure, causing a front wheel to come off while the vehicle was moving on the freeway. The Sequoia flipped, but fortunately the driver was not hurt. Apparently this is a problem with several years of Sequoia AND Tundra models. Toyota would not issue a recall until there were 6 injuries involving this problem. Here's the link:
If the link doesn't work, just go to the YouTube front page and type in 'my toyota sequoia', and it should take you directly to the vid.
2nd Mar 2007, 11:34
In support of 22:15, I also have a 1985 Dodge Ram with a 318. It has 255,000 miles on it, with the original engine and transmission. I guess it isn't "just one Dodge" after all. Aspiring to be as good as Toyota?? Oh please! Let's hear about it when your "Taco" (as you people endearingly refer to this piece of crap Toyota) is 22 years old. BTW, I just saw a Toyota Tacoma sitting broken down along the road--I guess by your logic, all Toyotas are junk, now.
2nd Mar 2007, 14:12
You know, it is really amusing to read all these "I see Fords and Chevys (and Dodges) broken down on the road all the time" comments.
I commute 52 miles on a rural/urban stretch of interstate to my office, and since I started reading these comments about a year ago, I have made a point to look at broken down vehicles on my way in to my office. I have seen ONE Ford (an early 80's van), 3 Honda Civics (late 80's to mid 90's), 1 Nissan Sentra (late 90's), one Nissan Maxima (mid 90's), and one almost new Tundra (I don't know the year, but they've only been out about 5 years).
I started driving 43 years ago. No domestic vehicle I've ever owned has EVER broken down on the road, or anywhere else, including several with well over 200,000 miles on them.
I think the commenters are mistaking broken down Civics for Ford Escorts. Considering that there are millions more domestics on the road than imports, I'd expect to see more than ONE broken down domestic compared to a total of SIX imports during my commute over the past year.
2nd Mar 2007, 14:19
To 21:38 Thanks for the tip. My brother-in-law had a Sequoia, so I already knew they were garbage (he has a Hummer now) and I also knew that the Tundra was a rolling laundry list of big safety problems. I'll pass that link on to my friends.
2nd Mar 2007, 14:43
Why would anyone want a vehicle with over 200k. I sure as heck would not. They are all POS by that time anyway!!The amount of repairs by that time would out weigh what ever the vehicles worth.
2nd Mar 2007, 19:36
14:43: No, it's just the rickety domestic vehicles that are a piece of crap at or after 200,000. A Toyota or Honda, especially a well cared for one, will not feel very different at 200,000 than it did new. In fact, unlike a domestic, which feels like a rolling dumpster at 200,000, in the unlikely event that it makes it that far, an import will at that point feel like it has taken on and accepted your driving style, and you'll feel more at home with the vehicle. That's what these Big 3 drivers will never understand: the feel of a quality vehicle after a long period of owning and driving it.
2nd Mar 2007, 20:24
Oh, but the Toyota fans constantly crow about how they see Toyotas that are brand new with 400,000 miles on them.
You are wrong about the repairs. The blue book value is meaningless. The vehicle has worth as long as it is performing its function in getting you where you need to go, and allowing you to not have to buy a new car. Even taking an old vehicle to the garage every other month is vastly less expensive than making a car payment every month. The new car payment is 10X more than the average cost of repairing an old car.
I have a vehicle with well over 200,000 miles. Despite the occasional repair, it has had an average repair and maintenance cost of $55/month averaged out over the 10 years that I've had it. It is probably "worth" about $500 but I'm farther ahead paying $55/month than you are paying $400-600/month to drive a car.
2nd Mar 2007, 20:29
14:43 must not have ever owned a Ford or Dodge.
In 325,000 miles our 17 year old Ford required virtually ZERO in repairs. Basically a muffler, hoses and routine maintenance. The total expenses for repairs in that 17 years was less than ONE PAYMENT on a new car.
Our Dodge was sold still in PERFECT running condition at 240,000 miles. The total repairs on it were 2 brake jobs, two timing belts and one heater hose. Since I did all the work myself, the total outlay on repairs for a quarter million miles was less than $300.
However, now that our finances are in a bit better shape I'd never DREAM of driving a car over 100,000 miles just because I like owning newer cars. You're right, ANY car with over 200,000 miles is going to start looking old even if the mechanicals are still perfect. It's nice to have newer styling and modern designs.