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Pros: Mechanically sound. all the added features that work through the instrument panel
Cons: Truck sits lower than other trucks , especially in the front. Chevy should lift them as high as the 2500 series so they look more robust
Advice: K&N filter, remove m.a.s. screens, different tires a must.5.3, 310HP motor has plenty of power with a 3.42 rear. I had a slight hesitation when shifting between gears, I put a K&N filter in and remove the massairflow sensor screens and WOW ,what an increase in power, the hesitation went away immediately. The Goodyear tires it came with stink. I went to a Firestone Destination LE tires and they are great, they're quiet and have good traction in rain and snow.The construction af the doors is not as sturdy as my Ford F150 nor the roof, but my F150 got 14mpg, this Chevy averages 18mpg around town, 20mpg on highway, after the K&N was installed.The interior is nice , the instrument panel top notch.I have had no mechanical problems whatsoever through 10000 miles.
Pros: Powerful but fuel efficient engine.
Cons: Radio controls are a bit 'busy'
Advice: Buy it and leave all those Nissan people in your dust!!!Its like driving a Corvette, but built like an A-1 Abrams tank!. Extremely powerful but gets 20+ MPG Hwy at 75mph!! Best truck so far, I have ever owned. Roomy, quick, powerful, growls like a pickup should. I have owned Fords, Dodges, Chevys, GMC, Suburu, this one is the creme-de-le-creme of them all.
Pros: The space
Cons: The 4-ply tires
Advice: Buy this truck!I bought my 2005 Silverado on July 18, 2005...so far, I have had absolutely no problems with it with the exception of the rear windows...they don't seem to seal very well and are making lots of noise when I drive on the highway. Hoping it's something that my dealer can take care of. Other than that, I love the truck...averages about 17-19 MPG, drives and rides very smooth, and is tough. I've had it out in pastures and down gravel roads and it takes it. Great truck so far!
Cons: Front brake system
Advice: Don't take the vehicle off the lot without the front brake system being replaced.Brake booster was faulty on my truck. It caused premature wear on the rotor. GM will turn the rotor but not replace. Owner is stuck with the cost of replacing the rotor prematurely.
Pros: Ride, comfort, appointments. Heated seats, Bose sound sys. 6 CD changer. XM, onstar
Cons: Turning radius. Trade-in value.
Advice: Don't get the V-6. It is underpowered and will take more gas to get from A to B.I have the 5.3. It has great power. 0 to 60 is quick. At speed limit, I can easily get 21 highway. Not so in the city. 15 to 16. If you accelerate at a sane pace, and don't jackrabbit the thing, it will treat you good at the pump. Plenty of room, even in the abreviated back seat area. The ride is like a luxery sedan! No s**t. It's great. If you want a lumber wagon, get the Ford. Like squeeks and rattles? The Dodge is for you. Bose sound system lacks nothing in ear candy, and the power heated leather seats are the cat's meow here in the frozen north. Best truck I've owned!
Pros: Smooth ride/decent gas mileage
Cons: hissing sound from A/C
Advice: Buy it while you can get the good deal.Crew Cab Z71 5.3L V8. Quiet, comfortable ride. Added a flowmaster and released some of the restricted power from that 5.3. Improved gas mileage and hp. It took a couple of weeks for me to appreciate the style, but the ride and power is what sold me. Definately better than the ford and i've never looked into the dodge (nobody i know has ever said anything good). Toyota and Nissan are too expensive for weaker trucks that look like they are mostly plastic.
Pros: XM Radio and 6 disk changer
Cons: A little low to the ground
Advice: This is was best buy to take advantage of during the employee discount savings periodI was totally surprised with the comforts of the LT in a pick-up, I use to drive a Suburban(LT). I also had a 94 Silverado for a number of years and it was nothing compared to what I got from the new Crew Cab-Silverado LT. I never liked the design change in the silverado until the 05 model. I guess it took a while to grow on me, and it did. I am extreamly please with the new Crew Cab-Silverado.