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Pros: Driver comfort
Cons: Gas mileage (16 mpg
Advice: Go for it.I've had a 2004 Sierra extended cab for 14 months. The interior space makes this a luxury vehicle for me. Long drives are a breeze, you can stretch out and relax. The back seat has an amazing amount of legroom for an extended cab, but the seat back is a bit too upright for long trips. I've had zero problems with this truck. It was a 'work truck' model that I bought new for $18,700. What a great value! The turn radius makes this truck frustrating to park. I have to go forward, backward, forward, to get it in. I don't understand why they don't make bedliners a standard feature. Don't believe GM's threats that their Delco stereos can't be replaced without extensive electronic gadgetry or reprogramming. A saavy car stereo guy will pop in an aftermarket unit and all you lose is the annoying beeping when you leave the door ajar, which you won't miss.
Pros: The general look of the vehicle.
Cons: The lack of usable storage space for items in the cab. They sell an underseat storage box
Advice: Shop around for the best dealsThe rear end seems a little bouncy - like a load would help it ride smoother. The kids (young teenagers) say the rear seats are much more comfortable than the old Extended Cab Dakota. The ride is much more quiet than I'm used to. I don't know if I have a bulb out or I'm just finding a fault in the dash design, but the Instrument Panel Brightness thumbwheel graphics are the only items on the dash that don't seem to display in the dark.
Pros: Step-side styling, and push button transfer case.
Cons: 16.4 mpg, with 5300 V-8
Advice: If you want a dependable road vehicle, this one is a great ride.Driving in deep snow, the truck seems to wander a bit. Could be due to wider tires floating on nthe snow. I owned a '97 Sonoma 2 wheel drive, that tracked a lot better. But, I have never worried about getting through the deepest snowfall. Alas, my Sonoma failed that test, and got replaced. Overall quality and fit is passable. But, the sharp edges on the plastic trim pieces was annoying. I actually had to sand the lid to my center console to avoid cuts. I love the truck, as it is fitted with almost everything. The heated seats are great here in the north. Defrosting side view mirrors are something I might not have thought of, but I won't be without them again.
Pros: seats and interior
Cons: paying for onstar and radio extras
Advice: buy one now it is a very good pickupeverything is very well built and drives great good gas milage
Cons: Needs more storage compartments, maybe one under the hood
Advice: Test drive one, use the 24 hr. test drive, great vehicleGetting into the vehicle is easy, shut the door, start the engine, turn on the Bose XM radio, and forget the outside world. The vehicle drives so well, easy to steer, brake and see out of, very little outside noise from the road and engine. The seat fits like a glove. All controls are easy to get to and understand. Why spend more for the Caddy when you can get the Yukon SLT Plus for $20,000.00 less.
Pros: The whole package.
Cons: There is not an optional power up/down rear window.
Advice: I really like the sport bed. This bed adds alot of character to the truck. When waxed there are alot of curves to show.Solid power, solid ride, solid braking, quiet cabin, smooth transmission, and good vision. My average mpg is 17.8 in mixed driving. I have the 5.3 motor and about 5000 miles on it.
Pros: XM Radio
Cons: Fuel Mileage
Advice: Rear Entertainment System for Kids!!Great Quality at exceptional price.