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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD - LT 4x2 Crew Cab 6.5' Box
Pros: interior comfort
Advice: see my test drive reviewBeware - The Vortect engine in this vehicle may have the power that Chevrolete brags about but it does not have the quality. My truck is a 2000 5.3L V8. Currently there is about 53,000 miles on it. I have had it in for (2) fuel pump replacements (while under 15,000 miles), a steering shaft replacement (53,000), leaking front axle seal (53,000), and engine knock (started at 12,000 and continues to get worse). The engine knock is probably the most significant issue in which GM is undoubtedly trying to cover up with excuses. I have taken the vehicle in (4) times complaining about this issue. The first bulliten published by GM (around September 2000)said that the noice was considered 'normal if it subsided within 1 minute after warm up'. They concluded that the noise was 'piston slap' but were not 100% sure. As time went on the noise ran longer than 1 minute. I took the vehicle back in (3) more times complaining, trying to get a resolution to the problem - GM did nothing to support it. The bulliten has been updated now to say that 'if the noise subsides within two minutes, it is considered normal' and that'GM engineers have concluded that the knock is not detrimental to the longevity of the engine. Well, I don't know about you, but I am a mechanical engineer and I know that when parts are colliding at high speeds, streeses and fatigue occur between the parts. And piston slap on a brand new $32,000 vehicle is not acceptable and reflects degrading quality in GM designs. Moreover, how can an engineer say it is not detrimental to the longevity to the engine when the engine is brand new and there are not enough existing case studies to back this statement up just yet. Metal against metal collisions within an engine is undoubtedly setting the stage for future problems - problems that will arise when your warrenty is expired and GM says 'sorry'. Additionally, while changing the oil at 23,500 miles, I found something interesting and upsetting. The drain bolt on the oil pan is magnetized. It is magnetized with the intent of collecting fine metal particles due to normal engine wear - that's fine and that will surely occur. What is very upsetting is the fact that when I pulled the drain bolt out while changing the oil at 23,500 miles, a piece of metal flash (about 3/4 inch long, 1/8 inch wide, and .010' thick) was stuck to the magnet. Common sense to even a person who doesn't know much about engines says metal shavings of this size floating around in the engine is NOT GOOD for the engine. Perhaps this came from the piston (due to the slap)? My next step is going to be to send this in to GM and have them analyze where it came from. I am a car buff and take very good care of my vehicles. When I repreatedly visit the dealer with questions regarding the knock issue issue, they throw up their hands in the air with no positive answer as to why the noise exists. Two days ago, I spoke with a mechanic at the dealer (tired of excuses from the service director) and he said they are not even sure why it is occurring (the mechanic - straight from the horses mouth). Three other family members have Chevy Silverados and are beginning to complain of the same issue, in addition to significant transmission problems. Once again, beware. GM is not backing this up and is surely trying to cover their a__ so they are not slammed with major engine replacement or rebuild costs. I would love to hear from someone else with the same knock issue and would like to know how you have been supported by a company that says - 'Chevy, we'll be there'
2002 Chevrolet S-10 - LS 4x2 Extended Cab
Pros: ZR2 package, locker, 3rd door, POWER, looks, stout unit, 3:73's
Cons: the stock mats don't fit well with the floor undulation
Advice: buy molded floor mats to save your carpetSurprisingly awesome ride from a 4x4. Tracks great for having 31x10.50's on it. Plenty of torque to merge onto the highway or pass just about anything. 4 wheel anti lock disc brakes will stop this thing just as fast as it gets started. Very capable off road vehicle that will get you there in style. Works just as well going out on the town.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x4 Quad Cab Short Box
Pros: 7/100000 mile power train warranty
Advice: Don't settle for something you don't want or needThis truck is awsome, holds the road pretty good.
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x2
Pros: The styling, the performance and just the sheer size of it.
Cons: Slightly difficult to park and has a rear blind spot.
Advice: If you want a hard-core rugged performance vehicle that will turn heads, this is the vehicle for you!I was a little unsure about the size of the vehicle having always owned small cars but within one week I was loving every over-sized minute of it!
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x4
Pros: THE RIDE AND CONVERTABILITY
Cons: GAS MILEAGE, BACKING
Advice: BE PREPARED TO GET ABOUT 11 TO 12 MPG AROUND TOWN IN THE 4WD MODEL.THE AVALANCHE HANDLES LIKE A DREAM, MUCH BETTER THAN MY 1500 SILVERADO. ALSO HAS A PLUSH INTERIOR. CANNOT SEE VERY WELL WHEN BACKING. IT NEEDS A BACKING SENSOR TO COME STANDARD.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x2 Quad Cab Short Box
Pros: The size first . . . . The whole package overall
Cons: 12.5 mpg around town....but it IS a 5.9L V8 ! ! !
Advice: Get running boards or nerf bars for the wife.....The new Mayor of Truckville is here ! ! ! I'm totally satisfied with mine, which I bought 3 weeks ago - 2002 1500 Quad Cab 1500 SLT, 2 Wheel drive with the 4 speed automatic, cloth seats, and the preferred package 26G, trailer tow group, 17' Chrome clad wheels. Now I need to find a camper. The ride is firm but comfortable, handling is predictable with just a bit of side hop over washboard surfaces with no load, wind noise with the windows closed is negligable, the climate control works well, unlike that in the Durango, there's plenty of visibility all around, and the trailer-tow mirrors have integral blind-spot mirrors as well.
2002 Chevrolet S-10 - LS 4x2 Extended Cab
Cons: Small back seat
Advice: Buy the extend cab with the 4.3 liter engineThis is my 2nd S-10 4X4. I've owned a Ranger, B-4000, and a Tacoma. This is by far a better truck than any other I've owned. The powertrain of a 4.3, mated with either transmission has much more low-end torque than the others; I highly recommend the 3.73 rear differential. Going over the mountain passes in Colorado is a breeze with the S-10. Off-road, it has performed without a flaw. In my opinion, this is the best compact pickup made.