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Pros: Luxurious interior
Cons: No cylander deactivation
Advice: Excellent for personal use- can be a beast of burden when you need it to beGreat riding truck. The engine is very smooth and refined for a pushrod- comparable to the FORD and NISSAN truck V8s, with decent power and impressive economy. Handling doesn't suffer too badly with a full load. By far- the best looking truck out there- much more grown-up looking than the alternatives. Only truck close is the F150. The interior is not cutting-edge, but works well and grows on you. If you don't pound the gas pedal- you can achieve 20 MPG in mixed driving. Opt for the tonneau cover- it seems to help. I would humbly recommend this truck to anyone with a family and a need to tow/haul. It is attractive, reliable, and knows its place, unlike the insecure Titan. It also makes the Ram look like a cartoon. The F150 is a good alternative, but don't expect anywhere near the fuel economy.
Pros: Front view.
Cons: Parking brake has no automatic release when put in gear.
Advice: Buy for the long runSoft ride, great turning radius, smooth transmission, good vision, easy to ready dash.
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.