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Pros: Exterior/engine its a tie
Advice: drive them all and consider resale valueI knew the this was the vehicle for me. from the grey leather and all the comforts of my favorite lounger chair. to the power of a 5.3 liter V8 that can climb or pull just about anything I desire.My kids dont whine about not having enough room,and the best part is its a Cadillac with 4 wheel drive. I recommend anyone who is seriously considering plunking down and spending 25 to 30k to consider this vehicle,remember you get what you pay for....
Pros: Z71 trim power from the 5.3 engine
Cons: side mirrors could be larger cup holder location
Advice: Do not get the 4.8 engine you will regret it later.Excellent truck that will not let you down.The 03 models have a redesign nose and taillights and new interior switches.
Cons: Z71 package is a little stiffer than I expected
Advice: Test drive the vehicle you plan to purchasePaint, fit, and finish very good performance excellent...plenty of power,smooth shifting (5.3L)
Pros: the back seat area
Cons: mechanical quality.
Advice: Think hard 'cause once you buy itI purchased this truck with great enthusiasm. The enthusiasm left after a couple of weeks when I found that it was using a quart of oil every 1300-1400 miles and puffing grey-white smoke every few days. The first dealer said that the oil consumption of 1qt/1200 miles was considered normal (a lie, I had a copy of the TSB on it) and that it wasn't smoke, it was steam. I was an engineer in fuels/engines R&D for 7yrs, I know what smoke is! Oil consumption was curtailed by replacing the PCV valve (at dealer #2). Now the front differential is leaking and something in the front suspension is loose, I can hear it clunking and feel it through the steering wheel. Then there's the piston slap issue with GM V8's. I don't have it (yet) but I'm cutting my losses and trading for something else.
Pros: Engine's Power
Cons: Interior finishing is a little rough
Advice: compare for your self to other trucks.If you are looking for a REAL truck that has more power than you will ever need, last along time, rides like a four door sedan, and does it all with great looks, than buy the Silverado is the best one out there. Trust me. I looked into the new Dodges, the Ford F-150 and f-250, and the Toyota Tundra. I test drove all of them. The Dodge and Ford f-250 were descent and would work just fine for most, as well did the Tundra. The f-150 felt like it was towing something the whole time and felt disgustingly mass produced. The Silverado was the clear choice for me it had gobbs of power, great looks, great feel and the reputation it deserves. To make a long story short buy it. I have had mine for four months and have 12000 miles on it, I can tell it will not let me down. I had high hopes, and they were filled. I have even got my buddies who drive Fords to admit its a good truck.
Cons: NOISE UNDER THE CAB--LIKE THE ENGINE FALLING OUT
Advice: BUY THE V8UNBELIEVABLE NOISE UNDER THE CAB IN THE V6--- THE DEALER SAYS G M IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM BUT NO FIX IS IN THE WORKS--LIVE WITH IT?
Pros: Drives like a car
Cons: Radio plays after ignition is turned off
Advice: Top of line truckVery comfortable and drives like a luxury car.It can be too nice for everyday truck life. Sometimes you feel bad getting in with your old muddy boots. Gas mileage is not as good as the old vortec series. But a lot more power and they dont make horsepower out of just air. If you want gas mileage buy a four cylinder motor or a moped. If you want terrible gas mileage buy a Dodge Ram. The Chevy will still blow it doors off.