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#673 of 877 2001 Silverado Seatbelt Problem
Jul 07, 2003 (12:26 pm)
I have a 2001 1500 LS Extended Cab Silverado. The front passenger side seat belt is giving me and my wife a terrible time. We have had it replaced twice at the dealership. The problem is that the supposed "child safety feature" on the seat belt locks the seat belt constantly while driving down the road. We will be cruising along smoothly and the seat belt will lock up requiring the passenger to remove the seatbelt and retract it all the way and put it back on. The other problem is sometimes you cannot even get the seatbelt out to put it on, even before you start the engine! It has gotten progressively worse since we bought it new 2 1/2 years ago. The service manager says this is "normal" and that is just the way Chevy built it. I say it may be the way Chevy built it but it is definitely not "normal". My father has a 1999 Silverado and my brother has a 2000 Silverado both 1500 extended cabs as well and neither one has this problem. I took my Dad for a ride a couple of weeks ago and he almost had a stroke from fighting with the darn seatbelt. I feel I am not being unreasonable by expecting the seatbelt not to lock up constantly, and by constantly I mean every 30 seconds, but the dealership won't do anything. They say there is nothing to fix. Has anybody else had this problem? My wife hates to ride in the truck and we have resorted to just remaining locked in the upright position like a race car driver.
Jul 08, 2003 (11:57 am)
ryanbab, I was actually referring to coating just the bumper area that is rusting. Sorry for the ambiguity. The dealer has offered to paint the backside of the bumper and offer a lifetime rust warranty on the component.
#675 of 877 Chev 2500HD blues
Jul 08, 2003 (3:07 pm)
I bought a new 2002 Silverado 2500HD LT 4WD ext cab and began having problems on the drive home from the dealership. I had a occasional "grinding" noise
coming from the transfer case. A shift to 4WD and back cleared the noise. The dealer "couldn't re-create" the problem. Finally went completely out and had a new transfer case installed (3 weeks). Now (20,000 mi) there in a "clunking/clacking" sound when you start up, (like lifters or rods) until the oil pressure builds up. Again... "can't re-create the problem". Anyone had any similar experiences with this model (6 liter)? Thanks
#676 of 877 2500HD w/8100 Uses Oil
Jul 09, 2003 (6:12 pm)
My father-in-law has a 2002 Silverado with the 8100 engine which uses approximately 2 quarts of oil/3000mi oil change cycle. GM just tells him that the engine is supposed to burn oil. Has anyone else had this problem?
Jul 09, 2003 (10:22 pm)
Ask your dealer if it could be the PVC valve. GM has had a problem with them. I have seen many complaints here and elsewhere about high oil usage. The cause was the PVC valve. Dealers replace them with a newer style. Problem solved.........geo
#678 of 877 Are the piston problems solved yet?
Jul 10, 2003 (5:21 am)
I'd like to hear from owners of Chevy or GMC trucks with the 4.8 or 5.3 V-8s, built in the second half of the model year. This would be a December 2002 build date or later. The build date is on the white label on the driver's door.
I'd like to know how many miles you now have on your truck, and if you have experienced the piston slapping noise that GM was denying, but so many people were experiencing.
Thanks in advance for responding.
#679 of 877 Oil change reminder
Jul 10, 2003 (6:11 am)
I own a '03 Silverado LS Z71 EXT 5300 SB truck ..
I purchased it in DEC '02 and now has 3500 miles on it .. I don't put alot of miles on it ..
My question: The oil change reminder has not come on yet ... is that normal ??? Does this mean I can wait before changing oil/filter/lube ??
What miles and months did you 'reminder' come on ?
Thanks in advance!!!!
Jul 10, 2003 (1:14 pm)
the oil reminder takes into account how you drive your truck (rpms, etc) so if you dont have alot of miles and dont drive it it probably wont come on for awhile. The only time my light has come on it came on at a 2600 mile interval. It was almost to 3 months in time since i changed prior
#681 of 877 FYI, Neither my '99 nor '01
Jul 11, 2003 (8:51 am)
came on sooner than 4500 miles of normal driving. When I took a long trip it went 7600 miles.
#682 of 877 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended Cab - Please Help
Jul 12, 2003 (9:25 am)
After 35 yrs away from GM products, I am seriously considering purchasing the above vehicle with the 5.3V8, Z71, and towing package. I am retired. I have heard from a few friends that they get 18-19 1/2 mpg on the highway and 15 or better around town with the 5.3 V8. True or false, I don't know. Do you? The Sierra 1500 has nice style, a lot of space and comfort. The other vehicle I am considering is the Toyota Tundra 4x4 V8 although its rear seat is VERY small and the gas mileage is about 16-17 on the highway. However, it is a "bullet-proof" vehicle as far as safety, reliability and fit and finish. I have had 3 Toyota vehicles (not pickups) and they are virtually trouble free with a very strong front end that hardly ever needs alignment, regardless of the road condition.
I read alot of negative comments. What are the positive comments about the 2003 Sierra 4x4, 5.3 V8? Has anyone had both vehicles and can compare. I really need your input, advice, and experiences. Many thanks-John