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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Exterior, Interior, Truck
#26 of 35 Hey bristol123
Mar 15, 2004 (6:11 pm)
Does the truck feel snappy with the 410s? I have a std cab/six foot bed with the 5.3L and 410s and the truck is really snappy. I worry about the power “feel” difference between the crew and my current truck.
When I finally get to drive one of these I will probably order one with the 410s just because I tow a pair of snowmobiles in an enclosed trailer and a 21 boat but curious to hear about your driving experiences.
Also, did you get the leather? If so, what are your thoughts of it's longevity on the drivers seat?
Best of luck! My ’99 has been nothing short of great. It’s got about 90k on it and it’s been trouble free (ok… the electric window bit the dust once on the drivers side window and I had a universal joint freeze up in the drive shaft…. very minor issues)
Mar 15, 2004 (9:30 pm)
I have the 5.3 L with the 3.73 gears. Plenty of power for me as I only need to tow occasionally. The 3.73's should result in better MPG for me. The 04 5.3 L is rated for 10 more HP than the 01. So, I don't expect you'll see any performance drop. I couldn't feel any but I haven't gotten into it too hard yet as I'm still breaking it in.
I have the cloth seats so I am unable to comment on the quality of the leather. I do too much tromping around the woods in the fall. My one comment about the interior is that GM made the headliner color too light. It is a very pale gray compared to the dark gray of the rest of the interior. Just seems off to me.
As to build quality, no complaints so far but it is way too soon to sign off on that now. My 01 only needed (besides oil, filters and tire rotations) DRL bulbs on both sides and a tail gate cable. I'm hoping for that kind of quality again.
Definitely try one on for size at your dealer. The major trade offs are the doors, 4 real doors CC versus suicide doors on the ext. cab. There is more convenience and slightly more passenger room in the crew cab. Also, no trapped passengers in tight quarters when both doors are open. CC, 5' 9" bed, Ext. Cab, 6' 6" bed. The CC will cost more than a ext. cab. So, do you need the passenger space and convenience or do you need the room in the bed and the cost savings?
Either way, I think I got a great looking truck. Does anyone know how to post pictures? I'll put some up if it's not too painful.
Mar 16, 2004 (2:23 pm)
bristol123, you have to use the html tags, like so:
where yoururl.com is the web address of your photo, and () are replaced with <>. Hope this helps. Otherwise, you can just post the link to your photos.
#29 of 35 Just bought my 04 Crew Cab... LOVE IT!!!
Apr 18, 2004 (6:35 pm)
I just bought my new 04 LS Crew Cab... what a fantastic truck! I have had a 99, and 2002 LS Ex Cab Z-71s before this one.
I gave up the 4wd because I can't justify it anymore. I haven't missed it yet, and the ride is much improved.
I drove the dodge and ford both prior to buying.
Dodge: CHEAP INTERIOR. SMALL BACK SEATS. All the rear seat is is the same size I had in my extended cab except the doors face the other way.
Ford: NICE INTERIOR... IF YOU WANT A CAR. And what is up with the "scrunched up" windows on the front doors. I turned my head to look out the window on the test drive and I was staring at the door pillar. Very nice truck, but the price reflects it. And I do not want a car with a pickup bed attached... I want a truck.
My Silverado has "Awesome" back seats. They have more room than our Tahoe does... (lack of wheel well I guess).
I just drove mine to Austin and back from the D/FW area. Loaded down with 2 buddies and driving 70-75 the whole way. I have the 3.73 rear end... I got 17.5 MPG driving south into a stout wind... I got 19.8 driving north with the wind... Those are numbers that I can live with!!!
#30 of 35 whats the major difference
Apr 30, 2004 (7:06 pm)
I really like the new Silverado CC, what is the major difference between the 4WD and Z71 configuration and either LS or LT. Does the Z71 come in a LS edition, I prefer the cloth seats and really don't need all the bells and whistles. Will better incentives or rebates be available later in the year.
#31 of 35 Comparison to Avalanche
Jun 27, 2004 (7:30 am)
Has anybody done a pricing and driving comaprison between the 2 trucks?
I understand that the Avalanche is built on the Suburban chassis and that it has a much better ride than the average pickup truck.
How is the ride quality on the crew cabs?
Was their a big price difference between the 2?
#32 of 35 Avalance and Crew Cab...
Jun 30, 2004 (7:36 am)
I have been looking at the Crew Cabs since they came out in March or so and the ride is VERY nice, better than my 99 Sierra. The prices are about the same, the crew cab is 1 to 3 thousand less. The Crew Cab I'm looking at is loaded, i mean every option, and it stickers right at 40k where the same Avalance is about 42 or 43.
#33 of 35 Crew Cab Impressions
Jul 04, 2004 (8:58 pm)
I've had my Silverado 1500 CC since March and I am approaching about 5000 miles on it now. So far, I am very impressed. I traded in an 01 Silverado Ext. cab - Z71 with 5.3L for essentially the same truck except for the Crew Cab. The 01 had GM piston slap and the occasional drive line clunk but otherwise was a very reliable vehicle. It also gave me about 14 - 15 mpg during the winter and about 17 mpg (max.) during the summer.
No quality issues with the crew cab to date. No piston slap, no drive line clunk, great ride, no cab noises, no oil drips or usage and great power. Love the 4 real doors versus what I had with the ext. cab as no one gets trapped when both doors are open at the same time and you are parked next to another vehicle. The trade off is I occasionally wish I had the extra 9 inches in the bed but still get by without it.
Just returned from a family vacation and got 20 mpg from upstate NY to Outer Banks of NC. Went faster on return trip and saw about 18.5 mpg. Still, ecstatic as mileage was better than 01 ever saw. Increased mpg probably due to less aggressive tire tread pattern on 04 and maybe hard tonneau cover versus soft on the 01.
So, I heartily recommend the CC to anyone. If you can put up with door annoyance and need the extra bed space, you will save money on the ext. cab and still have a great truck.
#34 of 35 bristol123
Jul 10, 2004 (6:20 am)
Thanks for the info.
There were improvements made to the 5.3L and along with a 10 hp increase in power everyone has been reporting at least 1 mpg better fuel economy.
Do you have the 3.42 or 3.73 rearend?
How is the ride quality and quietness on the road?
#35 of 35 Re: bristol123 [b4z]
Jul 10, 2004 (8:10 pm)
Still has a great ride like the 01 did. Doesn't beat you up like a 3/4 ton truck. And definitly quiet with the Bridgestone Dueler A/T in a P26570R17. The rear end is 3.73.