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You are in the Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra
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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Truck
#92 of 708 Re: Whats the best truck for me? [desert03ram]
Feb 24, 2006 (9:02 am)
Well, let's see. My '06 crew cab Z71 has a 5'8" bed which is a good compromise considering the rear seat space and leg room. Dodge Quad cab does not even come close in terms of rear passenger space that my Silverado has. I should know, I checked out both of these before making my purchase decision.
My purchase decision was influenced greatly by my GM card rebate of $ 3600 plus all other incentives, which made this LT1 crew cab Z71 a great deal at $ 24,750 plus tax. There was no way I could buy a similar Dodge, Ford, or Nissan Titan new 4WD truck at that price. Yes, my truck uses an old 4 speed auto transmission, which can be a disadvantage, but I compensated somewhat by going with the 3.73 axle gear ratio, which helps the truck to stay in overdrive gear longer and at lower speeds. I live in Florida, so that hills are not an issue. I get plenty good acceleration out of this 295 HP 5.3 V8, and the truck tows my 5000 lb boat/trailer with ease.
The seat cloth is not the cheap "pantyhose" type material, but decent fabric. The riding height is just about right, and the truck does not have the deep bed like F150 with very high sides, which would be annoying when unloading small things from the bed over the side.
The truck has a nice quiet ride, and gets acceptable fuel economy of about 15 MPG combined, about 16-17 MPG highway with regular 87 octane gas.
Dodge 4WD trucks with the 5.7 HEMI do not even come close. I spoke with a 65 year old gentleman who wanted to sell his 2004 4WD Ram 1500 with the 5.7 HEMI because he could not get more than 11 MPG out of this truck no matter what! This with an older guy driving, who probably never drives fast. I can only imagine what would a young kid get out of this truck.
And TITAN truck fuel economy is not as good as that of GM trucks either. 4WD Titan trucks barely get 14 MPG.
So in summary, Chevy trucks have their weak points, but also some desirable features. For me, the interior space of the crew cab, mileage, and price were the largest motivating factors.
#93 of 708 Re: Whats the best truck for me? [p100]
Feb 24, 2006 (1:14 pm)
Great truck at great price, go with the Silverado! The new Vortec Max will give you the most power! 3:73 are the ticket! My '99 came with 4:10's and i couldnt be happier. Motor Trend did a comparo in 2000 with all the players back then and the Chev came out on top. As for the '07's first year model recalls are the exception rather than the rule now a days. No current manufacture can afford to have that happen to them. The competition has made all of the players better. The weekly Automotive News gives all the updates on recalls and the last ones of note were the Toyota Hybrid with stalling out and Ford dealing with the buyouts of the latest Powerstroke motors. As a whole, the automotive industry is getting better!
#94 of 708 2007 Front End
Mar 14, 2006 (6:13 am)
From the Photos I've seen of the 07 Tahoe, Suburban, and Avalanche, I almost expect the SIlverado to have the same front end. I hope I'm wrong. I think GM is in worse shape than they're letting on, if they are using the same front end across the truck/SUV line. I wouldn't be surprised to see the same front on the 07 Trailblazer and a future Colorado.
Please, Chevy, do something special for the Silverado.
#95 of 708 Re: While some of you jump off, I'm jumping in !!!!!! [rockylee]
Mar 21, 2006 (8:36 pm)
"We need Americans to buy American Made cars and Trucks in this critical time for are economy. Yes some of the Japaneese cars are made here and feature some parts from American Suppliers......but not as many as GM. Thanx-->rockylee"
HooRaahh buddy, I'm with ya.
Some of the foreign vehicles may be made here in the USA but the people that own the company don't live in the USA. I don't care if it's a BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Kia, whatever.
Spend it here it stays here.
Mar 21, 2006 (9:07 pm)
Well I really like the 2007 Tahoe. That is one nice looking suv. I did notice that every Tahoe I've seen has waves in the front doors panels. I've seen about 5 of them that way.
I didn't like the 2007 Yukon too much. Those headlights are Massive. The 07 yukon headlights would have been ok if they didn't run them all the way on top of the fenders.
I hope that the new Sierra is either different than the Yukon or more like the Tahoe.
#97 of 708 Re: While some of you jump off, I'm jumping in !!!!!! [wtfletcher]
Mar 22, 2006 (4:42 pm)
Your stand is decidedly un-American IMO.
What spurs excellence? Rewarding mediocrity?
When does the consumer win? When we purchase an inferior product becuase it's supposedly made in the USA? In all actuality, it's most likely from sources to include Canada and Mexico.
What IS American is the privilege of purchasing the best product available at a competitive price.
I've served this country in the military for over 25 years to include deployments to Iraq, however, I will not buy "American" when it is clearly an inferior product.
The burden is on the PRODUCER to make a superior product, not on the consumer to "buy American." You have it backwards.
Bring on the all-new Toyota Tundra --competition brings out the best and WE (consumers) win!!!
#98 of 708 Re: Drum brakes are fine. [joe29001]
Jun 27, 2008 (3:16 pm)
I thought it was a cost effective thing... GM cost-cutting at it's best. I don't think most people will or would have noticed a difference in drum or disc at the rear.
#99 of 708 Re: My First American Vehicle... [woof]
Jun 27, 2008 (3:16 pm)
I think it'll do ya well... I am really looking forward to what GM does with the redesign. I am not overly fond of the current front end with the chiseled headlights (I think the Sierra's are a little better), and would actually prefere the design that is still used on the current Suburban Tahoe (not the 07 Tahoe). But in any case, if the 07 Tahoe is any indication, I think that the new truck will be heads and tails above the current one. I like the front end design of the Tahoe, the Yukon not so much; hopefully the truck has a little bit different look to it. I am also not too fond of the front bumper. I think plastic bumpers are a joke. Hopefully there is some chrome or at least a true metal bumper in store for the truck. But in any case - overall I think that GM is doing things right again... They did the trucks right last time around save for the interiors, but even while not a "luxurious" as a competitor, the interiors they were at least ergonomic and more functional than most of the trucks on the market at the time.
So I am excited about the new trucks... Hopefully I will be able to get one. A Colorado looks to be more in my range, but who knows... maybe a Silverado is in my sights?
#100 of 708 Re: While some of you jump off, I'm jumping in !!!!!! [usafdoc]
Mar 28, 2006 (12:17 pm)
Wonderful post. Well said.
Apr 03, 2006 (12:12 pm)
Will the new Siverado be intro'd at the NY show? GM better hurry, or it will be out of business before its best seller makes its debut.