Just thought I'd introduce myselfe, I am from Minnesota and just picked up a new (to me) Silverado. I got 150,000 trouble free miles out of my 2001 F150 supercrew lariat, GREAT truck BTW. However the miles were getting me a bit nervous, I still owed a fair amount of money on it so I decided to see what I could get for a trade and see what I could find to replace it. I was unable to find a lower mileage replacement for it in the same body style, and I don't really care for the new F150's (unless they are completely loaded lariats, and I did'nt want that payment.). Since I am not a brand loyalist, I went over to the dark side:neutral: and started looking at the Chevy's. I have always liked the extended cab silverado's, they have way more cab room than the extended cab F150's so I didn't need the crew cab like I did in the Ford (although if it would have fit in my garage I would have gotten the crew cab silverado) I found a perfect '03 silverado Extended cab, with 45,000mile on it, two toned Charcoal and silver Z71 LS. This thing is in mint condition!! My uncle is the manager of a local Chev dealership (always loved driving my Ford to family events as ALL my family on that side drives Chevy's). He gave me as fair a price as he could on my trade and I got a screamin deal on the silverado. I must say, it is nice to be away from the 5.5' box and the fact that the supercrew box was not square on the Ford (it narrows at the back)and no stake pockets. Now I can get some of the accessories that were not available on the ford, namely a nice removable ladder rack. I miss the Ride height of my Ford, it sure sat up nice and tall, and it rode more like a truck. The silverado is a little low for my liking and the suspension is a bit mushy, especially for a Z71 ?!? but it sure rides nice. The interior is more car like (a good thing) in the silverado with more creature comforts, however I miss the nice soft leather of my Ford. I must say that the cloth interior of the Chev is higher quality than the Ford. All in all I feel I made a great purchase and I expect this truck to last me a good long time. Some improvements I will be looking to do in the future will be a lift kit and tires/wheels, a nice mellow cat back, front window tint. I look forward to learning as much as I can about these trucks.