Tell me about your truck

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by greygoose, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. greygoose

    greygoose New Member

    Hello all, I am doing my research to find the perfect truck (for me). So I figured the best way to find real world experience is to talk to owners of all three brands. I would like all of you to be honest about your Silverados. What do you like? What don’t you like? How do you use your truck?

    This is just your honest opinions and experiences with YOUR vehicle.

    I eagerly await your responses.

    Thank you,
  2. hotrodking86

    hotrodking86 New Member

    Well I have always had Chevrolet vehicles, I have a 71 Chevrolet Chevelle that is still in great shape after all these years. I have had a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado, it was a great truck no issues except for a recall on the cruise control that was fixed. I loved it but I always wanted a Silverado, I wanted the full size truck. In 2009 I got my wish, I bought a 2008 Silverado brand new for a good price as the lot still had a few of them left over. The bad economy has helped us car buyers as of late one of the only perks. I haven't had any problems with it so far, it almost hasa 40,000 miles on it. The only thing that I really had to buy were tires, but we all know that factory tires are not the best. I had an older Ford service truck that I bought for doing roadside repairs, yes I said it Ford. I really love Chevrolets, they are American made and are Classic in my eyes. I have never had a real issue with Chevrolet, all trucks these days have their perks. It really comes down to what you want and like.

    Let me just say, do not buy the Ford diesel truck, I have worked on many and they are a pain in the A$$. I know that they redesigned them but I still would not trust them. So if you go Ford, buy the gasoline engine.
  3. greygoose

    greygoose New Member

    Let me specify that I am looking at 1/2 ton models from Ford, GM, and Dodge. I've driven all of them and I'm pretty knowledgeable about American vehicles in general, but nothing beats real world experiences.

    Thank you for your input hotrodking86. Just to clarify though, all (3) brands are American made. Two are actualy built right here in the motor city. :)
  4. hotrodking86

    hotrodking86 New Member

    Yes I know that all three are American made, I was just saying that is one of the reasons why I picked Chevrolet over other trucks (Toyota,Nissan, etc.). I feel that Chevy has an imprint on this country, but I love my two trucks that were Chevy. My Silverado has been a great truck, there are pros and cons about all three major brands.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011
  5. TexasTechRaider

    TexasTechRaider New Member

    I have a 2009 chevy silverado Texas edition that I bought 3 months ago, only problem I had was the power mirror stopped folding in but already got that fixed. I have had the newer body style ford (blah) they just don't drive the same.. Chevy feels complete and like a real truck, fords handling and suspension suck! I also hate the f-150 4x4, half the time it takes like 30 seconds for it to engage. In a Chevy you also feel badass compared to everyone else :)
  6. hotrodking86

    hotrodking86 New Member

    Chevys seem to have a better turning radius than Fords. My stepdad has a newer F-250 and the turning radius is horrible, I swear it takes 3 times to pull in a spot.
  7. ridick_bowen

    ridick_bowen New Member

    Don't get a 3 door. That's the only thing I hate about my truck. Wait, previously owned by a heavy set man so driver seat is abused like a 40 year old pornstar's you know what.

    2000 Silverado z71 4x4
  8. tyler87

    tyler87 New Member

    I've had a an 03, aand now have a 2010 Silverado half-ton, and have no complaints about either ones. My old man also has a 2007 (One ton dually with the duramax tho) and no problems either! I think the only thing i like about the fords are keypad on the door, would come in handy!
  9. davedyno

    davedyno New Member

    Here what I like about my 2011 Silverado Z71 EXT 4X4,5.3, 18" Wheels = Everything including power, fuel mileage, quality, towing performance great brakes and looks.

    Here is what I did not like about my 2002 Silverado EXT 4X4,4.8
    LOUSY Brakes from very first day
    The Dealer telling me "you know" you can go to another dealer when complaining about these problems.
  10. PearlWhiteLTZ

    PearlWhiteLTZ New Member

    I haven't had my 09 Silverado LTZ all that long. I really like it. It does everything I need it to. Plenty of power, tons of room, great ride. As far a comfort, ride, and looks, I'd put my truck up against any cadillac, lincoln, or any other luxury truck or suv.
    I did have my 02 silverado for a long time. Mac Exhaust, K&N intake, Diablo tuner, leveling kit and 33' BFG AT's..I drove it though fire roads in VT, and time square in manhattan. Camped out in the bed at motorcross tracks and slept in the back seat on road trips down south. I could probably write a book about all the stories and memories involving that truck.
    A few months ago, while on my way to work, an old man crossed the double yellow, t-boned me on the drivers door, spun me around in traffic and nearly rolled me over. The rear axle was blown right out the rear and came to rest on the side of the road. I was unhurt, but the truck was totaled. I bought the truck with 50,000 miles and put 100,000 of my own on it with nothing more than oil changes, a battery, tires, and basic maintenance. There was no way i was going to replace Big Green (the name my girlfriend gave my truck) with anything other than another silverado.
  11. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    my 03 was nothing but great, no major issues, jsut basic maitinence, and a few small things now and then. bout my sierra back in February with 67k, now I have almost 76 k and its been in the shop twice, one was a small thing i just didnt have time ( or a place) to fix, the other I did myslef in my driveway. pretty easy.

    get good mileage on the highway, rides real nice, comfortable, slept in it a few times now, and other then being a little stiff, it was fine. 4x4 works good.

    driven ford, a few dodges, never was real impressed with em.

  12. greygoose

    greygoose New Member

    Hey guys,

    Thank you for all the info. Looks like I have some serious thinking to do. I have driven all three half ton trucks and they all have things I like, and things I dislike. At this point since all the reviews on all three brands have been excellent, I think I'm going to have to make my decision based on price. I get employee discount for all three companies so I guess we'll see who comes out the cheapest and gives me the most for my trade.
  13. Drake_korthos

    Drake_korthos New Member

    I've noticed that when you look at the equipment packages for GMC vs Chevy you have a lot more options on the Chevy side of the house. On the other hand, the GMC's come with a lot more as "standard" based on the model you get (the SLE vs SLT). Just my two cents! Good luck on findin yer truck and let us know what you finally decided upon!
  14. Gregsyellorado

    Gregsyellorado New Member

    I have a 08 GMC Sierra, traded in a HHR for it, hated the HHR. But as for trucks, I had a Dodge, a while back and the thing I liked about it was that no matter how you drove it, 120mph or 30 mph, you was gonna get the same MPG, 16.5 no matter what. Looked at a Ford, when I bought my GMC, had some things I wanted (sport version), but was also missing some things I like (carpet) and the seats just were not as comfortable for me, also the engine in the Ford just did not seem to have the torque that I was expecting in a truck. And like Drake just said when looking at packages on the GM models the GMC seems to have better standard equipment than the Chevy.
    Also if you have not already one this check the forums for Ford and Dodge, see what their owners think.
  15. PearlWhiteLTZ

    PearlWhiteLTZ New Member

    in my opinion checking out the "brand" forums isnt going to give you a real unbiased look at all the trucks. I'm not going to talk smack about my truck, the one i researched and then ponied up all the cash for...And then joined a truck forum to talk about it..Yeah, we all have little gripes about our trucks, but if we really didnt like something, we probably wouldnt have bought it. Check KBB and consumer reports for reviews. look for trends in complaints..even there, you can still get the 15 y/o kid that has never owned a truck leaving comments about how chevy sucks because his dad has a calvin peeing on a bowtie sticker in the back window of his Ford..So, drive them all, and talk to real drivers..Thats my best advice..
  16. Backroads

    Backroads New Member

    Don't give up on the forums for information, as with anything internet related can't believe everything but you can spot trends. For me I've owned Fords, Dodges, GMCs, and now a 2010 Chevy Ext. cab 4x4. Dodge was the worst engine problems and transmission problems swore never again. I now own a 94 GMC 2500 4x4 6.5L which is my fun driver luv that truck. And my 2010 Silverado is my "good" truck looks good, drives good, comfortable, your best truck will be the one you like best do your research go out and drive every style and option you can find, you will recognize "your truck"
  17. Vallez93

    Vallez93 New Member

    i drive an 03 silverado, the most basic model, ext cab, manual doors and locks with a 5.3l v8. so far i really like it, the only bad thing really is gas mileage, but its a truck so i dont care about mpg. i have used my truck to haul loads like rock and other cars and it handles well, pulls like a champ. i think that all three brands of trucks look good and do what theyre built to do
  18. jebbo

    jebbo New Member

    I bought a brand new (2011, 3300 miles as of now) 2500HD and it sucks so far. The transmission shifting is horrible. When coming up on a hill I press down on the accelerator and at first nothing happens, then it drops down into a low gear and snaps your head back. It is by far the worst truck I have bought!

    I bought a new ford off road 4X4, 1500 back in 2000 that was really nice and the company I worked for had a 2005 that was also nice. This to me indicates a commitment to continued quality.

    I also bought a new Nissan Titan and those are impressive.
  19. greygoose

    greygoose New Member

    While I appreciate your opinion, I would think that people who own and drive these trucks on a daily basis would honestly state what they like and what they don't. Maybe its me, but I know that I can generate an honest opinion on something whether I own it or not. Nothing is perfect and I would think that people on the forums who have logged thousands of miles in these trucks could honestly state pros and cons. maybe I'm giving people too much
  20. Gregsyellorado

    Gregsyellorado New Member

    That is why I said what I did, about the other forums. I had a 2005 Colorado, liked somethings about it, but as far as build quality goes it sucked, the interior was crap, stuff broke all the time, radio peeled on knobs, replaced power window switchs alot, had the head replaced. and finally the last draw was the rearend going out. when I traded it for the HHR, I was having problems again with the security system, and that afternoon, when I left the dealer the truck would not crank, it cost them over $3000.00 in parts and labor, to get the truck running.
    As for my current truck, it aint perfect but it is what I was looking for in a truck. For me, it has the power I want, and easy to get more out of it, has the look I wanted, (hate the reg cab Fords), and had the equipment I wanted. While I wish that GM did a sport truck like they did in th late 80's and early 90's, I have grown to like the chrome, (last 2 trucks I had were sport versions with the ZQ8 suspension).
    Either way do some research, check forums ask the owners, and if they are honest about their trucks they will let you know.

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