Chevy gets it right
I have a 2007 Chevy Silverado 1LT 2WD extended cab with the 5.3 iron-block V8.
I had long ago given up on buying GM products. Bad quality and bad designs. But the new Silverado has changed my mind.
Highlights: quiet ride, comfortable & supportive seats, surprisingly good handling, good looking & well-designed interior with lots of storage.
Problems: none so far.
Lowlights: Radio speakers do a lousy job with high-end sounds. And (a real nik-pick here) the owner's manual is a bit hard to read, lacking a lot of drawings/pictures, and it comes in a thin, wimpy, plain, ultra-cheap canvas-like pouch.
**10,000 mile update:
--Only problem so far: Took the truck in for its first oil change in May, was told that there was an oil leak. I was given a free loaner (a new Impala), problem was fixed under warranty, no problems since.
--The rear cup holder broke; the hinge locked up, and it snapped off when given a tug. I assume this was caused by my 5-year old standing on it. I admitted to breaking it, but it was still replaced free under warranty. Also, an software update was taken care of.
--I wasnât wild about the original equipment tires, wanted some with better all-season traction, so I replaced the stock Generals with Bridgestone Dueler Revos. Great improvement in handling and wet & dry traction. The cost was a drop in fuel economy. I had been consistently getting 16.5; now 15.5.
Looks like I will be changing jobs, going from largely working at home to having a 120 mile daily commute. This will be a good test of the truck.
5/15/2009 -- I now have 35,000 miles on this truck. I have driven it from PA to MI with 800 lbs in the bed, from MI to FL and back with 500 lbs in the bed, and from MI to MO with a 6 year old in the back seat. I currently have 1000 lbs in the bed, moving equipment from one factory to another. I haven't had a single problem, and have done nothing but change the oil. Highway MPG approaches 19. GM is finally building some good products, but not enough people believe them anymore. It's too bad, because I love this truck.
8/12/2011--Itâs been awhile since I updated this post. My Chevy now has 82,000 miles on it. Itâs both my work truck and personal vehicle. For the past year I have driven it from Michigan to upstate New York every other week. I have twice taken it from Michigan to Florida loaded with trade show stuff; another trip to the boot heel of Missouri. The truck has continued to perform flawlessly. Only issues have been two minor leaks, transmission and engine oil, both fixed under warranty. I replaced front brake pads at 62k. Worn out the Bridgestones at about 55k and replaced with Michelins. Other than that Iâve only changed the oil when the oil life monitor tell me to. Truck still feels tight and rides quiet.