Chevrolet Complaint - 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 shortbed
KENTUCKY -- My Dad just bought an '05 Chevy Silverado P/U with the 4.3 V-6. It has the 5 speed manual transmission and is about as basic a truck as you can buy on a lot these days. The rear end has the 3.23 gear set in it.
The tranny makes a light clunk when you shift out to the next gear. This truck doesn't even have 5,000 miles on it yet. It is not the clutch. We can tell that. Its like there is some lash in the gears when you engage the clutch. Not only can you hear it, you can feel it in the shifter. This ain't right.
Dad has since test drove some other trucks with the same tranny and they all do it. And after reading some of the GM reviews on here, it doesn't surprise me.
The service department is blaming it on a redesign of the transmission. I blame it on shoddy workmanship.
The 4.3 engine in it is not the same one that GM sold years ago. My Mom had an '86 Monte Carlo with basically the same motor in it. And you had to be careful with it. It would break the tires lose without even trying hard.
This 4.3 bogs on small hills that shouldn't even make it breathe hard. Dad just had an exhaust leak fixed on it just behind the catalytic converter. It made the truck quieter, but, we don't know if it helped the power any or not. Dad found it when he was under the truck and saw black soot on the brand new factory exhaust.
The service techs at the dealership said they can't put it on a diagnostic machine unless the check engine light is on. Personally, I think they're afraid the computer will tell them that my Dad knows what he's talking about.
He has a 1991 Nissan P/U with well over 100K on it. And it still runs like a new one. He's saying now that he wishes he had just gone on and bought another one instead of this truck. Dad is not hard on a truck but, he does use it for hauling stuff. Its a shame that he has to go through all this crap, thinking he was getting a quality product.
I'm starting to think that GM may just stand for "Grave Mistake".
Is anyone else out there having these problems with a new GM truck? Especially the Silverado or the Sierra with this motor and /or engine?
PLease e-mail me and let me know. Thanks