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Old 02-22-2006, 07:51 PM
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Any Silverado HD owners???

I'm looking at Silverado HD 4x4s (preferably 01-02) and was wondering what any of you out there that own one thought of it. Im curious what engine and transmission you have and what kind of fuel economy you're getting with it as well as your overall opinion of the truck.

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Old 02-22-2006, 08:45 PM
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Any Silverado HD owners???

I have a 01 GMC 4X4 with the 4.8 motor. Love the truck. Use it for hunting deer and chasing down vintage tin. I get 22 mpg at 120 kph on the highway. I think that converts to about 18 mpg at 75 mph. Very few problems. Had a front disc brake pad shatter and scored the rotor but that is all after 90,000 miles. Just routine maintenance.
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01 Silverado 1/2 ton 5.3l Automatic ONLY 49,000 miles!!!

Right rear caliper has a history of hanging up, due to salt spray off from R/F tire. Also, the power window cables broke, from trying to open the window when it was froze. And wipers will spin on spindle if too much snow.

Other than that, I love the truck. 17 mpg at 75-80 mph Pulled 20' enclosed car trailer no problems.
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My dads got a 01 2500 with the allison and the 8.1. The truck is great except its now on its third heater core. You have to pull the whole dash out to replace it. He has 150,000 miles on it now. Oh yeah and the transfer case grenaded at 140,000.


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Right rear caliper has a history of hanging up, due to salt spray off from R/F tire.
I've heard about troubles with the rear brakes on the Silverados before. Seems to me I've heard the lighter pickups have gone back to drums in back.

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My dads got a 01 2500 with the allison and the 8.1. The truck is great except its now on its third heater core. You have to pull the whole dash out to replace it. He has 150,000 miles on it now. Oh yeah and the transfer case grenaded at 140,000.


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I'm leaning toward the 6.0 myself since the 8.1 and the Duramax is more than I really need. I'd think about the diesel though if I found one in my price range since it should get similar fuel economy to the 6.0. Speaking of 8.1s and fuel economy, what does your dads 8.1/Allison get? How is it for towing? And how did he grenade the t-case?
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I recently picked up a '03 Sierra 1500HD. It has the 6 liter and 4L80E trans. It's heavy! I manage about 14-16 mpg with mostly highway driving, haven't had a chance to do any towing. Overall, I really like it. It rides a little rougher than the other 1/2 tons I've been in because of the stiffer suspension. Still very comfortable, and has plenty of room. 5 adults can ride comfortably, haven't tried 6 yet.
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I had a 2001 that had a 4.8 auto I traded in last year. The brakes were going bad the motor was dieseling all the time and the tranny was acting strange. From the day I bought it, the transmission acted weird. I would have to keep my foot on the brake when sitting on a hill at a stop sign or otherwise it would roll back-wards like it was in neutral. I never had to have anything fixed while I owned it but it was starting to fall apart at 97,000 miles. I took care of this truck, I changed its oil when I was suppose to, washed it, vacuumed it and kept it clean, it still looked like a new truck when I traded it in. I didn't get a whole lot of trade in on it, I owed $8900 on it and only received $6500 trade value because it was a 2 wheel drive. I wouldn't ever buy a 2 wheel drive again because of this, those dealers will rob you. It also didn't like lower grade fuels, it only ran worth a dam on the premium fuel and even then it was dieseling.
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He gets around 12 mpg on the highway on gasoline. The thing pulls great, not much will slow it down. The transfer case just gave up as he was driving down the road I dont think they like big miles. Most of his driving is highway and he rarely pulls stuff.

On the brakes he put his first set of front pads on at 90000 miles and he just put on a set of rear pads.


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