things I hate about my 99 Silverado, extra cab 4x4

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1) DRLs - the bulbs always burn out, and you know the rest ... it's the reason I won't buy a chevy again
2) plastic front grill and fake chrome- what a cheap piece of sh**
3) gas gauge that stays full forever, and then burns to empty in minutes. I'm told this is common in chevy trucks. I can't believe that an engineer somewhere thought this was a good idea.
Other than this, it's a great truck. Great engine, minor problems mostly related to new truck design in 99.
chris
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anything with a bulb is going to burn out.. disable yours if it's a problem.

Seen the new fords? crap more plastic then you can shake a stick at... and just eww...

Mine is a 99 and doesn't have this problem...... unless I'm missunderstanding you

I agree, I have a '99 Silverado half ton 5.3l 4x4 ext. cab and I love the power it has.. I can haul around 4-8k lbs with not much problem.. only thing you have to watch is your stopping distance.. I had the chance to drive around my sisters '97 Malibu witha 4 banger when i was trying to figure out some problems this week.. wow.. it makes you appreciate a V-8. but then again she gets 25mpg i get 14.
Adair

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Somehow,on Sat, 06 Dec 2003 02:05:31 GMT, "Adair Winter"

only 14? in a half ton? what rears did that come with? I get 14 in my three-quarter ton extended cab long bed, with the 6.0 liter and 4.10 rears after changing to 285 rubber. I got 15 with the stock 245s. wow, I thought the half ton would have better mileage than mine.
Mike `02 Silverado 2500HD
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to be honest, I don't know what the gear ratio is.. never looked.. I'll have to check the rpo's. but 14 is about my average in town and highway togeather.. straight highway driving gets around 16 or so.. my biggest problem is, I work for a roofing company as a salesman and manager, and am in and out of my truck all day long.. so there is a lot of on off cycles.. also i can spend alot of time just sitting there idling when i'm on the phone or going through paperwork.
I bought the newer style truck hoping that it'd get alot better milage. my old '96 K1500 350 got about 12.5 intown and on the highway. so I guess I did step up a little bit. I'm getting all the fluids changed over to synthetic, it came with a K&N air filter (yuck) and I'm soon to put some flowmaters under it.. so I hope to eventually work a little more milage out of her.
Adair
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Can't really say much about the first 2 complaints but i can tell you my old 78, 89 blazer and 90 Z71 i now drive all do the gas gauge thing; from what i can tell just about all Chevrolet trucks do it; I'd rather have to deal with that than worry about a ford AOD tranny seal tearing up all the damn time, just my 2 cents
TB
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: 1) DRLs - the bulbs always burn out, and you know the rest ... it's : the reason I won't buy a chevy again DRLS Suck
: 2) plastic front grill and fake chrome- what a cheap piece of sh** ALL Grilles are PLASTIC , : 3) gas gauge that stays full forever, and then burns to empty in : minutes. I'm told this is common in chevy trucks. I can't believe that : an engineer somewhere thought this was a good idea. My Folks had a 72 Impala that stayed on full for the first 100 miles
: Other than this, it's a great truck. Great engine, minor problems : mostly related to new truck design in 99. : : chris
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replacement bulb is the same last three numbers but begins with a 4.

Do what the custom guys do - peel off the chrome and paint it to match the body. I doubt you'll find a chromed metal grill on anything these days, just chromed plastic.

Stuck float or bad sending unit. Do you really think this is common on Chevy trucks or that it was deliberately planned? Puh-leez.... I actually have a TSB on my truck that mentions complaints people have with having too much fuel in the tank when the gauge reads Empty (approx. 7 gallons). Go figure...

Doesn't sound like your having all that bad of a time with your truck. Just get the minor things fixed and you should be happy.
Cheers - Jon
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Pull the DRL fuse, I did on my '99 'Burban. You lose the flash to pass though. I thought it was a silly 'safety' feature.
-jjj
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What are DRLs?
My 99 z71 sucks. The ABS failed and the truck lost all breaking power.(poor design by GM) There is tons of wind noise in the cab. The rear window leaks when it rains. The 4wd switch failed. The wipers lost the delay feature. Fuel regulator failed. The doors lock at 20mph and do not unlock when you turn off the key.(annoying as hell) Both tailgate cables broke. The molding around the tailgate handle fell off. The 4.8 vortec has to run a 5000+ RPM to carry a 8ft camper up a hill.(no torque) The steering wheel has a rattle in it that I can not find. This truck has 60k on it. Most of the miles are without any loads. Nice looking truck though. After my old 89 Sierra is fixed up, the 99 will have to be sold.

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My 2000 Chevy 2500 is the best truck I've every owned. 50,000 miles and not a problem! I know a person that had a 1999 and they too had several issues with it.
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snipped-for-privacy@sneakemail.com (chris) wrote in message

You're not going to find any Chevy truck made after 1987 that doesn't have plastic galore and poor build quality. My 2000 Sonoma is a plastic piece of shit. You can grab the bumper and grille and wigle them like crazy... they all do this. Just plain junk and manufacturing cheapness.
At least the old '73-87 trucks are built to last forever. In 20 years I fully expect to still be driving one.
Tony
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On 12 Dec 2003 14:39:11 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@frontiernet.net (Tony Kimmell) wrote:

Except that one will die more easily or suffer more severe injuries in those older trucks...you may not like that "plastic front end" but it could save your life. From my understanding, there is a lot of engineering in the front end to protect us and that doesn't mean cheaper. You may not go pushing other vehicles as you once would, but it will still haul and tow do the things very well that the newer Chevy trucks are designed to do. _____________
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Bullshit
Lives are saved by MASS between passenger and colliding object
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not only stop the other vehicle, but to keep you moving forward after the impact. If you stop from 100 km/h (60 mp/h) to 0 instantly, your brain and internal organs turn to mush. The crush zones are designed to slow you down a little more gradually.

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On Sat, 13 Dec 2003 03:28:55 GMT, "Gary Glaenzer"

and place fragile object on the rear and run the cylinder into an immovable object at a given speed. Take same size cylinder, perhaps a beer can, under same conditions. YOu are right, the solid cylinder may survive undamaged. Likewise, your older truck will survive well--but I'll take the beer can if I'm the fragile object behind the cylinder. _____________
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and you completely ignore that the 'beer can' is enclosed in the 'cylinder'
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You both have a point. In a collision of two bodies of unequal masses, the smaller of the two will bear the brunt of the transfer of kinetic energy (which is proportional to mass times velocity squared). If I had my choice between a Suburban and a Civic in a prearranged crash, I'd go with the Suburban.
Above and beyond that, the deformation of the body and frame in a collision absorbs energy and spreads deceleration forces out over a longer period of time. Motorcycle helmets prevent head injuries not because they are hard, but because the interior foam absorbs the energy of impact and reduces peak forces. Those peak forces are what injure. Why do you think the military is so hot on the pilotless fighter jet? The soft body on the inside is the performance envelope limiter, not the structure or engine. If you can successfully fly a pilotless jet that can pull 50Gs, nothing with a pilot inside will be able to match it.
I'll go for both, big and designed to predictably fold up when something is hit.
Good survivin' to ya, VLJ
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On Sat, 13 Dec 2003 17:51:03 GMT, "Gary Glaenzer"

I'll just agree to disagree. _____________
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Or... those that won't listen must feel
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