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.
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
Mine is a 99 and doesn't have this problem...... unless I'm
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.
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.
`02 Silverado 2500HD
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.
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
: 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**
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.
DRL's - The stock bulb has a 4-digit number that begins with a 3. The
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
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
Acta Non Verba - Deeds Not Words
Lieutenant Jonathan Race, EMS Supervisor
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org (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
At least the old '73-87 trucks are built to last forever. In 20 years
I fully expect to still be driving one.
On 12 Dec 2003 14:39:11 -0800, email@example.com (Tony Kimmell)
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.
Up to a point, but it is the shock that kills. You would need enough mass to
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.
Ahhh...a true engineer. I get it. Lets see, take a solid cylinder
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
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
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
Good survivin' to ya,
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