My 2001 siverado with the 6.0 started knocking early on. The GM
mechanic suggested letting the engine idle for 30 seconds or so when
cold and don't rev the engine for the first mile or so (passing gear,
etc). Truck now has 77K miles and runs fine, except at freeway
speeds(75+) mph it does use some oil, maybe a quart per 1,000. I don't
know what to expect this summer when I start pulling a fifth wheel
Sounds to me like you are looking for trouble. Every manufacturer has
problems even the high and mighty Honda and Toyota. The make nice cars, but
so does everybody. Honda doesn't make a truck though, and Toyota is WAY to
proud of their new ones.
I'm not looking for trouble as you suggest nor am I looking to start a
thread like a domestic vs.import nor a Chevy vs. Ford but looking for
answers as to why this is acceptable and if it causes damage in the future.
Up until my other vehicle, a Ford Expedition with a 5.4 V8, I have never
heard of any vehicle making engine noise and considering it normal.
I promised, and still hold to it, that I will never purchase a Ford again
and moved on to GM but if they are like Ford, I will move on to another
"Now Phoebe Snow direct can go
from thirty-third to Buffalo.
I couldn't agree more. I got burned on GM products years ago including
a 97 Silverado and a 00 that I called my Shakerado. Both trucks were
purchased new and gave me nothing but problems. The 00 shook like hell
at highways speeds and all I could get out of GM including the zone rep
was "they all do that." Bullcrap! I traded my 00 in on another brand
truck (I won't mention which one becasue they GM sheep will find
something wrong with it) and I haven't had a problem yet. And, surprise,
it doesn't shake. I'm finished buy anything from GM. And by the shape
GM is in I'm not alone.
I previously have owned a Dodge NIGHTMARE as well as a very unreliable Ford
Fix and repair Weekly and a 85 4x4 Nissan The Nissan had 180.000 of miles
with no trouble except a blown head gasket which was my fault. I put
cardboard in front of the radiator to warm it up. I used this truck as a
service truck. It had 1 ton of tools and supplies on a half ton truck. I
wore it out and am sorry I didn't keep it and have the engine overhauled.It
owed me nothing ! But I thought I would buy American this time around. BIG
MISTAKE! The only language GM will understand is when we quit buying this
junk they continuously put out only to nail us again on repairs that we
should not have if they was built with reliability
To sum it up my 71 Dotson required new king pins I drove it till it was worn
out and two people owned it after me 130,000?
84 Ford dumped it at 13,000 miles because of the numerous problems
,unreliability and using 3 quarts of oil in 250 miles
My 85 nisson 185,000 had two repairs head gasket my fault and failure of
the distributor rotor (Aftermarket part Failure) Best truck I ever owned
My 97 dodge had tranny troubles 3 radios every switch replaced including the
glove box 2 rear-end alternator
Evaporator coil Very unreliable Worst vehicle I have ever owned and the
factory would not honor its own warranty
My 01 Silverado both electric door openers $250 a pop 3 mirrors 2 heated
seats tranny switch Gas gauge is currently malfunctioning Check engine
Emergency brake replacement because of sloppy install at factory The heat
pipe in the center consul for the back seat was disconnected again sloppy
Wheel caliper hanging up
ABS brakes malfunction
My wife's Lexus has not giving us the first bit of trouble
Draw your own conclusion
My '02 Sierra (6.0) started making a knocking/ticking sound at the back
of the engine on the drivers side, at about 30K, i thought it might be
a lifter, but now think it sounds more like it could be p-slap. I have
always bought GMC pick-ups starting in '85 and buying a new one every
five years, or the second year after major re-designs. The '02 is a
good truck, a real improvement in ride and interior over my previous
'96, but i have noticed a steady 'cheapening' of the materials used in
its construction. Things like window seals and lighting for the
instrumentation, are of inferior quality, or just deleted. Glove-box
light? Deleted. Transfer case light? Deleted. Kind of makes me wonder
about the things i cant see.
In the past i have had the opportunity to drive pick-ups from all the
NA manufacturers, and found the GMC/Chevys to be the best quality, but
no longer am confident to say this, when compared to certain foriegn
For me, my truck is a tool. I use it to get things done. While i have
always accepted that when buying tools you get what you pay for, i am
not prepared to spend a premium for a 'good tool', and get something
shoddy in return.
My complaints are not irrational, nor is my loyalty to GM.
Orphaned Pick-up Buyer,
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.