Got my money's worth!
By Cat on Friday, June 08, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Comfortable and extremely useful."
Cons: "3rd door doesn't open all the way."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this 97 Silverado truck used back in 2002 or so. I spent 13,000 on it, and it had about 89,000 miles. I've never had a major purchase work out so well. It's been my daily driver ever since; we've been two-tracking, trailer hauling, back-road bouncing and highway cruising. 22mpg on the highway trips. More power than I've ever really needed, and the extended cab is so useful! Can take extra passengers in a pinch, or store all my extra jackets, hats, groceries, whatever, while the bed handles gas cans, pallets, lawnmowers, dead deer, whatever I need to haul.
I've changed the oil every 3,000 miles, and run it through the car wash a couple times/month. It's never been garaged. I did replace the fuel pump twice; one computer controller, the battery, and the usual stuff like brakes, belts, and plug wires. Everything else, including the exhaust, is stock.
Last summer I did have to re-build the cab corners and rocker panels; was able to get paint to match and I'm pretty good with bondo. Part of living in Michigan. I also had to replace the tailgate hinges.
The only thing I would change is I wish it was a 4 wheel drive, just for fun, and the really stupid thing the engineers did was make the back door only open 90 degrees, instead of far enough to fold back against the bed. The way it is, it's impossible to load groceries in the back seat unless the parking spot next you you is open."
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