"I love this truck, it will pull anything you put behind it... until the 5th gear nut lets go in the transmission then you are stuck going 50 mph until you get to where you can stop or get to your destination after several added hours and swap the nv4500 and put a big truck transmission in. once that is done you can go a million miles.
aside from some minor electrical issues the engine has been unstoppable and the horsepower easy to bolt on. the cab is simple, no expensive useless seat heaters, no pesky bells and whistles, just a good simple truck.
pulling a 14,000 lb trailer up mountain passes my worst fuel economy was up a 12 mile 6% grade (in 4th gear)and i still got 14 mpg in 110 degree weather. I have lightly modified the engine and am getting 332hp@2500 rpm at the wheels and 687 ft lbs torque @1900 rpm"
"Great truck! Poor mpg but has unreal power.
only bad thing is the electrical is a joke. pwr windows,seat ect. are always failing. radio works when it wants too. Great for hauling and pulling trailers. lags a bit going uphill and not much get up and go. But still a great work horse. 140,000 miles and still going strong!"
Pros: "Good strong engine, comfortable, easy to repair."
Cons: "Cheap plastic inside, poor fuel economy."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've had this truck for a year and a half and in that time I've put 40,000 miles on it and have enjoyed every one of them. My biggest complaint is fuel economy (10/13) but as this truck was never designed for good mpg, I can't fault it too much there. I have the 5.9L engine and it gives me all the power I need while having enough room under the hood for me to do any work myself (spark plugs, A/C parts, air intake). Its a very comfortable ride and also for long drives, though cab noise can be a bit annoying at times on extremely long journeys. All in all a good dependable truck that has had no major mechanical issues since I've had it."