How reliable are Chevy trucks? Here we have seven older Chevrolet and GMC trucks and their owners who tell us all about what is good and what went wrong with their trucks.
First up is a 2002 GMC Sonoma midsize truck with over 422,000 miles on the clock. Under the hood is an older version of the 4.3-liter gas V6. This truck makes some noises and may not start absolutely every time, but it’s still being used for work and play and that’s great to see.
Next is a Chevy Suburban with a 5.3-liter gas V8 under the hood and around 230,000 miles. This truck originally came from California, so it has almost no rust. The transmission needed to be rebuilt, but this is actually a 2WD version of the Suburban and rebuild process is a bit simpler & cheaper than for a 4×4 model. The interior has lasted relatively well, although there was a rip on the outside of the driver’s seat.
Next is a 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 4×4 pickup truck with approximately 187,000 miles. Under the hood is a 5.3-liter gas V8. The truck’s 4×4 system and the powertrain have lasted very well, but the interior has not.
The white truck is a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500 HD with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8 and a 5-speed Allison automatic transmission. This truck has nearly 230,000 miles on it. This is a first generation Duramax diesel, and this one had the common injector failure at around 150,000 miles, which is an expensive repair/replacement. This truck is in great shape. The exterior of the truck looks nearly brand new.
We have another Suburban on the list. This one spent all of its life outside in the Chicago area. The 5.3-liter V8 engine has been strong and reliable, but the body has a lot of rust due to the elements.
There is a newer 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 work truck with around 192,000 miles. This is the next generation of the truck, but the 5.3-liter V8 is still doing well.
Finally, here is a 1999 Chevy Silverado 1500 with 449,347 miles shown on the odometer, although the owner says the truck may actually have a lot more miles on it. This truck still carries heavy loads and tow a little boat occasionally. There is considerable rust on this truck, and the interior has many problems, but the engine is still chugging.
Watch the video for all of the details on these trucks!