2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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$19,545

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance with gas V-8
  • Instrument layout
  • Quietness
  • Solid construction

The bad:

  • Ride comfort
  • Fuel economy

16 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Half-ton, three-quarter-ton and one-ton capacities
  • Heavy-duty versions available
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • V-6, V-8 or diesel V-8 engine
  • Optional Quadrasteer four-wheel steering

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Chevrolet’s high-performance Super Sport moniker is applied to a pickup truck with the Silverado SS.

Powered by a 345-horse version of the Vortec V-8, Silverado joins a cadre of Chevy SS editions dating back to 1961, including Impala, Chevelle, Nova and Camaro.

New for 2003, Silverado SS is the first of several upcoming SS models, including Impala SS for 2004 and an all-new Chevelle SS in the near future.

Silverado SS is quick, and it’s flashy. Still, you have to wonder: a $40,000 Chevy pickup?

That’s probably not so outlandish now that pickup trucks are commonly used as personal transportation, and GM has made a mint with high-end, high-priced sport utility vehicles.

Silverado SS goes up against two existing full-size performance trucks, Ford F-150 Lightning and Dodge SRT-10. It gives up some muscle to the archrivals, each of which boasts 500 horsepower, but Silverado SS is the only one of its kind to put power to the pavement through full-time all-wheel drive.

And it looks great.

What it is

The first in a new generation of Chevy SS performance models, Silverado SS is an extended-cab, short-bed pickup enhanced with a high-output engine and other performance tweaks, plus the macho styling of a muscle car.

Engine and transmission

Here’s a pickup that can get up and move. Though not as aggressive off the line as the supercharged Lightning or the V-10 Dodge, the Chevy has enough power to back up its SS badge.

Hot-rodders should appreciate the classic configuration of the pushrod V-8 with its muscular torque and distinctive exhaust roar. At nearly 5,300 pounds, the Silverado is a lot of truck to move from a standstill. But once under way, it accelerates swiftly to its fast cruising speed.

The four-speed automatic, hooked up to an engine with 380 pound-feet maximum torque, can afford to have widely spaced gear ratios, ranging from a stump-pulling 3.06 first gear to an overdrive 0.70 in fourth.

This provides both strong acceleration and relaxed freeway cruising.

Naturally, fuel mileage is abysmal.

According to the trip computer, I averaged just over 13 miles per gallon in a Phoenix-area mix of mostly freeway driving.

Handling and drivability

Here’s good news and bad news. First the bad news: no smoky rear-wheel tire spinning. The good news: That’s because each Silverado SS has a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that delivers the torque through every tire.

The electronic AWD improves both traction and cornering, making this full-size craft feel nicely sure-footed. The suspension is lowered about an inch in front and two inches in the rear, with shock absorbers that are tuned for a smoother ride.

Huge 20-inch alloy wheels are shod with low-profile performance tires that provide lots of grip.

Silverado is still a major pickup truck, however, with its inhere nt top-heaviness and lightly weighted rear, so handling is a matter of relativity. In other words, don’t expect it to handle like a Corvette.

Styling

The updated styling of Chevy’s line of full-size trucks is sharply accentuated with the Silverado SS. The monochromatic grille, bumper and lower body moldings are handsomely accented by bright details in the lower-front air scoops, chrome exhaust tip, SS emblems and gleaming Chevy bow tie. And, of course, those beautiful aluminum wheels.

Silverado SS comes in glossy black, bright red or a cobalt blue. The blue test truck was a consistent head turner, as well it should be.

Interior

Extended-cab Chevy pickups are roomy and accommodating, with broad cushy seats up front and an oversized center console. That’s up front. The full-width back seat is workable but tight, with limited legroom and an awkwardly upright back.

Still, you can fit five people in here, and the rear clamshell doors provide decent access. The SS version does not come in a quad-cab configuration, which would have a roomier rear seat.

For the Silverado SS, Chevy interior stylists pulled out all the trimmings, with lush leather seating with embroidered SS emblems, leather-trimmed steering wheel, sporty white-faced gauges, steering-wheel audio controls and trip computer.

The overall effect remains macho truck.

Pricing

A lot of truck for a lot of money, Silverado SS comes fully equipped as a limited-edition performance pickup for $39,205.

The tasty test Silverado also included an upgraded six-CD audio system with Bose speakers, $200; trailer package, $215; dual-zone climate control, $195; spare tire lock, $15; and shipping, $790.

Total was $40,620.

Bottom Line

Silverado SS is certain to be a must-have for the many GM muscle-car fanatics. Like the last generation full-size Impala SS, it’s almost certain to be a highly sought-after collector’s item, now and in the future.

Chevrolet Silverado SS

Vehicle type: Five-passenger, extended-cab pickup truck, all-wheel drive.

Base price: $39,205.

Price as tested: $40,620.

Engine: 6-liter V-8, 345 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Transmission: Four-speed automatic.

Wheelbase: 106.5 inches.

Curb weight: 5,298 pounds.

Towing capacity: 7,500 pounds.

EPA mileage: 13 city, 17 highway.

Highs:

Styling, image.

Engine power.

All-wheel drive.

Lows:

Faster rivals.

High base price.

Poor fuel mileage.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

At 221,000 miles a keeper!

This truck is, by far, the second hestvtruck I've owned. The first being a 2002 GMC Sierra. It looks good, rides like a "Cadillac", good gas mileage, work horse, although all it has to do is carry me around as my daily driver. I've done nothing but put tires on it, and wipers, oil changes religiously, and that's it so far.

4.9

2004 Chevy Silerverado is a Great Truck

Chevy Silverado 1500 LS pickup truck is very reliable. Second-row seats are spacious. The extended cab is Great and the cap makes it even more functional

4.9

Only two problems

I love the 2004 Silverado crew cab shortbed. I also have a 2001 GMC CREW CAB BUT WITH THE 6.0 liter engine. Have NO PROBLEMS. With it. The 2004 Chevy & the 2001 GMC BOTH HAVE ARIUND 125,009 miles on them Mostly Freeway between AZ. & Ca. The 6.0 engine & Trans DRIVES Totally different than the 5.3 both are Automatic with Overdrive. Both are 3:73 GT4 rear gears ratios and both are G80 locking differentials. The 2004 had entire gauge package go out. Speedo, Tach, fuel, oil, Temp, Alternator charging gauge The air bag driver red lite is ON.

See all 62 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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