1997 Gmc Sierra 1500
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Can't complain at all.

by from North East, Md on May 3, 2009

Bought the truck in the fall of 99. It now has 257,000 miles on it and it still runs great. Just replaced the radiator on it for the first time. The transmission went out on it around 120,000 miles an...
Bought the truck in the fall of 99. It now has 257,000 miles on it and it still runs great. Just replaced the radiator on it for the first time. The transmission went out on it around 120,000 miles and had to replace the lower intake gasket later on. That's the only two things that was major. The intake gasket was actually one of the recalls that they had for this year. Very comfortable ride far as seating and suspension. Like the power also. It'll still light them up no problem. Very Happy with this truck. In fact when the engine finally goes , I'll drop another in it and keep going. Have no rust issues at all. Using it for work ,going to the dumps and hunting. All around great truck.
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Keeping this truck forever!

by from Phoenix, AZ on June 12, 2011

I purchased my GMC Sierra base work truck in 1997 for $16,400. It had no radio or rear bumper, was very limited on the options included. It's a 4.3L V6 with Laguna Blue-Green Metallic paint. I have ov...
I purchased my GMC Sierra base work truck in 1997 for $16,400. It had no radio or rear bumper, was very limited on the options included. It's a 4.3L V6 with Laguna Blue-Green Metallic paint. I have over 132,000 miles on it now and I put my foot into the pedal every single day that I have driven it. I have the original Motor and Transmission with no repairs to either. I change the oil every 3,000 miles and the only modifications I have made the the truck were a K&N air filter, Magna Flow dual exhaust system and a shift kit was put into the transmission. I have 3.08 gears running BFG A/Ts 33x11.50 and I kid you not, this truck gets hole shot on almost every vehicle. Of course not high end exotic sports cars but I usually beat vehicles like Trailblazer SS AWD and Cobalt SS' off the line all the way to 60mph. I keep up with all my buddies who have 4.8l V8 and 5.3l V8s when we drive on the freeway. My V6 is definitely something that would not be expected from six cylinders . Aside from the performance I have the original paint. I live in North-West Phoenix, Arizona and the heat/sun is a paint peeler here. My truck sat outside for three years when I got another vehicle and I do not even have so much as the clear coat peeling. The interior has held up absolutely great, my only problem has been the arm rests tend to break where the black plastic alignment clips lock it into place. So I would not advise putting your weight on those. I do have the manual windows/locks door panel so the power panel might be different. The bench seat has not even flattened where I sit, the foam is still firm and has no wear and tear at all. I know I will never get rid of this vehicle because even if the motor grenades one day I can go buy a GM 4.3L Crate motor for a couple grand and keep my mint condition truck!
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absolutely the best I have ever had.

by from Ontario, Canada on October 31, 2014

I have owned this truck for almost 17 years now.. I do take care of it with regular maintenance but the cost is minimal. Right now she has 201,5756 Km on it ..... ha ha . a lot of miles. I have never...
I have owned this truck for almost 17 years now.. I do take care of it with regular maintenance but the cost is minimal. Right now she has 201,5756 Km on it ..... ha ha . a lot of miles. I have never in all those years had anything major go wrong with this truck. the gas mileage is out of this world ( v6 200 hp) . just this week I finally had to replace a front wheel bearing. that's all. Lucky,,, I guess but what a truck. Satisfaction for me with reliability and everything that goes with it. I will keep this baby for as long as I can. It looks great, runs great and just feels great to drive. And all of this is happening in " the great white North"... ha ha ha. I would recommend that if someone out there is able to pick up a used one it will be a great buy.. just sign me Happy
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My truck is amazing.

by from Rattan, Ok on October 26, 2010

I recieved my 1997 GMC truck from my father for christmas in 2008, it was the best gift I have ever recieved! I have had this truck for two years now and as a college student miles away from home I ha...
I recieved my 1997 GMC truck from my father for christmas in 2008, it was the best gift I have ever recieved! I have had this truck for two years now and as a college student miles away from home I have put thousands of miles on it and almost all was with a horse trailer behind me. I have had no problems at all with this truck. Definatly recomended!
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WOW!!! I love my truck

by from All Over on April 9, 2007

Hands down the best truck I have ever owned. I hate to get rid of it but 200113 miles was one heck of a ride..
Hands down the best truck I have ever owned. I hate to get rid of it but 200113 miles was one heck of a ride..
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Sweet Truck

by from Brooksville, FL on September 7, 2013

When on vacation, a friend lent me her '96 Sierra. I enjoyed driving the truck so much that I came home and bought my '97 Sierra. The truck was my sole source of transportation for our first five year...
When on vacation, a friend lent me her '96 Sierra. I enjoyed driving the truck so much that I came home and bought my '97 Sierra. The truck was my sole source of transportation for our first five years. Its use these days is intermittent work and pleasure. With 56,000 original miles, my Sierra is dependable, comfortable and still fun to drive.
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Disappointmented greatly

by from Maine on April 13, 2009

I have had three gmc trucks in the last ten years and I could not fault any but the 1997 we purchased two years ago with just 61,000 on it. A gargage baby. It is one thing after another and we can not...
I have had three gmc trucks in the last ten years and I could not fault any but the 1997 we purchased two years ago with just 61,000 on it. A gargage baby. It is one thing after another and we can not find a set of tires that we don't have to lock in the 4x4 to get it off the lawn or back out of a gravel driveway due to its light weight and spinning. The brakes are never right and they have been fixed, replaced and everything else, also the steering is now gone bad and no matter what we replace it locks up on slow turns. It is one repair after another and at 91 thousand, it will be gone soon as I can not trust it to haul my horse trailer safely. I will hook up the dodge of my husband's with a broken heart. I loved my 1996's but this one is the biggest disappointment of my life.
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20 years, 216,000 miles and still ticking

by from Atlanta, Ga. on January 12, 2017

I bought it new in 97 and it has been dependable. Have replaced everything under hood except the engine. I put a Thrush glass pack on it and the V8 sounds and runs great. Another reason I love the tru...
I bought it new in 97 and it has been dependable. Have replaced everything under hood except the engine. I put a Thrush glass pack on it and the V8 sounds and runs great. Another reason I love the truck is it has a 5 speed manual transmission that makes it fun to drive.
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Best vehicle I ever owned

by from Salina Kansas on May 24, 2008

Bought new in 1997, very little repair done to truck, regular oil changes, etc. Have had 2 front brake jobs, no rear brakes in 101,000 miles. Replaced water pump and battery only once. Truck still loo...
Bought new in 1997, very little repair done to truck, regular oil changes, etc. Have had 2 front brake jobs, no rear brakes in 101,000 miles. Replaced water pump and battery only once. Truck still looks great and is the most comfortable sitting vehicle I ever owned. The handling and power is top notch also.
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97 gmc Sierra 1500

by from Myrtle on May 27, 2017

I have been a Ford person all my life and I'm now 30 years old and bought my first 97 GMC extended cab Stepside. I drove a friend of mine's truck about a year ago and from then on I knew I had to have...
I have been a Ford person all my life and I'm now 30 years old and bought my first 97 GMC extended cab Stepside. I drove a friend of mine's truck about a year ago and from then on I knew I had to have one. The truck I bought was also a 97 GMC and is now still running at 283,000 and it's still as strong as ever. It don't leak any fluids at all and is overall a great truck
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