Great Truck, Terrible (6 Speed) Transmission
January 26, 2019
I bought a brand new 2017 Silverado 2x4 LT Crew Cab with the 5.3 v8 and 6 speed auto. The truck looks awesome, drives great, has a nice and plush ride, and the 5.3 is a truly excellent powerplant with all the power you need. This was my first Chvey truck after owning a bunch of Fords and I went back to a Ford. While the Silverado looks great, the build quality just isn't on par with Ford IMO. For one, the 6 speed auto (GL80) transmission is terribly tuned (like really bad). The shifts are slow, it's jerky, and there is noticeable hesitation especially when the truck is cold which really killed the experience for me. I even had the truck feel like it was cutting out at times with a rocky back and forth pulsing ride. Drive a new F150 with the 10 speed transmission back to back and compare how smooth it is in comparison to the 6 speed Chevy, seriously. I'm not a Ford fanboy, but Ford really did their homework on the 10 speed in comparison. My only other gripe is build quality of the Chevy. The interior is beautiful and very comfortable and everything is where it's supposed to be -- but there are rattles everywhere. The 2018 F150 I replaced the 2017 Silverado with is vault quiet by comparison. The Silverado had various panels that vibrated, loose pieces in the headliner, a driver's door air leak from day 1, and something in the seats would make a loud clicking noise when going over bumps or when you'd move around. All of this was just a bit disappointing considering I'm not hard on vehicles at all and this was a truck with a ridiculous sticker price of $45,000. If they're going to charge premium prices for pickups, customer expectations go right up with the price. I only owned the truck for 14 months because I didn't have confidence in how it would hold up long term so I traded it in on a smooth, quiet, and rock solid 2018 F150.