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I have a 18' Bayliner and will be towing it after I get my truck broke in. I'll look for the vibration and let you know.
Z-71 and has no problems yet. Hopefully you won't go through this situation with yours. Spend more time a dealer than at house. Dealer tried adjusting "drive angle" on drive shaft but not help. will change tires next week.
4th door becomes available (GM tells me November
production) and am concerned about this vibration
problem. I will be ordering the HD Silverado. I haven't decided between 2WD and 4WD yet. Anyone having vibration problems with the Silverado 2500
FWIW, I also heard some complaints of some of the earlier VIN Tundras having some vibration problems *but* the dealers seem quick to take care of the problems, and the folks that reported them seem to get a dealer fix for the problem. The 2wd Tundra I test drove was very smooth and I've heard no complaints from a Tundra owning friend of mine. No such thing as a perfect vehicle! Just trust your gut and get what you want.
(5.3L)two weeks ago. From day one, it was the
worst riding truck I've ever owned. Notice the
past tense. I sold it back to the dealer (for a
$800 loss, not counting my GM credit card rebate).
The truck had terribly stiff suspension and
vibrated under modest load (four adults) at low
speed and at no load at 65 mph. I told the dealer,
and they said it had the correct suspension on
the truck, and that it must be me. After two weeks,
I decided I had enough. I wasn't about to
go thru a long battle to get this truck fixed
(if it could be fixed that is). Therefore, I
decided to cut my loss and sell it. This was the
first and last GM vehicle I will ever own. I hope
that those considering buying this style of truck
reading this message before making their purchase.
As for me, I'm just glad to be done with it.
Problem is only with the 2wd trucks and 3.42 axle, as far as I can tell.
Do you think that he is feeding me a line or is there still a problem?
That will tell how "sure" he is about whether or not the problem has been resolved.
I spoke to a dude the other day, brand new '00 ext, 4.8 with 3.42 and he was complaining about the same 2 vibrations that alot of us have complained about. This guy had now idea what the Internet was (no bias) nor did I mention the vibes, he brought it up. This with only 200 miles on the odometer.
Has anyone with a vibration had it resolved yet? Is everyone with the problem just putting up with it until GM comes up with a fix? There must be a lot of 2wd ext. cabs out there.
Has anyone with the 3.73 gears had this problem or is it just the 3.42 gears?
Thanks in advance for any input.
I also test drove three (3) other trucks (two 99s and one 00)--two had the vibration, but it felt like tire balancing problems to me; don't know for sure.
I would suggest you take the vehicle over night first and drive it a different speeds on different type roads and check for vibration. Also, get the Alum. wheels (not chrome wheels) because local dealer told me they had to replace chrome wheels on some trucks because of vibration and replace with alum. wheels. That may be my problem (I have chrome wheels)....that's the only thing they haven't replace so far. If the new tires are not the answer, I believe they will change rims/wheels. If that doesn't work, I'm returning truck (lemon law) and switching brands.
Also, sounds like dealer may be feeding you a line on this problem resolved on later models answer he gave you. Because, according to two different dealers, there are no bulletin out on how to correct the vibration problem. Seems like dealers and GM are just trying different things to fix problem. That tells me that no known cure yet is there; or the problem lies with several different components: bad tires, two (2) piece drive shaft, wheels, gearing ratio, hubs, etc.
I'll let y'll know how tires worked out on 9/23/99, evening. Hopefully that's problem for me.
I'm asking because someone in another conference hypothesized that it was the locking differential causing them problem.
He also said that it might be the Firm Ride Suspension. The trucks he tested that had the vibration were all Firm Ride Suspension with a locking differential. The trucks that didn't vibrate were all Soft Ride (Comfort?) suspension.
It has nothing to do with vibration. You may feel a little bit more of it the stiffer the suspension gets??
I agree with Tim: shocks should not have anything to do with vibration. I am convinced that the source of the vibration is coming from different problems. If not, I'm sure GM would have figured this out already. I also believe that the 1999 vibration and the 2000 vibration are not from same source--possibly some the same, but not all.
Also, we all talk about this vibration problem, but we are not comparing our trucks. What I think may be vibration, may actually be a tire balancing problem or other correctable problem, etc. The vibration problem is so complex that unless we compare we may never know what's wrong.
I will find out on 9/23/99 if my vibration problem is tires or driveline angle. I'm getting a new set of tires from Goodyear and I'm getting my two (2) piece drive shaft check for proper angle. If the tires and driveline angle does not correct the problem, then I'm just giving up on this issue.
Also, I noticed today when I looked at my Goodyear Wrangler tires with 2200 miles on them that the wear was wrong: I don't know what it's called but my right front looked like it had not been rotated. The outer tread was uneven. You truck guys will know what I mean. Anyway, it wasn't that way when I got it. The tire has also developed a small knot/lump on outside of tire that is only noticeable when sunlight hits it directly. Anyway, I believe that's causing my vibration, or at least I hope so.
I'll let everyone know tomor night if my problem was corrected. Suggestion: if you have Goodyear tires, check the wear. This particular tire would not balance when dealer attempted to balance when I had about 600 miles on it.
What truck did you replace your Silverado with? Did you break down and buy an F150? Surely you didn't get a TOYota? I am curious, since I really want the Chevy. However, I want the Extended Cab Short Bed 4x4. I am not going to drop 30,000 bones without first being certain that the suit & tie crowd has gotten this bug worked out, and I really did not want a Ford. If they were giving them away, I will NOT buy a Dodge. And TOYota can kiss my pearly white airborne butt, too! Let us ALL know what you decided, Don.
Had new set of Goodyear tires put on today and also had the driveline angle adjusted, per GM tech. support. Guess what..... no vibration. The vibration is gone. However, I still feel something at about 73 mph, but I think it's just the new tires breaking in. It's definity not the same feel as before. Furthermore, the little I felt is so small that I probably would not have noticed it before.
Anyway, I'm not sure what they did to the driveline angle (drive shaft), but either that or the tires cured the problem. I think it was tires.
Make: 2000 Chev. Silv. ext. cab. LS, 4.8, non-locking diff.,
Any questions....let me know.
I had a service loaner 99 with Firestones and aluminum wheels, had no problems. This got me inspired to trade my '97. Later had a service loaner 99 with Goodyear Wranglers and chrome wheels, between 55-75 steering wheel twisted like the agitator in a Maytag washer...
Tried 2000LT with General AS and std. aluminum wheels....No problems found, no shake, no rattle, but with the 5.3 it do roll, and it do rock...
It's 'RuBlueToo', 'Vince8', and 'Quadrunner' with their lips locked on your exhaust pipe tip sucking for all they're worth.
However, I have a friend who had chrome wheels (1999 model) and he had to eventually switch to alum. wheels to get vibration gone. He also switch General tires to another brand (unknown brand). He's happy now.
For me, the tires and/or driveline angle was the problem.
My suggestion: Get the Alum. wheels--don't know about the tires. Also, make sure driveline angle is correct before driving off. The dealer should be able to get tech. support info. from GM on two (2) piece drive shaft.
If you think this problem is bad and is getting a lot of whining, consider all the many complaints on your Fords 97-Present.
I would say that piston slap is worse than select models having wheels or drive shafts causing vibrations. At least GM is doing people right by fixing the problem and not sweeping it under the rug until owners' warranties expire like Ford has, which I experienced first hand with the "list" of problems I had with the pos 98 Ford I owned for 4 months before trading to this AWESOME Silverado!
Ya all have fun now.....
Good call! I was looking in some old Cycle Worlds and couldn't find the name. Thanks.
Huh? What was I arguing about? Problem is that you left for Mecca so long ago that I forgot what I was talking about. By the way, do you read anything I write? I own all three brands of trucks for my firm. I defend Fords frequently because I feel that not only do they make a superior truck but arguments against them are pathetic.
"Whhaaaa!! I don't like the way it looks!"
"Looky here! My Chevy got a biggie engine!"
Chevy makes a fine truck. I love your spinning of topics and never answering questions as well. What's the point in debating anything with you? You either evade or cry and then act like you're the only adult. Huh?
Oh yeah, do you think we really believe that you ever owned a Ford?
I wanted to replace the bad '99 Tahoe with a new '99 Tahoe. I cant find one without the vibrations. The mechanic and myself have a theory: the vibration is due to the constantly spinning front drive train (part of the autotrac 4WD???).
Does anyone have any thoughts on this theory? I have been test driving some "new" '98 Tahoes and Suburbans (without autotrac) that don't have the vibrations. I was considering a Silverado, but don't want another Chevy massager. Do the vibrating Silverados have the constantly spinning front drive train/axle?
Let the sand fly children.......
The 4.9l was not the "best" truck engine ever made. I never said that. Again, you can't read. You read what you want to read. My 10 year old has better reading and composition skills!
I stated that "for a 6 cylinder truck, it was the ONLY 6 CYLINDER that I felt was "ADEQUATE" in a full size truck. That 300 six would run circles around that pos 4.6l V8, so called truck engine,....ANY DAY! Starting everyday is a good advantage over the new model Fords, I would say.
Go get a kool-aid pop and go watch your Power Rangers....
Calm down hypocrite. I've bought different brands over a period of YEARS. What a tool. Most of my fleet is Ford now but that's because I grew up a Chevy fan and it tokk years to overcome such sentiment. I don't just own half-tons. Actually, we have more one-tonners and up. I've bought trucks depending on deals offered and transactions due to timing.
Ultimately, I could care less because when searching for a truck, I buy them nearly on the spot. Kind of like a reciprocating saw at the moment: I prefer Milwaukee but I'll buy a Makita or Bosch if on sale and there at the moment. I don't "NEED" the Sawzall rather, I prefer it. As with trucks, I PREFER Ford over the others.
Z- You are the child here. Never accepting an attribute of Ford's with your undying loyalty to Chevy. I love how you critisized the F-150's looks yet you want us to believe you bought one? Right. Just like you were in the Corps? OK.
I have consistently stated who I am over the past two years at this site. I won't divulge my true personal information due to my paranoia of the web but if you are ever in the Philly area--just let me know and maybe we could arrange something.
I'm tired of responding to you. With this, I bid you farewell in the debate department. Our paths will cross I'm sure but until you can actually answer questions asked of you--I have no desire to converse with you further.
The second reason is that with the '99-'00 Silverado/Sierras, 95% of the vibration reports are on 2wd trucks with a 3.42 axle and rack and pinion steering. Now the point I'm making is that a comparison between what's going on with Tahoes with autotrack and Silverados may be as invalid as comparisons between Silverado 2wd and Silverado 4x4. But in general, I think there are few, if any vibration reports on the 4x4 trucks.
Why come into a Topic and do nothing but make insults and yell.
I mean who would do that?...even enough to have a reputation for it??.