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2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra - First Impressions



  • I looked at few Silverados at the dealer yesturday, it looks like GM did a good job on this one. The interior is vastly improved, and fit and finish looks good. I currently own a Titan which I am very happy with, but I am looking to upgrade to four full size doors and four wheel drive. I had two Dodges before the Titan and won't buy another one, the only thing I like about the Ford is the Interior and the new Tundra is Fugly looking. I am between another Titan and the new Chevy truck, I just have to drive one first.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • :) Hi, We just got our first New 2007 Sierra at the dealership, WOW what a great Truck. It is bigger looking than the 800 platform and drives out as well, if not better than the 07 Yukons. GM has a winner with this Truck.
  • I think the trucks are OK but NOT worth the extra $4K or so to actually buy one. Minor improvements at best IMHO. I don't know what all the fuss is about. Other than GM is trying to "snowjob" people into believing the 900's are a quantum leap vs the 800's.
  • scottlscottl Posts: 109
    40K, and it has a 4 speed automatic (with NO manual available), and DRUM brakes?

    I've owned 1990 and 2000 4x4 1/2 tons. They will be the last Chevys I ever own. I'm saying goodbye to warped rotors, fuel pumps that are guaranteed to fail, and power steering pumps that go every 100K miles like clockwork.

    Drum brakes? Are you kidding? No manual transmissions AT ALL? A 4 speed auto when others have 5 or 6?

    Bankruptcy. Five years at most.
  • Sounds like you had pretty good luck with Chevy... bought one in 1990 and lasted till you bought another in 2000? I am not sure where you are getting your information though, the crew cab comes standard with an automatic transmission, but the regular and extended cabs come with a 5 speed manual as standard equipment.

    As far as drum brakes in the rear... unless you live in an area that doesn't get snow, ice, and mud, the drum brakes help protect the rear brakes and tend to last longer than disc brakes (plus no warped rotors). In areas that have snow, ice, dirt, mud, etc. the rear disc brakes tended to get full of this debris and caused problems. So unless you live and drive only on pavement, the rear drums make more sense.

    As far as the 4 speed automatic, GM will probably be coming out with them in the next year or two. Then they might be getting up to 22 miles per gallon? The only reason that the competition is coming out with 5 and 6 speed automatic transmissions is to try and keep up with GM trucks in the fuel mileage category. Which I might add they fall short, very short. Even with a 4 speed automatic transmission, the Silverado is about 2 miles per gallon better than the closest competition... and that is with a more powerful engine!.
  • I bought a 07 "new body" silverado. 6.0 4dr. 4X4 LTZ. This truck feels like dream but is no sissy about pulling. Everything on the dash is clear. no wind noise. seats feel great. Arm rest is in the right place as well as the console. clean lines. IF Toyota is going to beat it they better eat their veggies.
  • Sometimes the little things can really be annoying ... why are the front seat belts in the 07's anchored in the ceiling instead of at the top of the seat (as in my 05 Envoy)? My '97 f-150 extended cab had seatbelts anchored in the ceiling and they were always in the way when putting things (carseats and the kids that go in them) in. Why would GM go backward on this??
  • Our new EL is like that. It has them for all three rows. But they really don't bother me. They actually give me more room than normal seatbelts and when you're 5'11" you need all the room you can get!
  • Sorry a part of my post wouldn't work

    It should read,"when you're 5'11", and forced to the third row you need all the room you can get!"
  • point is that in an extended cab where the rear doors are hinged on the back (next to the bed), why would you want a seatbelt going to the cieling and in your way even when you fold the front seat forward. The seatbelt that is integrated into the seat itself, as in today's f-150, makes much more sense.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    Does anyone have any factual details on the specifics of the GMC Sierra Denali yet ? Does anyone know when we can expect to be able to build one on the GMC site ?

    I wished GM, would of allowed us to select the ventilated seats and Bose 5.1 option boxes off the Escalade to make the perfect pick-up. :(

    Regardless its still a very nice pick-up but just not perfect because of 2 items missing.

  • luckylouluckylou Posts: 308
    Does anyone knows the release date ???
  • I noticed a 5 speed auto trans in a 2007 Yukon-Denali. Why won't they go ahead and put that tranny in the Silverado/Suburban?
  • Is Chevy going to offer a 5 or 6 speed auto trans in their Silverado? If so, when?
    I noticed a 5 (or maybe 6) speed auto in a 2007 Yukon Denali but all of their trucks do not offer it.
    I checked the Chevy dealer and I didn't see a 5 or 6 speed auto in the Suburban, Tahoe or Silverado.

    I'm waiting until they offer the new trans before I purchase one.
  • From Chevrolet.
    Thank you for contacting Chevrolet and your interest in the Silverado! We appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

    Unfortunately, the half-ton 2007 Chevrolet Silverado will not offer a 6-speed transmission. From time to time mid-cycle changes and additions are made to vehicles, but at this time, there have been no announcements regarding a 6-speed transmission in the half-ton pickups. However, the 2007 2500HD and 3500HD will offer a heavy-duty 6-speed automatic and an Allison 1000 6-Speed automatic with OD. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    For more information on the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, please visit or contact your local dealership to schedule a test drive. If you are not familiar with the dealers in your area, an easy way to find one is by using the dealer locater web tool at
  • Because they want to put a six-speed in.
    The six-speeds will be going in as soon as they are fully ramped-up in production.

    By the way, I think they look much better in real-life pictures.
    I cannot wait for the hybrids.
    What do you think about the hybrids?

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  • I am thinking about ordering a new 2007 Silverado, Ext. Cab, 2WD. I am extremeley nervous about the 5.3 with A.F.M. I seem to recall a similar experiment with this technology in the 80's?? Don't think it went over to well. I 'd prefer the 4.8ltr motor but it is not an option on the 2LT. Only with the 1LT. I understand this 5.3ltr has been used
    since 2005-2006 in Tahoes/Caddies??????Any problems ?I haven't been able to find too much info. on this subject. I am worried about long term problems down the road. I cant believe GM doesn't offer a regular 5.3 without A.F.M. as an option. Any thoughts??


  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    Man the GMT-900 Sierra Denali is drop dead gorgeous. I only wished they would make ventilated seats and the Bose 5.1 available as options. :cry:

    I along with those 2 requests also requested tonight via phone call once again to GMC to make a 3/4 ton version of the Sierra Denali so I could get a Duramax Diesel :shades:

  • I’ve been reading all over the internet that the Sierra Denali will have a 6 speed transmission and the same engine as the Escalade with 405 ponies. This is my ultimate truck I will be getting one if the test drive goes well and the wife is happy with it. For those who don’t know yet this truck comes out in March of ‘07
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    405 Horsepower ???? I've seen 400 hp and 417 lbs of Tq. I hope you are right. ;)

    The Sierra Denali will have a 6-speed automatic transmission and yes the engine is the same new 6.2 VVT V8 found in the Escalade. My wife wants to buy a Truck or a SUV as our next car while I want to buy a 2008' Cadillac CTS or 09' CTS-V. I might cave in and wait for the 2008' Sierra Denali hybrid and buy that. I however would like to see if GM. is going to make a Duramax Sierra Denali for the 3/4 ton. ;)

  • It would take me a long time to tell you why the Cadillac version failed and this one works fine.
    I will ask you though:

    That was well nigh twenty years ago. When will you let go of old stereotypes?

    Back then there was nothing like the internet and very few people had personal computers.
    Back then, cell phones came with a large carrying bag remember?

    You'll be just fine.
    And for added security, you have a 100,000 mile warranty.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993

    Thank-you, I couldn't of said it better myself. ;)


    P.S. I was told in the ELLPS forum that I didn't have a job and should only give opinions on Bikes and Bigwheels :surprise: It's amazing how cold some people can be torwards someone who likes and defends domestic cars. :sick:
  • Thanks for the input, RR you have a point. But, are you driving the 5.3 A.F.M. now??
    Do you like how it switches from 4 to 8 cyl. I am just thinking that sticking with what works and is proven(4.8ltr) is better than this newer motor that is essentially unproven
    over the long haul. I only tow a small boat so I don't need mega power. Hell, my old 94
    4.3V6 has only 160 HP and it was OK for what I Needed (a bit underpowered I admit).
    But its still kicking with 164,000 with an iffy tranny.

    GM obviously has alot of confidence with it to make it standard on some trucks???
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    5.3 A.F.M. is the clear way I'd go. You get more power and better fuel economy. I haven't heard of any major problems with the AFM system. Some have said it wouldn't kick in all the time but road and weather conditions do play a role in that also. I would assume if GM, found any bugs they would of been worked out by this year. ;)

  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993

    I would like to know where you found or took these pictures at ????? What autoshow is this ?????



    P.S. If you happen to find any more cool pictures like these of the 07' GMC Sierra Denali please post them or send me a e-mail of :shades:
  • The choice of engines, trim levels, etc. is dizzying and somewhat confusing. Note that there are two different rear diffs. avail. With the Z71 Off Road package it comes with a "heavy duty" locker. I thought this was the 9.5" rearend. No! The standard "heavy duty" rear diff. is a 8.5" unit. However, after researching it further I found out the 9.5" extra heavy duty (AXN) unit is only avail. with the 6.0L engine (L76 pkg.). If you want the 9.5" HD rearend you must order the 6.0L eng. in the L76 pkg. Also, with the L76 pkg. the rear brakes are antilock discs (JD9 code) when StabiliTrack is ordered, as opposed to the standard rear drums. The M70 Super Duty 4-sp. auto trans. is also incl. with the L76 pkg. as opposed to the M65 trans. with the 5.3L eng.

    Also incl. with the L76 pkg. are external auxiliary engine oil and transmission oil coolers. I think this is a good idea and long overdue. Oil is the lifeblood of engines and transmissions. Keeping it cool will help performance and longevity.

    So, the L76 pkg. has several goodies besides the bigger motor. A good deal if you need these items, the L76 pkg. is $1,095 MSRP/$908 Invoice.

    You cannot learn these various quirks on the internet sites. They are only clear on the proprietary and very detailed software that the Chevy dealer has.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    GM, needs to make these options more clear because even I didn't know their was such a difference and I live and breathe GM automobiles. ;)

  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    Motor Trends truck of the year is *shockingly* our country's truck the 2007' Chevy Silverado :D

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