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2007 Chevy Silverado 2500 4WD LT2 Crew Cab Bookmark

The Good :)  Amazing torque for hauling.  Super large for handling the roughest terrain.  Comfortable interior with great safety features. 

The Bad :(  Terrible gas mileage.  Still a bit too noisy.  Drivetrain should feel more like a car. 

 

Engine 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8, Bio-Diesel compatible
Output                          365 hp / 660 lb-ft
Weight                         6,169 lbs
Price As Tested           $49,629

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            For 2007 the all new Silverado packs quite a punch delivering a bold and refreshing exterior with wonderful comfort inside and some luxury vehicle amenities.  Safety features such as traction control were not forgotten as well. 

            "Silverado has always been the most dependable, longest lasting pickup truck, and the 2007 lineup extends that legacy with industry-leading advancements in capability, quality, safety and fuel economy," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. "Silverado owners form a partnership with their trucks; they are the everyday heroes who value the durability and dependability of a Silverado to get the job done. Our guiding philosophy during the development of the new truck was delivering the confidence that comes with driving the strongest, most dependable and longest lasting trucks on the road."

            Exterior design is bold and quite in your face.  The front end is large and wide with muscular shoulders and clear headlamps.  Extensive use of chrome around the front bumper and below the headlamps makes for a particularly exciting front end.  Wrap around headlamps also make the Silverado look more aerodynamic.  The side profile is more truck like in a traditional sense of the word.  The high height makes the Silverado stand tall, too tall to easily get in and out without a step.  Wheels could have been larger to fill the very large wheel gaps. 

            Interior fit and finish is very high with good quality parts used on the dash trim and on the doors.  The feeling is also roomy and spacious inside without any large deep dashboard which you can put a large pizza on.  More storage room is also important so a double glove box is built into the instrument panel.  We would have liked there to be regular AC outlets rather than the standard car outlet for power.  Also these should have been in the center console rather than on the dash up high to prevent wires from being everywhere when things are plugged in.

            A large leather wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls feels very good.  We also liked the trip computer with useful mileage information.  We averaged 13 miles per gallon in mixed driving.  Gear shifts can be manually don't on the shift lever where plus and minus buttons are located. 

            Useful are the adjustable gas pedals which move forward or back at the touch of a button so that even shorter drivers can properly control the vehicle.  GM has also gone ahead and finally concealed seat hardware at the bottom of the seats.

            The large range of configurations - three cab styles, three cargo box styles and five wheelbase lengths - delivers tremendous choice.  Some full-size truck manufacturers do not even offer three-quarter-ton or one-ton heavy-duty trucks.  And among those that do, the 2007 Silverado and Sierra HD pickups offer many segment-best capabilities, including 18,500-pound (8,392 kg) gross combined vehicle weight rating for vehicles with a gas V-8 and a 13,000-pound (5,897 kg) conventional trailer weight rating enabled by a larger-capacity trailer hitch platform.  Maximum towing capacity is 16,700 pounds (7,575 kg), when equipped with a fifth-wheel hitch.

            The driving feel is much improved over previous heavy duty trucks from GM.  The Chevy Silverado feels quieter and the engine is definitely much quieter than on previous models.  At highway speeds the truck is much like a large suv with a comfortable ride and a quiet interior to make for a high quality drive. 

            A cleaner, more powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine is featured in our test car.  It can run on biodisel which is a great and usually free oil, just get it from your local restaurant.  The engine is rated at 365 horsepower and a whopping 660 lbs.-ft. of torque.  Upgrades to the engine and a new diesel particulate filter system help provide a 90-percent reduction in particulate matter and a 50-percent reduction in NOx (compared with current standards), meeting a new federal government mandate.  Another great new technology we would like to see in this engine would be some hydrogen injection generated by distilled water electrolysis on board.  This would further reduce emissions and raise fuel economy.  The renowned Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission is partnered with the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine.  It delivers good fuel economy, quietness and control.  It features a class-first range selection function, which allows the driver to easily select the desired gears to match driving conditions, such as towing a trailer on a steep grade.

            Parking is made easier with useful parking sensors in the rear bumper.  The tailgate is not very heavy and easier to life when closing.  We would like it to have a self opening feature which slowly lets the tailgate down when opening however.  A remote starter makes it nice and comfortable as you approach the vehicle when it is hot outside as the air conditioner has a chance to work before you step in.  Other available features like a navigation system and heated windshield washer fluid also make every day driving more like a large SUV than a pickup truck.

            All 2500HD and 3500HD models ride on a wide, 68.6-inch front track. The rear track on 2500HD trucks is 66 inches while the 3500HD models offer a wider 74.7 inches, giving Silverado and Sierra heavy-duty models a firmly planted feel.

            Dual-stage frontal air bags are standard on all models.  A Segment-first front safety belt pretensioners with both front and rear crash sensing are also offered.  A tire pressure monitor is standard on all models now as well.  OnStar is also standard which can be a big help in almost every daily driving situation.  It offers traffic, weather, emergency notification if you are in a accident and a live advisor should you need anything at all.

            The all new Silverado is a great redesign of a useful everyday truck.  While better fuel economy by using Hydrogen made from water would help this truck a great deal, and is something many owners can implement themselves the capabilities of the truck speak for themselves.  It's styling is unique enough that you can tell it is a Chevy and a great deal of improvement to the interior cabin is what makes this truck excellent. 

 

 

 

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PRICING

INVOICE

RETAIL

Base Pricing

$33,613

$36,735

Destination

$900

$900

LMM Duramax 6.6L Turbodiesel V8 Engine

$5,972

$7,195

MW7 Allison 6-Speed Automatic Transmission

$996

$1,200

Leather Bucket Seats

$664

$800

Power Glass Sunroof

$119

$183

Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System

$1,075

$1,295

 


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COMPARISONS 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
LT2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
2007 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500
SLT 4dr Mega Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 5A)
2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty
XLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD
SLE2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
2007 Toyota Tundra
Limited 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
MSRP $36,735 $38,195 $34,865 $37,135 $35,490
Invoice $33,613 $33,648 $31,168 $33,979 $32,116
Destination Charge $900 $900 $925 $900 $645
Basic 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Drivetrain 5 yr. / 100000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 5 year/100,000 mile 5 yr. / 100000 mi. 5 yr. / 60000 mi.
Roadside 5 yr. / 100000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 5 yr. / 60000 mi. 5 yr. / 100000 mi. Being Researched / Being Researched
Rust 6 yr. / 100000 mi. 5 yr. / 100000 mi. 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 6 yr. / 100000 mi. 5 yr. / Unlimited mi.
Base Engine Type & Cylinders V8 V8 V8 V8 V8
Base Engine Displacement 6.0 liters 5.7 liters 5.4 liters 6.0 liters 5.7 liters
Valvetrain 16 Valves
overhead valves (OHV)
16 Valves
overhead valves (OHV)
24 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
16 Valves
overhead valves (OHV)
32 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
Variable Valve Timing Standard Not Available Standard Standard Standard
Horsepower 353 hp @ 5400 rpm 345 hp @ 5400 rpm 300 hp @ 5000 rpm 353 hp @ 5400 rpm 381 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 373 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm 375 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm 365 ft-lbs. @ 3750 rpm 373 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm 401 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm
Available Engines Silverado 2500HD Ram Pickup 2500 F-250 Super Duty Sierra 2500HD Tundra
6 Speed Automatic Standard/Optional Optional Not Available Standard/Optional Standard
Tires LT245/75R16 E
all season
LT265/70R17 E
all season
LT265/70R17 E
all season
LT245/75R16 E
all season
P275/65R18
all season
Wheels polished alloy
16 x 6.5 in.
chrome steel
17 x 8.0 in.
chrome steel
17 x 7.0 in.
polished alloy
16 x 6.5 in.
alloy
18 x 8 in.
Passenger Seat Height Adjustable Standard Optional Optional Standard Not Available
Rear Heat rear ventilation ducts with fan control Not Available Being Researched rear ventilation ducts rear ventilation ducts
Auto-Dimming Outside Mirrors electrochromatic, driver only - Optional Not Available Not Available electrochromatic, driver only - Optional electrochromatic
Premium Steering Wheel Trim leather-wrapped leather - Optional leather - Optional leather-wrapped Not Available
Navigation System DVD navigation system w/voice activation - Optional DVD navigation system - Optional Not Available Not Available DVD navigation system - Optional
Handling Silverado 2500HD Ram Pickup 2500 F-250 Super Duty Sierra 2500HD Tundra
Turning Circle 55.1 ft. 49.7 ft. 56.5 ft. 55.1 ft. 44 ft.
Hauling Silverado 2500HD Ram Pickup 2500 F-250 Super Duty Sierra 2500HD Tundra
Max. Payload Capacity 3031 lbs. 2220 lbs. 3000 lbs. 3031 lbs. 1755 lbs.
Max. Towing Capacity 13000 lbs. 12550 lbs. 12500 lbs. 13000 lbs. 10600 lbs.
Length 258.7 in. 247.9 in. 261.8 in. 258.7 in. 228.7 in.
Width 79.9 in. 80 in. 79.9 in. 80 in. 79.9 in.
Height 76.9 in. 78.7 in. 79.9 in. 76.9 in. 75.8 in.
Weight 6169 lbs. 6578 lbs. 6495 lbs. 6169 lbs. 5160 lbs.
Wheel Base 167 in. 160.3 in. 172.4 in. 167 in. 145.7 in.
Ground Clearance 9.5 in. 7.7 in. 8.5 in. 9.5 in. 10.2 in.
Interior Silverado 2500HD Ram Pickup 2500 F-250 Super Duty Sierra 2500HD Tundra
Front Headroom 41.3 in. 40.8 in. 41.3 in. 41.3 in. 40.2 in.
Rear Headroom 40.6 in. 40.5 in. 40.8 in. 40.6 in. 38.7 in.
Front Shoulder Room 65.2 in. 67 in. 68 in. 65.2 in. 66.6 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 65.2 in. 66.5 in. 68 in. 65.2 in. 65.7 in.
Front Hip Room 62.5 in. 64.9 in. 67.4 in. 62.5 in. 63 in.
Rear Hip Room 65.5 in. 64.4 in. 67.3 in. 65.5 in. 62.6 in.
Front Leg Room 41.3 in. 41 in. 40.7 in. 41.3 in. 42.5 in.
Rear Leg Room 39 in. 44.2 in. 41.7 in. 39 in. 34.7 in.

 

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