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Old 01-08-2020, 09:08 AM
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Default Anyone Happy With Their 2014+ Silverado/Sierra 1500?

Looking at a 2016 SLE with the 5.3, 6-speed auto and Z71 package. Not sure of the rear end but if it has 3.08ís it looks like it can only tow 6200 lbs. Seems useless but Iím trying to get it for ~ 25k. Truck has 25,000 miles on it.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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No one I know is happy with theirs- all have had stupid problems most QC related- then you have the whole AFM debacle that prematurely kills engines. Why buy one?
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Had an '09 that required a battery and a door handle that my stepson broke in 7 years, it did start the AFM related oil consumption at 60K miles (2 qts between changes) but was faultless otherwise.

Have a 2016 now with 40K on the clock and it has been faultless as well. I do have the 3.42 rear axle and have towed up to 7500# or so without drama but any more would have pushed my comfort limiter. The 20" rims I let my wife talk me into do rough up the ride a little but that's not the trucks fault. I do intend to get off my ass here shortly and order an AFM disabler for $189 - a little experimentation revealed that manual mode and selecting 5th gear kills the AFM and makes about zilch change in economy on my daily mixed driving commute - trying to forego any oil consumption and/or lifter issues.

Also have a 2018 5.3 Tahoe that is an exceptionally smooth runner and will give an easy 25+ on the highway. 24K miles and zero issues.

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I had a K2XX and it didnt lake long for me to dump it. It was a pile. They come with vibrating seats at no extra charge.
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
Had an '09 that required a battery and a door handle that my stepson broke in 7 years, it did start the AFM related oil consumption at 60K miles (2 qts between changes) but was faultless otherwise.

Have a 2016 now with 40K on the clock and it has been faultless as well. I do have the 3.42 rear axle and have towed up to 7500# or so without drama but any more would have pushed my comfort limiter. The 20" rims I let my wife talk me into do rough up the ride a little but that's not the trucks fault. I do intend to get off my ass here shortly and order an AFM disabler for $189 - a little experimentation revealed that manual mode and selecting 5th gear kills the AFM and makes about zilch change in economy on my daily mixed driving commute - trying to forego any oil consumption and/or lifter issues.

Also have a 2018 5.3 Tahoe that is an exceptionally smooth runner and will give an easy 25+ on the highway. 24K miles and zero issues.

Good luck
Dont forget the catch can as well!

my contractor has an 09 Silverado. 170,000 miles on the 5.3 and 6 speed auto. Zero mods for AFM.
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I have a 2014 with 65k and it started burning oil like crazy right around 55k, like 2-3 quarts every 5k miles. I bought the tuner to delete the AFM and it has solved that issue and it definitely impacted my mpg by about 1.5. I don't have a lot of confidence that the motor is going to last that long and absolutely would not recommend buying one. And I am as loyal a GM/chevy guy as they come, this engine was not a good platform
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Sounds like Iím better off keeping my beater truck than buying one of these things.
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Originally Posted by Fishingwell View Post
I have a 2014 with 65k and it started burning oil like crazy right around 55k, like 2-3 quarts every 5k miles. I bought the tuner to delete the AFM and it has solved that issue and it definitely impacted my mpg by about 1.5. I don't have a lot of confidence that the motor is going to last that long and absolutely would not recommend buying one. And I am as loyal a GM/chevy guy as they come, this engine was not a good platform

The basic 5.3 is golden, is the goober deactivating lifters that can be problematic but.....little consolation to those affected. That said I truly don't think all that many become problem children - is a grillion of these things on the road in TX and people ride them until the hair falls off.
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I honestly believe a lot of the AFM problems were from people running the motors low on oil.
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
The basic 5.3 is golden, is the goober deactivating lifters that can be problematic but.....little consolation to those affected. That said I truly don't think all that many become problem children - is a grillion of these things on the road in TX and people ride them until the hair falls off.
Keep in mind that 5.3 went DI in 2014. Throw in AFM and VVT, better buy stock in Rotella.
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Catch can + AFM delete seems to solve a lot of those problems on the Silverado forums.
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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
Catch can + AFM delete seems to solve a lot of those problems on the Silverado forums.
Or just buy a different brand truck and dont worry about it. Why buy something you know has issues YOU have to fix?
I was a diehard GM guy for 20 yrs, buying 2 GM products a yr on avg. Post bailout GM really changed and when I got kicked in the ballz with the 2014 Truck, I switched to Ram and Toyota and have been 100% pleased with not only the performance of the trucks, but the customer service as well. GM is dead last as far as caring about you after they get their money.
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
Or just buy a different brand truck and dont worry about it. Why buy something you know has issues YOU have to fix?
They all have issues.
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
Keep in mind that 5.3 went DI in 2014. Throw in AFM and VVT, better buy stock in Rotella.
Coincidentally we several 2014/15 work trucks that have been problematic but it's been transmissions - not failing but acting goofy and front end wobbles. Not that company trucks ever get abused or under maintained...
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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
They all have issues.
But some have far more than others , which are well documented. Read up on the Chevy shake.....
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
But some have far more than others , which are well documented. Read up on the Chevy shake.....
which is fixed by truing the driveshaft for $ 100.

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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
They all have issues.
fwiw I bought my current '17 RAM 1500 Big Horn crew cab w/16K for $28k out the door and it's loaded. I considered changing brands after looking at a few comparably-equipped GMC's and Chevys but RAM had the best bang for the buck and my '07 RAM had 230K on the clock and was still running well so I stuck with them. Good luck in your search.
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Take it for a drive on the high way and make sure its not have the Silverado "shakes". It has been found that although not all the trucks experience this, it was found more common in trucks with the max trailering package.
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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
which is fixed by truing the driveshaft for $ 100.
This is the fix for some. but not most. Had to lemon one because Chevy went all over it and couldn't figure it out.

Go through the comments on this video.

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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
fwiw I bought my current '17 RAM 1500 Big Horn crew cab w/16K for $28k out the door and it's loaded. I considered changing brands after looking at a few comparably-equipped GMC's and Chevys but RAM had the best bang for the buck and my '07 RAM had 230K on the clock and was still running well so I stuck with them. Good luck in your search.
RAM is on my list for sure.

If they make a Dakota with that 3.0L diesel Iíll be camping out at the dealership to order one.
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