My current truck is an 2004 Z71 Silverado that I've had since 2004. I had to replace nearly every component of the front end at least once.....both hub assemblies, the half-shaft, etc. And I don't abuse the truck nor do any heavy off-roading. 65000 miles and it became one thing after another.
I've replaced the idler arm THREE times, and I've also had to replace the transfer case.
The truck eats alternators like candy; I'm on my third.
The "premium" Bose surround sound 6 disc stereo system that is supposed to be tested and graded at the factory? GARBAGE!!! I had to have it removed. When it was "under warranty" I tried to have the stereo replaced; Shitvy said it wasn't covered under them and that I had to go to BOSE. BOSE said they didn't cover them as the stereos were subcontracted out to a different company. I ran into a BOSE rep at a trade show. I explained the situation and asked him if he had heard of any problems; his was response was "BOSE doesn't sub-contract." Even though I had contacted BOSE several times previously and had been told it was subcontracted. BOSE is another "made in the USA" company I will not support.
This is all on top of the the recall on the instrument cluster. The recall GM took their sweet time announcing. Which, the replacement cluster is crap too; there is a split diode so the gear indicator doesn't light up and my "ABS" idiot light sometimes comes on and sometimes goes off.....no issues with the ABS.
The thermostat for the climate control is garbage when you spin the dial, sometimes the temps increase/decrease the way you want and sometimes they do the opposite. Sometimes it just moves between the number you were on and the next number higher, back and forth back and forth.
I had to have the a/c completely re-done.
Even now, the the heater has a hard time blowing the floorboards AND the panel vents. If you want any kind of air it is one or the other, but not both.
The auto dimming mirrors work; sometimes.
The driver side marker light burns out every 10K miles.
The memory select seats only remember all the way forward, all the way down, no shoulder support, and no lumbar support.....no matter how many times you set them to "remember" something else; this is what it returns to.
Now that it is Government Motors, I certainly do NOT expect quality has improved.
I used to be a diehard Chevy fan.......but it is time to just let Chevy die hard. I have purchased my last vehicle from them.
I wish Nissan or Toyota would make a 2500 Series Diesel pickup.
Sounds just like my 2003 GMC Envoy Denali. I replaced the front suspension for the third time at 64,000 miles. It's never been off-road (who'd take this thing off-road?) and gets driven typically less than 20 miles a day, with the occasional road trip to the cabin up north.
I swear to almighty God I'm never buying another piece of GM sh*t again.