This version of the Silverado has a fairly comfortable ride, as well as easy access and cargo loading. Compared to the previous generation, the steering has improved feel and response. The payload rating is generous. We appreciate the selectable full-time 4WD and standard stability control on all V8-equipped Silverados. 2009 also brought a new six-speed automatic transmission that improved acceleration.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"has plenty of power for a 5.3 engine"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very good handling especially while pulling the camper. Just driving it on the highway I would rather use it than my car if the mileage was not so low but 38 compared to 17 I must go with the car for travel"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Accelerates well and handles well. No problems."

David D., AZ (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Has held up well and performs my daily tasks as expected."

William W., TN (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Great looks, driving, and handling. MPG's could be a bit better."

William S., MI (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"reliable,dependable"

Michael F., PA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Great control, easy handling and acceleration"

Thomas L., TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Total engine failure at nine years/40,00 mi. Had to replace engine because of valve-train issues before it blew up on the road at high speed. Perfect proactive maintenance record."

Adrian S., CA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It climbs our Colorado Mountains with plenty of extra power"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Powerful"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"easy to park"

Robert W., AL (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Acceleration is excellent. Not always comfortable for long distance riding."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It drives like a much smaller vehicle. Very much better handling than a Ford F 150. Easy to park, fast acceleration, reasonably soft on bumpy roads."

Geir B., TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Acceleration performance of the 5.3L is still very good. Many of the miles are spent on pavement and the ride is better than even the newer 4WD pickups."

Brad H., IL (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Rides almost as well as a luxury car."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Unusually comfortable seats and seating position for a truck. Ride also good for a pickup up and quiet too."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seats are very comfortable for the long drive. Good noise cancellation and rides well."

David D., AZ (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Great foot and leg room."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Its a comfortable vehicle, my 150 Ford fit me better. No noise problems. Its also a good riding truck."

Betty P., CA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Leather seats are great"

Frank D., VA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"not a comfortable seat for the passenger, We bought this vehicle to travel in and found it is not comfortable for long trips"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"We us this to pull our camper. It is very quite and after 100's of miles we are comfortable, the noise level is better than most cars we have owned"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"One thing I appreciate is the easy open tailgate. It has always been there when I need it and is reliable. Chevy trucks are the best. We have a Chevy 1991 step side short bed Pick Up that is really my favorite."

Pamela B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Wind noises at sliding doors. Seat cushions in front are too short for some one 5ft 8 or taller making the long trips tiresome quickly."

Doug F., KY (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"bumpy ride even when the bed is full."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"chevrolet trucks have the best ride of any truck and mine is no different. Very quiet."

Wallace M., LA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"back seat is very noisy, hard to hear conversations in front seat"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The seats just aren't as comfortable as I would like. Good lumbar support. Easy to clean material. Could be a little softer."

Anonymous, MO (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"plenty of room for driver and passenger"

Mark K., MN (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"My husband is fine driving the truck but I am 5ft 2 inches and I have to set on a pillow to drive it!"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It is very comfortable to ride in, even on a long trip. Outside door molding came loose and the door locks don't always lock with the key fob. Also the driver's side window doesn't always work. When I wrote the company to complain about the charges for Sirius radio my letter was returned unopened."

L N., TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It rides like a car despite having big tires"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Smooth drive, not bouncy at all"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Ltz is very comfortable and quite quiet."

Anonymous, AB (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"fairly comfortable bench seat with plenty of room to see out quiet and comfortable ride"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I bought my pickup new in 2009. Because it is an unpopular style (regular cab, long bed— exactly what I wanted) it was the last 2008 PU on the lot, so I got it at a huge discount. Of course I got considerable value for my money."

Ruth L., OR (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"This was the cheapest pickup I could find that had the features I wanted: 6 engine, automatic, 8' bed, heavy duty cooling, and positraction,"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I wish I could buy a new Silverado for the price I paid for this one. They will cost double today."

John B., OR (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"its been very good to me except the tires, due to age and low miles tires have punctured easily"

Michael F., PA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very disappointing gasoline mileage."

Edward V., PA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I wish I could buy a new one for what I paid for this one. For the price, it has been a great vehicle. The four door configuration is a great design for my uses."

John B., OR (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Price I paid cannot be beat by any dealer"

Thomas L., TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I bought it on September 27, 2008. Prices had crashed so I paid about $ 24000 with taxes. That makes it a very good buy. It runs with few mechanical problems. Electrical issues are plenty."

Geir B., TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Great styling. Had repaint after 3 mos. new. Have had entire motor rebuild. Have had entire exhaust overhaul."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I purchased a base model, regular cab, 4x4, with the 8 ft bed. And it has been a very good vehicle; it always does what i ask of it and performs as expected. It was a great value for what i paid for it."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"competitive pricing motor lasted until 269000"

Robert W., AL (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The price I paid was a bargain cost of ownership has been very low"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"After 50,000 miles I have spent over $10,000 on various issues. My next truck will be a Toyota. Prior to the Silverado, I had a Toyota truck with over 200,000 miles with no major issues."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The price was fair and the product is good."

L N., TX (2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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