These trucks are much stiffer and ride less comfortably than the standard Silverado 1500 (1/2 ton). They are designed for hard work and a 3/4 ton capacity. The ride is bouncy but the available engines include a relatively refined, Isuzu-developed 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 and a huge 8.1-liter, 340-hp V8.
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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

"This is just an outstanding tow vehicle. The Allison transmission is outstanding: Tow Haul is essentially a rate-command attitude-hold system on downhills, making it extremely easy to drive without riding the brakes."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Great power and good transmission for towing trailer. Duramax and Allison transmission. Good mileage for such a large vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The pulling power with towing a RV trailer across the USA."

WILLIAM C., NC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"6.6 Duramax diesel pulling machine nice driving and handling!"

RAY B., WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Excellent power train. The DuraMax and Allison are the reasons I purchased this vechicle as I tow a 10,000 pound trailer. Styling is just okay and appointments (trim, lighting, comfort, interior trim, etc) are lacking. While the power train is superior the chassis and suspension do not match, their quality is sub-par and disappointing."

KENNETH H., UT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"handles well. great acceleration, especially while pulling my 35 foot trailer."

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"It has very good towing capability with good mileage with added towing buster."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Lots of power .. I am pulling lots of weight on trck bed."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"So easy to drive for such a large vehicle. Excellent acceleration"

James J., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Outstanding quality, durability and handling but very wide turning circle, hard to park and the mileage is better in newer models."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"My Duramax diesel is very powerful and works well pulling a trailer. I use this vehicle off-road as well as on and it works very well (I do have some modifications though)"

Frank G., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Great for towing always reliable"

Ronald G., AL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Powerful diesel engine. Tows 10,000 lbs easy. Accelerates faster than many cars. For a heavy truck it handles well - not a Mustang but safe."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Pulling power is excellent with the diesel but mileage is a little disappointing. With the modifications I've made it handles a heavy load very well."

Judy S., MD (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Drives and handles great. Much, much better acceleration, across the board."

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Bought this truck to tow horses. It does that easy. Diesel has lots of power and the Allison transmission is the best"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"handling is great"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"It is a very comfortable vehicle to drive in for long periods of time. We tow an RV with it so spend many hours driving, and neither the passenger or the driver gets overly fatigued."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Power seats ,sits well very good view of other traffic. Great for towing and overall work. I love this truck. My plan is to keep the truck."

Ronald G., AL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Still running well...quiet and comfortable ride for big guy. I haul a 2700 lb. truck camper."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"good, not great but good"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"If I had known how comfortable this truck was, I'd have bought one long ago."

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"very powerful for towing and hauling heavy loads, great acceleration, very poor gas mileage, smooth comfortable ride"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Seats are like lazy boys. Noise and ride are Ok considering it's a truck"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Noisy, seat too big for 5'5" woman, bumpy ride"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"comfortable seating. Lots of room. For a 2500 truck ride is pretty good."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"For me the seating is pretty comfortable, the ride is what you'd expect from a heavy duty pickup with air springs, overloads, HD sway bar, HD adjustable shocks.Being a diesel, its noisy."

Judy S., MD (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Wind noise is a problem on days when the outside wind is high. I added additional rubber sealing strips to the driver side door to reduce this."

Anonymous, NE (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The heated seats are very comfortable in the cold northeast winter"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"very comfortable seats and all around vision is good. Very solid truck to drive. Generally pretty quiet when the windows are rolled up."

Wendy L., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Rough ride overall"

Douglas L., WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"If I had known how comfortable the truck was, I would have bought one a lot sooner."

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Tons of premature problems with brake system. Should have been recalled."

BECKY V., WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Heated seats comfortable leather power pulling diesel nice interior !"

RAY B., WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"244,000 miles and still going strong."

DAVID H., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Overall, this vehicle has performed as expected. Disappointed in the audio equiptment. Purchased for hauling a fifth-wheel, Well paired in towing, handling, and safety Looking to purchase a new 2500 HD diesel."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Long lasting truck. Turbo diesel is great towing engine. Good fuel economy. Comfortable seats. It is a heavy duty truck so does not ride like a caddy. Since 100,000 miles I have had some costly repairs - turbo, wheel hubs and drive belts."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"I use the truck to haul heavy items and as long as the weight does not exceed 6000 pounds, I do not worry about damage to the suspension system."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"been a great truck that handles a camper very well. Low maintaince cost. great value."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Small tires in large wheel wells. This is done to boost towing but looks cheap. Should have offered better transmission earlier. This is now cured for latest model years."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"it looks great"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

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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