Aside from a new crew-cab version, the GMC Sierra (and its Chevrolet Silverado twin) has changed little since its 1999 debut. Our tested Z71 Silverado had a stiff, choppy ride--other trim lines ride slightly better. Braking is adequate and fit and finish is unimpressive. The powertrain isn't as smooth as competing models from Toyota or Nissan.
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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

"It's always had great acceleration, stopping, cornering and overall handling. I've never used it to haul a trailer so cannot judge that experience. I would not hesitate to haul a travel trailer or two-horse trailer with it, however."

Anonymous, VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"An absolute smooth drive. Even after 14 years, the ride is quiet. I enjoy towing loads with it. Very easy to handle with a horse trailer in tow."

James C., CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"It's an eight cylinder and has plenty of power."

Gail T., TN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"For a fourteen year old truck the ride and acceleration are the best."

Anonymous, TN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Denali all wheel drive and quadsteer feature"

Carolyn C., NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Good mileage on the highway 20mpg and very stable"

Anonymous, OR (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"There frequently seems to be a "bump" when the car shifts gears. Sometimes when accelerating, there is a pause. Other than that, it seems to handle well and be responsive to turning, etc."

Anonymous, ID (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"With Qudrasteer it can turn on a tight radius for a pickup truck. At highway speeds it also hold tight to curves."

Nicholas W., NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This truck has always hesitated when putting your foot in it.It also drives like a tank, very hard to park."

Steve R., TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"When accelerating, transmission always seems to "clunk" even after we had it fixed twice."

Anonymous, CO (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This is a truck that does everything one would expect from a truck. I bought it new and after twelve years there is no rust, corrosion, or any paint issues, and I live and drive it in Wisconsin, the rust belt. Have had absolutely NO mechanical issues of any kind."

LARRY O., WI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Like all of it Great Ride"

Anonymous, NY (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"For a truck it has a quiet and smooth ride"

Anonymous, IN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Everything, this is a wonderful truck in every aspect."

LARRY O., WI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"114000,+11 years drivers seat has a hole in it, leather interior."

LYLE H., OK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Heater / AC actuator does not work sometimes. Cannot switch from heat to cool"

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"It rides like a truck. The "auto" fan is oftentimes too low for comfort. I have to turn the speed up."

MARTHA H., ID (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Best climate control I've ever had. Leather could be softer on seats. Very poor location of heated seats switch. Bump it on operating power windows."

GERALD P., AZ (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)


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

What Owners Say

"This truck is a work horse. Hauling and towing are no effort and the gas mileage is great. Rides like a fine car, even under load."

James C., CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. In the first 200,000 miles I replaced wear items only which were two batteries. After 200,000 miles I have done a brake job and the AC compressor went out. 200,000 trouble free miles is hard to beat"

Larry U., FL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Good price"

Anonymous, AL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I get many compliments on the color and style of this car."

MARTHA H., ID (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"looks great"

Anonymous, OR (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Looks great for a pickup."

PHILLIP H., TX (2004 GMC Sierra 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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