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  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Crew Cab - Long-Term Report part 2 Of 4

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Crew Cab - Long-Term Report part 2 Of 4

Gripes, grumbles, and praises

Steve VonSeggern
Apr 29, 2015
Photographers: Steve VonSeggern
During the second portion of our test we’ve amassed another 6,000 trouble-free miles of commuting, towing, and long-distance travel, with only a couple of complaints along the way.
Photo 2/7   |   2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Front Three Quarter
We heard from the folks at General Motors almost immediately after receiving our long-term Silverado regarding a recall about a necessary software fix. It seems that an undisclosed number of trucks had begun inadvertently shifting their T-cases into Neutral, and apparently this was possible even while the truck was parked and unattended. We were warned to bring the truck in for a “re-flash” as soon as possible and to always use the parking brake. Thinking we should test for the possibility of this defect, we waited three months until the on-board diagnostics requested an oil change before heading off to the dealer for the bug-fix. Fortunately, we never experienced a ghost-shift, but wrongly assuming this would be an easy download, we tried to have the truck serviced during lunch at our local dealer, Connell Chevrolet, in Costa Mesa, California, but were turned away. We keep forgetting that dealerships are still stuck in the “drop it off for the whole day for an oil change” mentality but without loaner vehicles like the high-end car stores. Also, they claimed the software fix takes about three hours. We later made an appointment to drop it off for the day at DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington Beach, California, for an oil change, tire rotation, and the recall. When you purchase a GM vehicle, maintenance service is normally no charge for the first two years or 24,000 miles. However, since our truck still belongs to GM, the dealer had no method to account for service on it, and we ended up paying $83 out of pocket for the service.
Photo 3/7   |   5 3l V8 Engine
We’ve also noticed an annoying squeak that’s developed, only occurring when rolling back into the throttle at freeway speeds after coasting. It almost sounds like the leaf springs rotating under load, but we did a little online searching and found a comment from an owner who says a similar squeak is coming from the engine when toggling back from V-4 into V-8 mode. It’s hard to say where it’s coming from, and it’s barely perceptible, but just enough noise that you’re constantly reminded that it’s there. We can’t wait for the conversation with the tech advisor at the dealer about this one, since we’re sure they’re going to think we’re nuts and probably won’t be able to recreate the sound. Stay tuned for the next installment, and we’ll fill you in.
Overall, the essential experience has been one of high quality materials, fit and finish, and construction. There are absolutely no rattles, and all bits and pieces are still firmly affixed to their appropriate locations. The interior is holding up very well under heavy use by adults, teenaged kids, and dogs. Fuel economy and range continue to be high points, especially considering the power and torque. Hopefully we can get the squeak quieted down before the next report.
Photo 4/7   |   2014 Chevy Silverado
Report: 2 OF 4
Previous reports: March/April 2015
Base price: $45,050
Price as tested: $53,210
Four-wheel-drive system: Part-time, electronically controlled, two-speed
Long-Term Numbers
Report: 2 of 4
Previous report(s): March/April 2015
Base price: $45,050
Price as tested: $53,210
Miles to date: 12,312
Miles since last report: 5,968
Average mpg (this report): 15.6
Test best tank (mpg): 18.2
Test worst tank (mpg): 14.3
Test maintenance: Oil and filter change, tire rotation, software re-flash, $0 (Service included for 2 years / 24,000 miles)
Test problem areas: Software recall
Logbook Quotes
“Make the squeak stop!”
“Bed cover latches are finicky and still plenty of air gap in tailgate to let dust in on dirt roads.”
“How can it ping with direct injection?”

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