2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck

$7,995
Savings: $7,995

Black

Leather

2WD

Automatic

1GCEC19X08Z259890

V6 Cylinder Engine

251,659

259890

City: 15 / Hwy: 20 Estimated By E.P.A. - Actual Mileage May Vary

Dealership Information

Lara's Trucks

Laras Trucks

4420 Buford Hwy. NE

Chamblee, GA 30341

678-410-6038

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Vehicle History

No Accidents Reported
6 Service History Records

Vehicle Details

The 2008 Chevy Silverado may not have the aggressive styling of the Dodge Ram or Nissan Titan or even the Toyota Tundra or Ford F-150, but its upright design may be considered both bold and appealing to its faithful customers, and they buy hundreds of thousands of Silverados each year.

A raked windshield (raked at 57 degrees) and careful aerodynamic and body-building engineering make the truck both quieter on the inside and more fuel efficient. GM boasts that the Silverado and GMC Sierra are the first full-size trucks to offer both 300 horsepower and EPA highway ratings of 20 miles per gallon (2WD 4.3 and 5.3 on gasoline).

The large, gold Chevy bowtie badge is set against a wide, three-bar chrome grille. The grille is flanked by stacked headlamps sporting the latest reflector-optics. The front bumper incorporates rectangular fog lamps.

The hood has a wide power dome. Bulging front fenders wrap over the front wheels and incorporate the headlamps within their forward sweep. Likewise, the rear quarter panels are punctuated by large faired wheel wells.

The rear view of the truck features stacked tail lamps on either side of a tall tailgate that has a sculpted center section that mimics and inverts the shape of the fender flares.

Built on what General Motors calls its GMT900 platform, the Silverado shares much of its underpinnings with the Tahoe SUV, though the pickup truck gets a unique rear suspension and a frame section that is 245 percent stiffer. Compared to the former generation Silverado, the frame is 234 percent stiffer torsionally, 62 percent more resistant to bending and 136 percent stiffer laterally. All of this allows such things as reducing the gap between the truck bed and passenger compartment and between fenders and bumpers. It also enhances aerodynamics and fuel efficiency and allows suspension components to provide improved ride and handling characteristics.

The front suspension uses coil-over shock absorbers (rather than torsion bars) and the rack-and-pinion steering gear is mounted to the engine cross member frame to provide enhanced control and feedback. The Silverado benefits from a rear axle design featuring shocks absorbers mounted outboard and more upright for better dynamic control than that of the previous-generation models.

Interior Features

The Silverado WT and LT come with what Chevy calls the pure pickup truck interior while the LTZ features a more luxurious interior.

The pure pickup interior is more driver and work oriented, includes two glove boxes in the dashboard, one of them just about the right size to hold a pair of work gloves and a few small items, and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat with the center section of the seat back folding down to form a wide arm rest with lots of storage capacity. This interior features large switchgear controls and interior door handles designed to be easily manipulated even while wearing bulky gloves.

The more luxury-oriented interior includes bucket seats with a permanent center console with 20 liters of storage capacity. The center stack puts ventilation and audio controls within easy site and reach of the front seat passenger. This version has a single glove box in the dash.

For 2008, all Silverado models get brighter gauge needles for easier viewing in daylight, XM satellite radio with three months of complimentary service, and a power adjustable driver's seat is available for the 40/20/40 bench on regular cabs.

Extended cabs feature stadium-style seating with an elevated view for those sitting in the second row. Both the extended cab and crew cab versions offer plenty of rear legroom. The rear seat bottoms can be easily be folded up to provide more room on the floor for cargo. Rear seats are split 60/40 so one side can be folded up for cargo while the other is used for seating.

Chevrolet says the interior of the new Sierra is 20 percent quieter than its predecessor (pre-2007 and Silverado Classic models), thanks to enhanced insulation materials, much like those used in the company's sport utility vehicles, and to aerodynamic improvements that reduce wind noise.

Driving Impressions

Suspension choice is key to the driving characteristics of the Silverado, while the cabin configuration (pure pickup WT/LT or luxury LTZ) is key to how you expect to use the truck and what you expect from it.

An LTZ interior mirrors those of GM's full-size sport-utilities and is modeled more like a big touring sedan than a truck. It's a smooth, cohesive design with a central console that rises to a wall of smallish white-on-black buttons you can't operate with mittens like those on the “pure pickup.” The optional navigation system is up high for good viewing, intuitive in operation, and offers many choices in radio station memory. The LTZ cabin is available in three interior colors and, though it will show dirt faster, the lightest color gives the most luxurious impression.

On the other hand, the WT/LT version is more conventional truck with a more open floor area, space for junk all over, and no concerns that something might get scratched, scuffed or dirty. Modern electronics suggest hosing them out isn't a good idea anymore, but a shovel and stiff bristle brush should get it done.

The basic Z83 suspension is best chosen for budget constraints or if you plan to make modifications and throw away the stock parts. The Z85 is similar except that it uses better shock absorbers and is calibrated for how today's light-duty pickups are often used as daily transportation. The Z71 package is designed for off-highway use and makes maximum use of suspension travel to keep the wheels on the ground when on the trail or dirt roads; this off-road package frequently provides the best ride quality on anything worse than glass-smooth interstates. The Z60 street package replete with 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires is best used for the city but can be used on a dirt road. The NHT package is designed for maximum loads; ride compliance is good based on how much weight it can carry and tow but driving it around empty may be firmer (harsher) than you want for every day use.

All Sierras benefit from brakes much improved over earlier (pre-2007) models, whether they have the rear discs or drum brakes.

For 2008, drivers who tow will appreciate the optional integrated brake controller like that used on the Sierra heavy-duty trucks. (However, be sure your trailer brakes are compatible with it before choosing the option, as some electro-hydraulic disc conversions do not work with the integrated controller.)

The Silverado can be equipped for a towing capacity of as much as 10,500 pounds (a 4WD longer cab NHT without a long bed); typical maximum tow ratings for other models without the 6-liter/NHT are in the 8000-8900 pound range. If you want a 10,000-plus tow rating in a regular cab you have to look to Ford or Toyota. Remember these trailer weights are usually quoted for an empty truck with a standard-size driver (154 pounds) on board.

Those with limited vertical clearance either at home or in commercial garages should note that the 4WD version of Silverado 1500 extended cab and crew cab is fractionally lower at the roof and loading level than the 2WD version. Some pickup trucks add two to three inches in height for 4WD, and those inches could be critical in tight fits.

Summary

The Chevy Silverado offers more choices in light-duty pickup variations than any manufacturer save the Ford F-150. It is among the smoothest riding and quietest of all full-size pickups, at any comparative price point. We think it's one of the best choices available for 2008.

G.R. Whale contributed to this report from Southern California; with NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Larry Edsall reporting from Phoenix.



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Vehicle Options

  • Air bags- frontal- driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size- even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Air conditioning- single-zone manual front climate control (Standard on Extended and Crew Cab models.)
  • Air dam- Black
  • Alternator- 145 amps
  • Assist handle- front passenger (Also includes rear assist handles in the headliner on Extended and Crew Cab Models.)
  • Audio system feature- speaker system (Requires Extended or Crew Cab Models. Includes 6 speakers.)
  • Battery- heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps- maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
  • Brakes- 4-wheel antilock- front disc/rear drum
  • Bumper- front Black (Includes Black bumper end caps.)
  • Bumper- rear chrome- step-style with pad
  • Coat hooks- rear driver and passenger side
  • Cup holders- front (Also includes rear cupholders on Extended and Crew Cab models.)
  • Door handles- Black
  • Driver Information Center with odometer- trip odometer and message center (monitors numerous systems depending on vehicle equipment level including low fuel- turn signal "on"- transmission temperature and oil change notification) (Driver Information Center controls are operated through the trip button unless (UK3) steering wheel mounted audio controls is ordered.)
  • Engine- Vortec 4.3L V6 MFI (195 hp [145.4 kW] @ 4600 rpm- 260 lb-ft of torque [351.0 N-m] @ 2800 rpm) (Requires C*10*03- CC10553 or CC10753 models. Standard with C*10*03- CC10553 or CC10753 models. Not available with (VYU) Snow Plow Prep Package or (Z82) heavy-duty trailering equipment.)
  • Exhaust- aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe
  • Floor covering- Black rubberized-vinyl
  • Frame- hydroformed
  • Glass- Solar-Ray light-tinted- all windows
  • Grille- Black surround
  • GVWR- 6400 lbs. (2903 kg) (Standard on C*10703- C*10903- CC10553- and CC10753 models.)
  • Instrumentation- analog with speedometer- odometer- fuel level- engine temperature- and tachometer
  • Lamps- dual cargo area lamps
  • Lighting- interior with dome and reading lights- illuminated entry feature and backlit instrument panel switches
  • Mirror- inside rearview manual day/night
  • Mirrors- outside manual- Black- manual-folding
  • Pickup box- Fleetside
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Seat- rear bench (folds up)- full width- folding- 3-passenger (includes child seat top tether anchor) (Standard with Extended Cab models only.)
  • Steering column- Tilt-Wheel- adjustable with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Steering- power- rack-and-pinion
  • Steering wheel- includes theft-deterrent locking feature
  • Suspension- front independent- coil over shock
  • Suspension Package- Solid Smooth Ride includes 35 mm piston twin tube shocks and 32mm front stabilizer bar
  • Suspension- rear 2-stage multi-leaf springs- semi-elliptic
  • Tire carrier- outside spare- winch-type mounted under frame at rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (does not apply to spare tire)
  • Visors- driver and front passenger- sliding- with clip and passenger side vanity mirror with cover- Opal Gray-colored
  • Warning tones- headlamp on- key-in-ignition- driver and passenger buckle up reminder and turn signal on
  • Wheel- 17" (43.2 cm) steel spare (spare wheel will not cosmetically match the other 4 wheels)
  • Windows- fixed- rear access door (Requires Extended Cab Models.)
  • Wipers- front intermittent wet-arm with pulse washers
  • Vehicle Disclaimer

    Lara's Trucks- Price does NOT include Tax/Tag/Title *Internet Cash Price. SOME VEHICLES WILL APPEAR WITH DEMO WHEELS, PLEASE CALL FOR MORE INFO Call: 678-410-6038 Buford Hwy Chamblee, GA 30341. Other bank restrictions may apply such as loan amount, term, payment per month and minimum income requirements. Call now to speak to a sales professional or apply online to get pre-approved. Georgia Buyers We recommend that all of our buyers set up an appointment before coming to our dealership. This way we can provide the highest level of service and make sure that the vehicle you are interested in is available. We rely on Auto Check reports to give you the full history of the vehicle that is available. These sources pull from different resources and are never 100% accurate, sometimes some information does not make the history reports. We highly recommend that our customers preform a pre-purchase inspection. Registration can take up to 30 days to be completed. Once all paperwork has been transferred to the appropriate tag office we will send you a registration letter via mail or email. Georgia emissions are required to be performed if the county requires them. Please confirm with your knowledgeable sales team if your new purchase would need emission work done. You can also go to a third party source, cleanairforce.com to confirm that the vehicle has been tested and passed. Georgia law does not allow us to hand over any title during the sale, even if you pay cash. Certain processes are required and we must abide by the regulations. Out-of-State Buyers Lara's Trucks does a lot of business with customers outside the state of Georgia. This eliminates any surprise that could happen when you get here. We try to do our best to satisfy all of our customers and we would be more than happy to take the vehicle to the mechanic of your choice (you will be fully responsible for any and all charges that may apply).

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