Top Ten Trucks That Built Chevrolet

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The Chevy brand’s official birth date is recorded as Nov. 3, 1911, which makes them 100 years old this month (of course, that’s assuming you didn’t reset the clock when the U.S. taxpayers had to give them a huge loan to stay afloat).  

Chris Perry, vice president of global marketing and strategy for Chevy, puts it this way: “From the beginning, Chevy has offered long-lasting trucks that help people make a living, enjoy life and get things done.” 

In honor of this momentous occasion, we thought we’d pull out some of the most significant trucks that built — and will likely continue to build — the Chevy brand. In chronological order, here they are. 

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10. 1918 Chevy 490 Cowl Chassis

These trucks came off the line and were sold with only front sheet metal. Buyers usually bought a wooden cab and cargo box or panel van body. Priced at $595, the light-duty vehicle was essentially a body-less Chevy 490 with stronger rear leaf springs. 

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9. 1925 Chevy half-ton panel van (Brazil)

While customers worldwide have always enjoyed Chevy trucks, Brazil is probably the home of the most passionate fans outside the U.S. The first trucks were built there in 1925, and more than 25,000 vehicles were sold in the first year of production. Brazil remains the second-largest market for Chevy trucks today. 


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8. 1937 Chevy half-ton (U.S.) 

After the Great Depression, there was a huge push for construction and work projects that motivated GM to completely redesign the pickup truck in 1934, stuffing the vehicle with all sorts of “modern” features and technology. Among the new models in 1935 was the Suburban Carryall, arguably the first SUV. For 1937, Chevy introduced streamline styling, heavier-duty frames and a larger, more powerful 78-horsepower engine. That same year, the American Automobile Association sent out a new Chevy pickup with a half-ton of payload over a 10,000-mile route across the U.S., averaging 20.74 mpg. 
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7. 1947 Chevy half-ton (U.S.) 

After World War II, Chevy introduced the “Advanced Design” trucks that were roomier, had better all-around visibility and offered a wider pickup box. By the 1950s, Chevy was the first brand to sell more than 2 million vehicles, in large part due to the popularity of the Advance Design pickups.  

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6. 1955 Chevy Cameo Pickup

Debuting with a modern exterior design, the 1955 Chevy pickups were the first of its segment to get the new overhead-valve small-block V-8. Trucks were becoming more civilized, as many of the fully optioned vehicles were being called “gentleman’s pickups” as more showed up in driveways than sat on farms. This was also the year Chevy became the first to offer a factory-installed four-wheel-drive system. Additionally, in 1958, a new slab-sided Fleetside box option provided an alternative to Chevy’s traditional step-side pickup box. 

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5. 1959 Chevy El Camino

Described by some as the first passenger-car pickup, the Chevy El Camino offered a classic-era big-fin rear styling look with practical half-ton pickup utility. As many will know, the El Camino was benched for three model years before it reappeared as a 1964 model, based off the newly released Chevelle platform. Many years later, the 1978 El Camino moved onto the Malibu platform. The last El Camino was built in 1987, but Chevy is always quick to note it still gets requests and suggestions from all over the world to bring the El Camino back.   

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4. 1967 C-10 Pickup

The new-for-1967 Custom Sport Truck Package was a trend-setting option that included deluxe carlike upgrades inside and out. The package could even be ordered with bucket seats, unheard of for a pickup truck. The new exterior design had a lower-silhouette cab and much larger wheel openings, and the new chassis had coil springs front and rear. Later, the 1969 K-5 Blazer was a pioneering SUV built off a shortened half-ton pickup truck platform. 

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3. 1973 Suburban

We know this isn’t a pickup, but it could work and play just as hard any full-size truck on the road. Very popular with big families who lived in or traveled to remote territory, the 1973 Suburban was bigger, longer and stronger than any other station wagon sold in the U.S. That same year, Chevy became the first brand to produce and sell more than 1 million trucks in the U.S. in a single year. 

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2. 1999 Silverado 1500 

The 1999 pickup was the first to carry the Silverado nameplate and featured many construction technology changes for GM vehicles, not the least of which included a modular, multisection hydroformed frame. Significant changes in the HD Silverados in 2001 established new benchmarks in towing and hauling. As you may remember, many of the changes in both light- and heavy-duty models made the workhorse pickups very easy daily drivers as well. And many expect another evolutionary leap with the introduction of the next-gen light-duty Silverado in the next few years. 

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1. 2013 Colorado

A huge departure for Chevy, the next-generation Colorado was designed and is already being built in Thailand, and it won’t begin assembly here in the U.S. (at the Wentzville, Mo., plant) for almost a year. For those who may not know, Thailand is the largest market in the world for midsize pickups, consistently selling almost a half-million models each year. This new vehicle will be very important to Chevy (and GM) as the segment has not shown much vitality here for several decades and has other big truck-makers standing on the sidelines waiting to see what happens when the new Colorado gets a full year of sales under its belt. Curiously, Chevy will reintroduce the TrailBlazer nameplate in global markets (built off the new Colorado platform), but no announcement has been made regarding production in the U.S. Likewise, no announcements have been made about production of the GMC Canyon, either. 

Comments

Nothing but Ford girly men bashing GM! The US Auto Industry would be better of if Ford just went bankrupt and kept their girly man step to themselves! I have spoken and the truth is what I speak.

GM = GOVERNMENT MAFIA

Taxation without representation.

Bob, you may begin to weep!

Shouldn't we include some of the military vehciles from GM like the Hummer since it was a major accomplishment for GM and did develop into its own consumer models with mega profit margins? I know it isn't Chevy specific but the article does use GMC interchangibly with Chevy so why not include all of GM products.

Ford Motor Company should change their name to the following:

Self-Righteous Motor Company for their holier than everyone else attitude, or maybe the Biggest Hippocrite Motor Company. I found some interesting articles online that pretty much sum up what I have been saying for the last two weeks or so on here.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2011/09/19/ford-looks-hypocritical-in-new-anti-bailout-commercial/

http://swampland.time.com/2011/09/30/what-the-controversial-ford-bailout-ad-got-wrong/

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/09/ford-motor-co-does-u-turn-on-bailouts/

@Bobby McMichigan

i don't get it, all Ford did was speak the truth, they did not get bailout they got a loan unlike GM they have to pay it BACK

@Dan

I am calling them hypocrites because because the act as if they didn't even support the bailouts to begin with. If you actually read one of those articles, they asked for a 9 or so billion credit line in government bailouts should their $23 billion credit line from their ceditors run dry. Their own financing company, Ford Motor Credit had $15 billion in bailouts funneled into it from the goverment, also. My point is, they would have taken the extra 9 billion that they asked for if it was necessary. Why run a damn commercial on tv condemming something that you supported in the first place?! That is what makes them a hypocrite! Then you get all of the Ford fans crying saying, "oh don't blame Ford for that ad because of poor taste by their marketing department". Do you mean to tell me that someone in Sr. management or board members don't see these ads before they go on TV? Bull$hit!! They know exactly what is going on tv in front of the American public.
GM did pay back a portion of their loans (12 billion or so and a small amount I will admit), and the rest of the debt was converted into government ownership.

@Dan the Man,

The truth hurts people that are in denial. It's pretty childish!

@ Frank

Here is a quote that I found especially for you:

You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do. ~Norman Juster

Maybe you need to find another swimming hole?

The truth hurts ford really does suck. Wanna see trash go to ford dealer X)

Chevy power! yup.

deaf ford guys you go look up at
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2011/09/19/ford-looks-hypocritical-in-new-anti-bailout-commercial/

I think the S-10 should be among the top 10 Chevy trucks of all time. It was the first real compact truck that Chevy made. The Luv was an import from Isuzu. If I were making a top 10 list for Ford I would include the Ranger because it was the first real compact truck that Ford made. I see the Ford and Chevy bashers (trolls) are on this site. You trolls would not know a real truck if you saw one. How about an old International with a manual transmission, no radio, and all gauges (some of you trolls could not read gauges, you would need idiot lights). You probably could not even shift an old manual and you would need power steering because you lack muscles. If you want to talk about some tough 4 wheel drives and not the overpriced Tonka toys that are on the market now how about a early Toyota Landcruiser, an International Scout, a original Ford Bronco, a real Willys Overland, a 40s Dodge Powerwagon, and a real Land Rover. These were real trucks not a Raptor or a Suburu. I like Suburus but they pale in comparison to these. Any way I enjoyed the story about the 100 years of Chevy and the trucks just like I would enjoy a story about Fords, Dodges, Internationals, and old Toyota and Datsun trucks. Chevy will survive and so will Ford despite your trollings. It is pitifull that the only way you can get attention is to make negative comments on a article. Just read the articles and enjoy the diversity of trucks that are historical, present, and ones that will be our future.

@Bobby Michigan - Yes, Ford definitely supported the bailouts and would have taken all they could if they needed to.

What nobody talks about is that taxpayers took an initial hit for $50 billion or so. Some was payed back with the IPO, however, GM stock took a huge hit after the IPO so basically taxpayers lost more in equity than they gained by selling the shares.

Bottom line is GM owes much more than the $50 billion they started with.

@Bobby Michigan - Yes, Ford definitely supported the bailouts and would have taken all they could if they needed to.

What nobody talks about is that taxpayers took an initial hit for $50 billion or so. Some was payed back with the IPO, however, GM stock took a huge hit after the IPO so basically taxpayers lost more in equity than they gained by selling the shares.

Bottom line is GM owes much more than the $50 billion they started with.

Posted by: toycrusher84 | Nov 29, 2011 4:26:49 PM

True. That is why the govt. is hanging on to the remaining shares hoping their value will increase with time to recoop as much loss as they can. Do you know how much the govt. lost on bailing Chrysler out? Nobody seems to talk about that.

So much has changed yet the fuel economy is the same as it was in 1937.

Unless you're in Brazeeeel. Then you get a turbo diesel.

As I mentioned before, not many are passionate enough about Chrysler to bother trolling. The Ford/GM rivalry only exists because both make good products and have very loyal followers.

As I mentioned before, not many are passionate enough about Chrysler to bother trolling. The Ford/GM rivalry only exists because both make good products and have very loyal followers.

Posted by: toycrusher84 | Nov 29, 2011 4:35:39 PM

I agree most definitely.

I personally would love to see the 2014(15?) Silverado come out with retro styling along the lines of the late 60's pickups. They did the Camaro why not their truck line? However from the look of the new Colorado I'm not holding my breath.

@MrKnowitall that post about Subaru Outbacks was done by the Troll who is using the "Bob" alias's. I know there were a lot of claimants to that title before Subaru turned up on the scene.

Dont agree about the 67s C10 pickups being a great design!

Infact that year is the reason Ford beat Chevy,, these models were built flimsy..just open the hood of a 67 68 etc and see what I am talking about, flexes easy, need more stiffness!

That Studebaker look was not great looking on these trucks!

My favorite Chevys pickups 73 models, was a great built truck, and the 88 models were of great design...not to mention the pre 67 models, and 56 models!

I really don't care at this point if GM got a government loan, or Chrysler, or that Ford almost got one. I guess it would be better to spend that money rebuilding Iraq and giving more foreign aid than preserving American jobs. Maybe we should give a rebate to those making more than a million dollars a year so that they might create jobs. I do not entire like government loans or what some of you might call bailouts but I would rather have US jobs preserved than have even higher unemployment. I do not work in the auto industry but let me ask you a question. If it was your job how would you feel? I could care less about preserving GM, Ford, or Chrysler as a corporation as much as I care about preserving middle class jobs. The Japanese government gives loans to their industries during economic crisis. The Japanese govenment has even passed laws that require vehicles after a certain period of time to be torn down completely for a mandatory inspection (totally unnecessary) in order to stimulate vehicle sales. I am not advocating this but most of the rest of the world has policies to help their own industries. Lets get back on topic about Chevy trucks and Chevy's 100 years celebration. Celebrate a company with 100 years of American history.

The Humvee was made by AM General. A company totally unrelated to GMC. AM General sold the rights to the Hummer name to GMC. THe Hummer H2, H3 etc. were GM products. THe H1 or military Humvee was made by AM General. AM General still makes the Humvee and other military spec machines. THe Humvee was not part of the failed sale of Hummer to Chinese interests. Apparently it is against the law for a US military contractor to be owned by a foreign government or company.

There are guys on this site that are passionate about their Dodge trucks, just like there are guys who are passionate about Toyota trucks. I would not downplay their passion.
Bob sours everything for all the brands but since Ford is his primary target - that gets Ford guys trolling more in retaliation.

Chrysler did get a bailout, it isn't seen as a big deal for several reasons:
1.Chrysler is seen as the underdog.
GMC was the top dog, a company that SHOULD NOT OF FAILED.
How does the biggest auto company in the world f--k up so badly that they need to be saved by defaulting on 100 billion (100,000,000,000 dollars) and then needing another 60 odd billion????????
GMAC was spun off as a separate entity, do we need to add that to the total? since someone mentioned Ford finance!
2. Chrysler was screwed by Daimlerbenz in the divorce.
Who screwed GMC?
Themselves!
3. Chrysler's bailout was considerably smaller than GM's.
4. Fiat bought controlling interest of Chrysler and paid off high interest government loans.
Did GMC get dinged with high interest government loans?
NO.

Is the USA government holding on to GMC shares because GMC stock is worthless?
I don't think so.
It is much easier to push a green agenda when you own one of the biggest car companies in the world.
Who do you think is the biggest purchaser of GM hybrids?
USA government!

Ford did go to congress to checkout the "bailout".
Did they get a bailout?
By definition - NO.
They did get loans, and incentives to produce green products, and make other products that the government wanted.
So did everyone else!
Is Ford being hypocritical?
I would say yes.
The public doesn't see it that way.
Americans love rugged individualism.
They think Ford is the corporate symbol of rugged American individualism.
Great for Ford.
Sucks for GMC.
Those are the optics.

Molson Muscle-Actually, the Willys Station Wagon predates the Plymouth Suburban by 3 years.

@ Lou

You can't lay all of the blame on Diamler for the fall of Chrysler. Long before Diamler came along, they produced IMO the shoddiest quality cars of the Big 3. (along with some models from GM and Ford). The wheels were already set in motion. There was a big improvement after Diamler stepped it, but they were still not up to the levels of their competitors. From the reviews that I have been reading lately, it looks like their build quality has improved quite a bit since Fiat has stepped in.
I do think your opinion of the govt. holding on GM stock (not just for the low value per share) holds some water. I'm sure several in Washington love the power of controlling a large auto maker. I don't want to drag politics into this, but I think that might change if we elect a different president from a different party this go around.

@ Bobby from Michigan, funny you talk of quality and GM, almost an oxymoron, I had a a 2006 ext cab Chevy, worst interior, always interior issues. Rattle, doors make noise, plastic makes noise on any non perfect road, mount from frame to cab broke, had only 16,000 miles and none of it was offroading or overloading or racing. Went on a 1600 mile highway trip to Colorado and then every right turn i heard a POP! You could see the edges of the headliner when new, dealership said we will fix, tried 2 or 3 times and changed it out, even my friends 2003 had same issue when I pointed it out. Never was fixed. Truck sat unlevel, the heaviest it got was to Dodge 360 blocks and cranks, say 475pounds? My friend got rid of his 2003 Chevy he's got a Tundra now. Heck my brother in law is thinking of a newer truck, asked my opinion, I said forget about a Chevy, he could loose less money if he buys a Tundra, or anything for that matter. Yeah, great stuff, them Chebbys! No thanks

I wonder if the 1967-1971 El Camino Super Sport or the 1990s C-1500 454 Super Sport would make it in the top fifteen list? I think that the first couple of generations of the K-5 Blazer should certainly be in the top fifteen.

@ Bobby from Michigan, funny you talk of quality and GM, almost an oxymoron, I had a a 2006 ext cab Chevy, worst interior, always interior issues. Rattle, doors make noise, plastic makes noise on any non perfect road, mount from frame to cab broke, had only 16,000 miles and none of it was offroading or overloading or racing. Went on a 1600 mile highway trip to Colorado and then every right turn i heard a POP! You could see the edges of the headliner when new, dealership said we will fix, tried 2 or 3 times and changed it out, even my friends 2003 had same issue when I pointed it out. Never was fixed. Truck sat unlevel, the heaviest it got was to Dodge 360 blocks and cranks, say 475pounds? My friend got rid of his 2003 Chevy he's got a Tundra now. Heck my brother in law is thinking of a newer truck, asked my opinion, I said forget about a Chevy, he could loose less money if he buys a Tundra, or anything for that matter. Yeah, great stuff, them Chebbys! No thanks

Posted by: TRX4Tom | Nov 29, 2011 10:42:06 PM

I never said that GM was the epitome of quality. It sounds like you are putting words in my mouth. I was a witness to the junk that Chrysler put out in the 80's, 90's, and early 2000's. Several of my friends and family owned these sorry excuses for automobiles. Premature auto trans failures, power equipment failures, engines burining oil due to piss poor designs, and the list goes on and on. One neighbor of mine had a 2.5 yr old '92 caravan with 45,000 miles sling a rod right through the oil pan. Luckily they had the extended warrany. The list goes on and on.

@Bobby McMichigan - the domestic auto industry all went through a few decades of producing crap. Ford is doing well because they saw what was coming and got their act together.
I'm willing to bet that Chrysler/Dodge turns things around before GMC does. Ram is rated in the top 3 for quality and durability.
Where is GMC?
You can slag Ford all you want but they are doing most things right. You make fun of the "man-step", but that is another symbol of why Ford is #1 in trucks. They give customers what they want.
The only exception is compact trucks. I'm not sure why Ford hasn't committed to anything in that market (at least publically).
I've witnessed junk from all of the domestics.
Why do you think Toyota has done so well?
The bland appliances they produce just happen to be reliable.

@Lou - GM makes the bestest crap there is. No wons crap is better than our crap. You can bet that GM will continue to outcrap the compition. The manstep is for gurly men.So what that GM got a baleout. So did Wop Moturds. They got bailed 2 times. GMC is 1. Dont you ever forget it. Let it be writin. Let it be done. GM rules. What is wrong with a feminine truck. Guys like females. My wife is a female. GM RULES.

Ram will always be third best.

What others said: the whole Ford/Chevy thing is like monkeys tossing poop.

I've owned both brands and I lean Ford (except for the '97-'04 F-series--can't dig that style). That said, the '67-'72 C-10 is my all-time favorite truck. I love our '68 for its ride & style.

But if you nerds could not argue Ford! Chevy! you'd not have a darned thing to talk about...so flame on.

Can you smell whats cooking? A new rig from GM that gonna blow ford out of the water like they have been for the past 100 years!

Any manufacturer has their issues. The Toyota Starlet was not a very good car. Or how about Toyota's engine sludge problems. The Big 3 all had quality issues in the late 70s and early 80s. Ford, GM, and Chrysler needed to have paired down their product line long ago. Mercury, Pontiac, Plymouth, and Oldsmobile were more expensive clones to their cheaper twins. Those names had been cheapened. GM and Ford acquiring Saab, Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Aston Martin were a big mistake. Saturn started out to make a good quality product but in the end they were Chevy clones. They all needed to put more resources in developing better products with higher fuel efficiency. They are doing that now but I fear they are trending back to their old ways. Even Toyota has a bloated product line. I wish the American auto manufactures would stay on course and develop more quality world class product. Now they all are in the horsepower wars which can get carried to an extreme. Its ok to develop a few high horsepowered toys but lets get back to a quality product with better fuel economy at an affordable price. Deviating from course will just lead to more failure and future government loans.

I have to retract my previous statements. Chrysler (actually mostly just Ram) have some very loyal followers. Unfortunately everyone has a hard time keeping up with who owns Chrysler and Ram as they keep changing hands every few years. In general they are viewed as under dogs (with the exception of the legendary Cummins) so fans of the other Big 2 don't view them as threats and don't feel the need to constantly fling "poo" at them

Oh wow.. Who made this list? A Ford guy??

#6 - How on earth could you not add the Task Force to this generation?
#5 - Ok, whatever. Throw in an El Camino...
#4 - Should have been #1. Chevy's last Great truck.
#3 - The Suburban rules but like the El Camino, it should have been on an 'Extra' list. #3 should have gone ot the 73-87 Truck itself! Chevy's Last Good truck with a Solid Front Axle. This should have been #2.
#2 - GMT-800's are cheap rust buckets up North. Absolute junk and the beginning of Ford's takeover. It should even be on that list. The 88-98 GMT-400 (Like A Rock) trucks should be #2.
#1 - Is this some sort of a joke? A Thailand Colorado that's butt ugly? Really??


Here's the Real top Chevy trucks from a Real Lifelong Chevy Truck Man...

#4 - Task Force Trucks from the 50's.
#3 - 73-87 CK's. - Last SFA truck from Chevy. A REAL truck.
#2 - 88-98 GMT-400's. While not having a SFA, they were built like damn Tanks and were one of the best working man 1500's ever manufactured by anyone period. It was also Chevy's last great looking truck. All it needed was a SFA for the 2500's and up to be perfect.
#1 - All 67-72 Chevy trucks. The best looking truck they ever made. Round wheel arches. Classic front end. And a SFA for the 4x4's.

Those are the only 4 trucks that matter. Everything Chevy has done since 1998 is cheaply constructed garbage. They still don't have a SFA and tucked up frame for their HD's. El Camino's and SUV's shouldn't count as trucks. And the Only small truck from Chevy even worth mentioning is the ZR2 S-10 or the 80's square body S-10's. Colorado (Isuzu's) are blasphemy to Chevrolet's history.

@Jim Smith - I agree with your list except the GMT-400's. I substitute the first gen S-10 in it's place.

@toycrusher84 - Oh I love those. That's why I added it at the end of my commentary. There should really be 3 lists. One for Fullsize trucks, one for small trucks and one for utility vehicles like the Suburban, Tahoe and El Camino. My list was the best Fullsizers only. On my small truck list, I agree with you 100%. The first generation S-10 was and will always be the best. The only thing good after it was the ZR2 S-10 as mentioned.

Chevy needs to get it's act together on the fullsize trucks, HD trucks and small trucks again. Once upon a time they really were the best truck money could buy. IMO their fall from grace can be solely traced to severe cost cutting measures. Pulling out the SFA on the HD's was the biggest mistake ever in their HD history. Low slung frames and torsion bars won't take down Ford's Super Duty. For the trucks themselves the bodies and interior materials went downhill after the 1998 GMT-400 model was done. For their small trucks, they screwed up killing the S-10 period.

@Bobby McMichigan Seriously man, some of your posts (especially the last few) offer some serious insight into the fact that you understand the passion on both sides of chevy/ford, and that you understand all auto makers have both ups and downs. Why can't you just keep your posts along those lines, instead of the 'the truth is what i speak' baiting towards Ford guys? when you aren't trying to put down ford 'girly men', you actually have a lot to contribute to the conversation.

Zach: Because Bobby McM is a different Bob. The one you are thinking of who talks about "girly men", tailgate steps, it shall be written, and shall be done is the original Bob aka Michigan Bob. Often immitated but never duplicated. He is the original. There are many Bobs. So many Bobs. So little time.

@Bobby McMichigan Seriously man, some of your posts (especially the last few) offer some serious insight into the fact that you understand the passion on both sides of chevy/ford, and that you understand all auto makers have both ups and downs. Why can't you just keep your posts along those lines, instead of the 'the truth is what i speak' baiting towards Ford guys? when you aren't trying to put down ford 'girly men', you actually have a lot to contribute to the conversation.

Posted by: Zach J | Nov 30, 2011 10:10:17 AM

Many thanks Zach.

The Colorado is pathetic.

It has never achieved year to year better sales than the S10 it replaced and the reason why is because of the design.

When Toyota updated the Tacoma it virtually improved every aspect of the truck over its previous design. More power, updated 6 speed transmissons, improved interior and exterior and options that consumers wanted.

When the Colorado came out, you had more horsepower but less torque. You had the same tired old 4 speed transmission. (the 5speed manual is now only available on the base 4cyl model) You had a interior that was not a upgrade (and many would argue a downgrade) over the S10. Very few if any new features that consumers desired. And the exterior at best was a push as well since many complained over the inferior quality.

Then when you compare the 4x4 Colorado Z71 versus the S10 ZR2 the differences became more apparent.

Gone are the 4 wheel disk brakes
Gone is the 8.5" 31 spline 10 bolt rear axle. (replaced with a 7.5")
Gone are the skid plates
Gone are the BFG AT tires
Gone are the Bilstein shocks
Gone is the manual tranmission available with anything more than a 4cyl.
Gone is the full size 31" spare tire.

Gone are all these features and more, yet GM ups the price substanially on a inferior replacement. It is no wonder that the Colorado has NEVER beat in sales the redesigned Tacoma.

The S10 always beat the Tacoma on sales. Always.

All GM had to do was drop an improved engine and transmission in the S10 and for Gods sake improve the design of the front suspension and that would be more than suffcient to continue its dominance in sales over Toyota in the midsize truck market. Instead it partnered with Isuzu and came out with the Colorado and FAILED.

This is why I still own my ZR2 after nine years, and have no desire to put a Colorado in my driveway.

I completely agree with Jim Smith! You Nailed the 4 trucks that gave Chevy Trucks the loyal fanbase they have today. In perfect order too! I also agree with DB, the Colorado is a joke compared to the mighty ZR2 S-10. What the hell happened to Chevy Trucks in the 1990's/2000's? The best new 1500 carried from 1988 with IFS yet it didn't have a True HD sibling with a high frame and SFA. Ford came in and just snatched up Chevy HD customers left and right with their new Super Duty because of it. And the GMT-800 was a pile of junk. I know because I owned a 2003. It Was a rust bucket. Rockers, cab corners, bed wheel wells, brake lines, rotors, frame etc all Covered in rust within 4 years. Did GM get a cheap firesale on steel from China or something?? Then they Killed the S-10. A 20 year or so nameplate with a Huge loyal following and replaced it with an Isuzu pile of garbage and tacked on a Chevy Bowtie. How pathetic is that?

They need to go back to the beginning. Do a Super Duty type truck with a high frame and SFA and call it the Task Force Silverado. A truck Built to get serious S#@T DONE! Off Road? No problem. It's a Task Force built to do whatever on earth needs to be dealt with. It's also a foundation Heritage name.

Next, they need to go back to the beginning with the 1500's and do a Modern 67-72 Silverado. Classic styling, round wheel arches, clean lines and add a modern mean as hell front end.

There, Problem Solved!! You'd have a Ford killing Task Force 2500/3500 for the Heavy Duty stuff and a modern 67-72 1500 for light duty work. THEN you will get your old customers back and will gain new ones. And Bring back the S-10!

I swear, a couple of girly girls up in the Ren Cen office have been running the Chevy Truck division for the last 15-20 years...

I vote RandyK51 to GM upper management

Instead of the '73 Suburban, you should have put a picture of the original '35 model. While I'm a Ford guy, I sure loved my grandfather's '51 Chevy "Advanced Design" pickup. It wasn't used alot and only had 78,000 miles when he sold it after having it for 19 years. Was a good ole truck.

@Michigan Bob, as for the Chrysler minivans, my dad and stepma had 4 of them, from the first until one that was about an 03. The 03 or whatever it was had a trans issue. That was the only issue. My dad being a body and fender guy, drove all types, Chrysler, Ford, Gm and AMC. He didn't have to stick with a Chrysler van. Must not have been too bad. He also bought a 98 Ram, which has been very dependable, no trans issues, and most of its miles are hauling a hay trailer, or travel or horse trailer. Just change the oil, and trans fluid. My mom had a Plymouth Acclaim, say what you want, very dependable car. Can you say the Citation was a decent car? The early Cavileirs? Fiero? My wife had a Pontiac, it was another 7 letter word for problem, so was her daughters Sunfire. Since this is a truck site, how about those GREAT GM diesel pickup or Blazers GM sold the Army, and their great flywheel/starter issues? You hear them things half a block away then the operator or mechanic cussing it is next.

My dream truck is to have a 1955-1957 Chevrolet with the 5-window set-up. Or the big window at the very least. I would have a nice Ford 428, 429, or 460 c.i. under the hood. That would make for some good debates at car cruises/car shows.

@Toycrusher84 - I vote RandyK51 to GM upper managment as well. Finally! Someone who Gets IT.

I'd actually go back to Chevy Trucks and forgive GM for the things they've ticked me off on if his plan was put into play. Randy, you're dead on my friend.

Until then, I'm afraid I have to keep my Ford truck and our new Fusion now. Too bad.. They could have both been Chevrolet's if GM wouldn't have screwed Chevrolet up so badly.

I miss my 1984 subaru brat

I Just Bought a New Silverado pikup in September.I love these trucks but im not to impressed with ther service departments they try to sell you stuff you dont neeed and ther service work is very expencive.And worse yet ther dealers are very pushey

Posted a question,How many 1990 Chevy Super Sport Special
Edition 1500 series were made ? No answer came up. Can anyone answer this question for me ?????
The mileage is 37,000 orr. miles.8ft.bed, 700R Tranny 411Gears, Great interior with Lot's of extras also has 3 alarms. It's black..
Does anyone know what i should ask for this baby of mine????
Please respond to my email address;;; Many thanks



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