GMC Sierra Review

Posted on 21. Apr, 2005 by in Auto News

Enzo Ferrari used to sell its customers a motor and throw in the car for free. While Ferrari still retains the right to sell what they know who they want, without worrying about what others would want, are Maranello is crazy machines now at least as dynamic cohesion and ergonomic as your average John Deere lawn mower (if infinitely less ) practically. In fact, the Italian carmaker has handed over the mantle of the "first motor engineering" to GMC. Specifically, the Sierra 1500HD pickup truck.

Our test of Sierra was sublime GM Vortec 6000 with power supply. Granted, new millennia power freaks not the 6.0-liter engine used very impressive 300hp output, especially if the horse in question is a car with a weight of 4800 pounds. And yes, some of the larger GMC slots, bad units in the Sierra, including a 6.6-liter turbo diesel DURAMAX with sufficient torque to the Queen Mary in dry dock (640ft.-lbs.) Pull. But the Vortec 6000 is a perfect and lovable lump, a V8 from the old school.

Crank it up, and the Vortec the burble makes today seem like musclecars castrati. Hit the open road, and the engine cruises the Sierra at extra-legal speeds with only a few bad rpm. Put on metal pedal and the engine bellows blasts the truck on the horizon with all the manic fury of a Drag Strip refugee. Apart from wallet-emptying mileage-11mpg in the city and 16 (ish) in "when is the next exit?" fashion-the Vortec is everything you could want in a big block V8: smooth, powerful, expressive and charismatic.

As for the rest of the truck-its design, ride, handling, braking and comfort prevailing theme is "great for a pickup truck." Or, if you prefer, "crap". Now, before I light a flame mail firestorm from flatbed fraternity, a quick note about The American Pickup Truck Anti-Defamation League …

I understand the appeal of a vehicle to tow or haul large, heavy, dirty things, which is robust enough to any kind of abuse is taking extended cab, which is cheap enough to be a worker's wallet is to be accommodated. But let's be honest: We have the "pick of the automotive work boot" mindset moves. The test Sierra 1500 is a $ 39k, four doors, five seats, vehicle driven by so many suburbanites as blue workers. As far as I'm concerned, as far as the vast majority of buyers are concerned, it is a car with a large, open, versatile luggage compartment.

The Ford F150 gets it. The GMC Sierra is not. For example, the Sierra suspension is so primitive that their response to irregularities is positively nostalgic. I had forgotten what it is like a car with fully independent suspension in the sense that all four wheels do different things at different times to go. Driving over a bump in the Sierra is not so much an event as a series of events. How and when you shudder the resulting body flex and experience very much depends on where you sit.

If you sit in the driver's seat and press the brake pedal, the Sierra is slow, but it will make you feel the inflation of pool toys. The steering, though admirable in its desire to add some heft of the process is about as accurate as the Weekly World News. Unless you are towing something heavy, four-speed transmission is easily outwitted. Go for the above full-bore sprint and there's trouble on more than a teenager trying to lose weight his first bra.

The Sierra interior is also much less than achieved. In fact, it has the worst dashboard as any other nasty dashboards in all other nastily dashboarded GM products. The General has replaced its interior farragoes spoken for years, but the Sierra obviously do not know disco is dead. It is a riot of cheap plastic and ugly, sharp switchgear. I did not see a dot-matrix display with so few pixels since my first digital clock.

Again, I'm happy to admit that the Sierra is a huge improvement from pickups of the past (except for the buckboard ride). Twenty years ago, who'd a thunk a default output pickup would boast 300 hp, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, cruise control, ABS, airbags, and suicide doors? Who'd a thunk it would cost 40 grand? That is, with GM-fire-sale prices and discounts finances, you can probably have a Sierra 1500 for a few hundred dollars per month. So it's still something of a hero of the working class.

Be that as it may, there is no way around the fact that the GMC Sierra is far behind the competition in terms of refinement and ergonomics. It once was, that has no role. Now, Motor Nirvana or not, it does.