There are a number of reasons that J.D. Power and Associates ranked the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Dually 4WD the best large pickup in initial quality. The lengthy menu of options includes either a Vortec V8 or turbo diesel V8, the Hydra-Matic or Allison 1000 6-speed transmission, towing and hauling packages and other modern technological additions like remote keyless entry, dual-zone temperature controls and a Bose sound system. Nevertheless, J.D. Power and Associates probably awarded the title to the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD not only because of buyer choices, but also because of the power, durability and excellent track record that the large pickup holds with American consumers.
For buyers that need to haul large loads on a regular basis, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Dually 4WD couldn’t get any better with an integrated trailer brake controller, a performance boosting tow/haul mode, and double the durability of the previous model year’s trailering equipment. The 6.0L Vortec V8 engine creates around 353 horsepower, enough to power through any load, but the Duramax Diesel 6.6L Turbo engine tops out at an even higher 365 horsepower. With the turbo diesel, buyers can expect B5 biodiesel capability, around 660-lbs per foot of torque, and an oil cooler to better control the oil temperature throughout the entire operating system. Also, the Diesel Particulate Filter doesn’t just meet; it beats the stringent diesel emissions standards in America. Chevrolet has also given its 2008 Silverado Dually the only standard 6-speed automatic transmission in a full-size truck on the market that allows for manual upshifting and downshifting, smooth gear transitioning, and even 100,000-mile transmission fluid. This 2008 4WD can haul about 9,900-lb and with all of the towing upgrades applied can pull a massive 23,500-lb, so any RV, boat, or workload can get to its destination with ease. Though the 2008 3500HD is not rated for fuel economy, the turbo diesel engine can run on biodiesel fuel that will both save on fuel costs and emit fewer pollutants into the environment.
Available inside the 2008 Silverado 4WD is an incredible Bose sound system that features an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, MP3 compatibility, TheftLock, and a Radio Data System. A three month trial subscription to XM Satellite Radio is included, and a touch screen navigation system can be installed as well as rear audio controls. Other interior upgrades include dual-zone automatic temperature control, an electric rear window defogger, a DVD entertainment system (only available on 2LT and LTZ trims), and OnStar handsfree calling. The main OnStar system comes standard with the 2008 model and features emergency services, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location assistance. A PASSlock theft deterrent system is also standard on all trim levels of the Silverado 3500HD.
With the wealth of options and superior power and performance of the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Dually 4WD, it’s no wonder that critics everywhere are naming it the best full-size truck on the market. From the 17-inch chrome overlay steel wheels to the polished chrome bumpers, Chevrolet has out-designed the rest. Overall, the Silverado 3500HD Dually proves that it deserves its title with more powerful engine options, advanced interior features, and excellent towing and hauling capacity.