I had currently owned a Dodge Ram 1500 I bought new in 2000 and it became a major repair magnet. Two new engines, rebuilt transmission etc. The Silverados my friends have owned for years have been very reliable.
Chevy has a long standing reputation for reliability and I really liked the styling
6 speed transmission, Bluetooth, navigation package and above all Onstar.
The audio and nav system is an intergal part of how you drive the truck. My phone will sync with the Bluetooth in the truck and the audio system allows me to plug in an IPod with a 7,000 song capacity. I can also download from Mapquest to Nav system.