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#5 of 8 Most reliable year 4wd Chevy 1/2 ton pickup
Nov 01, 2003 (7:57 pm)
If you find what is in your price range, it may be quite used up. Unless you find someone who trades up to new trucks just to do it, used 4x4 are just that used and used up. As for a specific year, if you find something that is in good shape without the owners troubles coming with it, then step up to the plate and go for it. Unless you are really lucky I wouldn't wait around thinking something better might come along. Personally I don't like the brakes on the earlier (90-up classic style)so when GM changed to 4 Wheel Disc I waited a year to have them get the buggs out of a new model and bit the bullet on a new one in mid 2000. And I ordered it too. All my other Chevy trucks lasted me 13 - 15 years, so this one seems like it will as well. Guess I got lucky and got a good one. Hope this helps
#6 of 8 The only thing.....
Nov 06, 2003 (11:17 am)
that I've done to mine (1997 1/2 ton 4wd reg cab) is a new A/C compressor, and the dreaded fuel pump. I've been told by more than a few people that, if you've got this year model range truck (1988-1998), and you have 100,000+ miles on it, just be prepared to put in a new fuel pump. Other than that, I can't complain.
I haven't had any transmission trouble. Yet......................
#7 of 8 Just to throw in my 1 cent
Nov 06, 2003 (11:35 am)
...and mind you, you get what you pay for.
I'm thinking about the same thing lately (wouldn't mind a truck, actually *need* 4wd where I live) and was considering the diffent possibilities...maybe a Tacoma (it blows me away how darned expensive used ones are)...maybe a Silverado (hard to find shortbed / reg. cab ones...super hard to find manual trans).
A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine bought a used 1999 extendo-cab, Z71 Silverado. Luckily the thing came with an extended warranty as it chomped thru ***almost $11K in warranty repairs***. ABS pump / trans failure / two (2!) new cd players / etc. etc.
YMMV of course, but jeez...it's kind of tough for me since I have a healthy bunch of that brand loyalty nonsense still running through my veins...all based on owning (mostly) 30 year old cars...but that particular truck sort of scared me off.
#8 of 8 Re:Most reliable year 4wd Chevy 1/2 ton pickup
Nov 06, 2003 (4:03 pm)
The '39-'41s weren't bad.