1996 GMC Pickup Review from North America

1996 GMC Pickup C2500 HD 5.7

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance69500 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Tough truck ready for work

Faults:

The vinyl drivers side seat of this truck has a huge hole in it. When exiting the vehicle, all your body weight is placed on the edge that tears.

The A/c compressor bearing seized at about 60,000 requiring a used compressor and charge.

The front end is really loose (ball joints, tie rod ends, idler arm) and are quite costly to replace. I think its mainly from towing.

The intake gasket blew today at 69,217. I replaced it myself, about $40 in parts. Completely flushed the cooling system with a chemical flush and used a Prestone flushing kit ($3.99). Topped the cooling system off with a Prestone universal antifreeze that is suppost to be compatable with all makes/models.

General Comments:

I bought this truck at a city auction back in 2002. The truck was fairly well maintained. It was used to patch potholes so it must have a ton of idle time on it.

I use the truck to tow police cars on a 2250lb trailer. The truck pulls the combined weight of 6250lbs on the freeway with no problems. I usually keep the speed at around 65-70MPH when towing. Even though this truck has vinyl seats/vinyl floors, its very comfortable on long trips.

The transmission has held up remarkably well. I believe its the original 4L80E. I change the fluid very often and use a bottle of Red Lubeguard at every change.

The 4L80E (HD Trans) is the only way to go for a GM of this vintage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2005

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review