1988 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne Long Bed 2WD 5.0L V8 from North America
The perfect truck
Rear brake wheel cylinders developed leaks, replaced at 80,000 miles. New cylinders were cheap. Why would anyone rebuild them!
Engine computer coolant temperature sensor in intake manifold replaced at 90,000 miles. Cheap easy fix.
Rear tail light assemblies became intermittent in operation, replaced both at 90,000 miles. Chronic problem on this generation of Chevy trucks.
Radiator developed a leak. Replaced at 95,000 miles. Very easy to replace.
EGR valve leaking, replaced at 100,000 miles. Determined after check engine light came on and pulled flashing light codes. Diaphragm had a leak.
Headliner material is loose. Need to replace. Easy on this truck compared to a car.
What a great truck. It has been very reliable. Ours has low miles because it lived on a Tennessee farm almost its whole life. The truck is rust free.
I chose the 1988 model year of this truck as it was the first year of the new redesign. This means that the gas tank was inboard of the frame. Previous years had a dangerous design called "side saddle" gas tanks where the tanks were mounted outside of the frame rails. This left them exposed to being hit in a side collision.
The 1988 model year also was the last year for the very reliable 3-speed automatic transmission. After 1988, GM installed a new 4-speed electronic transmission that was prone to electrical problems. Also, the 5.0L V-8 also used a throttle body injection system. While not quite as fuel efficient as multi-point injection that came later, it is a much simpler and cheaper system.
Gas mileage for this truck is not great. I get 16 MPG on the highway and slightly less around town.
Extremely cheap truck to own. Insurance is cheap, parts are cheap, easy to work on. Since we only use the truck locally, and it is not driven more than 5000 miles per year, gas mileage is really not an issue.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2013
Original poster here. I forgot to write that I replaced the starter motor at around 90,000 miles.
Also, I replaced the steering idler arm and upper ball joints when I bought the truck at 78,000 miles.
These trucks are bad for wearing out the idler arms. If your steering wanders or seems to have too much play, it is most likely the idler arm is worn out. These can wear in as short as 25,000 miles. Very easy to replace. Make sure to buy the heavy duty version or super duty version when you replace it. They last longer.