1989 Chevrolet C1500 Reviews

1989 Chevrolet C1500 4.3 liter V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C1500

Summary:

Very dependable truck

Faults:

Nothing has gone with it. I think they are very good built pick up trucks.

I have to do simply basic work to it. They are very dependable too.

I am actually planning on restoring my truck in the next year.

I fell in love with my amazing truck. For those out there saying they suck; they are wrong.

General Comments:

That my truck is in really good condition for what year it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2008

1989 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado 5.7 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance365000 miles

Summary:

Performance and durability that matched my expectations

Faults:

Original engine had to be replaced at 290,000 miles.

Transmission case cracked and was leaking, so had to get a rebuilt 5spd trans. at about 320,000. Not happy with the RB unit.

Rear end required new axle seals at about 325,000, so I had the bearings replaced as well as upgrading to a Eaton Carbon posi unit. The original "Gov Lock" limited slip unit never failed, which is unusual according to the mechanic.

Wiring for drivers power window failed around 50,000, and the power window motor also needed replacement at 75,000?

I had overheating problems due to bad head gaskets around 150,000? miles, but did the repair myself and had the heads rebuilt since they were off the engine.

Now days I have a terrible time getting quality replacement/rebuilt power steering pumps, steering boxes, clutch master cylinders, transmission, etc. They all seem to need a "do over" or two. Very frustrating.

General Comments:

I drove a 1956 Chevy pickup daily for almost 17 years. When I drove my buddies new 1989 C1500 I knew I had to have one. I had been in the market for a new truck for years, but never drove anything that made me want to sign on the dotted line. After driving my friends truck, I placed a factory order and got one just like his. Almost.

I was a Chevy guy and knew the 5.7 motor was one of the best motors ever made. I also liked the 5 speed manual trans. I've replaced about everything on the truck in the course of normal maintenance. I was disappointed to only get 290,000 before I had to replace the engine. It still ran perfectly, but the oil pressure was almost nil. I could have replaced the oil pump and tried to nurse it along, but it was only a matter of time.

My buddy just sold his old 89 and got the new Toyota Tundra. It's a little too big for me. I'll keep my old truck till I find something I can't live without.

My old truck looks and runs like new. The interior is still in new condition. I did replace the bench seat when the foam packed down and made the driving position uncomfortable. It's very comfortable to drive. I have a nice custom metal canopy to store my work tools (Contractor).

The brakes aren't the most powerful, but adequate. The gas mileage is 14-15 in town and 18 or a little more depending on how fast I drive. My buddy could get a best of 20 with slow driving and a light load.

I have gotten much better service from my truck than many others have reported. I'm pretty mechanically inclined and can spot problems and get them fixed before there is a breakdown. All my stuff lasts almost forever. This includes my work power tools, my motorcycles, sporting gear etc. If you don't take care of your stuff it will fall apart. Of course some things are pieces of crap, and no amount of fussing over will make them last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2008

1989 Chevrolet C1500 Scottsdale 4.3 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance282000 miles

Summary:

If and when the engine goes my Chevrolet Parts provider has one with my name on it!

Faults:

Leak in rear axle seal at 176,000 miles.

Replaced motor mounts at 189,000 miles.

Replaced original clutch at 200,000 miles.

General Comments:

Extended Cab Scottsdale has been a very dependable truck.

It has been very easy to maintain and service.

Drives as good as it did the day I brought it home.

Six cylinder engine still gets great gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2005

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews