1994 Chevrolet C1500 Reviews

1994 Chevrolet C1500 SIlverado 2WD 5.7 350 c.i. TBI from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.7 350 c.i. TBI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired171350 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

Great truck, powerhouse, not enough stopping power, was an awesome first vehicle

Faults:

My father bought this truck with roughly 171,000 miles on it as an extra truck for me to drive until I was able to buy my own. Despite the problems, I actually love this truck and am selling it soon, and I'm sad thinking about getting rid of it.

When acquired:

No A/C.

Clicking noise coming from under the glove box whenever the key was in the "on" position, and upon shut down.

Bad brake fluid leak, meaning I would drive to school (10 miles), then to work (11 miles), then back home from there (about 2 miles), and almost be out of brake fluid, and I never drive very rough on the brakes at all.

"Service engine soon" light stayed on, never figured out why.

Brakes shake when slowing down, warped rotors??

Goes through front brake pads veryyyyy quickly, doesn't feel as if I even have back brakes to be honest.

New issues since ownership and now:

Motor blew after 3 months, with about 175,000 miles, replaced with a used motor from a wrecked van, runs awesome.

Never fixed A/C, now no heat, blows, but never heats up.

Passenger front caliper stayed clamped, burning up and melting brake pads. Replacing caliper didn't help; turned out to be a "kink" in brake lines.

Wire connecting power to interior melted due to a clamp coming off the frame, causing the wire to rub against exhaust manifold; couldn't even turn hazard lights on. This happened while pulling off the highway, and I was able to coast most of the way to a parking lot, spliced wire and zip tied to frame, fixed it.

Fixed leaking brake fluid.

"Service engine soon" light now comes and goes on its own, but pretty much in the same spot everyday on my daily route.

Shredded front driver side tire, replaced both front with new.

Transmission shifts rough 1st to 2nd gear; 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th are really smooth.

Water temp sensor has never worked.

Head leaks antifreeze.

Now when I stop it starts to feel like it is gonna die, but hasn't yet, thank god. Haha.

General Comments:

Despite all of this, I still really like the truck, and it's decent for the age and miles on it.

Still has plenty of power, and will outrun my dad's truck.

Seats are surprisingly comfortable, but the truck itself handles like a boat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2010

1994 Chevrolet C1500 W/T 4.3L Vortec V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.3L Vortec V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

A truck that will be with you for many decades

Faults:

Rear differential gasket had to be replaced do too bad leaking.

My rear bumper needs to be replaced due to bad rust.

The 4 speed Automatic Transmission didn't shift correctly and often (clunked) when down-shifting. I fixed it by changing the Transmission Fluid.

General Comments:

I purchased my 1500 W/T (Work Truck) in December of 2004. Since then I have been very pleased with it.

The 4.3L V-6 has proved to live up to it's good reputation. It's power and torque would fool you for a V-8!

I don't enjoy the radios in the 1988-94 Chevy Trucks because they are a pain when you want to install a CD player due to their size and location. I had to leave the stock radio were it was and put the CD player in a different spot.

If you buy a Chevy 1500 that came with the V-6, I recommend putting dual exhaust on it. Trust me, it will be mistaken for a big V-8!

Over all my pick-up has not given me any unexpected problems. I am concerned however about the body rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2005

1994 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado 5.7L V* from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.7L V* Automatic
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles

Summary:

Great truck - fun to drive

Faults:

No faults other than usual stuff for 10+ year old truck.

When I purchased the truck, I replaced tires and brakes.

General Comments:

First truck I've owned - bought it for my home improvement business.

Looks good, rides good, sounds good.

It is reliable.

And goes like!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 7 reviews