1996 Chevrolet C1500 Z71 5.7L 350ci from North America




Nothing has gone wrong with this truck so far, and I'm just waiting for something to go, because I drive it hard and haul huge loads of materials on the farm.

General Comments:

This truck has the most comfortable cab that I've ever been in, and I love having the extended cab to throw all my junk in when I'm going camping or taking clothes on a trip.

This truck handles extremely well at all speeds, plus it has 33's, which usually makes that harder to accomplish. It hauls loads with great ease, and pulls like a dream.

I just love the beauty of this truck, and hope it holds up like my grandpas '88 GMC with almost 300,000 miles on it.

It's just an all around great truck, and I think everyone that needs a truck should have a Chevy Z71, because it gets the job done right every time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2010

1996 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 4.3 Liter V6 from North America


A Good Dependable Chevrolet Truck


Intake gaskets began leaking at 237000. I replaced intake gaskets and valve cover gaskets at the same time.

Transmission lost 2nd gear at 239000. I completely rebuilt it from top to bottom.

Fuel pump quit at 242500. I replaced with new factory unit.

Has developed minor surface rust, but this is typical for my area.

Interior is in surprisingly good condition with only minor wear on seat and rubber floor mat.

General Comments:

This particular Chevy is definitly not a dragster with it's 4.3L V6 engine, but it has just enough power to get the job done and it is very reliable at the same time. For those who know, the 4.3 is a tried and trusted GM power plant.

It is still on the original engine and all that has been needed to be replaced on the motor except for the preventative maintenance items was the intake gaskets and valve cover gaskets.

Note to all those who own Chevrolet's with Vortec engines. Keep your eye on the coolant level. GM Dexcool orange coolant attacks the material that the intake gaskets are made of and it will cause them to leak. It will cause either antifreeze to dump into the oil or it will make antifreeze drip down the back of the engine.

The transmission made it all the way to 239000 miles before it needed to be gone through which is almost unheard of today.

The fuel pump duked it out all the way to 242500 which is extremely rare. Usually Chevrolet fuel pumps go out around 90k or so.

The body has held up extremely well and it only has some minor surface rust and minor paint fade. Interior is also in very good shape with only minor wear in seat and floor, but everything else is excellent.

This particular truck was my father's before I got my hands on it and he bought it new so I know this has been a very good vehicle. I have only had to do preventative maintenance on it up until recently.

It was definitly not built for pulling a backhoe or four wheeling, but if you need a truck that is reliable and will get the light duty job done then this is the truck for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2005

25th Jun 2005, 04:05

Vortec didn't come out till 1996.

19th May 2006, 07:52

1995 Chevy C1500 W/L, Terminator Vortec V6... 1995 not 1996.

26th Feb 2009, 12:37

I also own a 1995 with a Vortec engine in it.

Good times.

1996 Chevrolet C1500 Z71 5.7 liter vortec 350 from North America


Haulin ass and drinkin gas!


Have had no major problem to speak of.

There are little leaks on driveway, but cannot find leak.

Catalytic converter @102000

Leather buckets are starting to show some wear. etc.. little tears, burns.

Track for passenger seat is either bent or there is a bolt coming loose.

General Comments:

Has enough power to snap your neck

Some getting used to if coming off driving something smaller and doesnt have 33 inch tires

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2003

23rd Mar 2004, 11:51

I just bought a 1997 z71 your right about the power.

24th Oct 2007, 13:56

I just got my 1500. it was sitting in my yard all summer, went to drive it, and the brake line started leaking. the cab corners are completely rotted. it has a lot of power, bald tires, and an 8 foot plow. I'm happy with it, except for the fact I can't drive because I won't be able to stop...

1996 Chevrolet C1500 5.7L from North America


A high performance wage eliminator


30000 KM intake gaskets leaking.

32000 KM valve cover gaskets leaking.

40000 KM rear differential blew up. Replaced with a new unit.

45000 KM automatic transmission torque converter seized up. Replaced torque converter.

49000 KM engine developed a knocking sound. Had to replace main bearings.

53000 KM brakes wore out. Replaced pads and rotors.

55000 KM rear differential developed a howling noise. Had to replace gears and bearings.

68000 KM engine seized up. Replaced engine.

70000 Km transmission started to slip, had to replace unit.

74000 KM engine again developed knock noise. Had to replace pistons.

79000 Km rear differential again blew up. Had to replace whole unit.

General Comments:

This truck was the biggest piece of junk I ever owned. Fortunately I had warranty coverage to 80,000 KM. After replaeing the rear differential at 79,000 Km, I traded the truck in at the local GM dealer and bought a used Mazda truck off the lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th May, 2003