Chevrolet C20 Reviews

1986 Chevrolet C20 Custom Deluxe 305 4 barrel from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 305 4 barrel Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance203000 miles
Previous carChevrolet K1500

Summary:

A truck that won't let you down

Faults:

This truck has been great. The only thing I have put on it was a tie rod, ball joint, pitman arm, and battery when it was 7 degrees out. That was the ONLY time it ever left me sitting.

General Comments:

Reliable, tough, and comfortable. A little hard on gas, but for what it is, it's great all around.

I haul a ton of pellets at a time, and whatever else I may need to haul or pull. It strains with my 18 foot low boy, but it's a stock 305, and I didn't get it to win any races.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2010

5th Dec 2010, 23:00

Chevy makes the best trucks, and the 305 is a bulletproof engine that offers good fuel economy for a V-8 and lots of power.

It's the engine I look for when I buy a car or truck; best engine ever made in my opinion.

1986 Chevrolet C20 305 V8 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 305 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carGMC Suburban

Summary:

GM full size = Tough as nails

Faults:

I paid $900 off the side of the road by the Delaware Water Gap.

Drove the @#$%* out of it for years as a work van.

Rebuilt trans at 200K.

New charging system, battery.

Set of used tires off a wrecked Explorer.

Sold it last month for $500. 25 years old and off to further battles!

General Comments:

I've 2 '89 Suburbans (diesel and gas), which are the stuff of legend in the reliability department. The GM full size truck platform of this period is military grade tough. If you're tired of driving modern day glitchboxes, go out and pull a clean old Blazer K5 from the southwest where things don't rust. Spend $5000 or so on a really nice one and it will TROUNCE the EARTH FOREVER.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2010

1986 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale 350 gas from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 350 gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

This is the best truck ever made. I LOVE CHEVY

Faults:

The inner door pull handle had to be replaced.

Seat is wearing out super bad, and will need to be replaced.

Salt has rusted bed very bad.

General Comments:

The truck is super tough.

Will not get stuck.

Awesome 4x4.

More pulling power than 1 man can use.

Plenty of hauling room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2009

1978 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale 5.7 350 V8 from North America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.7 350 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired236000 miles
Most recent distance248000 miles

Summary:

The best truck a dad could give his son!

Faults:

The distributor rotor was the most recent issue.

This truck has had three motors over the years. The current is back to the same basic stock motor 5.7 350 with upgraded carburetor and camshafts. One configuration snapped the crankshaft after one of the crankshaft bearings seized. Another blew its guts out all over the road for an unknown reason.

General Comments:

My father bought this back in 1979 when I was 4 years old, used with 12,000 miles on it. Since then he had had it running down the road constantly, over the mountains and back, transporting diesel engines he would rebuild for his customers. I remember many trips in this truck, back and forth to his property he owned.

This truck is a beast! It handles very well for a tank. It will haul just about anything you hook up to it. I remember my dad owned a bulldozer that was as big, if not a little bigger, than the truck, and that he never had a problem getting around with the dozer in tow. Except when my brother wanted to borrow it, and accelerated too quick and it snapped the chains holding the dozer in place, and it ended up hitting the rear bumper of the truck, twisting it. The dozer died horribly that day, but the truck was fine except the bumper and a dent in the side of the truck from where the bumper bent up into the side of the bed.

Still, you should see this truck today. After 30 years on the road, this truck is still in pretty good shape! There is a little rust starting to form around two of the wheel wells, and a few small dents. The bed of the truck is in the worst condition, but it still mostly just scratches and missing paint from being used as a work truck.

My dad took this truck around the western half of the U.S. with an old Bell camper and towing a Suzuki Samurai over a 2 month period, and never had any problems on that trip.

Now I own it and am planning to fix it back up, because I have many memories in this truck. I love it. I just wish my dad was still around to be able to enjoy what I will be doing to his truck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2008

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews