1996 Chevrolet Cheyenne 2500 6.5L Detroit turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

Great truck, if you see one, BUY IT

Faults:

The only mechanical issues I ever had was the fuel injector pump, but this was already an issue when I bought it. This was somewhat expensive, but this was the only non-maintenance repair I ever did.

General Comments:

When I had this truck, I was pretty much in love with it. I know it wasn't as powerful as the Cummins 12V, but it was still great to drive, even with the automatic transmission. The transmission was a 4L60E, possibly the only non-crappy auto from this time period. Anyways, I miss the hell out of this truck and being able to do real truck things, but I was dumb and sold it to buy a Ford Ranger. (Worst decision EVER)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2011

1988 Chevrolet Cheyenne Base 4.3 from North America

Summary:

Great truck, that will never let you down!

Faults:

Seats started to show some serious wear at 300,000km.

Engine had to be rebuilt at 422,000.

Never undercoated, and started to rust badly at 650,000kms.

Can't remember anything else, other than regular maintenance.

General Comments:

I got this truck for free in 2004. It was used in my parent's work fleet. I grew up around this truck, and it made me love GM! The reason I didn't have it long under my name, was I crashed it the first year I left home. I just have to say this was an amazing truck. My parents still buy GM, and so do I, and none have let us down yet!

The only bad thing about this truck was the mileage, but I mean it's a truck; I got about 18 liters per 100 kms with the 4.3, but that engine had a hell of a life.

I would really like to get a step side one with a V8. They are a great truck, that will never let you down!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2011

1988 Chevrolet Cheyenne C1500 305CI (5.0L) TBI SOHC V8 from North America

Summary:

This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. Maybe I got lucky

Faults:

In the 236000 miles I have driven this thing (no, that's not a typo), I have had to replace the water pump at 135k), oil pump (at 255k miles) and 2 fuel pumps.

Finally replaced radiator and all coolant hoses at ~340k miles.

Aside from the standard maintenance for any vehicle (brake pads and/or rotors, wheel bearings, exhaust, etc.) I have had NO major repairs or issues.

Had to replace an alternator somewhere within the 236000 miles I put on it. (NOT an issue).

General Comments:

This truck was given to me in 1997, in a near-mint condition at 128k miles. I still own it and it has 364k miles on it. Still runs and drives perfectly. It has never had an engine (305CI) or transmission (TH400) replacement/overhaul.

This truck has had very little issues at all, other than standard maintenance parts like any other vehicle.

Fuel economy is not great. Seventeen mpg on a good day, 8 mpg on a bad day.

For a half-ton, 2WD truck, it will carry a lot of weight (the truck does not seem to notice having a run-and-a-half of firewood (~1.5 tons) in the bed and hauling it away).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2010

1988 Chevrolet Cheyenne 5.7 350 from North America

Summary:

Great work truck

Faults:

Just had to put a thermostat in it to get it home.

General Comments:

It is a great truck. The 350 with the 50 series exhaust from Flowmaster sounds amazing.

The truck only had 6,000 miles on the engine when I bought it. The torque can pull almost anything. I love this truck, it's amazing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

1991 Chevrolet Cheyenne C1500 Long Box 4.3 V6 from North America

Summary:

An excellent utility vehicle

Faults:

The alternator has died several times.

No radio.

Sometimes makes a "graunch"ing noise over bumps.

Ball joints were a bear to replace.

General Comments:

This truck is a regular cab, long box. I bought it so that I could haul a trailer occasionally. It replaced a beat-up 1982 Volvo wagon.

This truck has been less reliable than the Volvo, but that's not saying much. The alternator has proved a problem, but that was mostly thanks to shoddily re-manufactured parts, in both cases.

The cab is roomy, the heat works well, the squashy suspension soaks up bumps well. The vague steering isn't as vague as the Fords that I tried when testing it, and the seat material has worn well.

The truck gets fairly good gas mileage, but costs a pretty penny at the pump, with the 128 litre tank. The tailgate is broken, but that seems to happen to all older Chevrolet trucks.

The foot vents are a nice touch in a spartan truck. The engine is noisy, as if the fan were permanently connected to the pulley. As a utility truck, this is an excellent vehicle.

This combination is not so easy to find, but worth it whenever long cargo is carried. My sons' entire rooms were moved back from college in the back of this truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2009