1995 Chevrolet K1500 5.7 liter 350 from North America
Best purchase of my life
Since I have owned this truck, I have had absolutely no problems with it, everything has been standard maintenance.
This is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned or ever will own, it is an absolute bulletproof beast. I put this truck through absolute hell, hauling extremely heavy loads and firewood yearlong.
My family has owned this truck since it had 90,000 miles on it, we rebuilt the transmission at 160,000 and rebuilt the rear end at around 175,000. Everything else has been standard maintenance, my dad who owned this truck is very gifted mechanic, and maintained it meticulously, as I have done since I owned it.
If you take care of this truck, It will do nearly whatever you ask of it, the small block 350 is adequate for towing, the 454, or 6.5 diesel are a better option, although some 6.5's are junk, for an all around truck you cannot go wrong with an 88-98 GM full size truck (up to 2000 with the classic model)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2009
18th Feb 2009, 01:11
18 Feb 2009. Bought my used '95 Silverado Ext Cab SB K1500 with no reverse or 2nd gear in Jan. 2008 with 143,000 miles.
Had the auto transmission rebuilt locally with a shift kit, new converter & trans cooler all for $2,000. Also had the rear pinion/ring replaced along with new bearings & seals for another $1,000. It passed PA inspection & PA emissions 1st time without trouble.
Put a used GM CD player in for $40.
I get around 13-15 MPG, which isn't bad with a 5.7L 4,500 pound vehicle. Plus it rides like dream & I like the summer breeze when I open the rear slider window.
I'm 53 year old guy & this is K1500 is my 1st truck, & I plan to keep it until I retire & maybe get a newer one. Thanks.
16th Mar 2009, 22:11
I have 1995 K1500, a 1988 C1500, and a 1995 K2500. All three of these trucks are absolute tanks.
Finaly lost overdrive in the 2500 at 185000, but with what I pull and haul everyday, I can't believe it lasted this long. I think Chevy definitely got it right with the 88/98 pickup.