Chevrolet K3500 Reviews

1989 Chevrolet K3500 Silverado Big Block 454 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Big Block 454 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 miles
Most recent distance325000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C20

Summary:

Chevy said it best 'Like a Rock'

Faults:

The Big Block proved itself nicely, no major issues there.

The frame and body were solid. Rocks the trucks back wheels picked up on the road knocked off the paint on the top of the dually flairs for some reason, and there were some minor paint issues, but nothing too serious.

The truck had a history of wiring issues, but the cause turned out to be a broken side clearance light on one of the dually hubs.

The brakes needed replacement as they were worn out doing work when we got it. And the exhaust pipe behind the muffler fell out.

General Comments:

The truck was very solid, and except for the wiring issues, it was as rock solid as any Chevy truck could be. It wasn't in the best of shape because it was just an old beat up farm truck, but it still would do anything you made it do. The engine was very powerful, but it did have a hard time starting in the cold.

The interior wasn't the best being a 1989 Chevrolet and all, but the seats were comfortable and the controls were easy to use. There was plenty of room inside, and the only problem I had was that my knee would hit the shift level when going off road putting it into neutral.

The main problem was the 454 was a very thirsty engine, and the duals made it a very bad winter driver, but other than these I loved the truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2009

1992 Chevrolet K3500 Silverado 5.7 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired400000 miles
Most recent distance510000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C2500

Summary:

This is the best truck I've ever owned

Faults:

All mileage approximate.

The truck was a multiple-state company parts hauler before my ownership.

Normal maintenance done as scheduled (tune-ups, hoses, brakes and such due to wearing out).

The transmission replaced twice during the first 400,000.

Front seat replaced at 200,000, then at 450,000 miles.

Rear end replaced at 390,000 approximate.

Things I have done:

Complete tune-up and tires at 400,000 miles.

Replaced dash cluster at 400,000 due to a bad gas gage.

Replaced cab (truck was T-boned 7 days after I got it)

1 set of over-sized, high dollar tires 500,000 miles.

Replaced all at one time front: Brakes, calipers, rotors, hubs (wheel bearings), transmission mount at 450,000.

Replaced water pump and clutch fan at 490,000 miles.

Re-soldered wipe board contacts. Unknown mileage.

It needs a new radiator and hoses now.

Replaced the rear metal brake line twice (keeps rusting out), mileage unknown (past 3 years).

Replaced brake master cylinder at 505,000 miles.

Replaced both headlights due to being cloudy, mileage unknown.

General Comments:

Even though my truck has sooo many miles on it and is starting to need TLC, it has been very reliable. I am starting to restore it instead of buying a new one. I pull a car trailer and/or a camper on a regular basis.

The truck has a teeth jarring ride, but it is a fair trade to be able to pull and haul anything I need to.

I have owned many trucks by other brands, but this has by far been the best truck I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2009

1997 Chevrolet K3500 Crew Cab 4x4 DRW 454 454 vortec from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 454 vortec Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired162000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carChevrolet K2500

Summary:

Great bargain used truck for HD usage

Faults:

Leaking injectors (still using them but it starts a little hard when warm), iron exhaust manifold shrinkage and bad exh. gaskets (makes a popping noise) and a few previous owner induced issues.

I did some minor bodywork on it since it was bought in salty, snowy New England; a couple holes on the bed, and minor surface rust on the door bottoms. But considering it had 162k on the clock, it's not bad.

General Comments:

Feels solid after all these miles, needed a little TLC when I got it, but it pulls hard, blows no smoke, shifts well, and handles very good. Probably the rougher ride is from an unloaded truck.

The interior looks modern, but not too over the top, and the seats are comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2008

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 7 reviews