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2006 Chevrolet K3500 3500 duramax from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission duramax Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance13589 miles
Previous carChevrolet K3500

Summary:

FORD?? what happen GM!

Faults:

Fuel pumps!

At 3500 miles!

At 4000 miles! maybe a defect?

At 6200 miles!

At 10450 miles!

And again recently at 11400 miles!! dealer says its because I live on gravel roads... O. K well I've owned diesel pickups since the 80's and never had problems like this!

My last one was a 97'k3500 and never a problem! I'm a cattle hauler that's why I like the diesel and the duel wheels, I thought well maybe it's a lemon! but after talking to other friends that have the same truck say they have problems like this too!!

VERY disappointed with GM! oh also had a head gasket go at 5600 miles and rear end gears made a grinding noise and had to be replaced!! dealer said its what I haul!! are you kidding me!! I used to have a '76 Cheyenne 350 c I that hauled the same weight and never a problem!

Do not use the radio because it never worked right! turns on and shuts off?? ETC...

Hate to say it, but I've owned GM trucks for over 30 yrs and hearing from a LOT of people that the ford F-350 is the ticket!! so I think I'll trade it in next month! I'll be driving a ford!! WHAT HAPPEN GM!!

General Comments:

Great looking truck hands down, but for the diesel package K3500 NEVER AGAIN!!

And dealer service! JOKE, they don't know the difference from a Phillips screw driver to a standard? its pretty sad, but hopefully ford will help me.

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

Review Date: 11th April, 2007

14th Apr 2007, 11:14

You may be out of luck. Look at the 350 reviews here. Not to good. Ford is going to a 6.4L twin turbo so new Eng. Maybe new problems. Dodge is supposed to change Eng's also. Last I heard was a 7L. I may be wrong on size, but they are supposed to up Eng size.

1997 Chevrolet K3500 Crew Cab 7.4L 454 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 7.4L 454 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

This is one kick-ass truck!!

Faults:

Costs $10 to get to corner store...lol.

To be expected from that size engine.

Engine has very slight knock. This is probably a result of misusing the power it offers. Not meant to be driven like the race car I think it is.

Seat belts are badly worn. Whoever designed the retraction unit should be fired.

Small problem with the positraction due to lack of maintenance.

General Comments:

This truck is too fast and smooth.

By the time that you notice you're doing 100 km/hr in a 60 zone (even though it feels like 40 km/hr) the law is on your tail.

The wheel base makes speed bumps disappear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2005

21st Feb 2006, 12:07

The knocking you hear may be the infamous "Piston slap" problem. Its problematic on the 4.3, and the V8's. Its annoying, yes, but goes away when the engine is warm, and really doesn't hurt it at all. I would not really worry too much about it unless its excessivly loud, or gets worse.

1999 Chevrolet K3500 HD Crew Cab Dually 454 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 454 Automatic
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C1500

Summary:

Disappointed would sell the truck if I could afford to take the financial loss

Faults:

I have an engine knock. It occurs on start up. Lasts until trucks warms up. Changing the oil does not quiet the noise. Same noise with 5W 30 and 10W 30.

The front door handles do not function. To exit the truck you must roll down the windows and open from the outside. I called the local Chevy dealer in Louisville. They are "aware" of the problem. Cost of repair $350. It's a little frustrating when you consider the cost of this vehicle, and the fact that there are cars and trucks on the road today that are 20-50 years old and you can still exit the vehicle from the inside. Another concern: In case of an emergency (ie. fire in the cab) I wonder if chevrolet will be held liable since they are "aware" of this problem.

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

Review Date: 23rd April, 2005

1999 Chevrolet K3500 SLT 6.5 turbo diesel from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 6.5 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles

Summary:

The best truck I have ever owned

Faults:

Oil cooler lines were replaced under warranty at about 30,000 miles.

Injection pump and lift pump replaced under warranty at about 75,000 miles.

Four front brake jobs and one rear brake job.

Replaced both front wheel bearings at about 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

For what I use this truck for, it has been great.

Besides the trouble with the front brakes, it has given me little trouble so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2005

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