1998 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 4x4 5.7L Vortech from North America
An awesome truck, but only because it's a Chevy 350. The 305 and 4.3 are garbage
To tell you the truth, nothing really went wrong until the warranty was done. After that I had a few problems until I quit taking it back to the dealership for service. Reliable as hell otherwise. Never left me stranded.
Water pump and lower hose at 100,000.
Fuel pump and filter.
Plugs, wires, cap and rotor.
I am a Chevy guy through and through, and to tell you the truth, I really can't bring myself to buy a new truck, because they look so girly.
Simply because it is a 5 speed with a Chevy 350 under the hood, this thing will probably run forever. I ran it for about a year with a bad water pump and never experienced any overheating at all. The only reason I found it is because there would be antifreeze on the ground underneath it sometimes.
Other than that, can't complain about anything. It will bark fourth with no problem :) She is a quick one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th June, 2009
That is really awesome you were able to get your truck with the 350/5 speed combo, I've always thought you could never get a 5 speed with the 350.
Oh buddy. I have a 4.3 liter shortbox. She flies. I had her buried at 110 MPH and she burns.
Say what you want about the 305, but I have seen original 305 smallblock Chevy engines go way, way past 300k - 400k without a rebuild, not leaking or burning oil, and running quiet.
I was amazed to see this myself, but have seen this on a lot of old Chevys. Sure the 350 has more power, but the 305 with a cast iron block puts Japanese technology to shame when it comes to reliability and high running hours.
Hey man, don't be bashing on the 305, I restore cars, and I have a 93 C1500 extended cab with a 305 with an automatic.
I drove it up to Barea, Kentucky last August to buy a 71 Lincoln Mark III (a 5700 lb car) and towed it home on my trailer. No problems at all. The 305 may not be as "fast" as the 350, but my truck has always done what I needed it to do without much trouble or strain.
I have 180,000 miles on it. All I've done is regular maintenance and fixed a few wear and tear items. You know, the usual stuff like brakes, timing chain, water pump, trans services, oil changes, etc.
I had the infamous wiper issue, but a new computer circuit board fixed it. I did a few cosmetic upgrades to it too, such as 97 front end and rear bumper, chrome deep dish Chevy rims and caps, repainted it midnight blue with a pewter belly, removed all side trim and emblems (except for a Cheyenne emblem on the c-pillar like my dad's 72 Cheyenne Super) for a clean profile, and changed out my bed to the step side.
I love my truck, he does what I need, and always gets me where I want to go. If I ever need another motor, then I'm getting another 305 for sure. If I want to go fast, I'll drive my 66 Malibu with its 396. If I want to go luxurious, I'll drive my 71 Mark III. Every car I own has its purpose.