I have a ' 93 Silverado with 305K miles on it. I bought it when had 160K. It has the 6-cylinder motor. I had the automatic transmission rebuilt at 250K, but that has been the only major drive train problem I've had with it. I had the same wiper problem as the original poster-- they would not work at all when it was raining, which caused a few exciting adventures of driving almost blind before I got it fixed. But at least it was an easy fix. There was a faulty gasket around the housing of an electronic circuit going to the wiper motor (forgot what that particular part is called) which allows moisture in it, so the wipers would short out. I think there was a recall, but I bought a new housing for about $20 and the problem is now resolved. Now I don't have to by Rain-X by the gallon and keep W-D40 spray on hand to spray on the circuit panel in case the Rain-x wears off.
Don't ever ride around on fumes in your Silverado, or your fuel pump will prematurely wear out. Fill it back up before it gets to 1/4 of a tank. That is the second most expensive repair I've dealt with.
I've had to get the alternator and battery replaced twice and the water pump once, but those parts are fairly cheap at Auto Zone. Brake work done a couple of times, and the belt replaced twice (but one of those times it was because a of stray cat getting in my motor-- poor thing!)and the tension pulley changed once. I had the muffler replaced once too. So yeah, its a nickel here, and a dime there. But I can afford the nickel and dime stuff OK.
It puffs smoke when I crank it, which I was told was the valve stem gasket, but it doesn't use enough oil that I have to add any between changes. It's done it ever since I bought it. I have abused this poor old truck, and as of now it is still taking it. Right now it needs shocks and struts, but money is tight right now, so I'll just have to keep bouncing along for a while.
It doesn't handle all that great in the rain, but you get used to it. And you might need to learn to adjust your stopping distance if you are used to driving a car. Mine does not have ABS so it tends to slide if you have to stop short, especially on a wet road.
If this truck dies tomorrow, I'd still have to say it is the most reliable truck I've ever owned. I would like to buy another one just like it that hasn't had such a hard life. Mine looks rough because it has never been garaged so it has some hail and paint damage. My X-husband had an S-10 with the same type of 6-cylinder motor as my Silverado, and he put over 450,000 miles on it before he sold it. It was still running fine. Hopefully mine will make it another 100K too!
Drove my 1993 Chevy Silverado club cab right off the lot brand new and still have it. It's been a great truck and has had it's share of maintenance, but it's got 190,000 miles on her.
The only recall I know about was for the front passenger seat; the bolts apparently don't hold well and they break. Mine had already done that when I received notice of the recall and had it taken care of.
Right now, she's down. Don't know what the problem is, there's no spark to the spark plugs. Have changed out the ignition pick up wire, ignition module, rotor, distributor cap, spark plugs and wires and still no fire. Am sitting on it for now until I figure it out.
But have to say that I wouldn't trade this truck for any other. It's got a 305 (8 cyl) engine and automatic. When the weather is icy or rainy, we just place a bit of weight in the back and she's fine.
I just recently purchased my dad's old 93 extended cab silverado. it has a 350 in it with 220000 km on it and it doesn't knock,tick or leak oil. Nor have i have the problems with the wipers or the front seats. he never had any major problems with it. the exhaust was done once and I just recently changed the rear end due to gear wear. it's a great truck and I hope its will survive another fifteen years.
I have a 1993 Silverado extended cab 2wd, with the 350 motor and automatic transmission. I bought the truck from my dad for $1,500.00 with 203K on the odometer. He bought it when it had 100K. The only trouble he had with it was the transmission at 170K. It was rebuilt for $900.00. He was looking for something a little more brutish to pull his horse trailer, and bought a Dodge 3500 4wd with the Cummings diesel. I like my truck better than his new one, but I don't pull horse trailers. I do like to haul a dirt bike once in a while. Since I bought it, I have replaced the alternator, oil cooler lines, new front seats (my bolts snapped too) and installed a new stereo system. I now have 251K on it. Nickels and dimes beat car payments all day long. I only get 16mpg but the engine is strong and burns no oil. If you do the math it makes sense to keep on driving it, even with gas prices at $4.00 per gallon. My repair costs over the last 3 years have been about $31.00 a month. I aveage about 1400 miles a month. Which equates to $350.00 a month in gas. I would have to buy a truck that got 28 miles per gallon to save me $150.00 per month in fuel and $31.00 in repair costs.
Where you gonna buy a full size truck that gets 28mpg and has a payment of $181.00 per month? Not to mention my Chevy's parts are cheap and so is the insurance.
I've owned this Chevy C1500 4.3L V6 for about 10 months so far, and I have only had to change the fuel pump and serpentine belt.
The truck has 195,000 miles on it, and the only problems I have are I lose fluid out of my clutch master cylinder, just a little about once a month I add some to it, and it smokes a little bit on the first start up of the day.
It is a very reliable truck. I work construction so I'm always driving. It's got a decent pick-up speed, but this is the first straight-shift I've owned so I'm still getting used to changing gears around 3500 RPMs instead of 2000 RPMs like when I first bought the truck.
It used to slide badly in the rain, but I'm slowly getting used to that.
I'm trying to figure out some ways to fix it up some with a loud nice sounding exhaust and some sort-of air intake system, but nobody sells anything for a throttle-body with to rods to tighten the air box down on instead of the older one rod model. If you want to give me any suggestions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love the way the truck looks and feels inside and it is really roomy. I give this truck a 9.5 out of ten, best truck I've owned and will own for years to come...