29th Jul 2005, 23:27

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Z71 and have nothing, but problems. I have had replaced the alternator, motor, fuel pump, and transmission (2 times). I love the look and performance of my truck, but when it comes to repair costs, it isn't worth the trouble.

21st Nov 2007, 00:21

I also got one of these animals. I am surprised you didn't have an intake manifold coolant leak. Everyone I know with the 4.3 up to the 5.7 97 and 98 had leaks.

I disagree with your rotor complaint, they are consumable like the pads. Usually they don't make more than 2 or 3 brake jobs before you can't cut em again.

Yep the other ones kinda wear on ya. I too had the fuel pump go and the wiper motor.

Good luck anyhoo.

27th Jun 2016, 12:10

I'm not sure what you guys mean by a rotor "failing". They are one of the parts meant to last for the life of the vehicle, and only need replacing when "cut" or warped. They get "cut" when you drive your brake pads down to the bare metal, which grinds into the rotor, damaging the surface. I've never heard of any modern vehicle warping a rotor. Sounds like more of a lack of awareness/maintenance than a fault...

27th Jun 2016, 19:27

I have seen this done a few times. Warping a brake rotor is very easily done by overtorqueing lug nuts with a pneumatic impact wrench. Check your torque specs for your specific vehicle. Air impacts are plus or minus 20 percent at best. Set it on high my mistake or push the air pressure up beyond 90 PSI and you increase torque. Or by holding it in the lugs too long. It's simply not worth it. I use a 4 percent accuracy hand torque wrench on my expensive rims. You can pay a few bucks extra a wheel and request a hand cluck wrench at a quality installer I only use an air impact strictly for removal only.

27th Jun 2016, 22:24

You can warp a rotor just by driving through a deep puddle on any vehicle, modern or older.

28th Jun 2016, 13:11

Hard prolonged braking and building up intense heat can be yet another. High speed with hard braking or mountainous terrain are candidates as well. As is glazing.

5th Jul 2016, 14:01

Running very hot brakes suddenly through cold water is yet another. The one commenter who said they never heard of this has a lot of comments to read!