1988 Chevrolet Truck C1500 Cheyenne from North America - Comments

17th May 2003, 17:07

I bought a used (obviously) 1988 Chevy Cheyenne pickup. I had been told there was a recall on the paint. I emailed GM and they said there was no recall on the paint... Then I noticed that someone else with this vehicle said there was a recall. how do I find out for sure and get gm to repaint the truck? third owner, bought for son...

6th Sep 2003, 07:08

Just read a message about someone having a problem with paint peeling on a G.M. vehicle. I have a 1993 Cadillac that has developed the same problem. Does anyone have any information on a recall from G.M.?

R.J.H.

Sailaway@csam.net.

19th Jul 2004, 10:26

I love my 1988 Cheyenne! It might not be the fastest truck, but it is reliable. It is still in pretty good shape with only a few minor defects. I have never really had any major problems. I think overall, I would say that my truck would rate pretty well!

17th Apr 2005, 14:28

I too own a 1988 Chevrolet c1500 cheyenne with a 4.3 liter engine, a 6 foot bed, and an automatic transmission. Because it was my first vehicle, I replaced the cab corner's and wheel wells which, of course rusted out ($900 dollars and it was a steal - I lucked out on the body work) as well as the engine with a GM 4.3 liter factory rebuilt with a respectable (considering the price $4200.00 at a Chevrolet Car Dealer-ouchh!) warranty. The truck performs terribly in inclement weather and especially in snow. Considering I live and drive in New England, it's a wonder why I even keep this vehicle (although with some good snow tires in the rear and about 600 pounds of sand contained in grain sacks, resting on your truck bed and evenly distributed over your rear axles, there isn't a snow storm shy of a glacier that could stop a Chevy c1500 (the "c" means that its 2 wheel drive). I will continue to proudly pour money into this "never was" classic.

13th Jun 2005, 01:41

I just bought a 1988 Cheyenne and am having a ball driving it to and from work. I live in upstate New York and it is a blast going up and down the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The truck handles great and so far hasn't given me any trouble. It has a 4.3 liter engine and automatic transmission. As one person commented, it too has the standard jerk when I put it in reverse, but other than that, it could use a little touch-up paint here and there. The fellow I bought my truck from looked like he was losing a well-loved pet when I drove off. I told him I would take good care of it and his last words were "bye truck." No doubt he loved it very much and so do I.

2nd Nov 2005, 12:01

To The above comment. I would rather have the 87 model now, because they are getting quite collectible, the Silverado shortbox especially. They are built more rugged also, ie. more metal, less plastic. Mechanically though, they are both excellent!

9th Nov 2005, 15:28

I have had a 1988 Cheyenne for about 3 years now and I have put a lot of cash into it. I personally think it is the best 88' out there. its always been reliable and its overall a great truck. you can set my truck on fire. And roll it down a hill and I still wouldn't trade it for a coupe deville!!! we can put pictures of our trucks on here and we'll see who has the nicest looking truck HIT ME UP!!!

15th Nov 2005, 20:27

I just bought a 1988 Chevy Cheyenne for 400 bucks, and there is no dings in the body, or the bed. the interior is mint, and the truck was only driven to xerox and back (the mans work). he was the original owner and stored it in his garage. it has a 4.3 in it, but what is the size and horse in it? it's a V6. the Tranny when in reverse sounds like it is in 2 gears at once and won't move, what is wrong with it?

9th Mar 2006, 22:19

I just bought an 89' Chevy truck. It has a 305 in it and it is throttle body. it has a perfect paint job, but, it keeps trying to flood out on me. if anyone knows what can fix it, please email me at big_mack_01@hotmail.com.

7th May 2006, 17:17

Sorry you got a lemon... I have an 88' Cheyenne with a 350 and a 700R4 tranny and it is a workhorse... After 355,000 miles I replaced the engine with a GM Goodwrench 350 after a rod bearing went out.

22nd Jun 2006, 21:40

1988 Cheyenne. 4.3. 241,000 miles. Oil changed every 2500 miles since new. Engine finally lost oil pressure. This is the FIRST repair this truck has needed besides maintenance since new. Awesome vehicle!

31st Aug 2006, 08:38

I have a 88' with a 305 and TBI. It has 588,000+ miles and it still runs good. I got a few months ago from my grandfather and all I had to do was replace a brake line and the battery, after the truck had sat in his yard for over a year, and it was good to go. The only thing I hate about it is all the plastic parts are breaking and the air condition doesn't work, but other than that it runs perfect and I'm glad to have it as my first truck.

17th Feb 2007, 22:06

I own a 1988 Cheyenne with the 305 V8. My model has the 3 speed automatic, and an 8 foot bed. This truck has performed flawlessly throughout the years under heavy stress of hauling thousands of pounds for long distances.

I love driving this truck and it is extremely reliable. The truck is very durable against rough impact, minor off roading (no huge rock climbs or deep mud pits ect.), and this truck handles well through turns. Torque is unmatched, but horsepower depends on what you compare it with. Low horsepower compared to newer trucks (2000 and up), but high compared to other equivalent models of its year. The truck is not terribly fast due to the gearing of transmission and differential to take advantage of low end torque.

I would gladly buy this truck again today. The interior has not shown the problems others mention, and is in good condition. only a replaced headliner. (there is no factory air conditioning, which many say fail) Miles:184,000. No rebuilds or replaced internals.

1st Apr 2007, 18:54

I bought a 88 Chevy truck from my father back in 1996. It was a stripped down work truck 4.3 v6 and 5 spd. My dad bought it new and used it for his home building business. He ran up 214 thousand miles hauling around tools from site to site. Even hauled the occasional skid steer. He never had to change anything, but brakes. Gm changed out an ECM that failed and they had a recall on the ball joints, but no real problems. When I bought the truck I was 17 years old and drove like I was in nascar. Even with all the abuse I still got 80 thousand miles out of the truck with the only major problem being the clutch finally wore out. Truck still ran when I sold it. My next truck was a 92 GMC. Similiar drive train except 4x4. Also an excellent truck.

Then I bought a 2000 chevy new with 4.8 litre and 5 spd. First thing I noticed was the sheet metal was much lighter. Had the transmission changed 2 times. (loud gear whine in top gear) Two warped rotors in first 10 thousand miles. Stabilizer bar bracket weld broke off frame. Motor had pistion slap. Sold the truck right after the warranty expired for 2 grand less than what I owed on it.

Just bought a 94 Chevy with 4.3 5spd. for a work truck. Looking forward to getting at least 100 thousand inexpensive miles out of this truck.