1988 Chevrolet Truck C1500 Cheyenne from North America - Comments

4th Apr 2007, 02:02

I plan to hang on to my 1988 Chevy 2500 truck for some time. It has been very reliable and handles well. I did have to replace the distributor after 110,000 miles, but the 305efi engine still has good power. A well-tuned 305 is not a bad engine as some suppose. Fuel economy isn't that bad for a truck either... about 18mpg if not pushed too hard.

10th Sep 2007, 20:33

I have an 88 K1500 with a 305; only about 140000kms, runs amazing and gets great gas mileage for a truck. It gets better mileage than my dads old 2001 Ford.

Goes 10000 km's between full synthetic oil changes, and I never have to add a drop of oil!

They're not the fastest trucks on the road, but if I wanted fast I'd get in my car...

13th Sep 2007, 08:00

Just bought a 88 Sierra w/5spd 350 and its like meeting with an old friend. its rough and tough like a truck should be. They definitely don't make them like this anymore. and as far as being fast it aint bad for a 20 year old truck. but that's what the F-body is for.

9th Oct 2007, 23:39

I bought my 88 Chev Cheyenne last fall. It has the 4.3l automatic and with little repairs it is running great. I like the feel of truck. The Cheyenne is a great truck and despite what my wife says, I will drive it for many more years.

25th Oct 2007, 13:51

Okay I love my '88 4WD Chevy Cheyenne. This truck is worth its weight in gold. I think I have changed the battery in the last 3 years and general tuneups. It reached 120,000 miles where off roading lost me the muffler and piping, oops :) My first winter I pulled out 6 vehicles without any problems except the tow ropes keep breaking, any suggestions? This girl loves her truck.

21st Nov 2007, 19:47

I bought a Chevy 1988 2500 C Series from my employer back in 1994 for $1,000 with 110k miles on it. The transmission went out after about 180K. I replaced it with a new 400 Turbo and shift kit (which I didn't need). Finally after 262K the old gal's engine started to have compression problems. I swapped out the good 305 with a rebuilt 350. Man I miss that engine. The mechanic who put in the 350 was a putts. The truck runs lean which makes the "Service Engine" light come on from time to time. I had the truck repainted the original color in 1999 because I didn't own the truck when there was a recall for the body paint. The truck's interior looks good and I'm still pretty happy with her, but I think it's getting time to put the old girl out to pasture and buy a new one with all the latest bells and whistles. Not a Ford or a Dodge. Only a G M C or another Chevy. I don't have any body rust as far I can see because here in the Pacific NW we don't salt our streets in the winter.

9th May 2008, 12:53

My dad owns a very used 88 Cheyenne C1500. It is the best truck you could ask for!

It recently had a massive oil leak and two u-joints replaced. Now the transmission is acting up, but it has well over 200,000 miles on it.

He bought it used and he has put well over 100,000 miles on it. He says even if today it don't start, he can't complain cause it's been a great truck, I love it!

19th Jun 2008, 12:22

June 19, 2008.

Im a proud owner of a '88 chevy chyenne, she's got a 305 with a turbo 400, 5 speed. I use her for everything. It's great for big loads and it's decent on gas. I love the transmission because she'll pull way more than her share. I paid $500.00 and I couldn't ask for a better truck.

20th Dec 2008, 22:46

I bought my "88" C1500 in "94" and never had any problems with the 305 and automatic trans, it had some rust but it's a truck.

In 2002 I sold it and bought a new Dodge Quad Cab also a good truck.

About a month ago my son was looking for his first ride and by chance I bumped into the guy I sold the "88" Chevy to, I said if he ever wanted to get rid of her let me know, 1 dollar, 6 years and 5000 miles later my son is driving an old friend and I couldn't be happier.

29th Dec 2008, 15:04

I'm thinking about buying a '88 Chevy Cheyenne from a local used car "buy here, pay here" dealer. Asking over $4,000 which I think is high, but new paint, new 305, no dings, dents, rust or bondo. Interior good, nothing broken, except the speedo and shift indicator. From what I've read in these comments, it seems like a good deal if I can get it for less. Beats paying $33,000 for a new one.

1st Apr 2009, 10:32

Please help, my husband recently bought a 1988 Chevy 1500 4x4 automatic truck. It has a 350 engine 5 liter 8 cyl.

Bringing it home, it started backfiring and having problems shifting gears. The guy he bought it from said the tranny was newer. We have done a complete tune up, checked everything. When he went to back it up after working on it, it is now stuck in reverse and the gear shifter acts like it is not even there.

He heard about the vacuum hose problems and hopefully changed it, a piece of the hose that should have been attached to the tranny was missing. Hopefully this was the problem, but how does he know the hose is connected correctly? Why would the truck even start if it is in reverse????

Any help is greatly appreciated.

22nd Oct 2009, 02:52

Proud owner of a 88 Chevy Cheyenne. 350 engine, 5 speed manual, and it is not the greatest looking truck out there, but it'll put a whopping on a 03 1500 Silverado.

Happy racing.

3rd Dec 2009, 20:24

Well I'm getting 1988 Cheyenne C1500, first truck I'll own, and very excited. Haven't drove it yet, but she sounds nice and the engine sounds good. A little rust on the body, that's OK though, it's gonna be a fun project to work with. I'm planning on getting a lift kit for it, and get some nice muddin tires. Plus a cab, so when traveling I can camp out anywhere and get a good night's sleep ha... can't wait to get it.

23rd Dec 2009, 22:23

I got an 88 C1500 short box with step sides. Beautiful truck with only two actual problems. The first being the completely useless factory speakers, and the second being the hard shifting tranny. Overall though a great running truck.

11th May 2010, 21:19

1988 Cheyenne C1500, Respect Due. I bought it used from the original owner when it was 21 years old. Paid 4 grand for it with a new engine and decent body. I plan to completely overhaul the entire truck. I will paint the frame and clean up the rust. Maybe it can get 30 years on the road.

Parts are cheap, insurance is cheap and it gets great gas mileage (25 mpg) with a 350 and a 5 on the floor.

The only thing I don't like about this truck is the condition the interior is in. That will also be fixed.