Built for the long haul
In 800,000 miles of driving:
4 Automatic transmission overhauls.
4 Heater cores.
2 A/C evaporator cores.
1 Ring & pinion gear set.
2 Carburetor rebuilds.
2 Valve jobs.
4 Timing chain & gear sets.
2 Oil pumps.
11 Water pumps.
3 Cooling fans with fan clutches.
9 Alternators & voltage regulators.
1 Electronic ignition module.
1 Steering gearbox.
3 Replacement wheels (fatigue cracks).
Numerous universal joints.
Numerous wheel & axle bearings.
Note: The above listed items are by no means all-inclusive.
I purchased the truck from a dealer as a deeply discounted previous model year leftover/demo. For all intents and purposes, I bought it "new".
I did not include "wear out" items in the above list. Items like brake friction materials, belts, hoses, batteries, lubricants, etc. have a determinable half-life on all vehicles.
Original lower end of engine went the full distance (801k) without repair. Engine was visibly smoking from the exhaust at 762k miles. It finally threw a rod yesterday, at 801,146 miles.
The vehicle is no longer worth repairing, as stress cracks have developed on the frame.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th June, 2003