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Username Post: whats the best year of truck to buy?        (Topic#209743)
Country705 
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02-15-09 09:14 PM - Post#1630803    

Whats the best year of chevy truck to buy. I want one that has the 350 and a 4x4. I traded my truck off for my wife a NICE 1998 Chevrolet malibu LS. so now i am in the market for a extended cab 4x4 truck. what year had the best of everything and which one had the best styling. thanks.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
someotherguy 
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02-15-09 09:31 PM - Post#1630818    
    In response to Country705

Pros and cons of each year model. As far as styling, the only real exterior difference from 1988-1998 is the grille, and that's not much work to change out. Interiors are essentially the same with three different generations. 1988-1989, 1992-1994, and 1995-1998.

For rock solid mechanical reliability, go for the 1988-1994 with the TBI 350 engine. The 1995 model has too many "one year only" parts on it - especially the automatic transmission - for me to consider it a good truck to own. 1996-1998 have the Vortec engine which does have more power, but many of the maintenance and repair parts cost more, and the engine control system is considerably more complicated.

So now that I've narrowed it down to my personal preference of 1988-1994, I'll add that you couldn't get a reclining front seat until 1993. 1994 saw the new grille (the one that was used all the way to the end of production of these trucks) and center high mount stop lamp...I've owned a few of these and there's a reason that my current truck is a '94.

Oh, around '96 or so the extended cab could be had with the 3rd door on the passenger side, if that matters to you. I think they're handy but I prefer the older trucks anyhow.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
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chevy355s10 
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02-15-09 09:36 PM - Post#1630820    
    In response to Country705

I like my '88 k1500.works great in the mud,is pretty comfertable,gets good milage,has power locks/windows,A/C,heat,st urdy cup holders(lol),has great tourqe,posi trac,16" wheels,power brakes,and tilt wheel.

the only thing you should watch for is,CV axels.if the guy you get it from didnt take care of it,its almost garanteed to have a CV axel with a torn boot.most of the times both are that way.
also,i cant stand the thermal 4wd actuator.it takes a sec for it to lock in your front diff.if you live in cold climates,you should get a kit from summit.it deleates your theraml actuator and replaces it with a mechanicle actuator.
David B.


Edited by chevy355s10 on 02-15-09 09:38 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Country705 
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02-15-09 09:42 PM - Post#1630828    
    In response to chevy355s10

Great now can i get some pictures of your trucks. My wife is leaving the decison up to me because i traded my 1997 dodge ram 1500 off for her a one owner 1998 Malibu lS. she has wanted a malibu for years but we never found one for the right price untill last week. Basicaly i want a truck that is dependable with a strong 4x4 and is going to be comfortable to drive.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
someotherguy 
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02-15-09 10:05 PM - Post#1630849    
    In response to Country705

Seriously, not that much difference in years.

My '94 C2500LD as it looks right about now...


And what it looked like when I bought it almost exactly 2 years ago...


Or you could go for an extended cab longbed, though they're a bit less common in 1/2 ton, more common in 3/4 and 1 ton. Here's my old '92 shortly before it was stolen and stripped. Yeah it looks a little different because I put an Escalade front end on it


And what it looks like now since I put it back together and sold it to a friend:


In that picture it does have a '94 grille and mirrors on it so it's pretty much impossible to tell it apart from a '94.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
chevy355s10 
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02-15-09 10:10 PM - Post#1630851    
    In response to someotherguy

i think those people that strip vehicles should be found and shot.
dont people have respect any more?
David B.


Edited by chevy355s10 on 02-15-09 10:17 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
someotherguy 
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02-15-09 10:12 PM - Post#1630853    
    In response to Country705

By the way look at the top of this forum list for "Show off your truck!" for a BUNCH of member's rides! Some of the older posts have dead links in 'em but there's still a ton of pics in there.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
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chevy355s10 
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02-15-09 10:16 PM - Post#1630854    
    In response to Country705

  • BigCountry Said:
Great now can i get some pictures of your trucks. My wife is leaving the decison up to me because i traded my 1997 dodge ram 1500 off for her a one owner 1998 Malibu lS. she has wanted a malibu for years but we never found one for the right price untill last week. Basicaly i want a truck that is dependable with a strong 4x4 and is going to be comfortable to drive.



well,i dont have any pics or a digital camara.otherwise i would post some pics.

plus,most of these kinda trucks are found cheap.i just saw an 88 k1500 with everything either new or rebuilt go for under $2K.i dont know about you,but thats cheap!
David B.


 
Country705 
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Country705
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02-16-09 07:54 AM - Post#1631001    
    In response to chevy355s10

Okay about the Caddy thing is that a popular conversion or something i have seen about five Chevy trucks with caddy front end is it an easy swap? just wondering i haven't owned a newer chevy yet always the older ones i just want to make sure whatever i get has a 350. these engines have always been very dependable got good gas mileage to boot.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
someotherguy 
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02-16-09 08:09 AM - Post#1631018    
    In response to Country705

The first generation Escalade front clip is a direct bolt-on to the 1988-1998 body style Chevy/GMC truck, since they shared the same exact platform. (Escalade = dressed-up Tahoe.)

In the beginning you didn't see too many because OEM parts were too expensive - whether new or from the junkyard - but the aftermarket has kits now, of course made overseas, that fit "ok". That helped this modification really take off. Now it's considered "played out" by most in the sport truck crowd, though I still think it's a great looking change to these trucks. I considered doing it again as I built up my black '94 but I like the GMC grille enough to just leave it alone.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
Country705 
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Country705
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02-16-09 08:23 AM - Post#1631035    
    In response to someotherguy

One other question if the 94 was a good model was it made before or after the OBD2 Change over.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
Silverado90 
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02-16-09 08:37 AM - Post#1631055    
    In response to Country705

i am sorry but i think best truck year is 60-66, i still want to drive my 61 chevy but she needs rebuilding and i don't have to enough money right now.i now drive a '90 k1500 i still like it but my eyes are on the Apache
i say best truck to buy is the oldest and simplest one.
thats just me
1961 Chevrolet Apache 10 -all stock but needs rebuilding,
1990 Chevrolet K1500-305 V8,700R4,LT255/75R16 BFGs All Terrains


 
someotherguy 
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02-16-09 08:42 AM - Post#1631060    
    In response to Silverado90

Oooh! I don't mind admitting I agree with you; I used to play with 1960-1966 for many years, and they are by far the best trucks GM ever made. 1988-1998 are #2. And 1961 was my absolute favorite year; nice choice.

What got me into the 1988-1998 - extended cabs!

Bigcountry - OBD2 came in with the Vortec V8 engines, 1996.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
Country705 
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Country705
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02-16-09 08:48 AM - Post#1631070    
    In response to someotherguy

i have always owned 73-87 Chevy trucks. but with a beautiful new wife and hope fully the lord will let me have a few youngins i need extended cab and 4x4 is a must in eastern KY.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
someotherguy 
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02-16-09 08:56 AM - Post#1631079    
    In response to Country705

Them young-uns grow up fast; might as well buy you a crew cab.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
Country705 
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Country705
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02-16-09 09:05 AM - Post#1631091    
    In response to someotherguy

lol my wife and i really want a child together. I had two that died in a car accident and she had three that died of seziures. the doctor said her exhusband her didnt have compatable gene's but we have been tested and we are compatable so i am looking forward to having a one or two. we have had so much heartache its time for some joy. not to get off the subject but anyways i was looking at those caddy front ends $1678 seems like alot of money for a conversion.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
Country705 
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Country705
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02-16-09 09:12 AM - Post#1631096    
    In response to Country705

http://www.stylintrucks.com/parts.aspx?partfamilyi...

well even more than that they want almost 300 for a grill and foglights 60 or so for the grill and almost 1700 for the rest
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
Country705 
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Country705
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02-16-09 09:13 AM - Post#1631097    
    In response to Country705

2047.97 for the complete kit
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
someotherguy 
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02-16-09 09:13 AM - Post#1631098    
    In response to Country705

Wow; no kidding on time for some joy. Best of luck to you both; anyone goes through that much grief deserves some sunshine in their lives.

As far as the conversion, it used to be more - $2000+ for the aftermarket stuff, and of course plenty more for OEM. I think I've seen the aftermarket as cheap as a grand lately, but I wouldn't buy the aftermarket stuff again; the sheetmetal is awful. Very thin and rust-prone. The plastic parts aren't much better.. but it was a nice way to have a unique truck. As you've noticed though it's a lot more common these days.

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
Country705 
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02-16-09 09:24 AM - Post#1631109    
    In response to someotherguy

Thanks richard i am looking forward to having a new to me chevrolet pickup. i know that caddy thing might be played out but i havent seen many running around here like that so it would be great to be different. A friend of mine owns a car lot and told me he could take me to a dealer auction and get me anything i want so right now i just got to decided what year and he will go get it. what is the Z71 package does it have better 4x4 components or is that just a badage i think it means something but what i dont know?
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
someotherguy 
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02-16-09 09:36 AM - Post#1631116    
    In response to Country705

That's been a subject of debate for a while, but Z71 vs. regular 4x4 pretty much means some extra skid plates, Bilstein shocks, and badging. Z71's are pretty common in the Silverado trim level 4x4's though; you'd be hard pressed to NOT find one. The lower trim level Cheyenne 4x4's will generally not have the Z71 package, but they also usually won't have the composite headlamp grille, power windows, power locks, carpet...

Richard
94 C2500LD / 94 C1500 / 06 300C SRT8
Check out my truck shop projects


 
Country705 
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Country705
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02-16-09 10:30 AM - Post#1631157    
    In response to someotherguy

Okay was there a year that had better paint then its predessors or did they all have the same paint products. the reason i ask is that my parents chevy truck the clear coat started peeling off and it was only 4 years old and my grandpas done it with in 2 years both were 1995 models.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


 
Matt 
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02-16-09 11:06 AM - Post#1631198    
    In response to Country705

  • BigCountry Said:
Okay was there a year that had better paint then its predessors or did they all have the same paint products. the reason i ask is that my parents chevy truck the clear coat started peeling off and it was only 4 years old and my grandpas done it with in 2 years both were 1995 models.



I don't think you'd have to worry too much about that. If the truck had paint issues, it'd defintely be showing by now.

I agree with what Richard said. My favorite years are '93-'94. I used to have a '93 2-door GMC Yukon.


 
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02-16-09 11:43 AM - Post#1631225    
    In response to Matt

Guys, I've got to jump ship on you. I definitely prefer the '95 and up dash and I really like '96 and up Vortec engines. I've owned several of both so I'm not speaking on something I haven't driven. To say one is better is a stretch, but I like the later years better myself. I had an '89 Z71, a '95 Tahoe 2 dr, a '96 Tahoe 4 dr and a '96 Tahoe 2 dr The '96 2 dr was my favorite of the bunch.
Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

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someotherguy 
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02-16-09 12:13 PM - Post#1631254    
    In response to Randy_W

Hey Randy, I don't deny the Vortec era trucks are good; but for me it's a matter of personal preference.

I don't like the higher cost of maintenance items like plugs, cap, rotor, O2 sensors (plus the fact there's more of them on the Vortec), double the catalytic converters, more expensive fuel pump (especially if it's the integrated 97-1/2-up), etc. plus I see a lot more broken seat frames and worn driver's seats on the '95-up interior. Nevermind the EZ-break '95-up interior door handle and total, complete lack of useful cupholders. Oh and the crazy expensive multifunction lever that integrates all the individual components of the previous design, so that when one thing goes wrong, you have to replace the whole thing.

Not saying they're bad trucks, I just have my reasons.

Richard
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Randy_W 
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02-16-09 03:00 PM - Post#1631396    
    In response to someotherguy

To me the later seats sit better and being in the upholstery business, I see those older style glued on seat covers and aired up seat foam fail and they're very hard to repair so they look original. I really like the more modern instrument cluster and I've never had a seat or multi function lever fail, but I have had a few of the old style cruise handles break from the wires coming apart. As for door handles, I don't think I've ever broken one in anything.


Mine had plenty of cupholders that worked fine, I'm not sure what you mean there.
Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


Edited by Randy_W on 02-16-09 03:01 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
someotherguy 
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02-16-09 04:53 PM - Post#1631522    
    In response to Randy_W

I guess it's the type of container you're putting into them. The slide-out one in the dash won't hold anything I've ever tried to put in them without it spilling, and every '95-up I've gotten into has stained carpet underneath the cupholder from what had to be the same reason. The tiny little divots on the passenger side of the dash for '95 and '96 don't hold anything but dust and spare change. The only thing I was ever able to make function as a cupholder on my '96 was that it had bucket seats and the console with the flip-back lid that had a spot for holding CD's; it was the perfect place to stuff a canned Coke in a Koozie.

Richard
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Randy_W 
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02-16-09 08:34 PM - Post#1631721    
    In response to someotherguy

My 2 96 Tahoes had 2 full size cup holders under the lid in front of the console. My '95 had the cd/tape holder that could be used but wasn't that great. The '96's would hold my 22 oz coffee mug and a can or 2 cans or 2 16 oz mugs with no problem.
Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

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Country705 
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02-16-09 08:36 PM - Post#1631724    
    In response to Randy_W

sorry to change the subject but when i get my new truck and i decided to do the caddy clip is it best to buy a clip or should i try to piece together the OEM PARTS. can the kit be made to fit just like the oem parts or will i not be happy with the clip.
1997 Silverado Z71
350/4l60E


Edited by BigCountry on 02-16-09 08:38 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Randy_W 
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02-16-09 08:38 PM - Post#1631729    
    In response to Country705

  • Quote:
sorry to change the subject



We didn't mean to hijack your thread, sorry.
Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


 
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