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What was the best year for chevy trucks

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by DAZ982500, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. DAZ982500

    DAZ982500 Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    I am asking this because I am purchasing a 94 1500 Chennyne for 2200 with Fisher plow 100k miles.But I really like the older ones 86 k30 and k20.There impossible to find due there age or are overpriced or are mud trucks.Anyway if you were going to buy,(not new) what would you be looking for a why(YEAR,MODEL).The purpose of the truck would be combination work as well as personel use.how much would you be willing to pay for it.
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I like the 88-98 trucks very much. Up to 2000 for some 2500 and 3500 trucks, usually labeled OBS (old body style). These are GMT400 series. I prefer the interiors over the newer GMT 800 trucks personally.

    The 88-95 trucks are nice, but only have the TBI engines. The interiors are also much more dated that then the newer style that came out in 95, I believe. 96 and up gets you the Vortec engines, which are much more powerful than the TBI trucks. They can also be custom tuned for more power/better economy, or to compensate for engine mods.
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    So you're suggesting 96-98 as the era offering the most modern creature comforts that while still being capable of accepting simple driveway installed mechanical performance modifications allow you to apply today's engine control system enhancement products?
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You could say that...


    You should be in advertising, or something.....
  5. cameron2171

    cameron2171 Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    i like my 97 cheyenne, bought it back in november, the guy was the original owner took realy good care of it, no rust, tho only things i have had to do to it so far is put a new starter, new distributer cap and rotator and a new motor for the windsheild washer witch isnt that bad so far i think ive only spent like 150 bucks on it, i would say this is a prety good year and yes it has the 350 vortec which are realy good engines, i just wish i had the silverado haha
  6. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    I like the 99-06 trucks. I have had an 82, 84, 92(Blazer), 94 trucks and while they were very nice and had their good points, I think they pale alot in comparison to the newer trucks. The older ones with the 350, while still an awesome engine, pales in comparison to the LS/gen3 engines. The amount of power you can easily get out of them is endless and much easier to obtain, imo. The old 350, even vortec trucks only had max 250 hp. The first 6.0 was 300hp/360tq. Then in a few years they were making 360/380. It is easy to make close to 500hp with far far less work than the older models. I know some people have issues with their newer trucks, etc. Mine has 161k on it now and still on a good amount of the original front end parts. I just did a wheel bearing 2 weeks ago. Not bad for being a plow truck since new
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Still waiting.;)
  8. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You actually need to drive one to understand......
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I had a 1983 Chevy Caprice station wagon ,what else do I need to know?
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I'm not sure that was GM's finest hour.....

  11. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,030

    I have always preferred the 73-87 trucks, next the 67-72 (like to find one). I like the 88-98 trucks but would only buy either a 2500 or 3500 model because they had stronger frames. The 88-98 1500 trucks had very weak frames, In my family alone there has been around 20 of the 1500 series and at least 15 of them had bad frames, there were a few that was severe & low mileage.

    As for the trucks today, the new model GM trucks are growing on me, but I still wouldn't want one myself. I just find them too bulky looking.
  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    But they made a profit on them, the taxpayer didn't have to support them then. What's good for the customer is not always good for the business.
  13. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    X2. I went from a gmt400 to a gmt800 no comparison I don't think I could ever go back to non 01+ truck
  14. k&j Landscaping

    k&j Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Had an 88, 93, and 98 Gmc 2500. All junk. My 2005 is the absolute best, rock solid truck I have ever owned.
  15. GMC Sierra

    GMC Sierra Member
    Messages: 41

    1995 or newer. As noted above, the 1995 and newer had the vortec engines and improved interiors. I have a 1997 K1500 and a 2004 Denali (equivalent to a 1/2 ton). Both have been so reliable- especially the 1997. You really could not beat the 5.7, 7.4 or 6.0 motors in these trucks. Quite frankly- the 5.7 is the best domestic engine ever produced in my opinion- rock solid and reliable. I have been very impressed with the 6.0 as well- reliable, plenty of stock power and easy to service. If I had my wish, I would like to find a clean 1995-1999 K3500 , SRW, 7.4L- that is a truck.

    As for weak frames on 1500's- I have not had a problem (fortunately).

    Stay away from any GM diesel that is not a duramax (i.e 6.5 and 6.2). These diesels were not built robustly enough and had chronic reliability issues. Thank goodness for the Duramax savings GM's diesel reputation.
  16. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    What kinda problems did you have with the frames in the 1500 trucks?

    I've got over 180k on my 98 with some hard use and no frame trouble that I can see?
  17. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    i have always had chev/gmc trucks, my favorite has been a 98 chevy 2500, 5.7l, extended cab, with 8bolt rear end, 4x4. my father has one that is running around 500 000km on the original engine, very little rust. i have always been a fan of the 5.7l, great all round engine, can pull heavy loads, and still get decent mileage. i have a couple trucks with the 6.0l and i love the power behind them, but i wish they got better gas mileage, on the best day, with a programmer, and cold air intake i can coax 16-18mpg out of it, and that is if i coast down hills, and pray very hard. we never had a problem getting over 20mpg out of a 5.7l
  18. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    86, 01, and 07 classic, all GMCs. The 86 was a 1500. I would say this style was the toughest. I don't think you can beat the leaf spring front end. I bought it with 100,000 on it and plowed with it for four years before I had to put a tranny in it. And it was a 700r4. The 2001 was my first 2500hd. Didn't care for the 8.1L, the power was great, but gas guzzler. I loved the Allison transmission. I wish they put the Allison behind my new 6.0L, but I really like the 07. I really don't care for the grille on the new Chevys. I prefer the GMCs new look.
  19. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,030

    Most of the frames troubles are from behind the cab on back. Areas around where the front of the bed bolts to the frame, also around the spring shackles and especially around the shock mounts. Now this is on the regular cab trucks with 8' bed 2 and 4 wheel drives. I'm not sure about the extended cabs, didn't know to many that had them. A lot of the problems is probably where we live, being on the east cost where lots of road salt is used.

    I have an uncle that had a 92 Sierra 4x4 with about 90,000 miles on it the frame had to be completely replaced from the back of the cab on back, one owner truck, never plowed.

    I had a 94 Sierra 1500 4x4 with 125,000 miles when junked, frame was very bad and needed to be replaced again from behind the cab on back.

    This gives you an idea what it is like around with the 88-98 1500 trucks, I think most of the problems was on the earlier trucks compared to the later years. But there is presently two 97 1500's in my family, one 2wd and the other 4wd and both frames are bad also. But like I said, all the trucks I've seen with bad frames were regular cab long beds.
  20. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    I like the body style of the late 90's.