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Looking at 99 2500 - what to look for?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by plowman555, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. plowman555

    plowman555 Junior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 2

    I'm looking to buy a used late 90's GMC 2500. This will be my first GMC, so I'm not sure what common problems I should be aware of?

    What's the Chevy equivalent of a Dodge power steering pump or transmission?
  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    What motor, trans, etc? With a few more details about it and maybe a picture or two we'd be able to help you out a lot more.
  3. plowman555

    plowman555 Junior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 2

    I'm looking for something with a 350, Auto trans. I'm looking at multiple trucks, all late 90's. What tends to break or go wrong with these trucks? I've seen a few with new intake manifold gaskets. Is this a common problem? How would I tell if it's leaking?
  4. Pierce Man

    Pierce Man Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I have a 99 GMC 2500 crew cab that I bought brand new and now has 179,000 miles on it. Has 350 and auto trans. It has a boss 7'6'' poly plow and this year I have replaced the following:

    Intake Manifold gasket - replace with aftermarket much better
    Oil cooler lines
    Blower motor
    pads, rotors, and drums in the rear
    multiple sensors
    fuel pump
    water pump
    4x4 components
    Tune-Up and changed all fluids

    In ten years all I ever did was oil change and tires, so I put some money in it and it runs great now...The only problem I have is now when I sit at a light it will idle up and pulse like it wants to take off, no idea what that could be.
  5. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Those trucks are pretty bullet proof. Idler/pitman maybe. Aside from that, they run "forever".
  6. TheBossMan2000

    TheBossMan2000 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    I've had a couple that have had nothing wrong except rust. Everything always ran great. Have a 2000 now but old body style. The 90's chevy's and GMC's seem to be some of the most durable trucks ive seen.