Unless its free or cheap were you can flip it, Id pass. The gas mileage is not that great but cost of maintenan. I need to get some coffee. I have had zero problems with the transmission since. Besides the trouble with the front brakes, it has given me little trouble so far. Trust me when I tell you this. However if use it as a work horse like a diesel pickup is meant to then you are going to start seeing problems.
Ops and Garand Shooter sp have had some of the non turbo versions of that engine. It pumped out the old fluid. Primary Use: Utility towing boats, transporting cargo, etc. I filled the sump, and started the motor. Excellent For What It Is Made To Do , Tow. After being this way for many years, It's finally back to being affordable again.
It was a great pick-up when it was working. I have experienced nearly all the common problems that many complain about with the 6. But I'm towing heavy every day for work. General Comments: This truck is too fast and smooth. Some parts are made of internetium-priceium-premium some parts may be made of umobtanium.
Model year 1999 Year of manufacture 1998 Most recent year of ownership 2005 Engine and transmission 454 Automatic Distance when acquired 85000 miles Most recent distance 120000 miles Previous car Chevrolet C1500 Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Pretty much every serious squawk over the years was fixed on the next rev and sold to the military. It just doesn't ever get hot anymore. I called the local Chevy dealer in Louisville. But do you need it? Another concern: In case of an emergency ie. I used regular green antifreeze and added Redline Water Wetter.
Primary Use: Commuting to work. Replaced both front wheel bearings at about 100,000 miles. I did this several times til it ran red. This truck I used as a family and work vehicle. One advantage is that this was an engine produced for military use in large numbers. Wanna explain how the 6.
I do not think that the 1500 frame would have been modified for the diesel. The beauty of the chev diesel is that it gets good mileage and will last a long time if you use it like a daily driver and not work it very hard. Has over 200,000 miles on it and is still running strong though so its a great quality. Four front brake jobs and one rear brake job. The front door handles do not function.
You are gonna have all the curses of a 15 year old truck. If you don't do things to it that you wouldn't do to a small block, you will be fine. Last I heard, truck was still running. I think that they make a fine, if unorthodox, swap into older vehicles, like Jeeps. I bought it over a year ago and added a flatbed. Edited a second time to add - Also know that contrary to what some misinformed people believe, this engine and its sister engine the 6.
Originally Posted By Aramark: Thinking of getting a truck from my Grandpa it is a Chevy 1998 6. I think you will need to drive the truck a bit more often than 4 times a year so that the tuck will stay running. It's a little frustrating when you consider the cost of this vehicle, and the fact that there are cars and trucks on the road today that are 20-50 years old and you can still exit the vehicle from the inside. If your truck has the 4L80e transmission, it is a good one. On long rides, it's as comfortable as an suv. You are also gonna have the pleasure of owning a truck that was only about 3% of production.