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School me on Chevy 1500’s

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by pronstar, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. pronstar

    pronstar TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jul 2, 2017
    Need a truck.
    ~$25 to spend.

    Was considering a Tundra, but they’re pricey.

    Fords are hideous.
    Ram...had an 07 CTD that I never should have sold.
    But not a fan of the new 1500.

    Compared to a Tundra, I can get a much newer Silverado, with way fewer miles a 100k mile CPO powertrain warranty.

    2015-ish and 30-40k miles seems to be a good place for my budget.

    Are these trucks reliable?

    Seems the 5.3 is in my price range. Decent motor?

    Anything to look out for?
    Cylinder deactivation?
    Tranny issues?
    What say the experts?

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  2. diesel1959

    diesel1959 por vida Lifetime Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Houston & BFE
    1500s are great . . .

    Ram 1500s, that is. I love my 2015 with the Ecodiesel . . . 157,000 miles and counting.

    I can't say anything bad about the Tundras, except they don't get the fuel economy of my truck.
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  3. grasshopperglock

    grasshopperglock Banned

    Jan 5, 2012
    The LS series of engines are 300,000+ mile motors. Known to be bulletproof. They're also super common since GM has put it in everything.

    Ford has the firmest suspension. Dodge is next. Chevy is butter.

    Transmissions will go out before the motor. Not as in needing a tune up or fluid change. Mechanical failure.

    When you're looking at trucks. Inspect the rear section of the frame. Look for clean areas to where a receiver hitch was installed. If it's been taken off. The seller might be trying to hide that the truck was used to tow.

    If it has a receiver hitch. Look at and see if it's had heavy use. Towing means more wear on the driveline.

    Next up is if it's a northern truck. Look for salt rust on bolts. If it's seen salt. I'd pass unless rust doesn't bother you.
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  4. Byrd666

    Byrd666 TGT Addict

    Dec 24, 2012
    Hill County
    Had a '96 GMC sngl cab 4.3 - V6 that I put one mile under 200k on 'til I had to trade it for a heavier duty V8 to pull my fifth wheel. LOVED! that truck. Other than a rebuilt 3/4 ton tranny I put in it at 120k+-, no problems.

    A friend of mine drives a newer, '15 ish Chevy V8 King cab that has over 200k on it. Last we talked was in March when he was down here for work stuff. He was pulling a flatbed trailer with some equipment on it back to his shop in Tenn. Knowing him, if he didn't feel safe with that truck, he woulda' got rid of it. Other than PM stuff and tires, he said he hadn't had any issues with it.
  5. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban Staff Member Admin

    Apr 4, 2011
    Out West
    I put 225,000 on an '05 Avalanche . 5.3.
    Towed my travel trailer with it a bunch too.
    Motor was strong and didn't leak anything when I traded.
    Suspension and tranny were showing some weakness by then.
  6. grasshopperglock

    grasshopperglock Banned

    Jan 5, 2012
    No matter where you are on the fence. Chevy's main talent is building motors. They'll mess some things up but never the motor.
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  7. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    My brother loves his GMC Denali 1500. No issues that I know of.

    Think he has the 6.2l in it, or something like that.

    Close as I come to knowing much about Chevy products.
  8. Brains

    Brains IQ: 47

    Apr 9, 2013
    The entire family of LS and new LT engines are VERY solid, get great mileage, drive great, and will last as long as you want them to. You really have to want to kill the motor, they're darned near indestructible.

    How to blow up a GM 5.3L
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  9. Texasjack

    Texasjack TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jan 3, 2010
    Occupied Texas
    I had a 1500. Got destroyed by a young girl that decided to run a red light. She was very lucky to have survived - and pretty much unhurt except for her pride. I had a lot of miles on that truck - I've forgotten how much. The drive train was very reliable, but it was kind of a dog when trying to pass, despite 8 cylinders. Biggest problem BY FAR was the electrical system. It was a mess from one end to the other. The instrument cluster failed 3 times. (Don't go to the dealership! The instrument cluster fails so often that there are independent guys who can fix it for 1/10 of what the dealer charges.) Radio failed. CD player failed. Lights failed. Lots of power surges. Ate up batteries.

    I now have an F-150 and I am much happier. Ford makes the best pickup, with Chevy/GMC running a close second. Toyota isn't bad if you don't mind paying $$$$ for their logo. If someone gave me a Dodge, I'd melt it down and sell the scrap metal to buy a Ford. Nissan used to be OK, but all the rating services say their quality is way down.
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  10. jetcycles

    jetcycles Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shoreacres, TX
    Our pipeline trucks are mostly Chevrolet 1500 crew cab 4x4's, I'm in a 2017 with 30k miles with no issues/complaints. My fleet manager says these trucks are plagued by transmission issues, and I know for a fact that 2 of the 6 trucks in my work group had transmission failures in the past 90 days.

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