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    Default Buying my first chevy truck...

    Hey all,

    Im looking at buying my first chevy truck. My family have always been chevy people. Never given us any trouble at all.

    The truck I am looking at is a 1997 1500 4X4 w/ 167,000 miles on it. The guy just put all new tires on w/ alignment, new brakes, new rear bumper, radiator, clutch fan, and new transmission a year ago. He says it runs and drives 100%, no rust, and he uses it as his daily driver. I would also be using it as my daily driver.

    Im going up to look at it and possibly purchase it tomorrow or wed. What kind of things should I be looking for on this truck. Any known issues or defects? Anything that you guys would advise I look for?



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    Hi Rob, welcome to GMTC. You should post and intro in the new members forum so folks get to know you. I have a 98 K1500 (the 4x4, C1500 is the 2 wheel drive), 5.7L which is what I assume you are looking at. I am at 247,000 miles - original engine. If you do not know the guy it never hurts to take it to a good chevy mechanic and have him give it a good inspection. As for things to look for, there is a thread that I THINK is titled Common problems the 5.7L that is an excellent source for the kind of information for which you are looking.

    Off the top of my head, the radiator is good for around 100k though mine went to 175K. The intake manifold gasket will have to be replaced every 100K or so. When I first got my Burb, it would eat brake pads. About every 20K or so it seemed I was putting pads on it. The rear brakes are good for a long, long time. The shoes on mine were replaced once due to wear. The second time was when I blew a wheel cylinder and soaked one side in brake fluid. So I replaced both wheels and the shoes.

    All in all these trucks are built for longevity. There are guys here with over 300K on the clock and still counting. Good luck and post some pictures if you end up with this Burb.
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    Welcome to the club, Rob. Make sure you check that the 4wd works/engages.

    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
    6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
    17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
    4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
    Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
    B&M aluminum deep transmission pan
    Warn brush guard w/Warn 9.5 XP winch, PIAA bulbs, Line-X bedliner, AWS Black tool chest, Extang tonneau cover
    Weather Tech floor mats
    Cover-Craft seat covers
    Dash mat cover
    Formula One window tint
    One black Lab in rear seat.

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