View Full Version : buying a used truck

02-26-2006, 07:47 PM
im looking to buy a truck to start off my business this year i have found a pretty cheap 1999 silverado k1500 4x4 it has 120,00 miles and a 5.0 v8 engine, my dad seems to think this will burn a lot of gas do you agree? thanks

zim bob the landscaper
02-26-2006, 09:09 PM
well im no expert but you should be fine our 1994 k2500 is fine on gas.

02-26-2006, 09:11 PM
Hey there,

To my knowledge, in 1999, Chevy changed their 1500 models to the newer version, and also stopped making their 5.0 V8 engine. If this truck is actually a 99, I should only be available with a 4.8 V8, or 5.3 V.8 - both engines being quite fuel efficient compared to other engines in that class. The 99+ trucks are nice, real smooth, and pretty strong. If this truck you're looking at actually has the 5.0L, I'm almost positive it'd have to be a 98, and yes, they are tougher on fuel, but still awesome trucks. Anyways, just my opinion,


02-26-2006, 09:15 PM
ahh you dont want that chevy you want this dodge


02-27-2006, 12:14 AM
sorry the truck is actually a 4.8 so this is a pretty fuel efficient car?

02-27-2006, 12:16 AM
Dude your buying a truck, dont expect good gas mileage.

I hate it when people buy trucks and expect it to get honda mileage.

I dont even pay attention to mileage anymore, I just fill up when the light comes on. Usually every 2 or 3 days.

02-27-2006, 01:52 AM
Don't worry about the gas mileage, but you should consider at least a 3/4 ton truck. The 1/2 ton will not let u be able to do much landscaping and pulling a trailer every day will quickly wear that truck out. Remember to go a little bigger when you are buying equipment, its better to grow into it then to grow out of it..

02-27-2006, 07:34 AM
Do you want to have the power to haul? Or do you want something you can use at the track. A truck is made to work,and burn gas. My 351 I have to fill up in the morning and then late evening cause it works all day.

02-27-2006, 07:40 AM
Your Dad is right, It will burn a lot of gas.
But it is a cost of doing business, It is overhead and needs to be covered in the price of the work you do,
It costs a lot of money to do this workpayup

Loaded up with a trailer, look at about 12-14mpg around town