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Old 08-20-2004, 07:20 AM
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Chevy 2500

Looking at a used truck its a 1996 Chevy 2500 350 vortek engine anyone have any opinions as to major problems to look for.
Its got 200,000 miles on it.
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:27 PM
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I have a 1998 xtra cab, 8' bed, same motor, 106,000 miles and no problems. The only concerns I have had with this truck is the fuel pump went, common problem and the belts had to be replaced. Other than that nothing major in 3 years.
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Old 08-21-2004, 09:12 PM
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I have heard from several people -- slthopugh none of them tru authourities on the subject -- that you can expect about 175k out of that engine before an overhaul is needed.

I would figure that in when valueing the purchase
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Old 08-22-2004, 08:07 AM
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Thanks guys.
Any info on what an overhaul might cost.
I wouldn't mind putting $1500 or so into it to have a decent reliable truck.
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Old 08-22-2004, 10:43 PM
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If the truck has been taken care of you should be able to get a good many more miles out of it. My dad has had several chevys with 300,000 miles. A new 350 runs about $1000. Also I have a 1991 1500 4.3 with 201,000 miles still running strong.
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Old 08-25-2004, 04:33 AM
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My buddy has a 350 with over 500,000 on the orginal motor.
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Old 08-25-2004, 09:28 AM
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My neighbor buddy (50 years old) has a '88? Chevy 1500 stepside short bed 350 engine, 5 spd stick shift 2wd he bought new and it has 348,000 original miles on it. It's still runs strong and drives real nice (i drive it occasionally to do errands for him). Never had the engine apart, never even done valve cover gaskets on it. He's the only one who drives it, his wife never does. He takes care of his vehicles and maintains them himself. Pretty amazing amount of miles to get out of a gas powered vehicle...
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:13 PM
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Heres mine its a 95 with 185,000 miles on it and it runs better then any thruck I have owned. I went the other day to test drive a brand new 2500 and wow I'm telling you no one makes a better trck the chevy. Sorry to all you ford guys had to say it
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Old 08-27-2004, 10:44 PM
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Havent been driving all that long but I know that a truck with 200,000 miles is screaming repair. Keep that extra 1500 dollars and the amount that you were going to pay for the '96 2500 and buy a truck with less miles on it.
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