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96 chevy 3500 srw

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mark Lawncare, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Mark Lawncare

    Mark Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I'm considering buying a mint 96 GMC 3500 srw with all options and a plow for 6,000. the only problem is that it has around 200,000 miles you can tell they were highway miles. Has anyone ever had any experience with a truck such as this? Thanks.
  2. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    More info... engine size, trans.. does the owner have any maintenence records? How long was he plowong with it? If your serious about it, save yur self some time and grief.. take it to an independant shop and have them go over it. We do it for about a half hour labor. Money well spent.. of course no crystal ball diagnostics! (thats extra!)
  3. Mark Lawncare

    Mark Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    The truck has a 350 5.7 liter and auto trans. It plowed residentially and I am not sure about the maintenance records but by looking at it the owner cared about it. I think having it looked at by a shop is a good idea. Thanks for any info.
  4. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    Front end part wear is one biggie with a Chevy of that age, more so with a plow hanging of it. Have them look at the ball joints, tie rods, idler arm and idler arm rod. look at the tires for any wear, ripples, wear on the inside or outside of the tires. Also ujoints and axle shafts.
  5. Loganwildman

    Loganwildman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    If there is play in the steering when you drive it, have the steering arm from the gear box checked out. I'm not sure about the 1 tons, but on 1/2 ton Chevys, if the torsion bars are cranked up, the steering arms wear very fast and create play.
  6. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    i had a 95 gmc 3500 great truck had 8ft meyers all that was ever replaced was a steering stablizer ran me 60 bucks and put it on my self i was told by my mechanic that if the front end went tie rods etc it would be 1000 at the most i also had the 350 5.7 but was throtal body and i beleave 96 came along the votrtec fuel inj wich is one of the best motors ever
  7. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    those truck can take what ever you throw at em i even bull dozed my front lawn and it was like a rock
  8. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,750

    You can make 6 grand and then some if you get a bit of snow. 200,000 miles is fine as long as the motor still rund strong and doesnt smoke .
  9. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    How about the 6.5 diesel - anyone have any thoughts on that? '97 vintage. Has about 133,000 miles on it. Seems to start and drive out good. Kind of kills me to be thinking about a GM diesel :), but it's cheap - definately cheaper than a Ford or Dodge either one.
  10. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    Randy, beware of the 6.5's with the electronic pump.. 94' or newer.. the engine itself, if well maintained, can last a looong time contrary to some people's beliefs.. my 82' with the ole six deuce ( origional engine, first year for this kind of GM diesel) still runs like a top...If you were so inclined, you can put the 93' turbo pump ( mechanical ) on the newer one's and fix the problem for good.

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