I've owned this truck for 3 years and love it. I rebuilt engine 10000 ago and runs good most of time. I haul 2200 pounds of brake rotors in the box once a month and hauls it like a dream. Pulled stock car for years before I bought and drove good
Interior is well put together. Reliable. Nice bodystyle. Tough truck all around
350 have a little more than 175 hp stock and get better that 12 mpg highway
This was, and still is my first vehicle. 291,000. Replaced rear end, alt, fuel pump 2x, both fuel injectors, 2 electric ignition components, ig switch, & will either rebuild or replace trans for the second time. I bought it with the bed cap (leer). I can say if I have to give up my truck for any reason, I wont be happy. She's served me for 4 years and well over 100,000. Bought used. The paint on the roof is peeling, working on it isnt always fun, rather drive, but I wont trade it for the world. Handles well. Only got stuck once. Being a small guy, I can work in the engine compartment. Smoother & quieter ride than 01 trailblazer and 97 c15 5.0 silverado sb
Spacious cargo/engine/psgr. Compartments. Less extensive computer modules than later models. Under hood drop light. Big mirrors.
Ext. Fuel pump. Rear pillar speakers easier to access, better paint, lit wind/lock &a/c controls, larger glove cmpt, rear sway bar. Dual exhaust. All minor.
I bought my GMC truck in 95 with 49,000 miles and now have 224,000 miles with original engine and trans. Replaced common things such as starter (ac delco), alternator, compressor (to 134), and general tune up's. It's been an incredible vehicle and would recommend buying one kept in good condition because it will last a lifetime if taken care of.
With over 200,000 miles on this truck
from new I think I'm qualified to tell
you this vehicle is one of the best
I've owned. Preventive maintenance
from new and all synthetic fluids in
all major components keep it running
like new. No problems EVER with the
4L60E transmission, the NP transfer
case (Shockproof Redline ATF used) and
the motor just keeps going.
Love the 14 bolt posi rear end on this
thing. Interior components tough and
durable. With two kids and many long
distance cross country trips, the
headliner, seats and plastic still
looks like new. I clean it regularly.
Stereo with cassette in separate place
in dash is not well thought out.
Switch gear on door is not
ergonomically located as another
reviewer has stated.
Assembled in Canada. Very few
mechanical problems. Alternator and
wiper motor replaced. Intake manifold
gasket replaced at 102,000 - common on
350ci. Easy to find parts. Has 110,000
miles & at Hwy speeds over 70mph,
average 16mpg+ w/K&N Air Filter.
Stationed in Germany, routinely pegged
speedo on autobahn. Top speed? Has a
rev-limiter, it would cut out. Plenty
of power & brakes on Alpine roads.
Pulled many heavy loads w/o problems.
The 4x4 is must off-road & in
Minnesota winters. No body rust
despite road salt. Paint still good.
Did not have Dealer undercoating -
galvanized steel body.
On 3rd muffler. Overall, very
satisfied with this truck.
Accessible engine compartment. Engine
hood light that is deployable -
handy. A/C has never needed
recharging. Has old R-12 coolant -
much colder than the new R-134 stuff.
It ALWAYS starts, even in -40 degrees
below zero (engine block heater helps).
Design of power window/lock buttons -
corrected in newer models. No airbag -
that came out in 1994 model year. I
like "3rd/4th door" they came
out with on the ext cabs. Next time
I'll skip plastic factory bedliner &
try a spray-on.