looking at buying 99 chev

Looking at buying a 99 chev, 5.3, ext cab, 4x4, 180,000kms (105,000ish miles)
Any problems in these earlier models that were solved later in the 2000
models, or are they just every bit as good?
I dont need a real low mile truck as i put about 5000 a year on, and may even put a plow on it...
guy wants $8500 (CAD)
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I have the same pickup except it's a '98 and it does not have the plow attachment.
I've had the normal 3K miles service intervals of grease, oil and filter since day one. I've had no problems up to 150K miles at which point the water pump went out. At about 160K miles, the fuel pump went out. At about 180K miles, I had to rebuil the transmission, the reverse went, and I also had the front end aligned. The alignment required tie rod ends and an idler arm. I now have over 190k miles and my only current problem is a small water leak that appears under dash when we've had heavy rains.
Each vehicle is an animal unto it's self. Some are good / some are bad. I think it depends on how it has been treated.
Good luck on your decision.
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Larry E Brenton wrote:

Well, alrighty. I think the older gentleman had a genuine care for it. He's ran nothing by synthetic oil in it. Only thing that worries me in this country is rust... i live just North of Maine... .and we use salt...
1998 would be the older style would it not? the 99 i'm looking at is the newer rounded style chev... with the 5.3L ...
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Yes it would. In 99 they made both styles but a 5.3 is a new style as you know. Generally I tend to shy away for the first model year of anything but that does not mean that you should if it has been well cared for and is in good shape. SnoMan
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Picasso wrote:

regulator, a power steering pump, nad rear brake pads. I've read horror stories about intake manifold gaskets, fuel pumps, transfer case actuators and a bunch of others. I thought for sure I'd have enough problems to probably pay for a new truck! I bought it with 73k miles. I now have 197k miles. This is the best thing I've ever owned! Knock on wood - I know its a freak. Original tires on front. I had a blow out 2 years ago and bought a matching pair for the rear. Threw away one very good tire. Original coolant - pink stuff. Oil changes every 8k and still doesn't use any, maybe a quart between changes. Front brakes are original. Rear brakes were still good but lost a pad so I had to pitch 3 "like new" ones. Original fuel pump! I really thought it would crap at about 100k so I bought a fuel pump to keep from walking. Its still under the back seat in the box! The only thing I don't like about this one is that stupid idea of a suicide third door. You'll see - - come out of the grocery with a cart load. Open the front door to open the back door. Then the cart won't fit to unload into the back seat.
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I bought one new in 99, still have it. Has only 75K miles on it. List of issues I have had:
All these were done while under warranty: -2 Intermediate steering shafts replaced , needs another one -Throttle Body replaced due to sticking butterfly valve -both rear springs replaced -rear main oil seal replaced at 750 miles -rear transmission seal replaced at 1200 miles -left side seat bracked replaced (was cracked at weld from factory)
Original tires replaced at 70K miles, still had 5k tread life left, Mobile 1 Synthetic oil used since new. Change 2 times a year.
Since the above warranty work done, with the exception of the steering shaft, I have had no problems with the truck. 4x4 used occasionally, have not towed anything.
Hope this helps.

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