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    As an adult I am coming to realise I can pretty much have anything I wanted as a kid on a whim. When I was a kid my dad had an old truck I really liked. He sold it when I was a first grader and I was sad .Now for some reason the only car I could see myself wanting is a 1990-1994 Chevy Siverado 4x4. I guess it brings back good memrories for me. The question I have is in the year 2013 is this a realistic car/ truck to get for weekend driving? They go for like 5-8 thousand now days and usually have 100-150 miles on them. I have a nice newish car for daily driving already I was just thinking of a "fun" second car/ first truck. I don't drive very much anyway. My parents just kind of giggled at the notion and thought I was silly. Granted my dad has a 81 vette, but it has less than 80 k miles on it and has been his since 84. My parents act like cars are worthless after 200 thousand miles and will blow up or something. Would sinking like 5-7 grand in a 20 year old truck be a bad idea? How does one take care of an old car anyway? What constitutes a lemon when shopping/ how do you spot one? I feel like a truck would be the most practical fun secondary vehicle I could get and the price is right. Nothing ever fits in my egg shaped car anyway... Any thoughts on the feasabilty of this?

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    hey there;
    i still have my 98 siverado chevy crew-cab 4x4 (1-ton) and it's got a bit over 150 thousand miles on it. i bought it new and couldn't bare to part with it so i just got a brand-new crate-engine for it two years back (big block). it cost me about 8 grand to get it and have the dealership stick the thing in. my truck was 35 thousand new in 98.... and had all the bells and whistles, really nice, lots of memories and very well built. except for a dually; i believe it is the same body-style as what you are thinking of..... much better looking than the newer trucks.

    a good pick-up that has been decently maintained is always a good deal in my opinion as they are built to last and easy to work on for the most part.

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    You replaced the engine at 150 k? Why was the old one unreliable after that many miles? Also does your dually have any advantages over a rugular truck. Disadvantages? How is gas mileage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverSmall View Post
    You replaced the engine at 150 k? Why was the old one unreliable after that many miles? Also does your dually have any advantages over a rugular truck. Disadvantages? How is gas mileage?
    i worked my 454 big block hard with many miles pulling big trailers (30 to 42 footers).... and many other hours in bumper to bumper traffic... it devolved a leak in the head gasket that i didn't catch until too late, and that messed-up a cylinder and valve or two... so rather then just doing the fix, i bought a new engine (not a rebuild).

    i have the "A-frame and torsion bar" type front 4x4 which rides better in my opinion. but it can require replacement of the CV-joints in the short drive-axle lines sometimes. but that is little to ask for the very good ride. the thing is built like a tank. i get 12 to 13 miles to the gallon. and i liked having the biggest all black truck on six tires i could get (at the time).

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    The biggest and baddest black truck indeed... I dont think a dually would be good for me. To little traction and I dont want to trailer anything bigger than a bass boat. A Z71 like my dads old one would be cool. It handeled really well and was nice and high. I think he got like 15 miles per gallon driving like a .... I think with my habits I could manage like 17.

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    High mileage isn't automatically a killer. My first car made it to 270K miles. So many things could make a car a lemon, and its not always something you can just spot. I'd recommend taking any used car you look at to a mechanic you trust. They will usually do a "used car check". My mechanic does it for about $70 I believe. In my opinion, if a 20 year old truck with 100-150K miles is fetching around $7k, that says something good to the vehicle. Basically, to say if its worth it or not, is somewhat subjective. It boils down to how much you want it and the condition of the truck.

    On a side note, I also own a 1981 Corvette, red/red. It has about 90k miles and I've owned it since the fall of '08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverSmall View Post
    The biggest and baddest black truck indeed... I dont think a dually would be good for me. To little traction and I dont want to trailer anything bigger than a bass boat. A Z71 like my dads old one would be cool. It handeled really well and was nice and high. I think he got like 15 miles per gallon driving like a .... I think with my habits I could manage like 17.
    LOL...
    Oh, i wasn't suggesting that you get a dually. it's too big for most folks!
    but it still has the same body-style as the truck that you are talking about with the exception that it has the added dually fender extensions and dually axle....
    my favorite in that body-style is actually the standard-cab short-bed 1500.... i think they look really cute in bright red!
    and you can find them with the small-block 350 in a 4x4.... hot little truck

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    I would say go get it, but see if you can talk the price down, as 7000 is a lot for an older high mileage vehicle.

    Everyone has a dream vehicle, and I have several. I had a 67 Pontiac LeMans when I was in college, and later I built it for the track. I'd love to have that car back, but I'd rather have a 66 or a 67 GTO. My other dream car is a 40 Ford. If my book makes a lot of money, that's what I'll be buying.

    As for your truck, if you truly love it, buy it and stick a new motor and trans in it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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    I have a 98 Chevy silverado 1/2 ton 4x4 red/silver 2 tone. Been thinking about selling it because its got 138,000 miles on it, and only gets about 15 mpg. Its the 3 door extended cab with the 350 5.7L in it. Also got an air horn, cab visor with lights, tri-fold tonneau cover, some nice pinstriping and the Z71 package. Most Chevy trucks '98 or older that I've seen needed body work, and the rocker panels are usually the first thing to rust through. (my panels are already starting to get a few dime sized holes and I need to get them redone)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverSmall
    Would sinking like 5-7 grand in a 20 year old truck be a bad idea? How does one take care of an old car anyway? What constitutes a lemon when shopping/ how do you spot one? I feel like a truck would be the most practical fun secondary vehicle I could get and the price is right. Nothing ever fits in my egg shaped car anyway... Any thoughts on the feasabilty of this?
    There's so much "noise" to car ownership you're going to end up feeling confused about it the more hear about it from various people lol. It's so bad people will still tell ya automatic trans flushes will clean your filters...

    To be honest with ya, to me it's not a sound investment to sink 8 grand in a 20 year old truck to just drive on the weekends. If ya got the money to burn, sure. Depending on who previously owned the vehicle and how they maintained it is the biggest factor one should consider. It's on experience too what you know in your gut if you have any experience working on a vehicle.

    Engines and transmission for a 4x4 truck are not cheap, neither is the labor. New engine and install in my small Ford Escort if I took it to a shop is pretty close to 7k. So I wouldn't buy one with any indicating problems or if the previous owner never changed the oil properly in said engine.

    In reality, car buying is a crap shoot through and through.

    Invest and learn about the one ya got now, figure out how to do work on it, you'll save yourself some money in the long run and it's a lot funner. Then you can go to town on a project truck.

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