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Chevrolet C/K vs Silverado

cottrell1cottrell1 Posts: 39
edited March 2014 in Chevrolet


  • I own a '98 K1500 and it's great! The new Silverado's, while designed to be better, are having enough problems (drive-line vibrations, wind noise, clunking noises, etc.), that I'd recommend staying away from them till at least the 2001 models (and even then I'd still wait till mid year and let others be the guinea pigs). If you get a trouble free Silverado, they're better in almost every way than the C/K's. About the only thing better on the C/K's is:

    substantually more low-end torque on the 5.7L
    compared to the new 5.3L (but the 5.3L wins
    big-time at high rpm's)

    better looking (my opinion)

    more after-market add-ons available (but that's
    quickly improving for the new trucks)

    Good luck whatever you decide.
  • If you're talking about the 3/4 ton trucks (and chances are that you are since they don't make 1/2 ton C/K's anymore unless you're considering used),
    the 6.0L is a HUGE improvement over the 5.7L. You can compare the torque curves at . Of course, the 7.4L is available in the 3/4 ton C/K's. That would be my choice for a heavy-duty truck with torque (and the mileage is almost as good as the 6.0L).
  • I didn't make any sense out of your post in the other topic area. Something about jackets and most people in the Midwest buy GM trucks????

    Was this intended as a derogatory statement of some sort, having no merit or were you actually making a good point about something somewhere?
  • Bud Light Dude, What I was trying to say in the other topic area was that I had found a cool jacket online that just happened to be name Silverado. Thought you guys who drove these trucks and seemed to be from the Midwest where its very cold in the winter would like to know about this jacket. Its the kind that also if your like "Tim" from the other topic group whould like to go hunting in. The only thing bad I had to say in that message was about the truck Silverado.
    I actually really like the Midwest since my sister lives out there in its largest city. OK!

    PS: There's a least one thing we agree on naming our Town Hall persona's after beers.
  • wtdwtd Posts: 96
    I also own a 98 ext-cab Z-71. I think they are better looking than the new models. I also didn't want to be a guinea pig for these new trucks and after reading of all the problems they are having I'm glad I bought the old style. The new trucks have alot of improvements over the old but untill they fix all of the teething problems I would stick to the old body style.
  • Amen. What color is your Z71? Is it a GMC or Chevy? At the time I bought mine I had the choice of three that had everything I wanted (basically loaded with everything including the third door, but with no leather). Two were GMC's: one white, one navy blue. The other was a Chevy in torreador red. It was a tough decision, but the white won out. I'm very happy with it. So easy to keep clean and much cooler in the summer than my wife's burgundy Buick.
  • Even the older body style is not without problems and you still don't get all the new technology that the new models have. Even with a few minor problems that were all fixed, I am much happier with the new models than the older model. The difference is night and day between them.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    The new Silverado is way better then the old C/K.

    Anyone whos crys they are glad they waited...due to pulling their own leg. it may seem like a problem....but remember..people come here when they have problems.

    the only combo that seems to give probs is an 2WD with 3:42's

    1500 Z71's..(which is about 85% of all sales) seem to be fine.

    Get a reality check...the new Silverado is solid....especially in 2500.

    The old 88 K1500 was great...but do I wish it was back???..hell no!

    yeah the 350 had more torque than the 326 (5.3)...but the 5.3 has more HP....although I only know what the 6.0 is really like up close and long term..friggin' kick [non-permissible content removed]!

    Out with the old....In with the new Silverado.

    get over it man.....quit waiting....the future is here!

    - Tim
  • The Silvo's in it were built to run on ethenol.
    But some of the tunes that were performed are a great idea for normal gas power versions boring out the cylinders to 346 ci or more and a 10.6:1 compression ratio, forged crank, vette 'rods,s' steel valves with titanium springs in ported and polished heads and one or two 'chargers or a blower. But if you really want to go fast not quick in your C/K or Silvo follow the ideas of the 'vette race car get a vette engine bore it to 6.0 and follow the rest of their examples like changing the valves among other things. The best truck to do this in would be a Slivo 1500 Reg Cab with 2wd unless you like the 4wd it really doesn't matter with all that power also make sure to slam , change the info gauges and speed governer. There are two great shows that
    are on Saturday afternoons on this topic HP TV and Trucks both on TNN.
  • The GM Powertrain site is filled with good info but one thing that boggles my mind is the use of an iron crank in the Vortech Red Race Engine why not Titanium or Tungsan the strongest metal in the world. I mean it is a race engine!
  • "Anyone whos crys they are glad they waited...due
    to pulling their own leg."

    In my case, because of the timing, I ended up paying $5000 less for a similarly equipped C/K
    over a Silverado/New-Sierra. The only things I really envy about the new trucks is the 4-wheel disk brakes, and the high-end horsepower. But with $5000 that I saved, I can install a set of rear-disk brakes ($700 from JCWhitney) and a supercharger (which I'm planning on doing which would bring my horsepower to 350+) and still have $1000 left over. Plus the C/K's look better, IMO. I'm glad I waited. :)

    " it may seem like a problem....but
    remember..people come here when they have problems."

    That's true, but people also come here to brag and just because of their excitement for having gotten a new truck. I don't think it's as negatively biased as you think. Still, every other poster seems to be having some problems. You are correct about the 2500's, though, I've seen very little reports about any problems with them. I think the only one I've seen is the rough idle, but all the vortecs (including my 5.7L) seen to have some problem with that. I don't know if it's really even a problem.

    "the only combo that seems to give probs is an 2WD with 3:42's"

    That's not true. I've seen many others with 4WD and with 3.73's that are still having problems.

    The new trucks are better, and the C/K's aren't without their problems, but the gamble seems higher risk in going with the Silverado/Sierra right now. Just my opinion.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    with the new Silverado in ANY combo.

    Quit crying and get one if you are "waiting" for them to be fixed.

    Some 88's had problems too when the switched over...mine didn't.

    The whole "don't buy the first model year" is justa crock now days.

    Get real...Get A Silverado.

    yeah...I like the C/K too... I like the 1970 style Chevy the best...

    ...But I'm willing to move on..

    - Tim
  • Instead of saying "I'm glad I waited", I really meant to say, "I'm glad I didn't get a '99 or '00." I'm not waiting for anything now. My '98 is paid for and is a great truck so I'm keeping it for at least 10 years.

    P.S. Don't make this personal by implying that I'm "crying". I don't appreciate that.
  • roger350roger350 Posts: 157
    Did you read the press releases about the Vortec Red Race Engine for ASA? One of the major reasons behind the switch to this engine is to lower the cost to the race teams! Titanium cranks would be counter productive to say the least. Besides, with target HP around 450, there is no advantage to a titanium crank. A good 4340 forged steel crank is reliable over 700 HP with RPM near 9000, (This is what NASCAR uses). Titanium being lighter would allow an engine to rev higher and faster, and allow more power potential, but if the target power is less than 500 HP, why waste the $$$? Further, tungsten is only used in small amounts in cranks to balance them, when necessary, as it is one of the heaviest metals known to man. So no crank would ever be made out of tungsten, period.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    "cying" can refer to anyone out there...not just you.
    Many people are doing just that...crying about it.

    If you take it as a direct comment to you...wasn't meant to be that way....

    ..Now quit crying!...(just kidding...have a beer)

    - Tim
  • Okay, sorry I misunderstood. No thanks on the beer, though. I can't stand the stuff. Although, I did have a Tequiza the other day at a friend's house and it was surprisingly good. The tequila takes away the usual bitter taste of beer. Still, I'd rather have a Margarita.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    have a margarita!

    ....I'll take a beer....(a big

    - Tim
  • It's another tequila sunrise,
    staring slowly across the sky,
    we said goodbye....
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162

    here is an idea for a song title...

    "She chews tobacco...but she won't choose me!"

    ..or.."Ain't no trash been in my trailer since the day I threw you out!"

    I can be a country song writer....I know it!

    (Thanks to RD for the songs)

    - Tim
  • My wife likes country, so I'll have to run those by her.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    "I Lost my Honey Bunny on a Bad Hare day"??

    Rock and Roll baby!!

    - Tim
  • "I gave her the ring,
    She gave me the finger."
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    That's A country song to me man!


    - Tim

    ....."I hope you are happy now that I'm sad?"..
  • Me too.
    Me too.

  • echo echo echo echo????
  • "You can't call it cheatin', she reminds me of you".
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    "Don't want that Floozy in my Jacuzzi"


    I'll stop now...

    - Tim
  • z71z71 Posts: 67
    "She's out doin' what I'm here doin' without" ?? Oh yeah, never mind...that is the name to a real country song...
  • I'm gonna order up some flowers right now. Forgot how much I love her till you came up with that title!
  • I bought a 1999 C/K 1500 4x4 Ext Cab about a year and two months ago. It's a great truck, good ride, good power, but I noticed since it was newer, that it consumes a quart of motor oil every three thousand miles. I contacted the service mangager at my local dealer, and he said this is normal. It only has 12,000 miles. Has anyone else noticed this on their C/K???
    I'm planning on trading it in for a Honda Accord, I don't need to be paying $30,000 for a truck that burns oil, so I'll just lower my payment and get a quality vehicle, and as far as a pickup, I'll just buy an old beater for a few thousand, anyway if the beater wastes oil, oh well it's normal right?
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