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    '89 Chevy 1 ton: pros and cons

    I've been attracted to a Chevy C 3500 pickup I keep seeing at a used car dealer lot located near my home and workplace. It's rather unique color makes it stand out. The dealer has had it in his lot for almost a year. One original owner, 72,000 miles, two wheel drive. It's very clean, and I'm really interested in it. But, I've learned over the years not to make snap or emotional decisions. Asking price is just under $11,000, but the salesman I talked to this morning said they really want to move it and will take any reasonable offer.



    Here is the link with particulars. Used 1989 Chevrolet C3500 for sale in RIO RANCHO, NM | Ram Motors

    Maybe I'm nuts to be thinking of selling or trading my '98 Suzuki Sidekick for this thing (the salesman also offered me $4k for my Suzuki, as is, out of his own pocket.), but I really want a pickup truck again, and I like this one, a lot. A big con is that the 454 cubic inch V-8 doesn't get real good gas mileage, but I can live with that. What do you, who are more knowledgeable than I in things automotive, think? What should I look for, be aware of, need to know?
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    Jump on it, jump on it NOW!!! Great trucks, talkin' 'em down would be a plus but even at that price, it's worth it in good condition.
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    Oh, by the way......you can can the "but I can live with that" crap......you're droolin' over that 454. Besides, 454 and .454......it's an omen.
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    I like the two tone. For about a year now I have been looking at 80's model pickups. The 85 Ford F-150 Flareside is at the top of my list.

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    I would say go for it.
    I would lose the bumper guards and put on a real frame mount grill guard/pusher.
    The 5th wheel hitch in the bed could mean the engine has been worked hard in the past.
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    Nice looking truck. I have a GMC, with almost 400K on it. Here's this..... It's been such a good truck, I'll probably drop a new engine in it and keep it trucking along.
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    Sure is a good looking truck!

    I would be somewhat concerned about the 5th wheel and wanting to know if the truck was used, for a lot of miles, to pull a big livestock or RV trailer.
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    I suspect that the 454 is the reason it's been on their lot for a year. Maybe not. I'd have a good Mechanic take a look at it before I would buy it.

    What I find amazing is that they're asking $11K for a truck that, probably, only sold for around $13K 27 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdinGeorgia View Post
    I suspect that the 454 is the reason it's been on their lot for a year. Maybe not. I'd have a good Mechanic take a look at it before I would buy it.

    What I find amazing is that they're asking $11K for a truck that, probably, only sold for around $13K 27 years ago.
    It was used to pull a fifth wheel RV. One owner and only 72,000 miles in over 17 years. And, yeah, I think that big engine and its age is why the price is relatively low. If I lived more than one mile from my work (and I don't!) I'd have to think twice about the mileage it's gonna get.
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    $11k is a bit steep, but, if it's as clean as it looks, is original motor yet, and runs great, it'll be hard to beat. I am a bit surprised, being a 1 ton, that it only has a single gas tank...heck, even our 3/4 ton had dual tanks.

    But, when all's said and done, as kschilk said: 454!
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