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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (1 reports)
  2. trying to get Chevy to own up to the engines shortfall (1 reports)
1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 072007

(reported on)

C/K 1500 4.3 V6/8 cyl. TRANSM

  • Manual transmission
  • 92,000 miles


92000 miles on a babies on a truck treated better than a newborn human. Brand new thermostat, water pump, serpentine belt, ignition module, ect... and damn, bamn. Never overheated at all until but started running hot and leaking antifreeze somewhere not in engine or on the ground anywhere after water pump installed in December 2005. After new 2004 18000 mile engine installed still leaking somewhere. NO ONE CAN FIND THIS LEAK, NOT EVEN SEVERAL EXPERTS OR PRESSURE TESTS. cAN ANYONE SUGGEST ANYTHING THAT MAY BE GOING ON!!!! Back to my complaint, I was told that the 96 engines cannot handle the truck they are installed in and this is common also in the Blazers. Also told that the newer engines run hotter and 210 is the norm. I lost a sweet Z-28 trusting this same advice in 89, so, can I get any yes or no's from any of you that know better advice? Please help me. I have no one else to ask, no money, and this is getting sadder by the minute. Thanks to the Ford company for making my 95 Ranger. The body is banged, sat for 2 yrs., right at 200,000 miles, 4 cyl. w/8 sparks, manual, treats me like a old best friend-faithful even if no communication after 2 1/2 years.

- cusaac, Swansea, SC, US

problem #1

Jul 312001

(reported on)

C/K 1500

  • 80,000 miles

Blown head gasket 5,000 miles after warranty. This was my first NEW vehicle (Im still paying on it) and my initial responce from Chevy is they doubt they will assist (am currently corresponding with a manager for further assistance) If I wanted a vehicle that I knew would give me problems I would have bought a used vehicle, it would have been a lot cheaper and I could afford just to put a new engine in.

- Donald P., Havelock, NC, US

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