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1985 Chevy C30 1 TON 2WD CREW CAB DUALLY. Another survivor, 160K on original drivetrain ( 454, TH-400) still runs like a top. Tagged historic, i'll keep running the orig. stuff while I look for a wrecked late model 3500 Duramax turbo diesel/4L80E drivetrain to swap into it......so I can use the 454 in my 1965 Chevy Bel Air 2dr.
1977 Chevy Impala 4dr. One of the toughest, longest running body styles in automotive history.
(1977-1990 for the body, the chassis actually spanned from 1977-1996, all chassis parts interchange among ALL those years) Was originally a anemic 305/ TH-200 drivetrain combo ( from the early "dark ages of the fed emissions crackdown) swapped out for a 1996 5.7 Vortec engine from a wrecked Tahoe, retro-fitted with a carb. again, alot of work into her engine/trans wise. But...less than 7K invested in whole car, and it will ( and has run a MPH in the 1/4 on regular 275/60/15 STREET TIRES, NOT SLICKS. Still a total street car, not a race/drag car. P/S, A/C, P/B, FULL WEIGHT, NOT GUTTED & STRIPPED.) equally perform with OR out perform a lot of 35K and above new cars. I Absolutely LOVE pissing off the (stock) Mustang/Charger/Challenger owners that dare to step to it at a stoplight! Upgrades to the suspension & brakes courtesey of a 1996 9C1 Police pkg. Caprice bring it's handling & braking up to modern specs. ( BIG 12" front brakes & 10.5 rear discs,cop suspension, springs, sway bars, etc.) Again, you've gotta love the parts interchangability of a Chevy!
1965 Chevy Bel Air 2 dr. Post sedan. 327 V8, 3 on the tree, archaic, yes, 4 wheel man. drum brakes, single pot master cylinder, it is all original....with 253K on the clock and still going! A true un-restored survivor, yes she's got a little bit of rust in the bottom of the 1/4 panels, but still not as much as any given late 90's or early 2000's HONDA ACCORD....YOU KNOW WHERE I AM TALKING ABOUT! THEY ALL RUST THERE VERY QUICKLY! A 454 stroked out to a 496 & a 6 speed manual will soon be taking up residence in the engine compartment. Not too shabby for a 48 year old car.
The best part? ALL ARE PAID FOR, NO CAR PAYMENTS! And the insurance for all 5 is still less than what it would cost to insure 1 new car.
I don't know about you guy's& gal's but i'd say that is pretty strong proof of dependable & reliable!
1983 CHEVY C20 3/4 TON 2WD. LONGBED P/U (equipped with complete drivetrain & wiring from a '94 G20 3/4 ton van, 5.7 t.b.i. engine, now a 383 stroker, computer controlled 4L80E 4spd. O/D transmission, and FULLY functional 4 wheel A.B.S.) 275K on chassis, 75K on drivetrain, built in 2001, it has NEVER stopped running or ever broken down! Less than 10K invested, would take a 35K truck to equal it's work/performance capabilities! Owned since 1998. 415 H.P. 445 FT. LBS. torque, dyno proven! A rolling testimonial to the excellent interchangeability of chevy parts, everything fit just about everything else! Try that with a Ford, Honda, Toyota, etc.
1986 Chevy Camaro base sport coupe. 2.8 V6, 700r4 4 spd. automatic. All original, got it at 77k, addressed some minor issues, inspected it, and put it on the road, in 2003. 226K now, and still going strong. Not very powerful, but if you wind it up, it will scoot along just fine. Still delivers about 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Not too shabby for a 27 year old car. Again, no major problems...ever.
(**NOTE**) BOTH THE ABOVE MENTIONED VEHICLES, WHILE OLD ENOUGH FOR CLASSIC/HISTORIC TAGS, ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED WITH STANDARD TAGS AND ARE SUBJECT TO ALL INSPECTION AND EMMISSION STANDARDS FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE YEARS. AND THEY PASS WITH FLYING COLORS!
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Back to the most reliable issue. Yes I am what you would consider as having a biased opinion about Chevy's. But, that is not just brand loyalty, it is the voice of personal experience.
I can hear all the "white-glove" crowd calling me a "redneck", or a "knuckle-dragger" before even typing this next line..but here goes anyway. My "fleet" consists of the following vehicle's..( 5 in all)
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Where do you think ALL those wrecked late models end up at? The insurance auctions, that's where! Not the junkyards right away...that's where they get sold to, and where all the used parts come from. Now take that & all the Pep Boys, Autozone's, Advance Auto's away, and where would you get your parts for a oil change from? Or a new set of brake pads? The dealer of course, for 3 times the money, and no option to do the work yourself to save a buck! For the un-informed, just search out SEMA ( THERE'S A CLIP ON THE TICKER ABOVE THIS FOR SEMA, AS I TYPE THIS) THE AFTERMARKET IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY. Contrary to popular consumer opinion, aftermarket parts are built to meet or EXCEED the manufacturer's specs. And, in some cases CORRECT PROBLEMS THAT WERE INHERENT TO THE O.E. DESIGN!
As an A.S.E. Certified master automotive technician with 25+ yrs. exp. I can confidently say that Chevy vehicles are the most dependable, reliable & cheapest to maintain, over ANY OTHER MANUFACTURER... FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC! I have never bought a new vehicle, probabally never will. I always get the "castaway" cars & trucks, that some idiot drove around low on oil (thusly blowing up the engine) , or the older vehicles that the people with larger paychecks than brains are too proud to drive, because the car is "too old", OR "needs work" (usually meaning they drove the wheels off it, with a total lack of maintenence), or my favorite..."it's not in style anymore!" Go right ahead fools....take on another car payment, and for what you spent on your down-payment, i'll fix your cast-off, and drive the hell out of it for another 100K!
And YES.....I am still supporting the U.S. economy, by purchasing either new or used replacement parts. There are a lot of Americans that work within the auto industry, and not just at the new car plants either. Without the aftermarket, the auto industry would crumble faster than a stale cookie!
All I have to say is 2004 Mercury Sable with 302,000 miles and still strong. All I have done is the obvious torque converter (these cars/Taurus were infamous for that). I do NOT drive it easy but I do change the oil fairly regular. It is about 60% highway mileage, and 25% stop and go. If your car is under 50,000 DO NOT talk about reliability. I love my American made car!
Second Ford to get past 200,000 miles.
Camaro has never been a dependable car, because it's designed for Piston Heads who don't care about maintenances, gas mileage, cornering ride, comfort ! All they care about is: How FAST their butt moves in 1st Gear! More GM fantasy.....