Join Date: Sep 2011
chevy_dan is offline
Re: 4.3 pros and cons question
I've had a 92 GMC Sierra with 106xxx miles, 92 Chevy C1500 with 160xxx miles and just brought a 92 Chevy S10 with 203xxx miles over the years all the the 4.3 TBI and the only issue I've had with the first two was the valve stem seals dried out, so all let out a puff of smoke when they started, valve cover gaskets leaking on all three, but all still have had good oil pressure, gotten great fuel mileage, great power for a 4.3L even in the fullsized trucks and never broken down on me.. The issues they did have were easy fixes.. As for the vortec I always remember an older ex-chevy mechanic I went to school with saying as soon as they added the "vortec" in front of it, expect to pay an extra $300 on what you would pay if you did the same on a older 4.3L like I had..
If you are haggling over the price over e-mail I'd definitely aim to pay no more than $1000, chances are you will see it and find things you didn't see in the pictures and if it breaks down on your 7 hour drive home, then work out how much it will cost to tow home or repair on the way.. Think of paying $1500 and then a $400 tow bill or shop bill because something happened, unless you're trailing it home.. I paid $900 for the 92 Chevy, $125 for the 92 GMC and $300 for the 92 S10.. Good deals come around, if this one doesn't work out, you'll find another great deal soon..