With all the vehicle problems that I've been having lately, this one kind of landed in my lap and was a bit of a blessing. While getting a ride home from the dealership from a good friend I was in the military with, telling him about all the breakdowns I've had lately, he said he would sell me this truck he inherited from his dad. I told him I couldn't afford it as they're still selling for around $8,000 in my area even with high miles, but he said he'd let me have it for $4,000. So off to the bank I went to dip into savings I went and brought her home the next day.
2005 Silverado Z71 with the 5.3/4L60E combo. Boy this thing is freaking loaded too, Bose stereo with 6 disc changer, DVD player in the back, leather heated seats, power folding mirrors. I've never had something all loaded with options like this. She runs great and has plenty of power too. No major issues at all.
It has 218,000 miles and has had the rear end rebuilt, the transfer case rebuilt, and new wheel bearings/hubs installed. New brakes and new Michelin tires. Since I bought it I've sent the gauge panel off for repair and new green LEDs installed and they added a transmission temp gauge ( got it from gmgaugerepair.com
and highly recommend their service), replaced all the hardware for the tailgate, installed a tailgate handle lock and put a new tonneau cover locking handle on, and installed a new fuel evap vent valve solenoid. I have a new oxygen sensor and oil pressure sensor to install as well, but couldn't get my fat hands & arms on them today, so I've got a friend that is going to install them for me when we get back from TX. I also put a new tailgate cap on today.
Not happy with the new tailgate hardware at all. At first I bought a complete tailgate repair kit with all new hardware for the tailgate as it was being held up with bungee cords. The cups that mount to the bottom of the tailgate were not even close to lining up to the bolt holes. I tried tweaking them in the vise, but that made the gate sit too low in the end, so I ordered a new kit of cups and mounts and that worked better. The tailgate cap also doesn't sit as low on the tailgate as the original, so you can see where the old one rubbed a line in the paint, and the bottom line of the new one is wavy as can be.
I also ordered a set of new mirrors since the passenger side was busted up and had a stick on lens, but the new set has a wobbly driver side, so I'll be installing a replacement again tomorrow. Mia had fun helping me install the new set. It would sure be nice if these freaking Chinese companies would make decent parts for a change, the quality is the absolute worst. New headlights and tail lights are on the to-buy soon list, hope they're decent quality.
No big fancy custom plans for it, but I would like to airbrush something neat on the tailgate at some point. Maybe a different set of OEM rims or something. For now, I'm just enjoying driving a vehicle that doesn't need any major work for a change. Other plans are new rocker panels eventually and possibly a different style tonneau cover. I'm not a fan of the fiberglass tonneau covers, and this one is not a really nice one anyway.