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Old 06-25-2014, 12:51 PM   #11
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It looks like $2500 is about the going/expected price for these in your area.

Since the 1990 model listing says the transmission is slipping, posted price is $1500, and he says he is willing to deal - I'd show up to look at it with $1200 in my pocket. Look it over really good and maybe have an appointment to have a shop take a quick look at it (especially to give a transmission fix estimate).

If the inspection goes in your favor, then when you get back to the seller, report all of the bad news to him (every bad, minor detail - no tach, bendy speedometer needle, AC isn't cold, belts need replacing, etc.) and offer him $1000 for you doing all those repairs. If you want it, you can always work all the way up to the full $1200 that you brought.

All of the others look good, too. The 4x4 looks really nice, but it is also the most expensive ...and I've never had the pleasure of owning a 4x4.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:54 PM   #12
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I am gonna say that putting that much into an old truck like these just isn't money wisely spent unless you just have it to throw away.

These little trucks are great, last a long time and are tough but they are terribly fuel inefficient, small and uncomfortable, underpowered for towing and are generally just good for basic transportation.

$2000 goes a long way towards something much newer.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:14 PM   #13
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Well I have a 2003 Silverado z71 that I use to pull with and take the girl out to eat and all that jazz. This will simply be for driving to work and just doing work out of. That's the only reason I had my other one. Plus, anything is better than 14 mpg when you drive 300 miles a week...

JP- I have already called a local shop and they quoted right at a grand to do the transmission if I pull it and bring it to them. So at the end of the day if I can get it for $1000, I will have $2000 in it, which I can deal with. The only thing that I am not crazy about is the KA with 190k on it, is this something that I should be worried about?
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:23 PM   #14
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with 190k you shouldn't be real worried about much do a timing chain on it (400-500) and basic tune up stuff and go for another 190k with regular up keep.
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I think the Z and the KA have the same bottom end. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

The basic engine, if kept up with oil changes and such, seems to last around 400k miles.

I would not worry about 190k either. Finding a lower mileage one would be nice, but that doesn't mean it won't have problems.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:15 PM   #16
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Alright well that's what I needed to know I guess. He just told me his bottom dollar on the truck with a bad trans is $1250.. I still may shoot for a thousand. I can do a timing set and change plugs, filters, gaskets, whatever needs to be done.
Anyone know how the automatics hold up vs the 5 speed? I never had any trouble with my 5 speed, I am just curious.
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My ka lasted 499'961kms (310'661.3miles) and all that went was a rod bearing, aside from a couple timing chain guide crumbs in the oil pan there was no other damage, NONE!
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Does it have a lot of rust in it?
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