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Old 08-24-2008, 11:06:58 PM   #1
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Question 1993 Chevy SS454 Pickup Truck

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Has anyone ever owned a 1990-1993 Chevy SS 454 pickup? I know 1993 was the last year and by 1993 Chevy added an overdrive transmission, 4.10 gears and throttle body fuel injection to improve fuel economy.

I talked to the owner and it sounds like a nice truck. He uses the truck to pull his drag race car to and from the track. He said this truck is a 1993.

Any thoughts about these trucks and the truck's price.

http://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/811225722.html
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:25:28 PM   #2
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If that truck is as clean as it appears...it should be stongly considered...IMO

Those are classics and they aren't made anymore.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:50:53 PM   #3
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Kik,

I like the truck! The owner is going to make some photos of the interior, bed and engine and email them to me.

I am concerned about the high miles and the low fuel economy. It has 147,000.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:51:16 PM   #4
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if I were you and had the cash it would be mine, thats a good price if its really that clean looking in person
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:52:31 PM   #5
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Woops, it has 158,000 not 147,000.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:53:35 PM   #6
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if I had the cash it would be mine, thats a good price if its really that clean looking in person

Hopefully the additional photos will help me determine if the truck is really as nice as it appears in the photos posted in the ad.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:57:26 PM   #7
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Miles really don't mean much...just look at actual condition...the engine can be rebuilt cheap compared to rust and other important items...
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:27:07 AM   #8
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i'm not paying $8500 for a 158k mile 15 year old GM truck just because it's a half ton with a big block.

you can buy a short bed late model with less miles and a 5.3 and get 2x the mileage and be faster.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:34:54 AM   #9
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there was a stock one at the test and tune last night. it was running low 17's or high 16s, depending on how the driver took off. Still a pretty cool truck. jim
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:17:45 AM   #10
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I am concerned about the high miles and the low fuel economy.

Then a big block pickup isn't something you should be considering, imo. The 454's eat gas regardless of having overdrive or not, especially with a 4.10 gear. The 454 SS had a TBI 454 from the first year through the last of its production run. They made 230 HP in the first year or so, eventually went to 250 HP. They are neat trucks but generally over-priced used and under-powered (by big block standards).
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Then a big block pickup isn't something you should be considering, imo. The 454's eat gas regardless of having overdrive or not, especially with a 4.10 gear. The 454 SS had a TBI 454 from the first year through the last of its production run. They made 230 HP in the first year or so, eventually went to 250 HP. They are neat trucks but generally over-priced used and under-powered (by big block standards).


Agreed. Just because there are not many of them around doesn't necessarily make the value skyrocket. They are neat trucks but there is a very limited market for them.
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you can buy a short bed late model with less miles and a 5.3 and get 2x the mileage and be faster.

But the 5.3 isn't going to tow a trailer like a big block will.

Depends on what you're going to use the truck for. Weekends and towing, cool...but for a daily driver, I'd pass. Trust me, I have a BB (8.1 L) Suburban that's my DD, I average 10-11 combo.
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I don't think those trucks were much faster than the 350 trucks of that era. My 94 350 has 210 hp. I can't recall the torque difference, but the 454 definitely has more torque. The big block would be much better for towing. The SS454 is a cool truck and may be collectable down the road.

If you want mileage, I'd consider a newer 5.3 or a 350. My 94 is a 4x4 with 3.42 gears. EPA highway mileage estimate was 16 mpg. That's about accurate. The 4x2 trucks were rated 1 or 2 mpg better. My wife's 02 Yukon with the 5.3 will typically get 16 - 20 mpg on the highway. It varies a lot for some reason.

The Chevy trucks of that era were generally well built, quality trucks. I really like mine! The miles wouldn't scare me if it's been maintained. One thing to check is the frame. These trucks tended to have some frame rust problems.
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:44:20 PM   #14
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I'd love to have one as a hot rod and that is it. I would love to dump my 04 Silverado and get a commuter car and have that as my truck/hot rod. Other than that the truck would never be a daily driver. It is clean though. How is the interior. I'd consider trading my 79 for it.
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It has been raining a lot today and it is also predicted to rain tomorrow. Maybe the owner will be able to make some interior photos Wednesday and email them to me.
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