Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sikZ28, Jan 15, 2005.
this might be a stupid question, but is 1982 a good year for K5's?
yea they are good, they have the 2nd generation body style which I like.
Great year , first year for overdrive .........it just needs rebuilt with later updates , last year for two wheel drives . Actually all years are good
Well, there are really no bad years but If I was looking for another K5 the years I WOULD avoid would be an '80, '82, '83, '84. I hate the hybrid looking 70's clip and 80's grille on the '80 and the '82's were the first years with the Th700R4 OD tranny. It was a total piece for the first couple years. The trannies finally got a small upgrade in late '84 making an '85 where I would begin. But for me the '89-91's would be my only choice if I could do it over again.
It's a completely different story if you are in California. Avoid any '85's and '86's like they are the plague, computer controlled quadrajet and ignition with enough black "spaghetti" that you have to dig to look at the motor. Don't ask how I know.
Get an 87+ in my opinion or get the oldest one you can find. 87+ is fuel injected. Other then that I would look for older ones because they have less emissions crap and are easier to work on.
I love my 90!
89. You get TBI, and they finally had most of the 700R4's kinks worked out. They also went to 30 (or 31?) spline axles shafts then too. I love my 89.
imho they are real good. Had an 81 and i miss that. Like has been previously said, I also like the non computerized ones. So I will have to go with best before 85
I would go 77 or older (no cats on '77) or 87 and newer (TBI). In between there GM kinda bent over and took it from the EPA.
My favorite years are 1978(but I am Biased),1970(Again Biased),And late 80's-91 FI models!Oh yeah my 78' is an original Arizona Truck w/o any emissions crap(no cats,no egr,ect,).It is my understanding that in 78' 4x4 models were emissions exempt.I previously owned a 1976 2wd Chevy scottsdale 350/t-350 Smog Mobile!I love workin' on my 78' as it is virtually the same engine that was in th 73' Nova ss I once owned!Yee-Haw!!
78 is the cut off for no cat in AZ. I think 80 was the last year for no smog too.
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