Sunday, August 17, 2008

1 Million Mile '91 Chevy Silverado For Sale on Ebay

Ebay listing.

Newspaper story.

Over the years, the truck has had 4 radiators, 3 gas tanks, 5 transmissions, 6 water pumps, 6 alternators and 2 power steering pumps — probably $40,000 worth of work including routine maintenance and tires — but the engine is still original.

HT: Sanil Kori

9 Comments:

At 8/17/2008 11:49 AM, Blogger juandos said...

$30k for a used pick up?!?!

Good luck with that...

 
At 8/17/2008 12:08 PM, Anonymous QT said...

But, Juandos, you are buying a piece of history...then, again, perhaps, you have Irish ancestry?

 
At 8/17/2008 12:19 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Well qt, I'm not nostalgic at all but then again I'm half Irish (father's side) and I sometimes wonder what I inherited that is Irish besides the surname?

This bit I just do not understand but I do find it hilarious and wished I had thought of it: "Two Irishmen have set up a business selling dirt to nostalgic Irish Americans who want a handful of "the mother country" on their graves"...

 
At 8/17/2008 7:42 PM, OpenID sethstorm said...

That should be a testament to what regular maintenance and GM quality can do. That is what makes that truck worth $30,000.

It was no "NAFTA knockoff", but a US/UAW built vehicle. If anything, I'd bet that the aftermarket parts(read: made in PRC ones) had a shorter lifetime than the original ones.

 
At 8/17/2008 11:49 PM, Anonymous QT said...

Juandos,

I think you are forgetting your Irish sense of humor? :)

If you can sell someone water, you can sell anything.

 
At 8/18/2008 6:15 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"truck worth $30,000"...

Sorry but you have to be kidding yourself sethstorm if you think a used vehicle is worth $30k...

"It was no "NAFTA knockoff", but a US/UAW built vehicle"...

Hmmm, I hate to inform you but GM had foundries in Monterrey Mexico that cast the tranny cases, the differential cases, axles and the wire looms were manufactured in Nuevo Laredo Mexico (across the Rio Grande from my hometown) under the general description of the maquiladora program...

That program began in earnest back in '78 and Ford followed quickly by GM made use of this resource...

 
At 8/18/2008 9:39 PM, OpenID sethstorm said...


Sorry but you have to be kidding yourself sethstorm if you think a used vehicle is worth $30k...

Perhaps he's using price to find the right buyer. While he wants to sell it, he would rather see it well-maintained. It defies the stereotype that Detroit designs unreliable, short-lived cars. While that is mostly true, that looks to be his selling point that his made it to 1m miles.

I'd think that the maintenance record is what may cut the price(by more than half at least). The body and engine might be original, but that's a lot of non-consumable parts put into that truck. He'll get something a bit over the usual, but I'd think $10000 might be as close as he'd get. Even that would be a stretch.


That program began in earnest back in '78 and Ford followed quickly by GM made use of this resource...

I'm aware of that program, however I was not aware of when it started. I stand corrected.

 
At 8/18/2008 9:49 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> But I'd think $10000 might be as close as he'd get. Even that would be a stretch.

I'd suggest that he probably is hoping that someone at GM will get wind of it and buy it for a high price. Be worth it to them for PR value, esp. if he does a testimonial or two.

 
At 8/20/2008 6:56 PM, Anonymous What the heck said...

Ridiculous, I mean come on, who would seriously buy the thing. I wouldn't give him $3K let alone $30K. It is one thing to go to GM and ask them to buy it, but to put it on Ebay and go for $30K? He thinks too highly of the achievement and that in itself lends to the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Someone posted that he should have started the bidding lower with a reserve, so do I. I do not know why it even bothers me enough that I felt compelled to rant about it here.

 

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