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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base Reg Cab 119.0 WB

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Rear Wheel Drive, Reg Cab 6.5' Fleetside
15 mpg city / 21 mpg hwy
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July 10, 2013, 7:49 am

Aundrea V

Question: Best worst case senario?

Im looking more for estimated cost, the good the bad and the ugly.......
There is white smoke that occasionally comes from the tail pipe(not on cold mornings-were talking 90 degree weather) coolant is leaking into the engine....
I realize my car is almost 10yrs old....but does sucking it up and paying for it to get fixed out weigh the cost and expense of a new car?? I love my car and dont want monthly car payments and insurance to go up...

July 10, 2013, 10:55 pm

Richard W
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I would get the truck check out before I went and did anything. If you are having to add coolant to the engine then I mite say you have a issue. Your mileage is low. If your head gaskets are leaking it would cost around $1500-$2000 to get it fixed.

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July 11, 2013, 3:50 pm

Aundrea V

There was a time where it was leaking coolant, replacing the water pump has since fixed that. The thing that seems to need to be added to frequently now is the oil.....its is not leaking in the sense that there are no puddles under the truck.....maybe its burning it....

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July 12, 2013, 8:45 am

Richard W
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Yes it could be burning it. How many quarts does it burn between oil changes?

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July 18, 2014, 12:02 pm

Aundrea V

2-3qts. I get the oil changed and then about one and a half to two months later, oil and coolant needs to be added. No puddles and no White smoke in a year. Is seems to run well and I figure as long as I keep the fluids full it should be ok, until there is another symptom as to what may be causing the fluids to eveaporate.

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