While some folks only see cars and trucks as tools for transportation, the enthusiasts among us can’t help but form a bond with our vehicles. And why not – after years of service and hundreds of thousands of miles, it’s hard not to consider a car or truck more than just a machine. Troy Case from Brea, California can attest to this. You see, Case owns this 1999 Chevy Silverado C3500, which is still running strong after an impressive 600,000 miles.
Before we launch into this, it is worth clarifying a few things. This particular vehicle is a fourth-generation Chevrolet C/K pickup, and was sold for the 1999 model year, a transitionary period during which General Motors introduced the GMT800 generation and singular Chevy Silverado nameplate, the latter of which is still in use today. However, during this time, GM continued to sell units of the fourth-gen C/K until its discontinuation following the 2000 model year, and although the truck featured here is technically a 1999 Chevy C3500, we’ll call it a Chevy Silverado for the sake of simplicity.
With that covered, let’s talk about the story behind this high-mile pickup. Case originally bought it for work, needing something that could go anywhere and everywhere, and do anything and everything.
“I’m a photographer for the LA Country Fire Department and go up on the fire roads,” Case explains.
With enough space inside to hold five passengers and an eight-foot bed in back to haul everything else, the Chevy Silverado was the perfect choice. Frequently used off-road, the pickup is powered by a 5.7L V8 engine, which connects to a 4L80 E transmission feeding the rear wheels.
Case also upgraded his Chevy Silverado with a two-inch lift, with new front spindles and rear blocks. The truck now runs a set of newer Chevy wheels finished in black, plus heavy limo tint for the glass. Further modifications include a black-painted front grille insert, and deleted chrome moldings. The gorgeous paint is called Indigo Blue.
Overall, this Chevy Silverado looks great, especially for a daily driver that lives outdoors and has covered 600,000 miles.
Despite the high mileage, Case’s pickup is still running strong. Even the A/C continues to blow cold in the hot Southern California summers.
“The brake pads only last about 15,000 to 18,000 miles, but everything else is great,” Case tells us. He adds that he does all his own maintenance, unless special tools are needed, at which point he brings it to a local shop.
Unsurprisingly, Case has owned several other GM vehicles in the past, including a 1993 C2500 with an extended cab and eight-foot bed. His first car was a 1971 Chevy Camaro SS.
At this point, Case has no plans to sell his Chevy Silverado.
“If I get a new truck, I plan to keep this as it runs great and no problems, and I can’t sell it for what it’s worth to me,” Case tells GM Authority. “Not many people have this much mileage on a vehicle and still drive it daily.”
Here’s to another 600,000 miles.
UPDATE (3/18/2021): Troy Case has provided us with more information on the originality of his pickup. According to Case, the truck had a random misfire at 408,000 miles and would not pass smog. The issue turned out to be the valve guides. Rather than put on new heads or do a valve job for an engine with 408,000 miles on it, Case elected to instead install a new GM crate motor long block. Case also replaced the transmission at 79,000 miles after a misdiagnosed noise (turned out it was actually the rear end, not the transmission). The transmission now has 524,000 miles on it.