1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series Review | Edmunds.com

1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 230 hp @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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  • What's New for 1996

    A new series of engines is introduced, providing more power and torque than last year's offerings. Called Vortec, this family of engines includes a 4.3-liter V6 (the only six-cylinder of the bunch) capable of 200 hp at 4,400 rpm and 255 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm; a 5.0-liter V8, producing 220 hp at 4,600 rpm and 285 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm; and a 5.7-liter V8, rated at 250 hp at 4,600 rpm and 335 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm. (There is also a 7.4-liter Vortec V8, but it's only available on the heavier-duty C/K 3500 trucks.) All of these figures represent increases in output when compared to their respective 1995 predecessors. An optional electronic shift transfer case for the K1500 (i.e. 4WD; C=2WD; K=4WD) rounds out the list of the most significant powertrain updates for the year.

    Other noteworthy updates include the introduction of an optional passenger-side third door, called the "Easy-Access System," in GM vernacular. This feature is only available on the extended cab body styles.

    Improved comfort and convenience comes in the way of such new features as illuminated entry, 12-volt power outlets, an electrochromic inside rearview mirror and height-adjustable D-rings for the shoulder section of the front three-point safety belts, among others. Daytime running lamps (DRLs) are part of the list of new exterior features.

    A new level of sophistication in exhaust emissions monitoring is found with the addition of OBD II, the second generation of On-Board Diagnostics.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



K1500 silverado

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Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series K1500 Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB

Until 115,000 miles the only problem I had with this vehicle is an alternator going bad, and a problem with the push- buttom FWD. Otherwise it has been a great truck. I have had 2010 lbs of sand in the bed of this 1/2 ton (500 lbs)truck, I have towed 17,000 lb city buses up hills from 1/2 way up the hill and from a dead stop, and have frequently towed a 7700 lb boat(23ft.) with it. Bottom line, I cannot complain!




Chevrolet tucks

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Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series K1500 Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB

This is the most recent truck we have purchased and I am happy to say that it will probably live on the ranch as long as I do. Although the long wheel-base makes it a pain to park sometimes, the truck itself has got more pulling power than we know what to do with. The 5.7L Vortec engine was passing diesel trucks and gas vehicles with bigger engines when we had her weighed down with our 20 ft. Horse trailer with built in living quarters. Overall, this has been one of the best purchases we have ever made.




It's a truck

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Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series K1500 Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB

I bought my '96 Silverado in Jan 2000 with approximately 50-60K (can't remember). Previous owner had abused him. Luckily, my warranty captured many of the falacies due to the abuse. To say the least, I love my Silverado. It's all I drive. My other vehicles are the S-80 Volvo and Kia Rio. Like the commercial goes, Chevy trucks are built like a "ROCK." I'll keep this truck until it falls apart. So I'll have another 20 years of marriage.




It's a truck

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Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series K1500 Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB

I bought my '96 Silverado in Jan 2000 with approximately 50-60K (can't remember). Previous owner had abused him. Luckily, my warranty captured many of the falacies due to the abuse. To say the least, I love my Silverado. It's all I drive. My other vehicles are the S-80 Volvo and Kia Rio. Like the commercial goes, Chevy trucks are built like a "ROCK." I'll keep this truck until it falls apart. So I'll have another 20 years of marriage.



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Full 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series Review

What's New for 1996

A new series of engines is introduced, providing more power and torque than last year's offerings. Called Vortec, this family of engines includes a 4.3-liter V6 (the only six-cylinder of the bunch) capable of 200 hp at 4,400 rpm and 255 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm; a 5.0-liter V8, producing 220 hp at 4,600 rpm and 285 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm; and a 5.7-liter V8, rated at 250 hp at 4,600 rpm and 335 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm. (There is also a 7.4-liter Vortec V8, but it's only available on the heavier-duty C/K 3500 trucks.) All of these figures represent increases in output when compared to their respective 1995 predecessors. An optional electronic shift transfer case for the K1500 (i.e. 4WD; C=2WD; K=4WD) rounds out the list of the most significant powertrain updates for the year.

Other noteworthy updates include the introduction of an optional passenger-side third door, called the "Easy-Access System," in GM vernacular. This feature is only available on the extended cab body styles.

Improved comfort and convenience comes in the way of such new features as illuminated entry, 12-volt power outlets, an electrochromic inside rearview mirror and height-adjustable D-rings for the shoulder section of the front three-point safety belts, among others. Daytime running lamps (DRLs) are part of the list of new exterior features.

A new level of sophistication in exhaust emissions monitoring is found with the addition of OBD II, the second generation of On-Board Diagnostics.

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