by sandygoofy on Jul 28, 2002 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series C1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab SB
I have had this truck since 1999 and
have absolutely loved it. It's the
most basic model, but once I installed
a CD player in it, I was happy. For a
truck, it gets great gas mileage (19 in
city). Other than regular maintenance,
I've only had one problem. In 2000, my
steering wheel began slipping. Going
around tight curves, the wheel would
yank down all of a sudden. I never
lost control, but had to take it to 4
repair shops before the problem was
found - a defective steering wheel
position sensor - $180. Now, 2 years
later, it's beginning to do it again.
Other than that, no problems. With
101,000 miles on it, I still love it.
On trucks under 8,600 pounds, the passenger airbag can be deactivated when a rear-facing child safety seat is installed. Low-speed steering effort is reduced this year, and a refined transmission fluid pump results in smoother shifts. An alternative fuel version of the Vortec 5700 is available, but only on a specific model. K1500's get a tighter turning radius, and three new colors debut. The third door option will be more widely available, because it is now a required option on all C/K 1500 short-bed extended cab trucks.