1997 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series Extended Cab C2500 Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab SB
I found it this spring in a used private deal and consider myself lucky. It is now about 11 years old with 200,000 km on odometer, with perfect body shape, and pretty good interior. I do not need a 4x4 diesel HD 3/4T (far too expensive to purchase, too large, too tall, higher operating and maintenance costs, etc.), but I do need to be able to pull my 7900# (gross) travel trailer and family safely on the highway. This has a 350 (5.7L) engine, rated to pull a 8000# hitch travel trailer, and has a payload capacity about 2200#, which suits my needs perfect. Too many people overload their 1/2 tons pulling a trailer or buy something far more than they need.
GM comfort and reliability, style, not too high, not too heavy, sufficient interior space and sufficient payload capacity for my trailering needs. GM needs to look at changing some of their new truck lineup to provide replacement vehicles for these strong utility (but not heavy duty) vehicles.
Of course, a 3rd and 4th door on the extended cab, which the new ones all now have, and when you make a decision to own and drive a trailer hauler, you sacrifice fuel cost for your other general use. I am sure that this can be improved in our new age of high fuel costs.
1997 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series Extended Cab K2500 HD Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB
I purchased my PU new and have had few problems. I have had to replace the intake manifold gasket and that is about all. As with any vehicle, owners must pop the hood once in awhile and inspect. I replace the serpentine belt every 20000 and inspect all pulleys. I have alway used synthetic oil in the engine, transmission and rear end. I grease all zerks every 5000 miles. After vehicle was purchase I installed a complete 5000 lb air lift system on it. This is a must if you are going to be hauling or towing large loads. Bottom line is perform routine preventive maintenance unless you enjoy being stranded along the highway.
Build bed with heavier gauge steel. Don't install speakers in doors where they can easily get wet when rolling down the window.
1997 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series Extended Cab K2500 HD Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
I have always been a "Chevy Man", now I
am not so sure. This truck is supposed
to be a HEAVY DUTY TRUCK. Transmission
blew up at 75,000 mi, passenger seat
broke 4 times, windshield wipers broke
once, and leather seats ripped. The
radio lights don't work anymore, and GM
has to send out the radio to AC Delco
for repair, about 2 - 3 weeks. This
truck does not have a third door and
desperatley needs one. Interior design
sucks, no room for passengers in back.
Terrible to get in and out of. Also has
interior rattles/noises. Not too much
room for storage!!! I can go on and on!