by billybob big rigger on Oct 1, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series K3500 Silverado 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB
I own a K3500 crew cab with a 454 big block. It has all the power I will ever need. It rides like a one ton, but if you want ride, buy a car. It will fit all your gear, and or family. It pulls like a mule. 4x4 is decent, but the auto hubs could have used a little better engineering. All in all, it is the best thing I have ever bought.
by Louie on May 28, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series K3500 Silverado 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB
I bought my used with 98K miles. After getting new motor, radiator, fuel pump, starter, brakes, heater coil and motor, brake line, rebuilt front end, before it turned 123K over 10k dollars in work and parts. To top that off I was getting 8 to 10 mpg with the 454. I finally couldn't take it anymore and traded for a Dodge diesel. It broke my heart cause I'm a Chevy man at heart. I love my Dodge,but I still may get another Chevy some day. I just think I really got a lemon with this truck and my other Chevy 1999 wasn't this back. Also Chevy really drop the ball when they stopped making the Camaro. That comblined with this truck turned me to Dodge.
by Mike Wise on Apr 29, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series K3500 Silverado 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB
I have the 6.5 Turbo Diesel motor
which I absolutely love...when it
runs! I can't stand it when it
doesn't run or is having mechanical
problems, which seems to be most of
the time anymore. I've had
overheating problems when I'm towing
in the summer, fuel injection pump has
been replaced ($1500), also had to
replace lift pump, oil pressure switch
3 times, and pmd module twice. But,
once you get her running right it's
hard to beat it's performance and mpg!
On trucks under 8,600 pounds GVWR, 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. K1500s get a tighter turning radius, and three new colors debut. The third door option will be more widely available.