General Motors' best-selling vehicles, as truck loyalists know full well, are the full-size pickups: half-, 3/4, and one-tonners with a reputation as reliable workhorses. Ford's similar-sized F-Series grabs the higher sales totals each year, but faithful Chevrolet buyers are seldom swayed. The pickup that feels right at home to a Chevy fan tends to send prickles up the spine of a Ford fan, and vice versa. Each is likely to declare the other's truck to be harder riding or anemic in acceleration, even if an impartial observer discerns little difference between the two.
This year's big news is the addition of a passenger airbag on all models under 8,600 lbs. GVWR. Those of you carting children in rear-facing safety seats need not worry how you'll load the kiddies into the 1997 C/K. A switch disables the passenger airbag when desirable. Also new this year is Electronic Variable Orifice steering, which reduces low-speed steering effort. Automatic transmissions receive refinements that result in smoother shifts and improved efficiency. The heavy-duty manual transmission offers better shift feel, reduced noise, and quicker response.
Three new paint colors are offered for 1997. The optional third door for extended cab models will be more widely available this year. K1500 models benefit from a tighter turning radius, which should improve off-road maneuvering. An alternative fuel version of the Vortec 5700 V-8 is newly available, but to get it consumers must order a C2500 Regular Cab Longbed equipped with 8,600 lb. GVWR, a 3.73 rear axle ratio, and an automatic transmission.
Four-wheel anti-lock braking is standard fare, and models under 8,600 lbs. GVWR have an airbag installed in the steering wheel hub. Correctly fitted, a C/K pickup can tow as much as 10,000 pounds. Long-life engine components extend service intervals up to 100,000 miles on some items. For luxury-oriented truckers, a C/K can be trimmed in leather when the top Silverado trim package is specified.
When selecting a full-size Chevy truck, you have to face the usual bewildering selection of models, which vary by wheelbase, cargo-bed size, cab design, and Sportside or Fleetside bed styling. Don't stop yet: you also have to choose from five engine sizes (including two diesels), and decide whether you want two- or four-wheel drive. Then, you still have the dizzying single-option list to ponder.
We get tired just thinking about all those possibilities, but they come with the territory when you're heading into big-pickup range. Truck customers don't want the same hauler that everybody else is buying--they want one tailored to their own specific needs. Chevrolet provides these customers with myriad possibilities to create that special, one-of-a-kind truck.
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.
Read what other owners think about the Used 1997 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series.
I have been a GM owner for over twenty
years and this truck will be my last GM
vehicle. To be succinct, I have 58,000
miles and need a new bottem end on my
engine, and my front end needs to be
rebuilt - and this truck has been
pampered! Call me crazy, but I think
that a $40,000 truck should last more
than 58,000 miles. To add insult to
injury, GM will do nothing to help
offset the cost of repairs. Ford, here
4.13 out of 5 stars
Whole lotta truck!
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!
3.63 out of 5 stars
I still love Chevy's but not this one.
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.
3.38 out of 5 stars
Like a rock
billybob big rigger,10/01/2006
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.
The Used 1997 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series is offered in the following submodels: C/K 3500 Series Crew Cab, C/K 3500 Series Regular Cab, C/K 3500 Series Extended Cab. Available styles include Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Silverado 2dr Extended Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Silverado 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Cheyenne 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Silverado 4dr Crew Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Silverado 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Cheyenne 4dr Crew Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Cheyenne 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Cheyenne 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Silverado 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), and Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M).
Pre-owned Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series models are available with a 5.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 255 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 1997 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.
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