Used 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Extended Cab

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Pros

  • Class-leading power, superior towing and hauling capacity, unique transmissions.

Cons

  • Spotty build quality,cheap interior materials.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Chevrolet makes a pretty good pick-'em-up, if powerful engines are your thing. But it has a ways to go to match the Ford F-350 Super Duty when it comes to the quality of the materials and overall craftsmanship.

vehicle overview

Debuting last year with an all-new design, Chevrolet's 3500HD adds a whole new level of power and capability to the Silverado lineup. The fact that it comes only in dual-rear-wheel versions is testament to this truck's purpose as a true workhorse. Despite its rough and tumble image on the outside, the 3500HD still features the spacious and comfortable cabin that makes these trucks so popular.

Gone is the venerable 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) big block in favor of a 496-cubic-inch (8.1-liter) V8 rated at 340 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Even with these impressive numbers, this engine gets 4 percent better mileage than its predecessor and will run on compressed natural gas or liquid propane without special valves or other internal components. A 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel is also available. Rated at 300 horsepower and a whopping 520 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm, this engine bests the numbers of both its Ford and Dodge counterparts in horsepower, acceleration and fuel economy. It's also quieter, easier to work on and requires less maintenance than its competitors' offerings. Chevy's 6.0-liter V8 has also been upgraded to produce 300 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, substantially more than Ford's and Dodge's biggest gasoline V8s.

Two transmissions are offered. Standard equipment for the 8.1-liter and 6.6-liter engines is a ZF six-speed manual with an extra-low first gear for precise low-speed maneuvering and smooth takeoffs. Optional is an Allison five-speed automatic with electronically controlled shift points and driver-selectable dual-mode operation. In tow-haul mode the transmission downshifts automatically while descending a grade to reduce brake usage and reverts to a stabilization mode in varying terrain to reduce gear hunting. All 6.0-liter V8s get either five-speed manuals or four-speed 4L80-E automatics.

Awesome engine power and heavy-duty transmissions translate into unsurpassed trailer towing capacity. The 3500 can tow up to 12,000 pounds. This one-ton Chevrolet heavy-duty pickup beats both Ford and Dodge across the board when it comes to overall weight-carrying capacity.

To cope with heavy loads, all Silverado 3500s include standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and a Hydro-Boost brake proportioning system that provides shorter stops with less effort and quieter operation. Wider wheels provide additional stability and brake cooling in addition to allowing larger heavier-duty tires.

There are three trim levels: base, LS and LT. Base models come standard with a 40/20/40 split bench seat, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, 17-function driver message center and deep tinted glass. Mid-grade LS models add power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, an AM/FM/CD stereo, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Top-of-the-line LTs come with power heated leather seats, the OnStar communications system, a self-dimming rear view mirror with a built in compass and power heated exterior mirrors.

One look at the numbers, and it's obvious that the Silverado 3500 is hard to beat when it comes to heavy-duty trucks. With unmatched power and capacity, the Silverado 3500HD pickup leads its market segment in just about every measurable area. Looks like Ford and Dodge had better check their rearview mirrors, because there's a new sheriff in town and he's pulling a mighty big trailer.

2002 Highlights

After undergoing a full redesign last year, Chevrolet's heavy-duty one-ton truck gets few changes for 2002. Air conditioning is now standard on all trim levels along with extendable sunshade visors and improved base model radios.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Chevey beat's Dodge counterpart
ThomasWilson,02/27/2002
We bought this truck to replace our 2000 Dodge Ram 3500 & there is NO comparison - the Chevy wins hands down! We had desiels on both trucks - the Chevey is much smoother & quieter
2002 3500 SILVERADO
evy,12/09/2002
What an improvement over my '98. This Duramax engine and Allison trans really make a trailer puller, and so nice to drive.
Chevy stuff
nmn.strabel,11/07/2005
After accepting delivery of my expensive 2002 3500 duramax equipped Chevy truck I was very disappointed to discover that my 1 ton dually truck came with the cheapest steel wheels that are made. After only a few thousand kilometers there were rust spots appearing on them. After going as far as I could with GM Canada and getting nowhere, I ended up sanding and repainting myself. Ford & Dodge do not have this problem. A $50,000 truck with 10 cent wheels. The rest of the truck is pretty good.
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Features & Specs

MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
Gas
300 hp @ 4400 rpm
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Used 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Extended Cab Overview

The Used 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Extended Cab is offered in the following styles: 4dr Extended Cab LS 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M), 4dr Extended Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M), 4dr Extended Cab LS 2WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M), 4dr Extended Cab 2WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 5M), 4dr Extended Cab LT 2WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A), and 4dr Extended Cab LT 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 4A).

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Should I lease or buy a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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