Used 1996 GMC Sierra 1500 Pricing

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1996 Highlights

A new series of engines is introduced, providing more power and torque than last year's offerings. Called Vortec, this family of engines includes a 4.3-liter V6 (the only six-cylinder of the bunch) capable of 200 hp @ 4,400 rpm and 255 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm; a 5.0-liter V8, producing 220 hp @ 4,600 rpm and 285 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm; and a 5.7-liter V8, rated at 250 hp @ 4,600 rpm and 335 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm. (There is also a 7.4-liter Vortec V8, but it's only available on the heavier duty C/K 3500 trucks.) All of these figures represent increases in output when compared to their respective 1995 predecessors. An optional electronic shift transfer case for the K1500 (i.e. 4WD; C= 2WD; K= 4WD) rounds out the list of the most significant powertrain updates for this year.

Other noteworthy updates include the introduction of an optional passenger-side third door, called the "Easy-Access System," in GM vernacular. This feature is only available on the extended cab body styles.

Improved comfort and convenience comes in the way of such new features as illuminated entry, 12-volt power outlets, an electrochromic inside rearview mirror and height-adjustable D-rings for the shoulder section of the front three-point safety belts, among others. Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) are part the list of new exterior features.

A new level of sophistication in exhaust emissions monitoring is found with the addition of OBD II, the second generation of On-Board Diagnostics.

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Features & Specs

K1500 SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD Stepside SBC1500 SL 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SBC1500 Special 2dr Regular Cab SB
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower160 hp @ 4000 rpm160 hp @ 4000 rpm160 hp @ 4000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
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  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

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  • Rollover

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    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
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IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
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  • Roof Strength Test
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
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  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

5 year review
I thought this would be a great truck for many years, but recent problems now occur. I have replaced the radiator, A/c condensor, heater core and now transmission in the past year, and this takes my reliability score down. Its a nice drive, just problems with integrity.
Excellent Truck
Excellent truck. Flaws include: Intake manifold gasket started leaking around 60K, 1 oxygen sensor around 45K, U- joints around 65K, windshield wiper module. All relatively inexpensive items to fix. Front brake pads lasted 80K (all city miles - they will last if you don't drive like a maniac). 16mpg in city, almost 20 mpg on highway (5.0 V8).
great truck
I have only had this truck for a year but i can tell you straight out that it is one of the best trucks i have ever owned very fun to driv
Used 1996 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

Pre-owned GMC Sierra 1500 models are available with a 4.3 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 160 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1996 GMC Sierra 1500 comes with four wheel drive, rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

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