Used 1997 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab

1997 GMC Sierra 1500
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1997 GMC Sierra 1500


  • Optional Vortec 5700 V-8, classic styling, passenger airbag, optional third door.


  • Aging design, interior styling, poorly placed dashboard cupholders, uncomfortable seats

Used 1997 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab for Sale

GMC Sierra 1500 1997
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Used 1997
GMC Sierra 1500
Dulles Kia
6.5 mi away
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vehicle overview

GM has figured out a way to steal some thunder from the Dodge Ram and the new Ford F-Series. Their entire line of truck engines was refined last year, infused with notable horsepower and torque increases. For good measure, engineers made the rear portion of the extended cab model more accessible via a trick panel that opens wide from the passenger's side to make loading cargo or people much easier.

Every Sierra gasoline engine, from the base V-6 to the king-of-the-hill V-8, benefit from Vortec technology which provide healthy power and torque ratings. For example, the standard 4300 V-6 makes an ample 200 horsepower, and the optional 5700 V-8 is a much more satisfying powerplant than Ford's new overhead cam designs. Also available are regular- and heavy-duty turbodiesels sporting 6.5 liters of displacement. All Sierras have four-wheel anti-lock braking.

The side access panel makes the extended cab model a true family vehicle. Loading cargo into the rear of the cab is much easier too. To qualify for the side access panel, you must order a 1500 extended cab shortbed equipped with SLE or SLT trim and a Vortec 5000 or Vortec 5700 engine mated to an automatic transmission. In contrast, Ford provides a third door standard on all extended cab models, making life much easier.

Other comforts aren't forgotten, either. Automakers are constantly trying to make their trucks more car-like, so GM has made rear seat heating ducts standard on the Sierra. Shoulder belts are height adjustable to fit a variety of physiques, and upholstery choices include leather. Heck, you'd hardly know this was a truck, especially with the passenger car tires that give some versions of the Sierra a nicer ride and quieter interior.

Improvements for 1997 include a new passenger airbag on models under 8,600 lbs. GVWR, and the airbag can be deactivated for those times when a rear-facing child safety seat is installed. Speed-sensitive steering that boosts power assist at low speeds to make parking easier has been added. On the open road, this system firms up the steering for improved road feel. All K1500 Sierras get a tighter turning radius this year for better maneuverability, and the automatic transmission shifts more smoothly this year thanks to revised hardware.

Although Chevrolet's own C/K Series garners the greatest amount of publicity, GMC's equivalents are pretty strong sellers themselves, approaching 190,000 units each year. Sierras, in fact, account for close to half of GMC output. Americans continue to clamor for burly pickups, whether for their macho image or for real work. Whether you choose a light-duty two-wheel-drive (C1500) or the massive four-wheel-drive K3500 Club Coupe, on a 155.5-inch wheelbase, GMC gives both Chevrolet and its Ford/Dodge rivals a run for their money.

1997 Highlights

A passenger airbag is added to models with a GVWR under 8,600 pounds, and all models get speed-sensitive steering that reduces low-speed effort. K1500 models have a tighter turning radius for better maneuverability. Automatic transmissions are refined to provide smoother shifts and improved efficiency. Three new paint colors debut.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 GMC Sierra 1500.

Love it
james dietsch,07/12/2006
I have had a lot of fun in my truck. The only real trouble was me beating on it and pushing it to the limits off roading. Otherwise can't complain!
Best Truck On the Road
Bought truck 10 years ago, with 12,000 miles on it. Fuel pump at 100,000 another at 200,000. Wiper problem was a solder-fix. New starter, alternator. Truck runs like a champ, lots of power, has 210,000 on 350 vortec and I'm leaving for a 1000 mile trip next week. A comfortable ride, killer music system (after-market), tinted windows. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
my 1st new vehicle ever
I bought this truck in 97 new off the lot. I replaced the tranmission twice, water pump, radiator, wiper motor, power steering pump twice, and the AC went out at 155000 miles. I loved this truck and would love to keep and fix it up. It has 223,000 on the small v-8 motor but needed a better mileage with fuel @ $3.50 a gallon. Everyone who rode with me thought it was such a nice truck. My lil kids love to ride with me and the fact that I could turn off the airbags, made them extremely happy.
third gm truck
this is my third gm truck and i have yet to be disappointed. first truck was an 87 chevy that i drove until i hit a deer and ditch and the frame warped. second finally gave in when the truck was loaned to a friend (at the time) and they blew the engine.... (friends dont beat friends' vehicles...) this 97 gmc has 220k on it and still running great yeah some maintenance is required but that comes with all vehicles. who needs a jap vehicle. id like to see how many honda's can pull a stump out of the ground then go on a comfortable 3 hour trip back home
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Features & Specs

15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
200 hp @ 4400 rpm
14 city / 19 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
200 hp @ 4400 rpm
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
200 hp @ 4400 rpm
14 city / 19 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
200 hp @ 4400 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 1997 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab Overview

The Used 1997 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab is offered in the following styles: C1500 SLE 2dr Extended Cab SB, C1500 SLT 2dr Extended Cab LB, C1500 SLE 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB, C1500 SLE 2dr Extended Cab LB, K1500 SL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB, K1500 SL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB, K1500 SL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB, C1500 SL 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB, K1500 SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB, C1500 SLT 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB, K1500 SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB, K1500 SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB, C1500 SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB, K1500 SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB, K1500 SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB, K1500 SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB, C1500 SL 2dr Extended Cab SB, and C1500 SL 2dr Extended Cab LB.

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