2000 GMC Sierra Classic 2500 Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Rugged platform, powerful V8 engine options, traditional truck styling.
  • Aging design, interior plastic not in keeping with GMC's premium truck brand image.

Work trucks don't need to be pretty. Just because the redesigned half-ton Sierra is already on the market, don't overlook these tried-and-true heavy-duty haulers.

Vehicle overview

The GMC Sierra became the "Sierra Classic" to distinguish the old C/K-derived version from the all-new Silverado-based Sierra that arrived in showrooms for 1999. To help bolster stocks of work-oriented pickups until heavy-duty derivatives of the new Sierra can be built, this previous-generation model continues to be offered, albeit now only in 2500 or 3500 series form. In other words, if you want a traditional half-ton pickup, you've got to buy the new Sierra.

Like last year, changes are limited to some mechanical upgrades and a new exterior paint color, Emerald Green. After the all-new Sierra hit the showrooms, it made no sense for further revisions to this stopgap version whose days were numbered. So why bother even considering a brand-new copy of the old model? Simple: It's all a matter of availability, and cost. Available as a regular cab, extended cab, four-door crew cab and even as a bare-bones chassis cab in either two- or four-wheel drive, these trucks are both plentiful and competitively priced. Besides, some truck traditionalists actually prefer the Classic's squared-off look over the new Sierra's sculpted lines. Despite the aging design of the Sierra Classic's underpinnings, both of its gasoline engines benefit from the very latest Vortec GM technology, which means healthy power and torque ratings. The standard 5700 Vortec V8 makes 255 horsepower, and is a much more satisfying power plant underfoot than Ford's overhead-cam truck engines. For even more power you can opt for the 7400 V8 with 290 horses and some 410 pound-feet of torque. If you need true stump-pulling muscle, there's also a 6.5-liter turbodiesel, which cranks out a whopping 430 pound-feet of torque when mated to an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. A rugged five-speed manual is also available.

Just because these are previous-design vehicles, creature comforts aren't totally forgotten. The Sierra Classic was part of the 1990s truck revolution that saw manufacturers strive to make their trucks more carlike. Consequently, seats in the Classic are sturdy and comfortable, shoulder belts are height-adjustable to fit a variety of physiques, and upholstery choices include leather.

Power speaks volumes in the truck market, and having competitive horsepower numbers goes a long way toward selling the consumer on these older designs. The burly workhorse nature of these pickups gives both Chevrolet and GMC's Ford/Dodge rivals a ''Classic'' run for their money.

2000 Highlights

GM has refined the Sierra Classic lineup, dropping all 1500 Series (half-ton) trucks in favor of workhorse 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton) Series models. The only other news is the addition of a new paint color, as this old truck platform (based on the previous-generation C/K pickup) soldiers on for a final year.

Consumer reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
It's a classic..
msteele-forducks,06/28/2004
K2500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB
I bought this truck to keep,it already had a ton of miles on it.It had the 5.7 powerplant which was nice(I got a backup starter for 39.99)Parts for the truck are very inexpensive to say the least.I'm now pushing 180,000 miles on it and it does everything I want it to do.I've made a few modifications to the engine and I'm getting 14cty,18Hwy.I hope to get 500,000 miles out of this thing.By the way the tranny is still original and the engine doesn't use a drop of oil as of today.The room is fantastic when hittin the marsh with my friends for a day of wingshooting.I like to be able to work on something if it needs it and I can do that with this truck.
4.38 out of 5 stars
Daily Driver
Grant,01/12/2007
K2500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB
Bought this truck to replace a '97 Chevy 1500 extended cab. Family was getting older and it made sense to get evry body their own door. Full size rear seat. Tons of room between back of front seat and front of back seat. I checked a bunch of crew cab trucks and this one really had a full sized back seat with lots of knee room. We take the boys with the local scout troop on outings sometimes and the boys refer to it as "the boat" . you can sit in the back and marvel at how far away the front seat is. A 6 footer can sit in back and cross their legs! A 30 ft travel trailer, 2 bikes, 2 kayaks and a sunfish sailboat and there's still room for more.
4.25 out of 5 stars
Construction use of GMC SIERRA
campo,10/19/2002
K2500 HD SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
I have driven 119000 km construction usage. Only major problem: Clunking transmission. Cost 2000 to fix. GM paid half. Repair was done at about 70000km, just beyond warranty. OK since. If you notice any tranny clunk, insist dealer fix under warranty. Don't wait around like I did. 6 litre engine is flawless. Front end has never been touched-still tracks straight. I just did front brakes for the first time. The old pads were fine, but I rplaced them anyway. My 95 GMC needed front brakes every 40000 km, my '90 Suburban-every 25000km. I will buy GMC again.
3.63 out of 5 stars
GMC 2500
Aurelio Munoz Jr.,09/05/2006
K2500 HD SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
I like every thing about this truck except that the gas guage has never worked properly.The transmision temperture guage also does not work. I took it in to the dealership for repairs and they told me they had to replace the instrument cluster and they did not guarantee that it would solve the problem. A co-worker had the same problem with his. I expect better reliability then this from a 2000 year model.

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Used 2000 GMC Sierra Classic 2500 Overview

The Used 2000 GMC Sierra Classic 2500 is offered in the following submodels: Sierra Classic 2500 Crew Cab, Sierra Classic 2500 Regular Cab, Sierra Classic 2500 Extended Cab. Available styles include HD SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SLE 2dr Extended Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SL 2dr Extended Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SLT 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SL 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SL 4dr Crew Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), SLE 4dr Crew Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), C2500 SLT HD 2dr Extended Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), and HD SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M). Pre-owned GMC Sierra Classic 2500 models are available with a 5.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 255 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2000 GMC Sierra Classic 2500 comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

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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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