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1999 Chevrolet C1500

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1999 Chevrolet C1500 Review

Not a bad choice when it comes to a full-size pickup truck.

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The fourth generation of Chevrolet’s popular C/K line of full-size pickup trucks dates back to 1988 and has consistently been one of the automaker’s top-selling models for more than a decade. However, with the introduction of the new Chevrolet Silverado, Chevy is set to phase out the C/K line. Thus, 1999 is the final model year for the C1500. The C model of the 1500 designates the two-wheel-drive version, while the K model is four-wheel drive.

The 1999 C1500 is available as an SUV or a full-size pickup truck. Pickup truck models are available in regular or extended cab versions. In terms of looks, the new models are basically indistinguishable from its predecessors. The only real changes to speak of for the 1999 Chevrolet C1500 are the introduction of three new exterior color choices. This is largely due to the fact that the new Chevy Silverado was due to be unveiled within a few months of the 1999 C1500’s release.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet C1500 LS

What's New

The current and final generation of Chevrolet’s C/K line of pickups has been around since the late 1980s. For 1999, the line was given only minor revisions, consisting mainly of the introduction of some new exterior color choices. The lack of changes introduced to the model is mainly due to the impending release of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado.


The 1999 Chevrolet C1500 is a big, square-jawed, masculine-looking full-size truck. Standard exterior features for the model include front chrome bumpers with chrome inserts, available front chrome bumpers with two front tow hooks, rear step bumpers, black bodyside moldings, and chrome body side inserts.


Switchgear, gauges, and controls are intelligently laid out inside the 1999 Chevrolet C1500. Unfortunately, many of the interior plastics utilized are of poor quality. However, on the plus side, cabin space is abundant, especially on extended cab versions. The extended cab version also features a standard third door that makes it easier to enter and exit via the rear. The rear seat in the extended area is also fairly spacious. Chevrolet also made it easier to enter and exit the back seat by mounting the front seatbelts to the seats themselves. Standard seating capacity for the 1999 C1500 ranges from three to six, depending on the model and cab configuration. Standard seating consists of a 60/40-split bench with the available option for bucket seats. Rear seating consists of a full bench.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 C1500 is fairly easy to drive for such a large vehicle. It employs a recirculating ball steering system, front disc brakes, venter rear drum brakes, and a front anti-roll bar. The LS cab is powered by a five-liter V-8 engine that is rated at 230 horsepower.


Standard safety features for the 1999 Chevrolet C1500 LS include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, an ignition immobilizer, as well as driver and passenger front airbags. The vehicle’s stability is enhanced by a wider rear track. Only the higher trim LS models also feature four-wheel ABS and anti-theft systems. The base model is equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet C1500 Pickup: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious comfortable cab
  • Powerful V-8 engine
  • Classic pickup truck styling

You Won't Like

  • Interior low-grade plastic materials
  • Outshined by the Chevy Silverado

Sum Up

Not a bad choice when it comes to a full-size pickup truck.

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