About the Chevrolet C2500
The Chevrolet C2500 (known as the Silverado C2500 since 1999) is a powerful and practical tool for performing the hauling and towing tasks a working day requires, as well as for moving recreational vehicles and boats on vacations.
Available in regular cab, extended cab, or club cab, the Silverado C2500 comfortably seats passengers on long or short trips. Its cargo bed, which was available in short-box, regular-box and long-box styles, can handle the heavy-duty hauling needs of weekend DIYers as well as those of professional construction workers and farmers.
The weight limit for trailering with the Chevrolet C2500 is a 5,000-pound trailer with a 600-pound tongue weight. The Z85 handling/trailering suspension or Z71 off-road suspension and a weight-distributing hitch with sway control are required when hauling more than 5,000 pounds.
The Chevrolet C2500 can also handle fifth-wheel trailers. Fifth-wheel trailering with a Silverado 2500 requires Z85 handling/trailering suspension or Z71 off-road suspension.
The Vortec 6.2-liter V-8 with MAX Trailering Pack is designed to give your truck the power it needs to handle whatever load you’re hauling. Do remember, however, that the weight of additional passengers, optional equipment, and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow.Modern Chevrolet C2500s
The Chevrolet C2500 changed little since 2007, with the exception of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission introduced in 2009.
In addition to cab (regular, extended, or chassis) and box (short, standard, or long) alternatives, the WT and LT packages offer a range of options and amenities to help you get the job done. The WT (or “Work Truck”) and LT models offer a standard Vortec six-liter, 360 horsepower V-8 engine and Hydramatic six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and the Z85 handling/trailering package. A Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V-8 engine is an option for the WT and LT.
Included as standard equipment are chrome bumpers and grille surround, folding exterior mirrors, and the Z85 handling/trailering package. Standard steering is power,recirculating ball. Standard suspension is front independent, torsion bar and rear multi-state with multi-leaf asymmetrical springs. In addition to gasoline, the six-liter V-8 engine can use E85.
Standard with the WT package are climate control, cruise control, Driver Information Center display, dual glove boxes, adjustable-tilt wheel, vinyl 40/20/40 split-bench seat with fold-down center armrest and storage, AM/FM stereo, and 17-inch steel wheels.
Added to the LT package are power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows (with driver’s Express-Down feature), premium cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat with fold-down center armrest and lockable storage, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Seventeen-inch machined-aluminum wheels complete the package.
The Extended Cab and Crew Cabs offer additional trim packages. In addition to the WT and LT packages, the LTZ package is available for the larger cabs. These packages offer flexible-fuel engines, trailering mirrors, stability control, traction control, and side-curtain airbags, as well as upgraded seating, upgraded upholstery, and Bose stereo systems.
The LTZ package offers leather upholstery, a power-sliding rear-cab window, and additional amenities.
Whether you want a rough-and-tumble work truck or a more luxurious ride for cruising around town, the Silverado C2500 offers option packages that can give you the performance, safety, and style you want in a three-quarter–ton, heavy-duty truck.Chevrolet C2500 Evolution
The previous generation of Chevrolet C2500 trucks was known simply by the number 2500. Most trucks from this generation were equipped with a five-liter or 5.7-literV-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard-cab and extended-cab styles as well as various trim packages were available.
The Chevrolet Silverado C2500 was introduced in 1999. Over the next seven years, the C2500’s Duramax 6.6-liter engine received upgrades and the Allison six-speed transmission was introduced. The C2500 line of heavy-duty trucks was redesigned completely in 2001.
There are few differences between the exterior of this generation of C2500 trucks and the 2012 Silverado 2500. In 2011, a new diesel engine with exhaust braking was introduced, as were a stronger frame and suspension components.