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1996 Chevrolet C3500

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1996 Chevrolet C3500 Review

A tank for the driveway.

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The 1996 Chevrolet C3500 series has a heavy hauler with one ton in the bed and a highest towing capacity of nearly 14,000 pounds. The only difference between the C-series and the K-series is that the former offers two-wheel drive, while the latter offers four-wheel drive. The base model Cheyenne and the higher-end Silverado come in a regular cab, crew cab, and extended cab.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab truck, crew cab truck, extended cab truck
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 7.4-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet C3500 Cheyenne, Chevrolet C3500 Silverado

What's New

The 1996 Chevrolet C3500 offers a new series of engines called Vortec. This offers more horsepower and torque across the board. There are also more convenience features, including an illuminated entry, 12-volt power outlets, an electrochromic rearview mirror, height-adjustable seat belt straps up front, and daytime running lamps. There is also an optional passenger-side third door in the extended cab models.


The 1996 Chevrolet C3500 features 16-inch wheels and comes with front and rear chrome bumpers. Optional exterior features include a camper/towing package, a chrome step bumper, a rear step bumper, and a bed liner. The Silverado also comes with a two-tone exterior paint option and a standard chrome step bumper.

The 1996 Chevrolet C3500's dimensions vary depending on body style. The regular cab measures 76.8 inches wide, 70.4 inches high, and 213.1 inches long on a 131.5-inch wheelbase. The crew cab measures 250.1 inches long, and the extended cab is 237.1 inches long.


The 1996 Chevrolet C3500 Cheyenne features a front bench seat, power steering, an AM/FM stereo, three 12-volt power outlets, and tinted glass. The dashboard is well designed with flowing curves and an easy-to-use layout. Optional features include a CD player, cruise control, bucket seats, a front split bench, power door locks, and a manual horizontal sliding rear window. The extended cab has room for three in the back, but it is not the most comfortable ride and best for short trips. The seats fold up and away for additional storage as well as access to the spare tire. The Silverado gets a few additional standard features, including cruise control, a tilt steering wheel with leather-trim, air-conditioning, and power windows and door locks. Additional options on the Silverado include leather seating and keyless entry.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Chevrolet C3500 come with a 5.7-liter V-8, but buyers can upgrade to a 6.5-liter, turbocharged, diesel V-8 or a 7.4-liter V-8. The 5.7-liter engine gets 250 horsepower with 335 lb-ft. of torque. All trucks have an optional four-speed automatic over the five-speed manual. However, the regular cab Cheyenne only comes with a manual. There is a wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar and rear suspension with stabilizer bar and leaf springs. Despite this, the ride can still be quite bumpy, especially when loaded. All trucks, except the regular cab Cheyenne, come with a dually option, increasing the rear wheels from two to four. This gives the truck greater towing capacity and makes for a smoother ride.


The 1996 Chevrolet C3500 comes with power brakes, four-wheel ABS, daytime running lamps, and headrests. There is an optional locking differential for increased traction control. There are no National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings for this truck.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet C3500: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Many different models and options
  • Excellent hauling capacity

You Won't Like

  • Poor gas mileage
  • Bumpy ride

Sum Up

A tank for the driveway.

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