The 1999 Chevrolet C3500 is in its last year before the automaker consolidated all of its truck models in the Silverado line. Already, one of the three trim levels has been eliminated. The Silverado will be phased in with light duty models first, which makes the C3500’s heavier models stick around for a little longer. A substantial downside is the technology used is a decade old, and Chevrolet plans to eliminate some of it. On the bright side, GM started adding a lot of new mechanical features. Expect more changes next year as Chevrolet gets ready to upgrade its pickup truck fleet.
The 1999 Chevrolet C3500 was brought out early for the model year so it could sell quickly. The company did that in order to clear out production lines so it could change over to the Silverado. This means that numbers of both pickups on the market might be limited for a short period. It also means that trim levels, colors, and options for this truck are limited. Some buyers may not be able to find what they want until Silverado comes out. Some of the limitations include fewer engine and transmission choices than are normally available from Chevrolet.
Body: pickup trucks
Engines: 7.4-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevy C3500, Chevy C3500 LS
Since the 1999 Chevrolet C3500 is being discontinued, few improvements and new additions are sparse. New additions include an internal components, a more durable starter motor, and a cooling system.
The 1999 Chevrolet C3500's exterior is basically the same for 1999 with a few new colors that are offered. Most of the upgrades have been mechanical, and some minor upgrades have been made to the exterior trim as well. A camper towing package and a wide variety of other options are available.
The 1999 Chevrolet C3500 pushes its luxurious interior, especially with the LS trim packages. The buyer should expect such options as leather seats, a split-bench front seat, privacy glass, and OnStar assistance.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Chevrolet C3500 gets an engine power that's the best feature. When it is properly outfitted, it can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Its standard 5.7-liter V-8 engine delivers 225 horsepower at 4600 RPM that translates to 330 ft-lb at 2800 RPM of torque. The base model can tow up to 7500 pounds, while the 7.4-liter V-8 engine or the diesel can reach up to the 10,000-pound towing range. Special long life engine components that are supposed to last for 100,000 miles are also available. Handling is not as awarding as some of the Ford and Dodge trucks particularly with features such as cruise control and traction control, which are optional..
The 1999 Chevrolet C3500 tries to improve truck safety with options such as console airbags. Side-curtain airbags are not available for this truck, and safety ratings have yet to be conducted.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet C3500: N/A
- Large amount of power
- Choice of engines
- Lots of room in the bed
- Towing capacity
- Standard four-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Lack of choice in transmissions
- Lack of common options and features including two-wheel drive
- No traction control
- Optional cruise control
- Outdated technology
- Boxy look
An old-fashioned truck with many classic features.
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