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Chevrolet K1500

The Chevrolet K1500 is Chevrolet’s four-wheel-drive (designated by the letter K), half-ton (designated by 1500) pickup truck. It was Chevrolet’s bestselling vehicle during the years it saw production. Introduced in 1989 as the first Chevrolet truck that wasn’t simply known by a number; the Silverado replaced the model line after the 1998 model year.

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About the Chevrolet K1500

The Chevrolet K1500 is known as a rugged, durable truck for transporting cargo and passengers. The K1500, a four-wheel drive model (the two-wheel drive model is designated as the C1500), has the ability to tow cargo no matter what road conditions lay ahead.

Three cab sizes are available: regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab (in 2500 and 3500 trim levels). The K1500’s four-wheel drive allows the driver to maneuver over rough terrain as well as transport passengers.The truck bed is available as a short box, regular box,or long box, offering sufficient cargo space. It is designed to haul a payload of up to 2040 pounds.

The maximum towing capacity on the Chevrolet K1500 is 5000 pounds. Purchasethe Camper/Towing package to take full advantage of the towing capability the truck provides. To note, it's important to consider the weight of passengers, cargo, and optionally installed equipment to determine how much the truck can safely tow.

Chevrolet K1500Features

After choosing which cab is right for your light-duty truck needs (regular, extended, or crew), and after choosing the box (or pickup bed) you need?short, standard, stepside (not available on the Work Truck), or long?you can select the trim level you want. The 1998 Chevrolet K1500 offers Work Truck, Cheyenne, and top-spec Silverado trim levels.

The Work Truck package offered a standard 4.3-liter, 195-horsepower engine and a five-speed manual transmission, as well as power steering, power brakes, 15-inch wheels, four-wheel ABS, driver and passenger front airbags, a front split vinyl bench seat, intermittent wipers, daytime running lights, and an AM/FM audio system.

Optional engines included a 5.0-liter V-8 or a 5.7-liter V-8. The optional locking differential allowed the driver to easily switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive when road conditions called for it. The optional Camping/Towing package included improvements to the suspension to accommodate towing needs. Other options included power door locks, camper mirrors, a chrome step bumper, alloy or chrome wheels, an AM/FM/Cassette audio system, a four-speed automatic transmission, a sliding rear window, a power driver’s seat, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, and air conditioning.

The Cheyenne package offered the same 4.3-liter, 195-horsepower engine and a five-speed manual transmission (and has the same optional engines as the Work Truck package). Standard equipment included 16-inch wheels, four-wheel ABS, driver and passenger front airbags, front vinyl bench seat, power steering, intermittent wipers, daytime running lights, and AM/FM audio system.

Optional equipment on the Cheyenne included bucket seats, camper mirrors, Camper/Towing package, chrome step bumper, locking differential, rear step bumper, skid plates, bed liner, sliding rear window, four-speed automatic transmission, alloy wheels, cloth seating, front split-bench seat, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, airconditioning, and power door locks.

The Silverado trim package came equipped with the same 4.3-liter, 195 hp engine and a five-speed manual transmission (and has the same optional engines as the Work Truck package). Standard equipment included a chrome step bumper, power brakes, power steering, power door locks and windows, 16-inch wheels, four-wheel ABS, driver and passenger front airbags, front cloth bench seat, tilt steering wheel trimmed with leather, airconditioning, daytime running lights, power exterior mirrors, and AM/FM/Cassette audio system.

Optional equipment included skid plates, AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system, keyless entry, locking differential, bucket seats, Camper/Towing package, center console, two-tone paint, alloy wheels, front split-bench seat, and leather seating.

Optional engines included a 5.0-liter V-8 and a 5.7-liter V-8. The more powerful engines are a good choice when towing an RV or another trailer. The optional locking differential allows the driver to easily switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive when road conditions are indicated. The optional Camping/Towing package includes improvements to the suspension to accommodate towing needs. Other options include power door locks, camper mirrors, chrome step bumper, alloy or chrome wheels, AM/FM/Cassette audio system, four-speed automatic transmission, sliding rear window, power driver’s seat, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, and airconditioning. Note that some of this optional equipment comes standard on the Silverado.

Chevrolet K1500Evolution

In 1990, Chevrolet introduced the Scottsdale and Base trim levels with options for engine and transmissions. The line saw no major changes from 1991 to 1993. Then, in 1994, the exterior front end was redesigned. A turbodiesel engine was offered on the vehicle, which was the first in vehicles weighing less than 8500 pounds. Rust corrosion protection is also enhanced and "easy entry" added to the front passenger seat on Extended Cab trucks.

In 1995, Chevrolet introduced a revised interior. Shift interlock prevented shifting out of park without pressing the brake pedal, and four-wheel ABS came standard.

The 1996 model year saw the introduction of a 4.3-liter V-6 Vortec engine to the line, as well as a 5.0-liter V-8 and a 5.7-liter V-8.

On the 1997 Silverado, an alternative fuel version of Vortec 5700 engine was available. However, Chevy discontinued the K1500 trucks at the end of the 1998 model year. They were replaced by the completely redesigned Silverado.

Select a Chevrolet K1500 Year

2000 Chevrolet K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The Chevrolet Silverado K1500 is a four-wheel-drive truck available in a regular cab or an extended cab.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,765

MPG
14-16
Seats
3

1999 Chevrolet K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The Chevrolet C/K series of pickup trucks have remained amongst the best-selling models produced by the automaker for a decade.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,165

MPG
12-16
Seats
3

1998 Chevrolet K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1998 Chevrolet K1500 represents part of Chevrolet’s line of pickup trucks.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,915

MPG
12-18
Seats
3-6

1997 Chevrolet K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1997 Chevrolet K1500 truck line has a rich heritage and storied history.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,681

MPG
12-20
Seats
3-6

1996 Chevrolet K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1996 Chevrolet K1500 gets luxury comfort inside and a new family of engines under the hood, which make it a great choice for a reliable work vehicle that still keeps passenger comfort in mind.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,626

MPG
13-21
Seats
3-6

1995 Chevrolet K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1995 Chevrolet K1500 pickup comes with two body styles, four engine choices, two transmission choices, and five submodels.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,501

MPG
13-19
Seats
3-6

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