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1999 Chevrolet K2500

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1999 Chevrolet K2500 Review

The K brand goes behind the curtain.

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Overview

Chevrolet first unveiled the K series with the 1500 and 2500 model pickup trucks. Soon after, Chevy released the 2500HD and 3500 models as well. The K full-size pickup trucks were a mainstay for Chevy from 1960 all the way up to 1999. The K series name was eventually replaced by the Silverado and the GMC Sierra trim levels. Despite the impending launch of the Silverado model, Chevy actually released the K1999 full-size pickup series early to mitigate some issues with Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations from 1998. There are many drivers that feel this is one of the most reliable trucks ever made.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: Manual transmission, 4-wheel drive available
Models: Base Regular Cab, LS Regular Cab, Base Crew Cab, LS Crew Cab, Base Extended Cab, LS HD Extended Cab, LS Extended Cab

What's New

Chevrolet reduced the number of trim levels and created two additional Crew Cab Short Box models for 1999 in the year of the new Silverado launch. Automatic transmission seals, the cooling system and starter motor were all upgraded by Chevrolet for 1999. The automaker also unveiled three additional color options for the exterior paint job. Rearranging the trim levels, offering more colors for the body and the minor mechanical upgrades were the only real changes from the 1998 models of Chevrolet’s full-size pickup.

Exterior

The K series trucks come with black/grey molding on the side and chrome bumpers in the front and rear. The K series pickup comes with black door mirrors that can be adjusted and tinted glass on all the windows as well. The pickup trucks also have variable intermittent wipers. The gross weight of the K pickup truck is over 5,570 pounds and around 6.9 inches of ground clearance. There are several combinations of different options of different wheelbase lengths, cargo bed sizes and cab designs amongst the pickups in the K model series.

Interior

These pickups come with a standard AM/FM radio, a digital clock and four speakers. The luxury K2500 LS model can come with leather trim along the interior upon request. These pickup trucks have an ash tray in the front and one in the rear as well. The K2500 pickup truck comes with a vinyl bench seat with adjustable head restraints that can sit up to three people. These K models also have power locks and additional storage room in the back as well. These pickup trucks also feature a well-lit glove compartment and a vanity mirror on the passenger side.

Performance & Handling

The 5.7-liter, V-8 engine in the K2500 produces around 255 horsepower at 4600 rpm and 300 pound-feet torque at 2800 rpm. These K pickup trucks can tow up to 10,000 pounds. The K engine is bigger than the engine in the Ford expedition XLT and the Dodge Durango as well. Many drivers of the K series pickup trucks complain about the quality of interior but typically rave about the powerful performance from the Chevy engine. These Chevy pickups are powerful and reliable enough to tow a heavy load across the country several times over. Owners are also happy with the low maintenance costs of the K2500 pickup trucks.

Safety

The K2500 pickup truck features four-wheel ABS and day time running lights as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

n/a

You'll Like

  • Classic and durable sheetmetal body
  • Simple and spacious interior cabin
  • Powerful V8 engine performance

You Won't Like

  • Outdated technology
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Poor interior design

Sum Up

The K brand goes behind the curtain.

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