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1999 Chevrolet K3500

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1999 Chevrolet K3500 Review

The big 1999 K3500 can tow it all.

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Overview

The K3500 was the last of the models originally unveiled when Chevrolet first launched the series of full-size pickup trucks back in the early 1960s. The last year of production for the K series of full-size pickup trucks was in 1999 before Chevrolet replaced the K brand with the Silverado and GMC Sierra models. The 1999 K series was launched earlier than usual to in order to help Chevrolet cope with fuel economy problems in 1998 models. The 1999 Chevrolet K3500 is the largest model of the series and is typically used as a work vehicle these days. Many people still use these trucks for utility work like towing cargo and boats.

The Range

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

What's New

There were very few changes with the 1999 models of the Chevrolet K3500. Overall, Chevrolet limited the number of available trim options for 1999 while increasing options of cabs available. The starter motor, cooling system and transmission were some of the minor improvements made for the 1999 launch. There were also more options available for the exterior paint color.

Exterior

The 1999 K3500 is over 17 feet long, over six feet wide and the wheelbase is almost 11 feet long. The curb weight of this full-size pickup truck is 5,256 pounds and it has over six inches of ground clearance. The 1999 K3500 has that classic sheet metal design that is sturdy and built to last and endure the hazardous work environment and outside elements. The truck features chrome on the front bumper and the body color on the rear bumper. The door mirrors are black and must be adjusted manually by the driver or passenger. The mirrors are also foldable. Many truck owners love that the quarter windows in the rear of the 1999 K3500 can be opened. The truck comes with tinted glass for the side, rear and cabin as well.

Interior

Many owners of the K3500 series love the comfortable optional leather seats and the smooth ride. The interior is relatively simple in the Chevrolet K3500. There are cup holders for the front seat and a split bench seat is an available option as well. The regular cab can easily sit three people. The larger cab K models can seat up to six people. The K3500 models typically come equipped with rear cargo doors as well. The 3500 models come equipped with AM/FM radio, four speakers and the option for a CD player. Standard seats are vinyl, the passenger-side of the floor is covered in plastic and rubber and there is seat in the rear is a bench as well. There are four different speeds for the fans in the K3500 ventilation system.

Performance & Handling

The K3500 produces 5.7-liter V8 engine features a multi-point injection fuel system and has a peak output of about 255 horsepower at 4600 rpm and 330 pound-feet torque at 2800 rpm. The engine has two valves per cylinder and has a compression ratio of 9:4:1. The 1999 K3500 comes equipped with a heavy duty battery and the fuel tank holds around 34 gallons. Some owners claim these 3500 models can tow up to around 25,000 pounds. The official tow capacity for the 1999 K3500 is around 12,000 pounds. These are ideal vehicles to use for carrying heavy loads, getting work done or completing any task that requires a ton of low-end power to get the job done. Many owners claim these 3500 models rarely need engine repairs and are extremely dependable.

Safety

The 1999 K3500 full-size truck comes equipped with side impact door beams, day time running lights and four-wheel ABS. The 3500 pickup doesn’t have safety ratings from tests with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet K3500, 5.7-liter V-8: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great performance in the snow and mud
  • A roomy and straightforward interior cabin
  • Great truck for towing

You Won't Like

  • Ancient interior design lacking technology
  • Very low gas mileage
  • Can be harder to maneuver in city streets

Sum Up

The big 1999 K3500 can tow it all.

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