Chevrolet K3500

The Chevrolet K3500 is a four-wheel drive, one-ton, heavy-duty pickup truck that the brand introduced in 1988. The HD Silverado K3500 replaced it after the 1998 model year.

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About the Chevrolet K3500

The Chevrolet K3500 (known as the Silverado K3500 since 1999) is known for its ability to handle heavy-duty hauling tasks, as well as towing equipment or trailers. Functional and stylish, the K3500 is a truck that gets the job done. However, the Chevrolet K3500 is not known for its fuel economy; it has a 34-gallon fuel tank to maximize the time between fuel stops.

Available in regular cab, extended cab, or crew cab, the Silverado K3500 provides comfortable seating. There are three cargo beds to choose from: short box, regular box, and long box styles. They can handle the heavy-duty hauling needs construction workers, businesses, or farmers require.

This model can safely tow a 7500 pound trailer with the proper tongue weight; the Camper/Towing package will help you arrive safely at your destination. Calculate the approximate weight of passengers, installed optional equipment, and cargo to figure out how much weight your truck can tow.

Chevrolet K3500 Features

In addition to cab (regular, extended, or crew), box(standard or long),and options, the Silverado and Cheyenne packages offer a range of options to satisfy your towing and hauling needs. Payload is estimated at 7215 pounds.

The regular cab offers seating for three on the bench front seat. The passenger front airbag can be disabled if a rear-facing child safety seat is installed. The extended cab offers an additional door on the passenger side to allow for easy access to the rear seat. The rear comfortably seats three passengers. The crew cab is a four-door cab, allowing rear seat passengers to get in and out of the truck easily. The roomy cab provides some leg room for rear seat passengers.

The Chevrolet K3500 offers two options in the size of the bed (or box). The standard bed size is 6.5 feet; the long bed is eight feet in length. Customers can select the combination of cab and box size to meet their trucking needs. Dual rear wheels are optional for trucks that will be towing heavy machinery.

The 1998 Chevrolet K3500 offers a 4:1:1 axle ratio. Braking is accomplished through disc brakes (two are ventilated). Dual rears are an option for towing heavy machinery or trailers. The model has torsion beam front suspension with stabilizer bar independent with torsion springs and beam rear suspension with stabilizer bar rigid with leaf springs.

The 1998 Chevrolet K3500 comes equipped with a 5.7-liter, fuel-injected V-8 engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Many customers prefer the optional four-speed automatic transmission. It provides smooth shifting, and it eliminates the cost of replacing worn synchronizers, gears, and clutches.

The Silverado model houses a 5.7-liter, fuel-injected V-8 engine and a five-speed manual transmission. A 6.5-liter, turbodiesel V-8 engine is also available.

Included in the standard equipment are 16-inch wheels, power steering, power brakes, power windows and door locks, four-wheel ABS, daytime running lights, power mirrors, cloth seating, front bench seat, cruise control, tilt steering wheel with leather trim, air-conditioning, intermittent wipers, chrome step bumper, and AM/FM Cassette audio system.

Optional equipment on the Silverado included bucket seats, camper mirrors, Camper/Towing package, dual rear wheels, clearance lights, keyless entry, front split-bench seat, leather seating, center console, bed liner, sliding rear window, and either an AM/FM/CD or an AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system.

The Cheyenne model came equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine and a five-speed manual transmission; optional engine selections included a 6.5-liter, turbodiesel V-8 or a 7.4-liter V-8, as well as a four-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment available on a Cheyenne included power steering, power brakes, 16-inch wheels, rear step bumper, four-wheel ABS, vinyl front bench seat, intermittent wipers, daytime running lights, and AM/FM audio system.

Optional equipment included skid plates, locking differential, camper mirrors, Camper/Towing package, chrome step bumper, dual rear wheels, bed liner, sliding rear window, clearance lights, power door locks, cloth seating, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, and AM/FM/Cassette audio system.

Chevrolet K3500 Evolution

From 1989 to 1993, Chevrolet offered Base, Scottsdale, and Silverado trim levels. The Base trim level was discontinued in 1994. Additionally, this model had a restyled front end and offered a turbodiesel engine. Rust corrosion protection was enhanced, and it provided "easy entry" to the front passenger seat of extended cab trucks.

In 1995, Chevrolet introduced a revised interior and made four-wheel ABS standard. Shift interlock was also added as a safety measure.

The 1996 model offered "easy entry" from a third, passenger-side door on extended cab trucks. The 1997 model year saw improvements to the transmission fluid pump, which resulted in smoother shifting. Yet, despite these enhancements, Chevrolet discontinued the K3500 in 1999 in favor of the completely redesigned Silverado HD.

Select a Chevrolet K3500 Year

1999 Chevrolet K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

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.

1998 Chevrolet K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

First introduced to the market in 1987 as part of Chevrolet’s fourth generation of trucks, the K3500 joined the various other version of the C/K line in 1988.

1997 Chevrolet K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1997 Chevrolet K3500 classifies as a full-size, four-wheel drive pickup truck manufactured by General Motors.

1996 Chevrolet K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1996 Chevrolet K3500 is a powerful workhorse.

1995 Chevrolet K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1995 Chevrolet K3500 is a workhorse with dual rear wheels and four-wheel drive options; it’s sure to do a great job on and off the road.