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2000 Chevrolet Silverado Review

One mean machine and what a truck should be.

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The Chevrolet Silverado is General Motors’ best-selling full-size pickup truck. The Silverado underwent a complete redesign in 1999, which was assuredly no easy task for the engineers and designers asked to revise such a popular and hot selling pickup truck. GM needed this revision to go off without a hitch since the alternative would be reduced profit and credibility. GM was wise to survey Chevrolet truck buyers, asking what they desired in a full-size pickup truck. The engineers and designers took responses like a more powerful engine, more interior room, better handling, improved fuel economy, and a stronger chassis to the drawing board for the redesign. The company was also careful to avoid the same mistake made by companies like Dodge and Ford who made its pickup trucks more carlike.

The result was a pickup truck that didn’t look drastically different from its predecessor but was full of under the hood and structural enhancements. The new Silverado hasn’t lost any traction in the buyer’s market. It comes with four optional engines, Insta-Trac, or Autotrac four-wheel drive across the board and more exterior and interior choices. The light duty 1500 is available as a two-door or four-door with three cab lengths and three cargo bed options. Chevy has continued tweaking the Silverado moving into the 2000 model year.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab

What's New

The 2000 Chevrolet Silverado continues to get smarter, stronger, bigger, and faster. For this model year, an optional fourth-door has been added to the extended cab models. The Vortec 4800 and 5300 V-8 get even more powerful. The LS and LT trucks have new programmable door locks, a self dimming rearview mirror, compass, and exterior temperature display. The LT model has a new Sportside cargo box and wheel flares come with four-wheel-drive trucks.


The Silverado is available in four sizes. Both regular and extended cabs come with the choice of a six and a half foot or eight foot cargo bed. The front styling of the Silverado isn’t far removed from the look of the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe sport-utility vehicles. This is because all are built from the same general design template. There is also an optional Sportside cargo bed with flared back fenders that can replace the standard slab sided cargo bed. The extended cab models have some tricky rear doors. The rear doors cannot be opened until the front doors open. It must also be shut before the front doors are closed.


The Silverado’s cab can be plain or lavish. The base model has standard vinyl seats with the option of an alternative cloth interior. The Silverado’s upscale LT trim comes standard with leather interior upholstery, which is optional on the LS trim. The regular cab’s front seat configuration can either be a pair of bucket seats or a three seat bench. The extended cab models have the same front seat choices but come with a three place rear bench seat. The interior has some cheap plastics, which is unfortunate. The cabin is spacious. The extended cab models have an especially roomy cabin. Gears and gauges are logically laid out and within driver reach. Getting in and out of the backseat is relatively easy with the extended cab’s standard back doors. Legroom in the back of extended cab models is adequate but still requires those up front to move their seats up a bit, thus sacrificing legroom for maximum comfort for backseat passengers.

Performance & Handling

The Silverado offers a smooth, pleasurable ride with a quiet interior. Steering is state of the art and precise although somewhat tight for such a large truck. The suspension and braking systems are also exceptional. The Silverado has great stability on the highway. The Adjustable Electronic Ride Control is another available option, marking the very first time a selective damping system has ever been available for a pickup.


The Silverado comes standard with dual front airbags and a four-wheel anti-lock braking system. NHTSA crash test results rated the Silverado with four stars for passenger safety and three stars for driver safety in front impact crashes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Silverado, 4.3-liter, V-6 : 15/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado, 5.3-liter, V-8: 16/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Four-door standard extended cab
  • Powerful 4800 and 5300 V-8 engines
  • Programmable power door locks
  • Braking

You Won't Like

  • Use of cheap plastic for interior trim
  • Sketchy build quality
  • Turning radius
  • Gas mileage

Sum Up

One mean machine and what a truck should be.

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