GMC caused a bit of confusion among buyers by bringing out its ?New Sierra? models in 1999 while still producing the ?Classic Sierra.? Nonetheless, these models remain solid competitors for Ford and Chevrolet.
Body Styles: regular cab truck, crew cab truck, extended cab truck
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 7.4-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8 turbo diesel
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC C 2500 Sierra, GMC C 2500 SL, GMC C 2500 SLE, GMC C 2500 SLT
The GMC C2500 drops the 1500 from the classic Sierra lineup in favor of the heavier 2500 and 3500 models. It also comes with some new paint colors. Since this is slated to be the last model year for the classic Sierra, there was no reason to make major changes.
The 2000 GMC C2500 Sierra has a bold front end with a huge GMC badge dead center. In addition to the three-sized cabs, it offers long and short bed versions. On the short bed versions, flared fenders are an option. The rear doors on the extended cab cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first. All models have a rear step bumper making loading and unloading easier. Moon and sun roof options are available on some models as is a sliding rear window, and the rear and side windows are tinted, which keep the interior much cooler. Steel wheels are standard with alloy wheels as an available option. A step side bed and running boards also are available, which make it even easier to load cargo and people onto the truck.
The 2000 GMC C2500 were part of an effort in the mid-1990s by truck manufacturers to make its trucks more car-like on the interior; therefore, the seats are relatively comfortable. While the lower-end models have vinyl seating, cloth is an option and comes standard on the higher-end models. The standard sound system has AM/FM radio only, but a cassette deck can be added to all models and a CD system is available on some. A power driver’s seat is available on some models, and other creature seating comforts include leather seats on the high-end models and height adjustable shoulder straps. Cruise control and power windows and door locks are available on most models.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 GMC C2500's standard engine for all models is the satisfying 5.7-liter Vortec V-8, which produces 255 horsepower. There are two other engines available, however. The 7.4-liter V-8 brings an impressive 290 horsepower and 410 ft-lb of torque. It can also come with the 6.5-liter turbo diesel, which gives the truck an amazing 430 lb-ft of torque if used with the optional electronically-controlled automatic transmission. A manual transmission is standard for all regular and extended cab trucks while the crew cabs come with the automatic as standard. Either transmission can successfully move the power through acceleration.
The 2000 GMC C2500 is a solid truck for personal or light commercial use. It has a gross weight of 8600 pounds and impressive towing and carrying capacities of 6486 and 2428 pounds, respectively. The suspension is solid handling on- and off-road work with ease. There are some optional features that add to the performance capabilities including skid plates and a limited slip differential. The camper/towing package and trailer hitch are not standard equipment, but it's available on all models, which add to the utility.
All 2000 GMC C2500 models have four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard. A few models also have driver and passenger side airbags. On those models, the passenger side airbag can be turned off when smaller passengers are on board. In addition, ignition disable is available on all models.
EPA Fuel Economy
GMC Sierra/C2500 5.7-liter V-8, automatic transmission 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra/C2500, 5.7-liter V-8, manual transmission 12/18 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra/C2500, 6.5-liter V-8 turbo diesel, automatic transmission 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Tough platform
- Power of the three available engines
- Traditional look
You Won't Like
- Slightly out-of-date design
- Plastics used in the interior
Can handle almost anything.
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