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GMC K1500

Since the beginning of its generation's production, the GMC K1500 has been known as a powerhouse full-size truck. GMC has been a part of cutting-edge truck manufacturing since its early years.

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GMC Origins

In 1892, R.E. Olds decided to try his hand at making cars. He started out in his father's old naval and industrial engine plant — with the help of his engineers and manufacturing team, he introduced his first car to the world a few years later. From that point on, the General Motors Corporation was a force to be reckoned with in the automotive world.

GMC is still among the proud American car builders. Over the years, there have been a lot of additions made to the family, both foreign and domestic. General Motors has taken over some of the most prominent names in car manufacturing including Saab, Saturn, Chevrolet, and Hummer. In some cases, merging with GMC ensured the continuation of these companies. Along with various other benefits, these mergers broadened the GMC client base by bringing in dedicated clients of the other companies.

There are plenty of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs still made with the GMC name and logo including the K1500.

About the GMC K1500

GMC trucks have earned a reputation for durability and reliability. Consumers often use them for work on farms, construction sites, and as fleet vehicles. The K1500 is well known for its towing and hauling capabilities, which make it invaluable in a number of different industries.

Naturally, the K1500 series from GMC also serves well as a passenger vehicle. Many families and individuals choose these trucks for their good looks and solid construction. GMC offers the series with plenty of options. Families often choose the K1500 for its towing and hauling abilities. With proper care and maintenance, buyers can expect these trucks to last several years with very few problems.

GMC K1500 Features

For the 2012 model year, GMC again offers its K1500 truck, also known as the Sierra or simply the 1500. Like the past versions of this truck, industry leaders and consumers alike praise the K1500 truck's performance and design. General Motors offers the 2012 K1500 in several distinct trim packages to meet consumer needs.

The first is the K1500 Sierra. This base model comes equipped with rear-leaf springs necessary to support the truck's bed load. Consumers will also appreciate the anti-lock brakes that come standard on this model. The SL trim package provides similar extras. Buyers may also choose extended cab or crew cab with this trim package. Extras like power locks and doors, as well as the new keyless-entry system can also be added.

In the SLT and XFE trim levels, GMC really outdoes itself, especially in regard to fuel efficiency. The V-8 engines in these trucks provide reduced fuel-usage over the competition, while offering plenty of power for general driving, hauling, or towing. The cabins are well designed and offer plenty of comfortable extras as well.

GMC K1500 Evolution

The past versions of the K1500 trucks from GMC have all enjoyed the reputation of solid, well-made trucks suitable for a number of different uses. It must be mentioned that the biggest complaint made about the K1500 series relates to the poor-quality materials used in the cab. Many people feel the cab is less comfortable or luxurious than other comparable models. The interior of the K1500 in past model years is not the most attractive, either. Many describe it as bland and unimaginative, though the upgraded trim levels offer more variety.

On the plus side, GMC makes the K1500 series incredibly well in terms of performance. In the early 2000s, the trucks came equipped with engines ranging from a modest 4.3-liter V-6 to a monster 6.2-liter V-8. Most K1500 trucks have either the 4.8-liter V-8 or the 5.3-liter V-8. GMC offers diverse trim packages as well. Consumers have the option of the base model, intended as a work truck, or the plusher Denali package for a passenger truck. All trims offer a comfortable, quiet ride and plenty of transmission options to please any discriminating truck lover.

Select a GMC K1500 Year

1999 GMC K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1999 GMC K1500 is a pickup truck that is designed for both personal use and to be used as a work truck.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,027

MPG
12-18
Seats
3

1998 GMC K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1998 GMC K1500 classifies as a full-size pickup truck manufactured by General Motors under the GMC marquee.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,752

MPG
12-19
Seats
3-6

1997 GMC K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1997 GMC K1500 serves as a four-wheel-drive pickup designed to be used as either a work truck or for personal uses, such as running errands or simply driving for fun.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,516

MPG
12-21
Seats
3-6

1996 GMC K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The 1996 GMC K1500 is a durable and reliable pickup truck built in the GMC tradition.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,501

MPG
12-21
Seats
3-6

1995 GMC K1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad


The GMC K1500 is a part of the Sierra truck line from the same automaker.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,431

MPG
12-19
Seats
3-5

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