GMC K3500

The GMC K3500 series of full-size, heavy-duty pickup trucks gains recognition for a variety of reasons. The truck is nothing short of a workhorse. Even in its more upscale trim levels, this truck's design permits towing, hauling, and anything else its owner requires. Those familiar with the 3500 series of Sierra trucks from GMC will note these trucks bear a striking resemblance to the Chevy Silverado truck line. Both are known for their durability and exceptional design.

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GMC Origins

The late 1800s and early 1900s saw a massive shift in how things were made. In some cases, the Industrial Revolution introduced completely new products, like automobiles. Never before had there been such focused worldwide attention on one industry. Naturally, talented individuals the world over made it a point to cash in. This was especially true in the U.S.

Leading the way was a man named R.E. Olds. In 1892, he took over his father's plant (previously used for making naval and industrial engines) with a plan to make his own cars and trucks for the American consumers. Though it took a few years for Olds and his team to create the perfect car, once the wheel started rolling, the General Motors Corporation was on its way to becoming an automotive giant.

In the years since GMC's humble beginnings, things have certainly changed. Not only does the company make cars, trucks, and vans for the public, such as the K3500, but General Motors has acquired some of the best known companies in the business. Through sales and mergers, GMC has joined forces with such noted companies as Hummer, Saturn, and Saab, just to name a few.

About the GMC K3500

The 3500 series is known for having several upgrades over the 1500 series of trucks, also produced by GMC. The K3500 is a one-ton, heavy-duty truck with a more powerful frame and stiffer suspension system than other models. It offers a choice of exceptionally powerful engines. While the K3500 series is certainly designed to be used for heavy work, it can also serve as a passenger vehicle. Many buyers choose these trucks to double as work vehicles and personal trucks. The interior design provides a comfortable ride in either capacity. With extended cab options, several people fit well with sufficient head and legroom.

GMC K3500 Features

In the 2012 model year, GMC once again offers a new truck in the K3500 series. Much like previous years, the model emphasizes power and performance. The K3500 series comes in three different trim levels.

The first trim level is the GMC K3500 WT. This serves as the base model and comes equipped with a six-liter, V-8 Vortec engine. The solid frame ensures complete hauling and towing capabilities. It's important to note that all of these trucks are available with the six-speed Allison transmission and the V-8 diesel 6.6-liter turbo motor, if desired.

The next trim level up is the 3500 SLE. This model offers some extras. The SLE features the same great engine options as the WT, with options like power locks and doors, a keyless entry system, and cloth split-bench seats with storage compartments underneath. On models with four-wheel drive, GMC adds the Autotrac electronic transfer case.

For the most powerful and fully equipped Sierra K3500, GMC offers the SLT trim level. This truck has all of the nice amenities of the other trim levels but completes the package with a remote starter system, high-quality sound system, and Bluetooth-phone options.

GMC K3500 Evolution

The General Motors K3500 series of trucks has endured for a long time. The past generation of trucks was made from 1988 to 1998 and continues to be popular. GMC opted to give the 3500 a major refresh in 1995. The models from 1999 to 2000 feature the Classic 3500 heavy-duty trucks. These come equipped with a variety of different engine options including different capacity V-8 motors and a diesel option as well. The engineers from GMC also offer differing transmission systems as well. In addition, this generation is well known for its tremendous powertrains.

Without a doubt, the K3500 Sierra series of trucks has always been well received, but there are some complaints about these trucks. Many industry experts, as well as consumers, feel the truck lacks style and comfort in the cabin. Some even claim the materials used are a bit cheap and of low quality. As the line progressed, General Motors made attempts to improve the situation in the cab, especially in the higher-grade trim levels, with some success. K3500 trucks come in a variety of exterior paint colors and upholstery options.

Select a GMC K3500 Year

2000 GMC K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

1999 GMC K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1999 GMC K3500 is a four-wheel drive full-sized pickup truck manufactured by General Motors.

1998 GMC K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1998 GMC K3500 is the largest and most powerful of the K-line.

1997 GMC K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

Based on the Chrysler C/K design, the GMC Sierra is designed as a workhorse pickup truck.

1996 GMC K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

GMC has worked hard to provide solid work trucks, and the four-wheel drive 1996 GMC K3500 continues to support that ideal.

1995 GMC K3500

Truck, Utility/Offroad

Based on the Chrysler C/K design, the 1995 GMC Sierra serves as a workhorse pickup truck.