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Chevrolet C3500 Parts and Chevrolet C3500 Accessories

Fun Facts: Chevrolet C3500

  • From 1960 until 1999, Chevrolet named their full-size pickup truck product line according to their wheel drive formats. "K" models indicated a four-wheel drive base, while the "C" models indicated a two-wheel drive platform. The Chevrolet C3500, however, was the first full-size pickup truck that deviated from the naming tradition; the 1991 C3500 model became available in a four-wheel drive base, and yet, it continued to be classified as a "C" model.

  • The release of the Chevrolet C3500 was uneventful. Chevrolet merely introduced the C3500 as a bridge to fill the gap between light duty pickup trucks, and medium load trucks. It was primarily offered as a standard chassis cab that catered varying commercial purposes. In 1996, the truck had a major revamp when Chevrolet offered the C3500 in a redesigned crew chassis cab.

  • Despite the Chevrolet C3500 being sold as a commercial vehicle, it received very high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-most especially during the 1996 model year. Not only did the chassis receive an update, previous interior safety issues were also addressed. The dashboard was redesigned to incorporate frontal airbags on the driver and passenger side. On truck models where rear seating were not included, the space was utilized as a storage compartment.

  • In 2002, the Chevrolet C3500 was rebranded as the Silverado Classic in North America and the Sierra Classic in Europe. This rebranding strategy was Chevrolet's last resort to save the sales for the truck. And true enough; the rebranded truck did receive praise from the more up-market crowd. Sales during 2002 skyrocketed, marking an all time high for the C3500.

  • 2002 also proved to be the most controversial year for the Chevrolet C3500. Chevrolet filed several legal charges against an automotive manufacturer in Brazil for releasing a similar truck named Grand Blazer. The Grand Blazer was allegedly copied from the base model of the C3500; the Brazilian automaker did not have permission to do this. The legal suits were dropped when the Brazilian corporation conceded to the alleged intellectual property infringement; the Grand Blazer resumed availability in the market but has been carrying the name and the emblem of the Chevrolet brand since.

  • As a side note, the Grand Blazer was discontinued being sold as truck in 2004. The 2005 model year of the Grand Blazer marked the beginning of a full-size offering from Chevrolet.

Chevrolet C3500 Articles

  • Chevrolet C3500 Problems 26 February 2013

    Coming from a long and well-loved line of pickups, the Chevrolet C3500 managed to retain the market's interest for such a long time due to its innovativeness and reliability. However, being in production for several years also meant that Chevy C3500 owners can expect a couple of problems to crop up in their vehicles from time to time. Below are some of the most commonly reported woes of C3500 owners.


    Braking system

    Some of the most prevalent problems with the Chevrolet C3500 involve the pickup truck's braking system. Several drivers of C3500 models produced from the late 1990s to the early 2000s reported that their pickup truck's antilock braking system suddenly engaged while slowing down or while driving on rough roads. As a result, their stopping distance was increased by quite a big margin, and several of those who experienced this antilock braking system failure got involved or narrowly missed a collision.

    Other brake system components of the Chevy C3500 were reported to cause quite a few problems as well. Some of the usual faulty braking system components are easily worn-out brake discs, damaged brake pads, defective brake calipers, and some leaky hoses and fittings.


    Tires and axles

    Leaky rear wheel axles seem to be a problem with the Chevy C3500 pickup truck as well particularly among the 1999 models. There have been a few instances of the rear axles leaking oil onto the rear brake shoes resulting in complete failure of the rear brakes.

    As for the C3500's tires, a good number of C3500 drivers noted that their tire's tread suddenly separated from the tire's body. Since most of the cases of tread separation can occur while driving the pickup, this issue also posed a major safety hazard.


    Fuel system

    In 2006, General Motors issued a recall that affected an estimated 88,303 gasoline-powered Chevy C3500s. This recall was prompted by a couple of replacement fuel filters that were installed in the pickup trucks even though the filters did not meet the manufacturer's standard. These fuel filters that were fitted with bad O-ring seals caused a fuel leak that can eventually become a major fire hazard.