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1999 Chevrolet Silverado

danz28danz28 Posts: 19
edited March 1 in Chevrolet
What does anyone know about the new 1999 Chevy
Pickups?
I am interested in one and want to know such
things as if they are getting the LS1 V8 , etc.
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  • I have heard a few things about the 99's.. The 5 liter is no more. It will be replaced by a 4.9 liter v-8.. The 4.3 liter is said to be replaced by a 215 hp 3.8 liter Generation IIII both are based on the new LS1 engine. And the cast iron LS1 will make an appearance and a big one at that... you will have to wait and see..
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    I heard that Chevy might be getting a Catapiller diesel engin for 1999. That would make thing more interesting in the big 3 competition.
  • deiseldeisel Posts: 16
    There is nothing wrong with the detroit deisel
    that they have now its their fuel injector pumps
    that they have to fix they are now on the fourth
    re-design when my truck is not in the shop nothing
    touches it on the road. Loaded down hauling a trailer over the mountains in Kentucky never overheated cruised past the big guys and still got
    16-18 mpg. Its everything else except the engine
    that falls apart!!
  • Does anyone know a location where I can view the 1999 Chevy truck? What does it look like? What features are different? When will it be offered?
  • MORE INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!

    New engines-
    4.8L v-8 255 hp
    5.3L V-8 265 hp
    6.0L V-8 300 hp!!! 350 ft/lb of TORQUE!! equal to Dodge V-10!!

    Ive seen pictures and if you are thinking about a Ford or Dodge, WAIT!!!!! BELIEVE ME!! The GMC SIERRA is exceptionally great!
  • When will the new chevy and GMC be offered. I am in need of new truck but would like to wait.
  • I've seen sketches in Wards Auto World. The only thing that seems bad about this truck is that there is going to be NO option for a 4th door on extended cabs, only 3. The truck will make it's official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January , and it seems like it will be available for sale in early fall of 98.
  • maplemaple Posts: 16
    Get a copy of Motor Trends new magazine, Truck Trend. it has pictures and all kinds of data.
  • Food for thought:
    The C/K line will be all new, available this fall,
    however, dealers will NOT be dealing for at least
    6-9 months which brings you to about the 2000 model year.
    The advice of one:
    If your waiting, don't. Lease a RAM Quad Cab for
    two years and then investigate the '00 C/K series. It'll have a model year of refinement, which it will most definately need and offer four doors.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    Well, let's see now. Better brakes, more power with better fuel economy, more cab room, and at last a decent set of back-up lights. Now if GM can get the price back down out of the stratosphere, the C/K and GMC's might be a really great group of trucks!!!
  • I WENT TO THE CAR SHOW AND HEARD THAT THE BASE STICKER WILL BE AT 32,000. IS THIS RIGHT
  • rite3rite3 Posts: 69
    If you want to see pictures of the 99 online,I have found them in a few places. The best ones are of course at the chevy spot, Which is chevrolets home page. There are a couple pics at microsofts carpoint site under the NAIAS feature. The only thing I really dislike about the new styling is that scalloped rocker panel. It would be nice to have the four doors, But not absolutely neccesary.
  • The pictures that I have seen of the new truck
    look like crap, what are they trying to do ?

    They have the best truck out there and now they
    are going to ruin the looks of it trying to get
    into that dodge/ford/s10/toyota look .. ... ..

    If they change it like that, I guarantee that myself and my family will never buy a chev or
    gmc again and we have been devoted followers all
    of our lives !
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    Iamstudent,

    Actually, the knock from many people on the new Chevy is that they did not change the appearance enough. Chevy has countered this argument by saying that it was there intention to not make the drastic changes that Dodge and Ford made. It still intentionally maintains the boxiest look of the Big Three. I'm guessing you were being a little sarcastic that you would jump ship on Chevy and buy a Dodge, Ford, or foreign vehicle based on body style alone?

    I know you dislike Fords, but I am curious if you've seen the new 1999 Superduties that are replacing the 3/4 heavy duty and 1 ton models? The body style is significantly different from the new F-150 models. I'd be interested to get some constructive feedback from someone who would be starting off with a predisposed negative opinion rather than the typical Ford lover who is likely to favor Ford over Dodge or Chevy regardless of what changes are made to the truck. There is a good article with photos at www.truckworld.com that highlights some of the changes. The heavy duty line appears to be totally rebuilt for the first time in about 15 years.

    I noticed in your other posting in "Chevy/GMC owners" that Ford doesn't even make your list. I'm curious as to what particularly really turned you off and why? Towing? Gas engine? Diesel engine? Durability? Payload? Off road? I've been a satisfied Ford owner for years, but I've also got friends who are satisfied Chevy and Dodge owners. My dad pulls a 35 foot fifth wheeler with his Ford 1 ton diesel and has no complaints, although the consensus from a lot of people is that the Cummins is the best diesel for the long haul. I've heard that Chevy has had some problems with their diesel, but they may have worked them out in the 1999 model. As for durability, I've heard that a lot of fleet owners won't prefer not to use the Dodge trucks because of past problems with body sags when hauling heavy loads on a regular basis. I've also heard of some questions of durability on the Dodges in consistent "off road" use. As for the Chevy, the gas engines and the overall durability of the trucks have a strong reputation. Ford does seem to have quite a few of the "best or first in class" rankings when it comes to towing and payload. Let me know what you think about the Truckworld article on the new 1999 Ford Superduties.
  • dmjdmj Posts: 1
    I agree a lot with Iamstudent in regards to the new trucks in general; the new sloped look is coming out in every new truck it seems like. I will go for that sloped look for the medium style trucks, but for the big boys, I want the box-styled look. The sloped style seems to me that they look baby. They do not have that powerful look that I like in a big truck. I think that the new trucks are not as durable as the older style ones. They have 4X4 ability for driving in the snow, not through mud on the farm. I see the truck as becoming a show vehicle with all the comforts of a car for two people with a really big open trunk. I would like to hear some opinions on the durability of these new sloped looks with the older style boxy looks.
  • rite3rite3 Posts: 69
    Dont be fooled by what you think chevy is doing to their whole line of trucks this year.The F150 was a knod to the personal use market and the body lines and carlike ride and interior show that. The posts remind me of the the time on or about the F150's debut. People getting upset about having to face driving a truck they really didnt feel would suit their personal needs or taste. Chevy will be watching as they allways are and I cant help but wonder what is actually on the drawing board for the over 8600 GVW trucks. I dont think it will be the silverado though.
  • HP -- 300
    Torque 450 ftlb
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    According to various reports, the Chevy Silverado will NOT have a 4-door extended cab - just the 3 door. On the othet hand, the GMC Sierra will have 4 doors to maintain its "upmarket" image. This will make Chevy seem like a low-grade truck compared to the 1999 Ford 4-door SuperCabs and the 98 Dodge Quad Cabs, which are available on every weight class (Ford will add the 150 and light-250 this fall to the 4-door ranks).

    This, combined with the laclk of styling change, will cost Chevy some sales. And GMC used to sell twice as many pickups as Dodge, now they self half the humber of Rams. Add the fact there is no big block for at least a year (they discovered the 454 doesn't fit under the new shorter hood, so they have to make a new engine), and the 2500s and 3500s are delayed a year as well, and GM will have only the novelty sales of a new truck to sustain them this fall. Dodge and Ford will be limited only by their plant space in terms of full-speed production for people who need a full line of trucks and engines that are available "now".
  • cho143cho143 Posts: 1
    I'm looking for one and wish I could see what they look like?
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    The Microsoft "Carpoint" sight has a few pictures of the 1999 Silverado from a January autoshow. I think there are only three pictures. Those are all that I could find.
  • tc14374tc14374 Posts: 22
    www.chevrolet.com has a couple of good photos of the new silverado and also some technical data.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    The Truckworld site at www.truckworld.com has opened up a new area on the 1999 trucks. The information is currently limited, but they promise to update regularly as more information is released. To access it, go into the Truck Test section and then click on the 1999 Chevy/GM trucks section. The only thing they said about the C/K is that they will be offering the crew cab with a short bed. There is more information on the Silverado, including a discussion of the new Vortec engine. They also talk about the new auto tranny. One interesting aspect of the new auto tranny is that they will have a button you can press for "tow/haul" mode, which will allow the driver to change to more aggressive shifting pattern. There are no new pictures beyond what you will see in the sites mentioned in previous posts.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Chevy is finally going to come out with a new look,however are looks the only subject to judge on? The new engines sound interesting but at what cost? I have grown tired of people confusing wants versus needs. Do you need a 6.0 V-8? Probably not. Do you want one? Probably, but at what cost?
    I wish people would stop confusing power availability to sticker price.
    Ford still makes the most reliable truck for the price and it looks as though that FACT won't change for a LONG TIME. Chevy and Dodge will still be playing catch-up.
    Take this advice from a disenchanted Chevy owner.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Rocles,

    A truck is only as reliable as the owner is willing to make it. If there's a genuine defect in the truck, there's no reason to keep it. Otherwise, it's strictly maintenance and abuse issues that determine a truck's reliability.

    As far as the truck itself, I go by the dashboard just as much as, if not more than, the exterior. I need to be able to see and operate all the gauges and controls comfortably and logically. Only Dodge has a simple pull-knob for the lights - one of the reasons I have a 96 Ram. Ford refuses to use numbers on the auxiliary gauges, just that stupid "NORMAL" range on the gauge face. And GM has not made a sensible radio face in 10 years.

    The engine argument has merit, but at the same time, there are enough people out there now enticed to buy trucks who don't buy ENOUGH engine. No, a big-block or turbo-diesel isn't for everybody, but underpowering a truck is just as detrimental to performance as overpowering is to fuel economy.

    I just think GM is really losing focus on the full-size pickup market. Ford and Dodge seemed to have done much better research, and are basically fighting each other for design, amenities, and features. GM is almost ignored by both of them as being uncompetitive in today's market. Their last splash was the third door, but everybody else now offers four. They were first with a diesel, but Ford and Dodge both offer medium-duty truck diesels that out-torque their V10s. Ford saw what a sales boost Dodge got from their 1994 design and responded with an equally radical truck in 97. On the other hand, you will easily mistake a 99 Silverado for a 98, especially from the front.

    I seriously think the General just wanted to update the platform just so they can make more SUVs on them - the Cadillac Escapade was suspended until GM saw Lincoln Navigator sales; now they're scrambling to put chrome and leather on a Tahoe. It's no wonder GM continues to lose market share overall - they don't know what to offer the customer.
  • rite3rite3 Posts: 69
    I dont think the over 8600 GVW trucks will resemble the silverado at all. I think they will do excactly what ford has done. If you go to the truckworld site you will see that next years k2500 looks just like this years, although the crewcab short box is now an option. Dont get caught up in the thought that the silverado is the end of the redesign, Im almost sure it is not.They wont let FORD go around marketing 44 configurations for long and I think once the over 8600 GVW trucks are introduced people wont be dissapionted. Remember how Ford kept the superduty under wraps during the F150's debut?, its simple marketing strategy and it works. Personal use is not what commercial operators want a truck set up for and if you want to see more about the direction I think they will go, Check out the 99 superduty section at www.truckworld.com also. Its the wave of our truck loving future. At least I think so.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    KCRAM,
    Oh come on! You bought the Ram because of the switch for your lights? HUH?!Your assertion that a six cylinder is not enough engine is unfocused and naive.We are talking about half-tons here;not heavy-duty's. I actually use my truck for my work and routinely put it through hell. My small-block Chevy V-8 eats more gas and puts the same amount of torque of a good six from a new Ford.
    I am tired of macho guys who think they know engines for jobs and don't realize it is not the sixties anymore. Six cylinders are not necessarily the dogs that they used to be. I have heard too many tales of a Dodge giving out a flywheel or tranny when it shouldn't.
    Dodge doesn't sell too many sixes because it is poor. Ford makes a six that is comparable to most small eights. Let's face it: most people that are buying Dodge today (who didn't years ago),are buying for simply "pretty" looks.
    I'm not ashamed of my Chevy, I have learned from my mistake. Ford is on my mind.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    If you do any towing or hauling on a regular basis, a six cylinder will have mechanical problems sooner than an eight cylinder. A smaller engine will work harder than a bigger engine accomplishing the same task. The same thing goes for rear ends and suspensions. A half ton will work harder than a 3/4 ton which will work harder than a one ton, all accomplishing the same task. The type of truck you need depends on your use. A six cylinder will be more than adequate if you're not hauling or towing regularly. You'll save money when you buy the truck and you'll save on gas over the life of the truck. However, if you will be towing regularly and plan to own the truck for an extended period of time, a six cylinder is not the way to go. If you are hauling or towing fairly heavy loads on a regular basis, a 1/2 ton truck may not be sufficient. It's not a macho thing. The six cylinders simply were not made to do regular towing. It's why they make the different engine sizes and the different suspension sizes. Throw a camper on the top of your vehicle and boat behind it, and travel through the mountains on a regular basis. Better yet, tow a fifth wheel or a decent size camper. I guarantee a six will develop problems as will the suspension and the rear end if they are also not sufficient for the task.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Rocles

    Yes, I can admit that the headlight switch was a factor. Why should I have to waste time figuring out unnecessarily complicated controls? That's ergonomics the way it should be - have easy-to-use switches where you will logically expect them to be. And I drive a 3500 Cummins because I actually use that level of strength.

    As far as sixes being dogs, the V6s today can't hold a candle to the old straight-6s. They were big, made plenty of LOW-END torque, and got decent mileage. The current crop of V6s are car engines that rev way too high to be useful in a truck. The Ford V6 that you seem to be so high on is a stroked version of the 3.8L V6 that's been in Thunderbirds since the early 80s. If it's so good, why does the Taurus/Windstar version make 200 hp out of 3.8 liters, while the F150 only gets 205 out of 4.2?

    If you're only using a V6-worth of loading, you probably didn't need a full-size pickup anyway. If the 6 was that useful for commercial work, how come no one offers it in 3/4 ton trucks anymore? The standard engine for the 8600+ GVWR 3/4 ton trucks are:

    Ford 5.4 V8
    Dodge 5.9 V8
    98 GM 5.7 V8
    99 GM 6.0 V8

    All mid-sized V8s. Trucks that work hard need engines that work hard.


    It's not macho to buy a particular size and strength of truck - it's common sense if you know what you're doing. The age old rule of thumb for spec'ing a truck still works - "Pick the truck that will carry and hold the highest load you could possibly think of carrying, then go one size up."
  • pistonpiston Posts: 1
    I have always liked the Chevrolet Pickup styling, however I must say the 99 Chevy's are very dull to me. It looks as though GM made only minor styling changes to me. I guess thats another reason why Ford is out selling Chevy like crazy! The best part of all is the fact that it will take GM another ten years to restyle their trucks and who knows, maybe they will end up looking like the current Ford F-150 series? (HAHAHA!!!!)
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Kcram,

    You didn't really read what I wrote. I am discussing HALF-TONS! Where did I talk about heavys? Let me be more specific this time around to clarify our miscommunication.
    I bought three C-1500 ext.cab w/8ft. bed trucks in 1996 which were leftover 95's. Needless to say, I received a fantastic price break in which money was a huge issue to my roofing-firm. All three are identical when the subject is function. At the time, I was convinced that 8 cyl engines were the only way to go when lugging men and equipment.
    My point on 8's versus Ford's new six is easy to see when I show you the actual numbers:
    my 95 5.0 V-8 Chevy's:175 hp,265 lb/ft torque
    New Ford 4.2 V-6:205 hp, 255 lb/ft torque

    Yes, my Chevy will work a little easier but she chokes on gas(going down hard). I lose a whopping 10 lb/ft of torque in the process. Now what is the difference? I guess you think I should get S-10's for roofing? Only 250's and up are for work? I have books to balance and money dictates Half-Tons and in reality, we are well-suited for them.
    Small trucks would save on gas and sticker but we would chew them up in one year. Our Chevy's get 12 mpg compared to 18-20 mpg for the six of Ford. Would I get a six? I really don't know-- but as I said before: I won't buy an V-8 simply because it's an 8.
    I really DO NEED a full-sized truck-huh?
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