Don’t wait for stories to appear in the store when you can become a member of Wheelbase Media’s weekly news service and save more than 50 percent while gaining instant access to the new features as they’re produced. Click here to get started.
If you are not a member of the media, but still wish to check out some of our stories online, visit www.theoctanelounge.com, which is owned by Wheelbase Media.
The “light-duty” Silverado 1500, along with the nearly identical GMC Sierra, replaced the C/K 1500 (1/2-ton) series for the 1999 model year and continues as General Motors’ most popular vehicle. The Silverado was updated for 2003 and again for 2007 on an all-new chassis. Engine choices consisted of a 195-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6 as well as V-8s making 295, 315, 367 and 403 horsepower. For 2009, a gas-electric hybrid joined the lineup with 332 horsepower. A four-speed automatic was the sole transmission choice for V-6, 4.8-,5.3- and 6.0-liter V-8 Silverados, but a six-speed automatic was mated to the 403-horse V-8.