1994 Chevy Silverado 1500 Specificationsby Aurelio Locsin
Introduced in 1988, this full-size pickup includes steel side-guard door beams and center high-mounted stoplights, introduced to comply with federal mandates for that year. For 1994, the different trim lines and packages included high-back reclining front bucket seats, two-tone color schemes, pop-open quarter or full sliding rear windows, horizontal split grille and stepped rear bumpers.
Because 12 four-wheel and two-wheel trim lines were available, these specifications use the Regular Cab W/T 6.5-ft. Bed 2WD model. The standard engine was the 4.3-liter, 165-horsepower V-6 with a standard five-speed manual overdrive transmission or an optional four-speed automatic overdrive transmission. The engine had a displacement of 4,293 cc, a bore and stroke of 4 inches by 3.48 inches, a compression ratio of 9.1-to-1 and a torque of 236 foot-lbs. The 25-gallon tank granted a fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 21 on the highway for the automatic, and 17 in the city and 22 on the highway for the manual.
This two-door pickup measured 194 inches long by 77.1 inches wide by 70.4 inches high, with a front track of 63.6 inches and a rear one of 64.6 inches, and a curb weight of 3,755 lbs. with an automatic transmission and 3,750 lbs. with a manual. The wheelbase of 117.5 inches gave it a turning diameter of 41.3 feet. Tires were sized 225/75R15.
The interior featured standard seating for three with an option for two. It had front measurements of 40 inches for headroom, 41.7 inches for legroom, 66 inches for shoulder room and 60.5 inches for hip room.
According to Automotive Information Systems, areas of the truck showing moderate reliability problems for 1994 were the engine, transmission and driveline and brakes. These included failures of the distributor shaft and fuel pump wiring, front axle actuator and the isolation/dump valve. Steering and suspension, climate control, starting and charging, and accessories showed minimal problems. This gave the truck an overall reliability rating of four out of five.
Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.