1997 Chevy 2500 Truck Specificationsby Robin Cochran
The 1997 Chevrolet 2500 truck is a 3/4-ton full-sized truck. It was produced to satisfy the demand for a stronger working truck. The 1997 2500 series truck was available in seven trim styles. The manufacturer suggested retail price began at $18,268 for the C2500 regular cab to $23,105 for the extended 8-foot long-bed.
Engine and Powertrain
The 2500 series regular cab edition and extended 6.5-foot model came with a 5.0-liter, 305 V-8 with a displacement of 4,998 cc and a bore and stroke of 3.74 by 3.48 inches. This hefty engine has a compression ratio of 9.1:1 with 230 horsepower at 4,600 rpm. These models came standard with a five-speed manual transmission.
The other available trims include the C2500HD (heavy-duty) regular cab and extended 8-foot. These models came with a 5.7-liter V-8 with 255 horsepower at 4,600 rpm. The bore and stroke are 4.00 and 3.48 inches .ith a compression ratio of 9.4:1. A manual five-speed transmission was standard.
The K2500 trim styles are the regular cab, extended 8-foot and extended 6.5-foot bed. All came with a 5.7-liter V-8 with 255 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and a displacement of 5,735 cc. The bore and stroke are 4.00 and 3.48 inches with a compression ratio of 9.4:1.These models also came with a five-speed manual transmission. The maximum towing capacity for both engines is 8,500 lb.
Chevrolet offered a Silverado package and engine upgrade for those who need more power. The upgraded engine is a 6.5-liter, V-8 turbo diesel that put out 190 horsepower at 3,400 rpm with a torque 385 foot-pounds at 1800 rpm. This engine featured a bore of 101.3 mm and stroke of 84 mm with a cast iron block. The engine upgrade was offered at $2,860.
A four-speed automatic transmission was also available for an upgrade price of $970. A standard air conditioner upgrade without the Silverado package was $805.
The 1997 2500 series trucks are powerful enough to be an everyday work truck, but its looks said a lot more. This year's standard models stayed the same as the previous years. Standard features were a four speaker AM/FM stereo with channel seek and digital clock, heater, tinted glass and a molded plastic grill. Air conditioning was an upgrade for all models.
Silverado upgrade packages were available including: leather seating, power seats, air conditioning, leather covered steering wheel, upgraded sound system, sound insulation, rally wheels, bright exterior molding, cruise and tilt, chrome covered bumpers, reclining 60/40 seats and bed-liner.
Safety Rating and Fuel Efficiency
The Chevrolet C2500 truck series received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association for frontal driver and a four-star rating for frontal passenger. The side driver, passenger or rollover was not tested.
The Chevy C2500 has a fuel capacity of 34 gallons and is rated at 14 to 15 miles per gallon in the city and 19 to 20 mpg on the highway.
Interior and Exterior Dimensions
The overall length for the extended 8-foot model is 237.4 inches, width of 76.8 inches, height of 73.1 inches, wheelbase of 155.5 inches and a ground clearance of 7.2 inches. The curb weight is 5,084 lb.
The overall length for the regular cab model is 213.1 inches. The height is 71.2 inches, width is 76.8 inches, wheelbase is 131.5 inches and a ground clearance of 7.2 inches. The curb weight is 4,299 lb.
The overall length for the extended 6.5-foot model is 218.5 inches, a height of 71.3 inches, a width of 76.8 inches, a wheelbase of 141.5 inches and a ground clearance of 7.2 inches. The curb weight is 4,474 lb.
The interior dimensions for the regular cab are a headroom of 39.9 inches, legroom of 41.7 inches and shoulder room of 65.4 inches. The regular cab seats three adults.
The interior dimensions for the extended cab front row are a headroom of 39.9 inches, legroom of 41.7 inches and the shoulder room is 65.4 inches. The second row includes a legroom of 34.8 inches and the shoulder room is 67.6 inches. The extended cab seats six adults comfortably.
Robin Cochran has been writing since 1995. Her articles have appeared on national websites and in equine magazines such as "Horsing Around." Cochran has over 30 years of equine experience training hunters/jumpers and dressage horses. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology and will attend law school for her Juris Doctor degree.