2000 Chevy Truck 454 Specsby Steve Johnson
Chevy introduced the 454 big-block V8 engine on its muscle cars starting in 1970. Because of the fuel crisis and government-mandated fuel emission rules, the manufacturer has concentrated the usage of this engine to GM's heavy-duty trucks. In 1996, the Vortec 7400 engine was released in the market through several pickup trucks, including the Chevrolet C/K series. The only Chevrolet 2000 model truck that uses the 454 engine is the Chevrolet C/K 3500.
Models and Trims
In 2000, the 454 engine was only available on the Chevrolet C/K 3500 models. The C model is a rear-wheel drive vehicle; the K model has four-wheel drive. Both models are available in regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab. The crew cab has options for either a long or short bed. Regular and extended cabs have two doors while the crew cab has four doors.
The C/K 3500's standard engine is a 5.7-liter V8 OHV 16-volt FI engine, and the 454 engine comes as an optional upgrade. The upgraded Vortec 7400 is a 7.4L V8 OHV 16V-volt FI engine. This engine has two valves per cylinder and features multi-port fuel injection. It was also noted to have more power for gasoline engines. The Vortec 7400 produces 290 horsepower at 4,000 revolutions per minute and 410 foot pounds of torque at 3,200 rpm. It also has 107.95-millimeter bore and 101.6-mm stroke. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard; a four-speed automatic transmission is optional.
The C/K 3500 interior comes standard with cloth seating, front split bench, manual air conditioning, an AM/FM/cassette audio system, tilt steering wheel, and leather steering wheel. Standard exterior features include chrome step bumper, 16-inch wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers. Power accessories also come standard. Optional features include a premium audio system with CD capability, bucket seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry system, power driver's seat, rear window defroster and an overhead console. A camper/towing package is also available.
Safety and Pricing
A four-wheel anti-lock brake system, daytime running lights, and power brakes come standard. Optional upgrades include skid plates and keyless entry system. A 2000 C/K 3500 was valued from $4,400 to $7,500 as of October 2010, depending on the trim, upgrades and after-market modifications.