Chevrolet Silverado 2500 (Light-Duty)
A first-generation, non-HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500 variant was offered from 1999 through the 2004 model year (though a 2007 Silverado 1500HD Classic model was offered for a single model year).
Similar to the Silverado 1500HD, it slotted between the light-duty and heavy-duty pickup trucks, offering a larger frame and higher towing capacity than the former but not quite as capable as the latter. As such, the Silverado 2500 light-duty truck was a sound alternative for folks who needed something that could outwork a 1500 but provide more comfort than its heavy-duty siblings.
|Model Years||1999 – 2004*|
|Drivetrain||Rear-Wheel or Four-Wheel Drive|
|Predecessor||C/K Series Pickup|
|Successor||Second-Gen Chevy Silverado 1500 (indirect)|
There are many differences and similarities between the short-lived Silverado 2500 light-duty and the continued 1500 light-duty models as well as the 2500 heavy-duty models. For instance, the 2500 light-duty model was available exclusively with a Vortec 6.0L V8, came equipped with a semi-floating axle – compared to a full-floating axle found on heavy-duty models – and a frame that was beefier than a 1500 yet not quite as hefty as a 2500HD frame.
Customers had the option to outfit their 2500LDs with heavy-duty components from the larger 2500HDs, however, the GVWR would still be different due to the differences of the trucks’ frames.
Like all other first-generation Silverado models, the 2500 light duty received a face lift for the 2003 model year (shown below).
Since exact specifications varied between model year and configuration, details on the light-duty 2500 can be a bit murky, with more instances of contradicting information rather than precise information. Many truck enthusiasts consider the Silverado 2500 light-duty to be synonymous with the Silverado 1500 heavy-duty, but this isn’t exactly the case.
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