PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado

 



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Price:
$17,518* (1500 4x2 Regular Cab, Short Bed)
$17,818* (1500 4x2 Regular Cab, Long Bed)
$22,537* (1500 4x2 Extended Cab, Short Bed)
$24,332* (1500 4x2 Extended Cab, Long Bed)
$28,705* (1500 HD 4x2 Crew Cab, Short Bed)
$20,503* (1500 4x4 Regular Cab, Short Bed)
$20,803* (1500 4x4 Regular Cab, Long Bed)
$26,292* (1500 4x4 Extended Cab, Short Bed)
$27,392* (1500 4x4 Extended Cab, Long Bed)
$32,143* (1500 HD 4x4 Crew Cab, Short Bed)
Add $720 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
Four engines are available for the Silverado

4.3-liter OHV Vortec® V6 with sequential fuel injection.
200hp @ 4600
260ft-lbs. @ 2800

4.8-liter OHV Vortec® V8 with sequential fuel injection.
275hp @ 5200
285ft-lbs. @ 4000

5.3-liter OHV Vortec® V8 with sequential fuel injection.
285hp @ 5200
325ft-lbs. @ 4000

6.0-liter OHV Vortec® V8 with sequential fuel injection.
300hp @ 4400
360ft-lbs. @ 4000

Transmissions:
Four transmission choices exist for the Silverado Lineup:

- MG5(NV3500) Five-speed manual for 1500 models

- MW3(NV4500) Five-speed manual 2500 models

- M30( 4L60-E) Four-speed automatic for 1500 models

- MT1( 4L80-E) Four-speed automatic for 2500 models

MPG (city / highway):
4.3-liter: 16 / 21
4.8-liter: 16 / 20
5.3-liter: 15 / 19
6.0-liter: N/A

Competitors:
Dodge Ram
Ford F-150
GMC Sierra

Toyota Tundra

 

 

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Overview:
The Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup begins another year as General Motors’ best-selling vehicle and the second best selling vehicle in North America.

This guide covers the light-duty versions of the Silverado, which come in 1500 (half-ton) and 2500 (three-quarter-ton) series. The heavy-duty versions of the Silverado are covered separately in the Silverado HD guide.

The 2002 Silverado is offered in the following configurations and trim levels:

Regular Cab Fleetside / Sportside Short Box, 2WD and 4WD: Base & LS

Regular Cab Fleetside Longbox, 2WD and 4WD: Base & LS

Extended Cab Fleetside/Sportside Short Box, 2WD and 4WD: Base, LS & LT

Extended Cab Fleetside Long Box, 2WD & 4WD: Base LS & LT

Crew Cab Fleetside Short Box, 2WD & 4WD, LS & LT

For 2002 the Silverado conveniently repackages its options for more customer value, upgrades its emission control systems and improves its compressed natural gas fuel capabilities.

The 2002 model year also marks the first full production year of a half-ton heavy-duty Crew Cab Silverado.

GM and Delphi's revolutionary four-wheel steering system, Quadrasteer, will also be offered on select Silverados, most likely the 1/2-ton extended cab and 1500HD.

Chrome bumpers and grille are now included on all Silverado trim levels. Optional remote keyless entry and door locks, and cruise control are also combined as an option package on base trucks. Silverado LS models offer optional fog lamps, compass and a temperature gauge for easier customer ordering.

With half-ton and three-quarter-ton offerings in fleetside or sportside trim, Silverado offers a model for virtually any use in 2WD and 4WD and in regular, extended and crew cabs. Customers can also choose a short or long box, and trim levels are standard, LS and LT.

The Silverado’s popular extended cab model gives customers an automatic transmission as standard equipment – as it is most often ordered. No manual transmission will be available.

Silverado also features an impressive Vortec gasoline engine lineup: 4300 V6, 4800 V8, 5300 V8 and 6000 V8. Horsepower for the engine lineup ranges from 200 hp to 300 hp.

With that power availability, Silverado was meant to work. Payload capacities range from 1593 to 3224 pounds, and Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings extend from 6100 to 8600 pounds.

Silverado's Z71 Off-Road Package offers four-wheeling fun and capability on half-ton 4x4 models. The Z71 Package includes 46mm gas-charged shock absorbers, off-road jounce bumpers, specific stabilizer bars, a skid plate package, a high-capacity air cleaner and distinctive Z71 decals for the pickup box.

Exterior Design:
There are no exterior changes for 2002.

Look for a mid-cycle enhancement to the Silverado's exterior for the 2003 model year to bring it in line with the more aggressive looks found on the Avalanche.

Interior Design:
Silverado’s radio lineup has been streamlined. A CD player is optional for the first time in 2002 on the base model but the cassette player is no longer offered. The base model features an AM/FM radio with a CD player optional; LS trim continues to offer a CD player standard; and LT has a cassette and a CD player as standard equipment.

Powertrain:
There are a wide variety of powerplant choices for the Chevrolet Silverado including a 4.3-liter V6, 4.8-liter V8, 5.3-liter V8 and
6.0-liter V8.

Emission refinements for the 2002 Silverado include the addition of multi-port fuel injection to its Vortec 4300 V6 for better fuel control to meet California emissions requirements. The Vortec 5300 V8 also benefits from refined emissions for most regular cab and extended cab models. To meet California’s Low Emission Vehicle requirements, similar refinements have been made to Silverado’s Vortec 6000 V8 engine.