PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado HD


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$22,857* (2500 HD 4x2 Regular Cab)
$25,362* (2500 HD 4x2 Extended Cab, Short Bed)
$25,637* (2500 HD 4x2 Extended Cab, Long Bed)
$26,762* (2500 HD 4x2 Crew Cab, Short Bed)

$27,062* (2500 HD 4x2 Crew Cab, Long Bed)
$25,702* (2500 HD 4x4 Regular Cab)
$28,182* (2500 HD 4x4 Extended Cab, Short Bed)
$28,482* (2500 HD 4x4 Extended Cab, Long Bed)
$29,825* (2500 HD HD 4x4 Crew Cab, Short Bed)

$30,125* (2500 HD HD 4x4 Crew Cab, Long Bed)

$26,919* (
3500 HD 4x2 Extended Cab)
$28,344* (3500 HD 4x2 Crew Cab)

$27,202* (
3500 HD 4x4 Regular Cab)
$30,017* (3500 HD 4x4 Extended Cab)
$31,442* (3500 HD HD 4x4 Crew Cab)

Add $720 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Three engines are available for the Silverado

6.0-liter OHV V8 with cast iron block
300hp @ 4400
360ft-lbs. @ 4000

8.1-liter OHV V8 with cast iron block
340hp @ 4200
455ft-lbs. @ 3200

6.6-liter OHV V8 with cast iron block
300hp @ 3100
520ft-lbs. @ 1800

Four transmission choices exist for the Silverado Lineup:

- M74 (Allison 1000) 5-speed automatic

- ML6 (ZF S6-650) 6-speed manual

- M50 (4L60-E) New Venture Gear 3500 5-speed manual

- MT1 (4L80-E) 4-speed automatic

MPG (city / highway):
6.0-liter: N/A

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The Chevy Silverado HD Pickup begins its first full year of production in 2002, and continues to build momentum after its introduction last year as the segment’s most powerful line of all-new three-quarter and one-ton pickups.

This guide covers the heavy-duty versions of the Silverado, which come in 2500 (three-quarter ton) and 3500 (one-ton) series. The light-duty versions of the Silverado are covered separately in the Silverado guide.

Chevrolet offers a selection of 32 heavy-duty models, including regular cabs, four-door extended cabs, Crew Cabs and chassis cabs. Four special versions of the heavy-duty pickups, with a reduced gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), are available for alternative fuel vehicle customers.

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

2500 HD, 3500 Reg. Cab, fleetside, long box-standard and LS

2500 HD Ext. Cab, fleetside, short box-standard LS and LT

2500 HD, 3500 Ext. Cab, fleetside, long box-standard, LS and LT

Crew Cab, fleetside, short box-standard, LS and LT

Crew Cab, fleetside, long box-standard, LS and LT

The Silverado HD is all about power and capability and for 2002 there is plenty to go around.

In this segment the engine counts most. Three class leading engines are available.

The Duramax 6600 diesel V8 is a state-of-the-art, 90-degree, direct-injection, overhead valve, four-valve-per cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled V8, developed through a joint venture between GM and Isuzu Motors. The Vortec 8100 gasoline V8, with 340 horsepower at 4200 rpm and 455 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm, produces 40-65 more horsepower and 30-45 lb-ft more torque than Ford and Dodge V10 engines. The Vortec 8100 also provides best-in-class gas engine acceleration. Finally, the Silverado's standard engine, the Vortec 6000 gasoline V8, is the most powerful standard engine in its class.

With awesome power, tough frames, advanced suspensions and higher capacity brakes, the 2500HD/3500 Series provide outstanding payload capacities and unparalleled hauling and trailering capabilities, including:

The 3/4-ton segment’s highest 9200-pound GVWR (400 pounds more than competitors) and payloads of up to 3964 pounds

The one-ton pickup segment’s highest 11,400-pound GVWR and payloads of up to 5753 pounds

An 11,400-pound GVWR for 2WD chassis cabs and 12,000-pound GVWR for 4WD chassis cabs. Chassis cabs provide payloads of up to 6089 pounds.

Both the Vortec 8100 and Duramax 6600 Diesel V8 permit towing trailers up to 12,000 pounds; they provide a maximum 22,000-pound gross combined weight rating (GCWR).

With a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch, trailering capability increases to an astounding 15,800-pound maximum. The Vortec 8100 provides its maximum ratings with either a 4.10:1 or 3.73:1 axle ratio; the Duramax 6600 offers a 3.73 axle ratio.

With a weight-distributing platform hitch and 4.10 axle ratio, the Vortec 6000 V8 permits towing trailers weighting to 10,500 pounds and provides a maximum 16,000-pound GCWR.

The heavy-duty pickups are trailer ready. A Handling and Trailering package is standard. A Trailering Equipment package provides the weight-distributing hitch platform, eight-wire trailer harness with mounted connector and a jumper harness with a plug-in for the electric trailer brake controller.

Exterior Design:
There are no exterior changes for 2002.

Interior Design:
The 2500HD/3500 Series has the OnStar system. It is now standard on uplevel Silverado LT extended cab and Crew Cab models. OnStar adds safety and security features such as automatic air bag deployment notification and emergency assistance with live operators.

All models have standard dual air bags, with a passenger side deactivation switch on regular and extended cab models to protect small occupants

To meet California’s Low Emission Vehicle requirements, refinements have been made to Silverado’s Vortec 6000 V8 engine.

The Duramax 6600 and Vortec 8100 mate to smooth shifting, high capacity transmissions, including a standard ZF S6-650 six-speed manual and optional Allison 1000 five-speed automatic.

The Allison 1000 is a GM-exclusive. It has full electronic control of shift timing points, five forward speeds, and helical-type planetary gearsets for quiet operation. It also provides two operating modes, normal and Tow/Haul. In the latter, the torque converter clutch engages in second, third, fourth and fifth gears to avoid excessive heat buildup when the truck is heavily loaded.

Heavy-duty five-manual and GM’s optional 4L80-E four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmissions are available for the Vortec 6000. The 4L80-E also provides the benefits of Passive Shift Stabilization with its Tow/Haul mode, two year/50,000-mile transmission oil change intervals and a standard temperature gauge and temperature monitoring system.