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February 21, 2000

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2000 Chevrolet Silverado LS 1500

Test Drive: 2000 Chevrolet Silverado LS 1500

   The 2000 Chevrolet Silverado LS 1500 pickup is a nice-riding vehicle. My test model was the 1/2-ton with the regular cab and flare-fendered Sportside cargo bed in a medium charcoal gray metallic color with graphite-colored cloth seats. The chrome front bumper and grille is standard on the LS.

   The powerful Vortec 4800 V8 SFI engine option with 270hp at 5,200rpm has 15hp over last year's engine. The pickup came with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission with the tow-haul mode. The trailer capacity was 8,700 lbs. For those who want the 4x4 option, the trailer capacity climbs to 9,400 lbs. A pre-wired trailering harness comes standard with the vehicle. The 4-wheel antilock brakes are standard.

   It is a big step up to get into the Silverado. There is an assist bar on the passenger side. The cab area is spacious for the driver and passenger. However, with two bucket seats and only a narrow space behind the seats, the space is limited if you want to carry a passenger and packages.

   The 6-way power controlled driver and passenger seats allowed choices to get to the most comfortable seating and positioning. The seat belts are seat mounted. There are driver and passenger air bags.

   The interior has a center console that is deep and lockable with two cup holders on the end. There are two auxilliary plugs on the dash. The driver message center is on the front dash to the left of the speedometer and informs you of any problem. Standard gauges include trip odometer, oil pressure, volt meter, tachometer, temperature, and engine hour meter.

   With the Sportside cargo bed, there are steps on both sides in front of the rear wheels that allow you to reach into the cargo space. The rain last week convinced me that if I owned this pickup, I would add a canopy, or the optional tonneau cover, to keep things dry.

   The daytime running lights are standard. My test model came with the optional fog lights. I had the P235/75R16 ALS WOL tires. The keyless entry allows you to lock and unlock the vehicle from a distance.

   This is a sporty pickup that makes a statement.

2000 Chevrolet Silverado LS 1500