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Chevrolet G3500 Vans

Since 1996, the Chevrolet G3500 vans have been transporting people and cargo with ease. The vehicles have remained top sellers in its class because of its reliability and spacious interior. The G3500 passenger diesel and G3500 cargo diesel are equipped with 6.6-Litre V8 diesel engines and a six-speed automatic transmission.

About the Chevrolet G3500 Cargo Van

The Chevrolet G3500 Cargo van comes with basic amenities that include standard equipment such as power steering, power brakes, daytime running lights, and 16-inch wheels. The front bucket seats come with vinyl seating, the driver and passenger have front airbags and there is also an AM/FM audio system. Extra optional equipment for the Cargo van includes a Camper/Towing package, power heated mirrors, chrome bumpers, power windows and door locks, and a power antenna. As well, you can have a power driver's seat and air conditioning for the front and the rear, and a tilt steering wheel with cruise control.

Passenger Van

The Chevrolet G3500 passenger van is available with an extended wheelbase that can seat eight, twelve or fifteen people. It is an ideal vehicle for transporting sports teams, school group outings, or large family outings. The range of equipment that comes standard includes 16-inch wheels, partial wheel covers, as well as swing-out rear quarter windows, rear door, and heated power mirrors with turn signal indicators. There is also trailer wiring, heavy-duty trailering gear, a front console with storage space, power steering and a tilt/adjustable steering wheel with cruise control buttons, as well, there are several other functional items included.

The G3500 Origin

Chevrolet G3500 vans have been for sale since 1996. During 1997 the steering was improved for low speeds and easier parking, and changes made to the automatic transmission for smoother shifting. Dual airbags were also introduced. For 2001 an LT trim model was released that offered leather upholstery as well as an on-board entertainment system for connecting to a VCR game system. Upgrades were made to the radio and to the alternator. The following year (2002) the G3500 vans achieved "low vehicle compliance" with the 8100 V8 and the 6.5-Litre diesel engine. The 2002 models also came with an improved starter. The two engine sizes allowed buyers to have the power and torque that they wanted.

Other Upgrades

For 2008 side curtain airbags became standard and the interior had a new instrument cluster and steering wheel. In 2010 the 5.3-Litre V8 engine's horsepower was increased to 310, and the option for remote engine start became available. As well, there was six-speed transmission enhanced fuel economy and low revs per minute torque for the Chevrolet G3500 vans. The last of the upgrading happened in 2011, with the introduction of a heavy-duty locking rear differential, as well as upgrades made optional for OnStar, Satellite radio, Bluetooth capability, and a USB interface.