2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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What Changed for 2008:
  • New standard XM satellite radio

  • One year OnStar Safe & Sound plan standard

  • New brighter-lit instrument pointers

  • New optional integrated trailer brake controller

  • New optional power seat on Regular Cab

  • Three cab styles, three box lengths, five trim levels, four engines

  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine available with E85/flex-fuel capability
Essentially unchanged from 2007 when Silverado was completely redesigned, the 2008 full-size Chevrolet pickup boasts a 5-star frontal and side-impact crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): a distinction it shares only with the GMC Sierra, according to the manufacturer. With three cab styles, three box lengths, four engines, and a towing capacity of 10,500 pounds, Chevy's popular pickup offers some minor refinements to pique consumer interest in 2008.

Model Lineup
For 2008, consumers can choose a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in Regular Cab, Extended Cab or Crew Cab, in rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). Three box lengths are offered: 5-ft. 8-in., 6-ft. 6-in., and 8-ft., along with five trim levels. The basic Work Truck (WT) is a short box, available as Regular, Extended or Crew Cab. V-6 or V-8 engines are available, depending on configuration, with standard 4-speed automatic transmission. WT includes a driver information center; dual glove boxes; tire-pressure monitor; 40/20/40 split-bench vinyl front and full rear bench seat (Ext. & Crew Cab); AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player and auxiliary MP3 input jack; and two auxiliary power outlets. The LS trim (Crew Cab only) adds remote keyless entry; power windows, door locks and mirrors; 40/20/40 split-bench cloth front and 60/40 split-bench rear seats; 17-inch chrome styled-steel wheels; and black, foldaway, power heated, outside rearview mirrors. Silverado 1LT models (Reg., Ext. & Crew Cab) have V-8 engines (depending on model); 40/20/40 select cloth split-bench front and 60/40 split-bench rear seats (Extended and Crew Cab); and an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass and temperature display.

Silverado 2LT adds premium cloth reclining front bucket seats and 60/40 split-bench rear seats (Extended and Crew Cab); 6-way power adjustable front seats with memory; dual-zone automatic temperature controls; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; foglamps; and 17-inch custom aluminum wheels. Step up to the LTZ and add heavy-duty trailering equipment; automatic locking rear differential; leather front bucket seats and 60/40 split-bench rear seats (Ext. & Crew Cab); 10-way power adjustable front seats with memory; Bose sound system; remote vehicle start; and a heated windshield washer fluid system.

Options include an LS package (LS only) with chrome styled-steel wheels, front bumper and grille surround; trailering mirrors; front recovery hooks; EZ-lift tailgate with top-cap spoiler; rear parking assist (Extended and Crew Cab); cargo management system; automatic locking rear differential; trailer, anti-lock brake-integrated brake controller; skid plate package; snow plow prep package; high-performance suspension (2LT/LTZ); and 1LT or 2LT convenience package.

Power for the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in one of four different Vortec engines. The base 4.3-liter V-6 engine produces 195 hp at 4600 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm. The optional 4.8-liter overhead valve (OHV) 16-valve V-8 delivers 295 hp at 5600 rpm and 305 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 4.3-liter V-6 are 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the 2WD and 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway for 4WD. The 4.8-liter V-8 gets an estimated 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway (2WD), and 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway (4WD).

The third engine choice, a 5.3-liter V-8, comes in four versions: an iron block, aluminum block, and iron or aluminum block with flex-fuel capability (able to run on gasoline, E85, or a combination of both fuels). The 5.3-liter V-8 engine delivers 315 hp at 5200 rpm and 338 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2WD 5.3-liter V-8 is 11 mpg city/15 mpg highway (E85), and 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (gas); while the 4WD gets an estimated 11 mpg city/14 mpg highway (E85) and 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway (gas).

The powerful Vortec Max 6.0-liter V-8 engine pumps out 367 hp at 5500 rpm and 375 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. The EPA numbers for the 6.0 V-8 are 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (2WD) and 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway (4WD).

All engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode. A super-duty transmission is optional for LT and LTZ models. GM provides a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance program. Also included are standard 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and standard (on WT and LS) or optional (LT/LTZ) electronic stability control.

According to the NHTSA, the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab, Crew Cab and Extended Cab models (2WD and 4WD) receive perfect 5-star ratings for all occupants in frontal and side-impact crash tests-with and without available head curtain side-impact air bags. In NHTSA rollover testing, all Silverado 1500 models receive a 4-star rating. Dual front air bags are standard, with available (on LT, WT and LTZ) roof-mounted, rollover-capable head curtain side air bags that are integrated into strengthened body and chassis structures, according to Chevrolet. Other safety features include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and safety belt pre-tensioners that activate during a crash.

The 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers an array of stereos, coupeed with three free months of XM satellite radio. An AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible player, auxiliary MP3 input jack, theft-lock and radio data system is standard on the 2008 Silverado 1500 WT. There's also an optional in-dash, 6-disc CD changer and Bose system; an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD/DVD player; Bose speaker system with subwoofer in the center console; and a touch screen navigation radio, with or without DVD player. Rear audio controls with two headphone jacks, power outlet, and controls for station selection, volume and media are also available on some models.

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