I noticed some differences in the interiors on the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra trucks. On the 1999-2007 models, I noticed they all had the same dashboard as the Tahoe/Suburban regardless of trim level. Just the door panels were different on the higher trim models vs base models. On the 2007+ models it was different. A friend of mine has a 2008 Silverado LTZ and it has the dashboard like the Tahoe and Suburban had, with woodgrain, and it only has one glove compartment. The other models had a dashboard that looked more like the 1999-2007 models and it has two gloveboxes.
The new models all seem to have the same dashboard from what I can see regardless of trim level, and to me it looks more like a work truck style dashboard. I don't think it looks as good as the past ones.
Another thing is the 1999-2007 models had rear air vents on the extended and crew cabs, at least on some trim levels. I had a friend with a 1999 Silverado LS extended cab and it had them. But my friend's 2008 LTZ crewcab does not have the rear vents which I thought was strange.
Post by fancollector12 on Sept 3, 2017 0:08:21 GMT -5
We have a 1997 model Silverado 1500 (aka the K1500, as it was know back then). The dash between 1995 and 2002 on all GM full-size trucks and SUV's were the same aside from the gauge cluster. My uncle had a 2014 Silverado 1500 up until earlier this year and it was a nice truck. My aunt also once had a lifted 1995 model Silverado 2500 (aka K2500) that she sold 2 years ago for a Ford Escape, and I loved that truck. I prefer the 1995-2002 dashboard the most, it just has that "classic" look.
My uncle had a 1997 and a 2002 and the dashboards were similar but not the same. I think the dashboards went from 1995-1998 and then changed in 1999-2007. The 1995-96 only had driver airbag, 1997-98 had dual airbags. My relative with the 2005, has the same dashboard as the 2002. And with the newer ones, the 2007-2013 the dash board with the two glove boxes is on the Silverado LS, LT models and the dashboard like the Tahoe/Suburban have is the LTZ. Or on the Sierra it would be SL, SLE with the two glove boxes and the SLT with the Tahoe/Sierra dashbiard.
Post by fancollector12 on Sept 4, 2017 23:36:53 GMT -5
The only thing I hate about the older (pre-1999) trucks is the door buzzer that ALWAYS buzzes whenever the door is open and the keys are in the ignition (regardless of key position) or the lights are on... "BEEEEEEEEP!" I heard you can replace it with a chime module from a 1990s Chevy Camaro or even newer (1999-2005) Chevy/GMC truck (S10, Sonoma, Blazer, Jimmy, Silverado, Sierra, etc... was just a standard dinger), but don't know exactly how.
I forgot to mention my friend's dad has an '03 Chevy Avalanche (1500) and it's got the "newer" (2003-2006) dash design, and the chimes are the newer GM "bongs" that play through the radio and the front driver's-side door speakers. I still prefer the older dashboard design from 1995-2002. Everything is soft touch, too. The pre-1995 dashboard design was stupid, with the entertainment controls positioned on the passenger's side... the only thing directly in front of the driver was the radio tuner, and then the tuner box was behind the front seats. If you went to replace the factory tuner with an aftermarket radio, it would live on the passenger side, so you couldn't easily reach it to control it. So stupid.
The seats are super comfortable no matter the generation, Chevy always made good truck seats.
True, and I remember those older truck dashboards and they had electronic climate controls.. But a lot of dashboards had weird layouts back then, such as the Fords where the HVAC controls were above the radio controls, whereas now it's usually the opposite.
My friend had a 99 Silverado LS extended cab. It had the AM FM cassette radio with separate CD player at the bottom of the dash. Also had the long overhead console and console between the seats, cloth power seats. It had the single zone a/c with three knobs with rear vents on the console.
His dad had a 2004 or so Silverado crewcab, and it had the same dashboard as the 1999 but the steering wheel had a smaller airbag cover and also had the stereo and trip computer buttons on it. It had an AM/FM CD changer radio with RDS and it had the dual zone electronic control and rear vents. That one had heated leather seats. Then he got a 2008 or maybe late 2007 Silverado crewcab and that one had the navigation radio with CD and electronic dual zone control but no rear vents on the console. It has heated leather seats also. The dashboard on that one looks like the Suburban/Tahoe one from the time and so do the door panels. Also that one has the Panasonic DVD player overhead for the rear seat but I don't think the 2004 had one.
The 1995 Silverados I believe were the first with a driver airbag, the 1997 models were the first to have dual airbags and the passenger side dashboard was taller on those, the 1995-96 had a lower passenger dashboard with cupholders.
Post by fancollector12 on Sept 9, 2017 1:50:39 GMT -5
Yeah our K1500 has the separate cassette stereo in the dash and what they called a "Slave" CD player down below where a storage compartment would regularly be. It also has the separate woofers and tweeters in the front doors, with the woofers mounted low in the doors as usual, and the tweeters mounted in the door armrests. My aunt's old K2500 had the cassette player that she replaced with a Pioneer CD player and a storage pocket in the lower dash. Hers had only one speaker in each front door (both trucks had 2 in the back, of course), and hers had the grilles in the doors for tweeters, but only cutouts for tweeters under them, no tweeters. For some reason, the back passenger side speaker isn't working in our K1500, and the front driver's door speaker on my aunt's old K2500 wasn't working. So sound system components tend to fail. Our K1500 has the "Theft-Lock" on the radio to prevent it from working when the battery is disconnected for a long period of time, or if it's removed from the vehicle, which you can call a number GM dealers call to get the code for free. Believe it or not, dealers used to charge you just to call the number to get the code for you.
In 2003, they switched a lot of electronics around... they introduced a digital information center in the gauge cluster in addition to the indicator lights, the buzzer/beeper or chime module now became chimes played through the front driver's door speaker(s) in most vehicles, OnStar controls moved from the dashboard to the rearview mirror, and radios were now equipped with "Theftlock II", which didn't use an anti-theft code to unlock the radio, but instead, the radio was factory-coded to that specific vehicle, and couldn't be installed into another vehicle unless it was programmed by a dealer (you also couldn't swap out your vehicle's radio unless you had it programmed by a dealer). The GPS nav and DVD player options were also introduced that year, the GPS nav system made by Delphi and the DVD player made by Panasonic. XM Satellite Radio was also available starting in 2003, and OnStar became more advanced (in fact, the older "analogue" OnStar systems in 2002 and older vehicles no longer function due to analogue cellular networks being shut down after 2009). You have to get a special interface for 2003 and newer GM truks if you go to replace the factory radio in order to retain certain factory features, such as warning chimes.
In terms of the airbags, I know our K1500 has a driver's side airbag, and also an airbag on the passenger's side. I believe that, while it came standard on the 1500 models, it was optional on the 2500 and 3500 models. My aunt's K2500 didn't have airbags if I recall correctly. I know this because our K1500 has 'AIRBAG' engraved into the steering wheel and on the passenger's side. My aunt's old K2500 didn't have 'AIRBAG' engraved into the steering wheel (steering wheel in the K2500 without the airbags was also "thinner" in front, and the K1500 with airbags has the "fatter" steering wheel). Her old K2500 also had yet another storage compartment and cup holder where the passenger's airbag would've been like on our K1500.
It's rare to find the DVD player and GPS nav system in a GM pickup unless you're talking about an Avalanche or GMC Sierra Denali.
I have brochures for the 1997 Chevy C/K Truck lineup, as well as the 2003 Chevy Avalanche. It's cool to see the original colors and options, and how they've changed over the years.
I'd say it's really rare in the pre 2007 models to have NAV or DVD player, I have never seen one that I can recall from that era. But in the 2007 and newer Sierra SLT/Silverado LTZ it's fairly common. Less so in the SLE and LS models, but some do. I think only the crew cabs can have DVD players though, and regular cabs can't be ordered with NAV as far as I am aware.
Post by fancollector12 on Sept 24, 2017 23:55:23 GMT -5
Actually the SLT's and LTZ's are pretty common, the Denalis are the rare ones. At least in my area. They only offered the DVD player in Crew Cabs and Avalanches (and of course the fullsize SUV's). I think nav was only offered on those vehicles as well, as you had to get the Bose system to get that option, and that also wasn't available on regular cabs (but was available on extended and crew cabs, I believe). Now nav is available on everything, and the new trucks include smartphone integration, so essentially every truck has nav now.
I haven't really paid much attention, but I'd say the Denali model is pretty rare here too.
This is my favorite interior on Sierra and Silverado, the 2007-2013 LTZ/SLT interior. Also the only interior in Tahoe/Suburban/Avalanche. For some reason it reminds me a lot of my 2001 Malibu dashboard ironically. I like this color scheme and also the tan/brown one. I also like the LS/LT interior of those years. The current interiors I don't like as much, too blocky for me.
This is the SL/SLE LS/LT style interior, which could also be had with a console between the front seats instead of the bench seat/armrest