GMC Sierra C3 information:
The GMC Sierra C3 is half ton pickup truck manufactured by General motors and the closest that it has in place of the Cadillac pickups. It is a luxury pickup that is fully loaded up to the top and it is also very expensive. The features found in the C3 are not found anywhere else in its segment. This light duty pickup can touch a base price of $38,995 for the base model.
The GMC Sierra C3 for starter has the biggest powertrain in the entire class an upgraded Vortex 6.0 L V8 aimed to produce 325hp and 370 lb-ft torque. The engine pushrod 16-valve and is offered with the GM engine control system and port fuel injection. The engine has new cylinder heads in aluminium, new exhaust system, new cam profiles and an engine cover in three pieces to suppress the noise. It is coupled to a 4L60 E automatic transmission complete with towing and hauling feature that assists in getting strong gear changes and higher upshifts, and a 3.73:1 final drive that would help you beat the lights every time. The truck tips the scale at 5000 pounds and it still can work out an acceleration to register 7.8 seconds for the 0-60mph. The C3 also completes the quarter mile in 16.0 seconds at the speed of 86 miles per hour which is quite fast for a hauler. Wheelbase of the truck is 143.5 inch and the length is 227.7 inch.
Instead of the regular floor mounted four wheel drive system the C3 comes equipped with an AWD transfer case with a viscous limited slip device and center differential. The torque split is set at 38/62 for front to rear but has the ability to supply 100% power to axle that has the grip. The C3 uses in place of standard truck tires, the Michelin 265/70SR-17 all-season touring aluminium cast wheels measuring 7.5/17 inch with six spoke. The truck also has the dynamic rear proportioning system, four-wheel disc brakes of heavy duty obtained from the three-quarter ton versions and anti-lock brakes. Combination of all offers a stop of 210 stop for the 2-and-half ton truck from a speed of 70-0mph.
Suspension of the C3 is the combination of two-stage leaf springs at the back and torsion bars in the front and for load hauling, trailer towing and canyon carving the extra damping comes in great use. It is not to be driven off-road though it has the height of a conventional 4 x 4.the skidpad is a respectable 0.70g which is not bad for a pickup truck but not up with the Z06 Corvette. It is termed as a street truck but can haul up to 8700 pounds with a regular trailer hitch, trailer brake harness and 7-pin trailer harness connector.
Options and packages
Sierra C3 is front-engine, 4-wheel-drive layout and can carry 5-passenger and has 2+2-door configuration. This Sierra is different from other Sierras because it has a load of cosmetics. It has big round projector low beams halogen headlights, black machined grille, wraparound turn signal lights, rounded fog lamps, four-bar lower grille, dual tow hooks and sheet molding compound front bumper. Parts like rearview mirrors, door handles, and body-side moldings are in body color and the same has been done to the tailgate molding, tailgate handle and step bumper. You can either have the regular assist steps in chrome with mud flaps or optionally installed running boards of two numbers by the dealer. Color-keyed soft vinyl tonneau cover for the C3 gives it a neat finish. The truck has a sleek interior which is not seen in any of the full-size truck of GMC and it begins with the leather bucket seats with 6-way power heating and memory settings, noise pads, plush floor mats and extra-thick carpet. The foldable rear seats has tether anchor for child seats and also the snap in attachment for child seat.
Comfort and luxury is everywhere and while driving the city streets or over hill the vehicle is found to be unbelievably quiet and roomy. It has great throttle response and healthy background exhaust beat and the highly efficient suspension works beautifully to take on corners fast as well as making a full-throttle starts easy and spin free. If you want to own a truck without mechanical complications and all weather capabilities then you might as well go for the C3 but it will drain you budget drastically. The base price of the vehicle is $38, 995 and a loaded one would cost you as much as $39, 485.
Fuel Economy & Safety
The Sierra C3 works up a top speed of 108mph and the fuel economy according to EPA rating is 11mpg city riding and the observed fuel economy overall is 13mpg. When the test driver tried to step on the gas he thought that the rear wheels would come off which never happened. You shall have to do something out of turn like turning the truck upside down by losing control to achieve that. In all conditions the truck keeps a firm grip on the tarmac. While driving in hilly terrains the truck remained stable and the driver was always in control of the vehicle. The four wheel drive offers a lot of confidence to you when your input converts into the way you like it. The GMC Sierra C3 2001 model rating for rollover is 4 out of 5 and the crash test for front impact, side impact, rated 3 out of 5. The passenger side impact resistance was 4 out of 5 and the driver’s 3 out of 5. Further the safety equipments like 4-wheel ABS, airbags on-off switch, integrated safety belt, adjustable upper belt in the front, daytime running lights, the rear seat head restraint, adjustable upper belt rear ensure that the accidental impact is kept at a minimum.
Overall you shall have to loosen up your purse strings more than you intend to do if you wish to buy a pickup truck that has the most luxuries and features not seen before in any of the trucks of its segment and that will be the GMC Sierra C3.
GMC Sierra C3 Images:
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GMC Sierra C3 modifications:
|All GMC Sierra C3 years|
|modification||price||cylinder||wheels||doors||width x length x height||clearance|
4dr Extended Cab AWD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A) (2001)
|38,370$||8||all wheel drive||4||78.5 x 227.7 x 73.9|