2009 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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$26,815

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Allison six-speed automatic transmission
  • Duramax diesel performance
  • Integral steel, not composite
  • Dually fenders
  • Towing mirrors
  • Independent front suspension on 4x4 models
  • Integrated brake controller

The bad:

  • No side curtain or side-impact airbags
  • Captain's chairs not available in LTZ Crew Cab
  • 6.0-liter V-8 isn't E85 capable
  • Huge chrome front bumpers

19 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Notable features

  • Stability system standard on select 2500HD models
  • Bluetooth available
  • Rearview camera available on extended and crew cabs
  • OnStar gets Turn-by-Turn navigation
  • XM Satellite Radio now with NavTraffic

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks are built on a more robust version of General Motor’s full-size pickup truck platform. The heavy-duty trucks share the same mechanicals, but are differentiated with unique interiors and front-end styling. Both can have a powertrain that consists of a Duramax diesel engine and an Allison transmission, which continues to draw rave reviews.

There are some configuration differences between the light-duty Silverado 1500 and its big brothers. The regular cab version comes only with an 8-foot long bed, while the 2500HD extended cab is available with both the 6.5-foot standard bed and the long bed. The crew cab is also limited to just the long bed. All 3500HD models have long beds and can be ordered with dual rear wheels or single rear wheels. All 2500HD models are SRW. All models are available in two- or four-wheel-drive.

A 6.0-liter V-8 gas engine is standard on all models. The popular 6.6-liter Duramax diesel and six-speed Allison transmission are optional. GM says the 2500HD and 3500HD can tow up to 13,000 pounds with the diesel engine and a conventional hitch. Maximum towing capacity with a fifth-wheel hitch mounted in the cargo box is 16,700 pounds. Payload varies between 2,331 pounds and 5,309 pounds, depending on the model.

New for 2009
The only noticeable changes are in consumer electronics. OnStar now comes with Turn-by-Turn navigation and Destination Download. Bluetooth has also been added, and the XM Satellite Radio has been enhanced with a NavTraffic feature. Finally, those with visibility concerns will welcome the availability of a rearview camera system.

Exterior
The Silverado 1500’s features are emboldened for the heavy-duty models. This includes specific grilles, headlamps, hoods and front fenders that are a little more muscular than the half-ton model’s. The cargo boxes on 3500HD dually models are made of steel, including the hydroformed sheet metal outer fenders that give the truck extra strength and a more integrated appearance.

  • Available EZ Lift tailgate
  • Available rail system with adjustable tie-downs
  • Available moonroof on extended and crew cabs
  • Dual-port grille is wider and taller than 1500 model’s
  • 3500HD dually has side, roof marker lights
  • Chrome bumpers for all models
  • Tow mirrors available

Interior
GM’s efforts to improve its interiors have paid off with the Silverado’s spacious cab. Materials have a softer touch, gaps are tighter and the surfaces are flush. The LTZ draws inspiration from the Tahoe/Suburban and is targeted toward luxury owners, while other trims appeal to the working owner. While GM doesn’t have as many different interior packages as Ford, its choices are distinct enough to meet the needs of most buyers.

Because owners of heavy-duty trucks are on the road for long stretches, the LTZ is particularly inviting, with its leather seating and standard Bose sound system. Some luxury owners like the idea of captain’s chairs in the rear of crew cabs, but that’s about the only omission we can find in this nicely appointed interior.

  • Stadium-style seating in second row
  • Double glove box on work interiors, single on LTZ
  • Interiors distinguished by different instrument panels
  • Easy-to-read, LED-lit analog gauges
  • Power windows on extended cab doors roll down completely
  • Available power rear window on extended and crew cabs
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system
  • Power-adjustable foot pedals available

Under the Hood
There are a couple of engine options on the heavy-duty Silverado.

  • 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 with 380 pounds-feet of torque, iron block/aluminum cylinder head and two valves per cylinder
  • Mated to six-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission
  • 365-hp, 6.6-liter diesel V-8 with 660 pounds-feet of torque, iron block/aluminum cylinder head and four valves per cylinder
  • Mated to six-speed Allison automatic transmission

Safety
An electronic stability system is standard only on select versions of the 2500HD.

  • Dual front airbags standard
  • Ultrasonic rear parking assist available
  • Antilock brakes
  • Tire-pressure-monitoring system standard on SRW models
  • OnStar gets Turn-by-Turn navigation

Of Interest to Truck Owners
3500HD

  • Regular cab GVW: 9,500 pounds (4×2 SRW), 9,900 pounds (4×4 SRW), 11,400 (4×4 DRW)
  • Extended cab GVW: 9,700 pounds (4×2 SRW), 11,400 pounds (4×2 DRW), 9,900 pounds (4×4 SRW), 11,400 pounds (4×4 DRW)
  • Crew cab GVW: 9,800 pounds (4×2 SRW), 11,400 pounds (4×2 DRW), 9,900 pounds (4×4 SRW), 11,400 pounds (4×4 DRW)
  • Regular cab payload: 4,712 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.0-liter), 4,186 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.0-liter), 3,526 pounds (4×4, SRW, 6.6-liter), 5,309 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.0-liter), 4,649 pounds (4×4 DRW 6.6-liter)
  • Extended cab payload: 4,004 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.0-liter), 3,357 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.6-liter), 5,126 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.0-liter), 4,480 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.6-liter), 3,747 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.0-liter), 3,086 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.6-liter), 4,879 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.0-liter), 4,217 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.6-liter)
  • Crew cab payload: 3,873 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.0-liter), 3,222 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.6-liter), 4,996 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.0-liter), 4,345 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.6-liter), 3,592 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.0-liter), 2,906 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.6-liter), 4,728 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.0-liter), 4,042 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.6-liter)
  • Regular cab maximum towing capacity*: 12,600 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.0-liter), 12,500 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×4, SRW, 6.6-liter), 12,200 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×4 DRW 6.6-liter)
  • Extended cab maximum towing capacity*: 12,400 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.6-liter), 12,100 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.6-liter), 12,000 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.6-liter), 11,700 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.6-liter)
  • Crew cab maximum towing capacity*: 12,200 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.6-liter), 11,900 pounds (4×4 SRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×2 SRW, 6.6-liter), 11,800 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×2 DRW, 6.6-liter), 11,600 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4×4 DRW, 6.6-liter)

  • Fuel tank capacity: 34 gallons
  • Axle ratio: 3.73:1, 4.10:1
  • Minimum ground clearance: 9.1 inches
  • Cargo floor length: 78.7 inches (standard bed), 97.6 inches (long bed)
  • Cargo floor width: 62.4 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 50.6 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 21 inches

*Maximum towing capacity for all models is for conventional hitch-and-ball mount.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best truck I've ever purchased

Well worth the price!!! The whole staff is top notch and very knowledgeable. Very clean and friendly atmosphere!!!!! Worth the drive and conversation!! AAAA+++ salesman, staff, parts department!

4.6

Love the truck Very reliable vehicle

Truck is in really good shape for the age and miles I love this truck just looking to get something a little newer it is fully deleted With EFI live dp5 switch just replaced head gaskets and ARP head studs and engine harness as a fass 165 Lift pump I also have a factory wheels that go with it as aftermarket Projection headlights with LED halos also have factory headlights it is an LTZ with everything except navigation and sunroof

4.1

Great truck, wonderful puller.

It's done everything that I needed in Recovery work after Hurricane Harvey. Its been a workhorse on out Volunteer projects.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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