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1998 Chevrolet C1500

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1998 Chevrolet C1500 Review

Powerful and reliable pickup, suitable for both work and play.

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The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 available in a variety of models, which offer the option of two or four-wheel drive. In addition, buyers must decide the size of the cab and bed of the truck and its accompanying style, as well as the engine found under the hood. When all is said and done, each truck is truly one-of-a-kind. Drivers get the satisfaction of exceptional performance, which includes powerful acceleration and the ability to tow heavy loads. Ride and handling could be better, but does not take away from the fact that the C1500 is a dependable truck that deserves respect and could easily be admired.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne, Chevrolet C1500 Work Truck, Chevrolet C1500 Silverado

What's New

The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 gets a few revisions like the addition to some new exterior color choices and updated tailgate lettering. An anti-theft security system now comes standard, and models weighing less than 8600 pounds come standard with second-generation airbags.


The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 regular cab models have approximately a 195-inch length, 77-inch width, 71-inch height, and 118-inch wheelbase. Extended cab models are about 24 inches longer. Models feature a chrome front bumper, a body-colored rear bumper, externally-adjustable black door mirrors, a solar-reflective windshield, daytime running lights, trailer towing preparation, a fixed rear window, and tinted glass. Moreover, it weighs over 6000 pounds and sits on steel or silver alloy 15-inch wheels.


The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 regular cab models are roomy enough to fit two or three passengers, while extended cab models can accommodate up to six passengers. In the front, there is a split bench cloth seat with two height-adjustable head restraints. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage, and the dash contains logically-arranged gauges for clear readability, conveniently-located controls for easy use, and two cup holders. Extended cab models have a cloth bench seat in the rear. Models feature a simulated leather steering wheel, passenger assist handles, dual covered power points, and an AM/FM stereo with an integrated digital clock and four speakers. Bucket seats, a center console, power door locks, and a cassette or CD player are optional.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 comes packed with either a 4.3-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, a five-liter V-8 that pumps out 230 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque, or a 5.7-liter V-8 that cranks out an impressive 255 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. A turbocharged 6.5-liter V-8 engine is also available. All engines come mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is quick and powerful. Maximum towing capacity ranges from 5000 to 10,000 pounds.

The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 is built with an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and leaf springs. Ride and handling are choppy and rough on back roads and adequate on the highway. Steering is adequate, but it's difficult to park in an angular parking space.


The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 are equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and driver and front passenger front-impact airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet C1500: 21/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy cab
  • Powerful engine
  • Towing ability

You Won't Like

  • Cheap interior plastics
  • Ride quality
  • Below average fuel economy

Sum Up

Powerful and reliable pickup, suitable for both work and play.

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