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1998 Chevrolet G3500

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1998 Chevrolet G3500 Review

A worthy challenger to the Econoline.

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The 1998 Chevrolet G3500 serves as a passenger and cargo van manufactured by General Motors under the Chevrolet division. The van debuted in 1964 as a replacement for the original Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier van.

The G3500 uses the older nomenclature for Chevrolet vans. From 1996, these vans sold as the Chevrolet Express vans. The G3500 denotes that the van’s one-ton capacity.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door van, four-door van
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 7.4-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet G3500, Chevrolet G3500 LS

What's New

The 1998 Chevrolet G3500 shows very few changes. All vans get a new mini-module airbag design for the driver. However, the airbags themselves remain first generation, so they deploy with a greater force than second-generation airbags. The 1998 Chevrolet G3500 gets a theft-deterrent system as a standard feature, and it comes in three new colors.


The 1998 G3500 regular models sit on a wheelbase of 135 inches and an overall length of 219 inches. The extended models stretch to 239 inches and sit on a wheelbase of 155 inches, making them around 20 inches greater than regular models in both dimensions.

The 1998 Chevrolet G3500 comes fitted with trick rear doors that open 180 degrees in order to make it easier to load and unload the van. The rugged full-frame construction offers better stability and ride, and the overall redesign of the exterior (re-done in 1996) seems a lot better than the previous models.

The exterior styling of the 1998 Chevrolet G3500 looks like a combination of the Astro Van and the Lumina Minivan. The odd-looking, pillar-mounted taillights prove surprisingly functional and can easily be seen with the rear doors of the van open while running.

The low-mounted moldings and bumpers for the 1998 G3500 make it look taller than it really is, and the well-sculpted body gives the otherwise bland and conventional Express van a little bit of character.


The 1998 Chevrolet G3500 comes in a number of interior configurations. The extended model of the van offers a 15-passenger configuration. The regular cab accommodates eight or twelve passengers.

The front uses bucket seats, and a 12-passenger configuration usually includes two benches for three passengers and a final third bench at the rear for four passengers. The extended model offers an optional third bench for three passengers in order to make it a 15-passenger van.

Performance & Handling

The regular Chevrolet G3500 contains a base 4.3-liter V-6 that delivers 200 horsepower. An optional five-liter V-8 engine with 220 horsepower also remains available. The extended models of the van come with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that delivers 255 horsepower. An optional 7.4-liter V-8 engine delivers 290 horsepower. All engines pair with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The 1998 Chevrolet G3500 improves the handling, ride, and stability over the previous generation. All the V-8 engines prove powerful enough to get the job done, although the V-6 seems a little underpowered for a passenger or cargo van filled up to its full capacity.

Speaking of capacity, the 1998 G3500 regular models offer 267 cubic feet of cargo space, and the extended models offer 317 cubic feet. With the right equipment, the 1998 Chevrolet G3500 can tow up to 10,000 pounds.


The 1998 Chevrolet G3500 comes with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and dual airbags. However, crash test data remains unavailable for this model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet G3500, 7.4-liter V-8, automatic: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Powerful engines

You Won't Like

  • Lack of refined performance

Sum Up

A worthy challenger to the Econoline.

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