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1998 Chevrolet K1500

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1998 Chevrolet K1500 Review

A solid work truck to fit any need.

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The 1998 Chevrolet K1500 represents part of Chevrolet’s line of pickup trucks. The K1500 signifies a four-wheel drive, half-ton pickup according to the C/K nomenclature that began in 1975. The history of the Chevrolet pickup, however, can be traced back all the way to 1930.

The C/K Series remained unchanged for decades, but it nears its end.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door regular cab, four-door extended cab, four-door crew cab
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 5.0-liter V-8, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne, Chevrolet K1500 Work Truck, Chevrolet K1500 Silverado

What's New

The 1998 Chevrolet K1500 has revised exterior color options, a standard theft-deterrent system, and fresh tailgate lettering. The pickup drops the Sports package. All models of the 8600 GVWR include standard second-generation airbags.


The 1998 Chevrolet K1500 retains the same conventional and old-school looks of its previous models. The truck may look outdated to some, but loyal Chevy customers appreciate the familiar exterior look of the K1500. The truck has a wheelbase that ranges from 117.5 inches to 155.5 inches depending on the model you buy.


The wide stance of the truck and the tall windows and windshield offer good visibility all around for the driver. The cabin itself seems wide and spacious, with ample room for everyone inside. The instrument gauges remain free of obstructions, but they can be a little difficult to read in sunlight because of the glare.

Most controls on the dashboard seem well arranged, but the controls for the electronic heat and vents prove a little difficult to understand. For a pickup of its size, the 1998 Chevrolet K1500 has a very small glove compartment.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 K1500 contains a 4.3-liter V-6 base engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. Optional engines include a five-liter V-8 engine that delivers 230 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque and a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that delivers 255 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. All three engines pair with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.

The V-6 engine offers a decent amount of acceleration with the manual gearbox, but it lacks the power needed for heavy work. The five-liter or 5.7-liter V-8 engines provide better options even if the load to be carried is only occasionally high. The biggest V-8 engine offers good low-end pulling power and superb passing response. However, the brakes prove a little problematic.

On a positive note, the ride quality of the truck proves better than that of the previous generations, although it does not feel as smooth as the ride of the two-wheel drive pickup trucks. The five-liter engine seems good for occasional or medium-rated towing or hauling, but the 5.7-liter engine provides the best option for heavier loads and a livelier performance.


The 1998 Chevrolet K1500 receives four out of five stars for driver safety and a mediocre three stars out of five for passenger safety in frontal crash tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet K1500, 5.7-liter, automatic: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance from the V-8s
  • Lots of cargo room
  • Spacious interior
  • Good visibility

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Poor ride quality
  • Confusing controls

Sum Up

A solid work truck to fit any need.

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