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1998 Chevrolet K3500

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1998 Chevrolet K3500 Review

Solid four-wheel drive with a decent resale price.

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First introduced to the market in 1987 as part of Chevrolet’s fourth generation of trucks, the K3500 joined the various other version of the C/K line in 1988. It raised the bar for pickups in that it rides on an independent front suspension and perhaps marks the sturdiest of the half-ton pickups still operating under the Chevy nameplate.

The 1998 Chevrolet K3500’s sturdiness and durability provide its best selling points, along with the standard carrying capacity of the truck body and the sporty look that Chevrolet gives its fourth generation: a red outlined emblem, chrome wheels with customized caps, and fog lights. The K3500 comes from a limited run, but enjoys the Chevrolet reputation of having tough, top-quality construction, with fairly good performance and a good resale value.

The Range

Body Styles: half-ton pickup
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet K3500, Chevrolet K3500 Extended Cab, Chevrolet K3500 Crew Cab

What's New

The 1998 Chevrolet K3500 offers four-wheel drive and a new sporty appearance.


The K3500 serves as a half-ton, four-wheel-drive truck with standard cab size and a straight side pickup bed, but it offers both base crew cab and base extended cab styles. Colors include black, white, and red. The 1998 Chevrolet K3500 features front chrome bumpers, rear body-colored bumpers, daytime running lights, and driver and passenger externally adjustable black door mirrors. Its has an overall length of 213.1 inches, a width of 76.8 inches, a height of 73.2 inches, and a wheelbase of 131.5 inches. It feels quite solid for the road with gross a vehicle weight of 9000 pounds.


The interior of the 1998 Chevrolet K3500 includes a standard AM/FM stereo, clearance lights, a digital clock, delayed/fade courtesy lights, cup holders, and door pockets and bins for the driver. It also includes height-adjustable head restraints, proportional power steering, and six vinyl seats in the extended cab model. Headroom totals 40 inches, legroom reaches 41.5 inches, and shoulder room comes in at 65 inches.

Performance & Handling

Two ventilated discs in the disc brakes make for solid braking. A torsion beam front suspension with independent stabilizer bars and torsion springs facilitates handling.


The 1998 Chevrolet K3500 ranks among the “Best Pickups in America? for safety by AOL cars. It experienced a single recall of some models in 2006 for fuel tank flaws.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevy K3500: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevy K3500 Extended Cab: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevy K3500 Crew Cab: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great handling and durability
  • Solid feel on the road
  • High-quality interior

You Won't Like

  • Poor to fair gas mileage
  • Few standard safety features
  • Awkward and cramped seating

Sum Up

Solid four-wheel drive with a decent resale price.

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