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1998 GMC G2500

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1998 GMC G2500 Review

Multi-purpose, powerful, and sturdy built.

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The 1998 GMC G2500 is a full-size van manufactured by General Motors under the GMC marquee. The GMC G2500 lineup of vans is similar to Chevrolet Express, another lineup of full-size vans manufactured by General Motors under Chevrolet marque. The GMC G2500 belongs to 3/4-ton van category. The category signifies the loading-carrying capacity of the vehicle. The GMC G2500 is a first generation full-size van that is available as a passenger van or a cargo van. The GMC G2500 passenger is ideal vehicle for big families while the GMC G2500 is ideal for business that offers transport services.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door van, four-door van
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC G2500, GMC G2500 SLE

What's New

The 1998 GMC G2500 model largely remains unchanged. The engines fitted in 1998 GMC G2500 are more powerful than the engines fitted in their predecessors. The engines are upgraded to produce more power and torque. The standard list of equipment includes new mini module driver airbag and PassLock theft-deterrent system. General Motors has also introduced three new colors for the 1998 GMC G2500 series of vans.


Based on a wheelbase of 135.0 inches, the GMC G2500 regular van model measures 218.8 inches long overall, 79.2 inches wide and stands 82.5 inches tall. The extended cab models are based on 155.0 inches wheelbase and the only difference is length, which is 238.8 inches. The exterior features differ with trim levels. The GMC G2500 models features standard argent and rear step bumpers while the chrome bumpers are optional. The chrome grille, trailer hitch, power door mirrors and heated door mirrors are offered optional. The company offers optional bodyside moldings for the passenger model of GMC G2500.


The GMC G2500 has a good list of comfort and convenience features. The standard list of equipment differs with trim levels. The standard list of features in GMC G2500 model includes day-night rearview mirror, passenger and driver door bin, and front cup holder. Features such as air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, tilt steering wheel, one-touch down, rear air conditioning are optional.

The extended cab passenger model has more standard comfort features such as air conditioning, under-seat ducts, and seatback storage pockets. The extended cab models also adds some optional features such as illuminated entry, passenger vanity mirror, illuminated driver vanity mirror, and remote keyless entry, along with several other features. The Acura RL comes equipped with standard AM/FM audio system while AM/FM/Cassette Audio System, AM/FM/CD audio system, and AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system are optional.

Performance & Handling

The trim levels of regular and extended cab models of GMC G2500 feature 5.7-liter V-8 cranking 250 horsepower and 330 ft-lbs of torque. The 6.5L Turbocharged V-8 is also available as an option. Power brakes and power steering with speed sensitivity is standard for all trim levels and cab models. All trim levels of regular and extended cab models feature four-speed automatic transmission.


All trim levels of GMC G2500 are equipped with standard driver and passenger front airbags. The standard feature list also includes four-wheel anti-lock braking system, power brakes, daytime running lights, height adjustable front seatbelts, and rear child safety locks. Power door locks and locking differential is optional for all trim levels.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC G2500 and GMC G2500 SLE Passenger: 14/18 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500 and GMC G2500 SLE Cargo: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Huge interior
  • Powerful V-8 engines
  • Trailer towing capability
  • Modern architecture

You Won't Like

  • Mushy brake pedal
  • Low quality interior materials
  • Numb steering

Sum Up

Multi-purpose, powerful, and sturdy built.

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