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1998 GMC K3500

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1998 GMC K3500 Review

American power and performance team up.

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The 1998 GMC K3500 is the largest and most powerful of the K-line. It's equipped with a four-wheel drive and can easily be transformed into a family vehicle with the simple addition of a rear side-panel door. It's a viable choice for those who need a heavy-duty hauler that can also be a family vehicle when needed. Of course, it is important for buyers to remember that they are choosing a heavy-hauler truck. This means that regardless of how comfortable the interior may feel, it will not resemble a car. Although drivers will be pleased with what the truck can accomplish, they may be disappointed if they're hoping for a smooth trip each and every time.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab, crew cab
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 7.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: GMC K3500 SL, GMC K3500 SLE, GMC K3500 SLT

What's New

The 1998 GMC K3500 offers diesel engines that are updated and are more powerful. Heating ducts are added into the rear for the extended cab and crew cab, while more options were added including standard PassLock theft-deterrent system and second generation airbags. Furthermore, additional colors have been added to the ordinary line-up.


The 1998 GMC K3500 truck looks exactly like what it is: a large and powerful truck able to accomplish any task drivers give it to do. It appears sturdy, strong, and rugged. That does not mean that the truck is not attractive as it is quite appealing from the outside. It just lacks the flash that comes with a lot of modern trucks released from competitors. The rear side-access panel ensures easy access to the back bench seat, or the ability to easily store more items. Hauling capacity is high with this powerful truck, and fuel economy is not as bad as expected from such a powerful machine.


The 1998 GMC K3500 will feel much more like a car than it looks from the outside. There are plenty of features and options in the cabin that help passengers feel like they are riding in a car. Instruments are easy to read, use, and access. Storage space is ample, and the front seats are comfortable and relaxing. The rear seat leaves a lot to be desired for the average passenger, though. It is functional, but it does not offer comfort. In fact, it is best if the rear seat is only used for short drives or for those that do not mind a rougher ride. There is even the potential for leather upholstery inside the cab.

Performance & Handling

Although the 1998 GMC K3500 does not offer the same maneuverability as a car especially with its size, it handles on the road fairly well. Optional passenger car tires add to the abilities of the truck. Overall, the ride is not the smoothest that one could find, but it is not the roughest either especially for a large truck. If the car tires are equipped, it will add to the silence.

The 1998 GMC K3500 truck leads the pack with the engine power to handle any task and haul the large loads. The bed allows for ample movement of virtually any object, and the four-wheel drive prevents terrain from being too tough to handle.


The 1998 GMC K3500 comes with second-generation airbags and standard anti-lock brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC K3500: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable cabin
  • Fairly smooth ride
  • Powerful engines
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Heavy-duty towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Mediocre handling
  • Truck-like feel

Sum Up

American power and performance team up.

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