1998 Chevy C/K 2500 Series Review

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  • Roomy cab. Powerful V-8 engines. Traditional truck styling.
  • Aging design. Fisher-Price interior plastics.

Vehicle overview

General Motors' best-selling vehicles, as truck loyalists know full well, are the full-size pickups: half-, 3/4, and one-tonners with a reputation as reliable workhorses. Ford's similar-sized F-Series grabs the higher sales totals each year, but faithful Chevrolet buyers are seldom swayed. The pickup that feels right at home to a Chevy fan tends to send prickles up the spine of a Ford fan, and vice versa. Each is likely to declare the other's truck to be harder riding or anemic in acceleration, even if an impartial observer discerns little difference between the two.

Most truck fans know by now that an all-new Chevrolet pickup is due in showrooms within months. Dubbed Silverado, this 1999 model will be available as 1500 and 2500 light-duty models initially, with the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 trucks following a year or two later. So, it's not surprising that few changes are on tap for the 1998 C/K pickup. A theft deterrent system is now standard, tailgate badging is updated, the Sport model is dropped, and colors are shuffled.

Four-wheel anti-lock braking is standard fare, and models under 8,600 lbs. GVWR have an airbag installed in the steering wheel hub. Correctly fitted, a C/K pickup can tow as much as 10,000 pounds. Long-life engine components extend service intervals up to 100,000 miles on some items. For luxury-oriented truckers, a C/K can be trimmed in leather when the top Silverado trim package is specified.

When selecting a full-size Chevy truck, you have to face the usual bewildering selection of models, which vary by wheelbase, cargo-bed size, cab design, and Sportside or Fleetside bed styling. Don't stop yet: you also have to choose from five engine sizes (including two diesels), and decide whether you want two- or four-wheel drive. Then, you still have the dizzying single-option list to ponder.

We get tired just thinking about all those possibilities, but they come with the territory when you're heading into big-pickup range. Truck customers don't want the same hauler that everybody else is buying. They want one tailored to their own specific needs, and Chevrolet provides these customers with myriad possibilities to create that special, one-of-a-kind truck.

1998 Highlights

This year's big news is a standard theft-deterrent system, revised color choices and fresh tailgate lettering. The Sport package has been dropped from the option list. Second-generation airbags are standard on models under 8,600 GVWR.

Consumer reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
Serves me very well
J Sherman,03/21/2008
C2500 HD Silverado 2dr Regular Cab LB
I've had the truck for 10 years and use it as a truck. We pull a travel trailer and have made many long trips. The Chevy is holding up very, very well at 130,000 miles. I expect it to last to 200,000 miles. The only problem I had was head gasket failure due to poor coolant. The coolant was rated for 100k miles but lasted only 60k. The stock sound system is incredible. Fuel mileage is 15 - 16 on the highway; 10 mpg pulling a trailer. The truck has done everything I've asked and we are planning a 12 month trip with it and the travel trailer beginning this summer. Chevy did a good job when they built this vehicle. I made a good purchase.
4.13 out of 5 stars
good truck
shaggykjb,05/31/2009
C2500 HD Silverado 2dr Extended Cab LB
Very good purchase. This truck has the 3/4 ton frame and the famous 5.7L 350. the 1998 has a restyled interior that make this year model very nice for an older truck. As it is a domestic, parts for this truck will be much more affordable than say, a Toyota or nissan.
4.63 out of 5 stars
love
dennis,07/28/2005
K2500 HD Silverado 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
love my new truck
5 out of 5 stars
Great truck with few flaws
Rich ,09/17/2021
HD Cheyenne 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M)
I’ve had my 98 Cheyenne for several years and besides brake pads and two new batteries this truck has asked me for nothing. I’ve owned 2 t-100 Toyota’s and they were very dependable but one had the frame rot- kind of a big problem and the other was just plain rusty and I soon tired of showing up to work with a wet crotch and the old man jokes that went along with it. I decided to buy my brothers plow truck- the Chevy. Ok Toyota has a great reputation but the old Chevy always starts on -30 below weather, never needs to get plugged in and does the 12 plow contracts that I have to supplement my social security. It doesn’t get great mileage but considering it’s driving around with a plow on it I can’t [non-permissible content removed] about it. It’s been a dependable friend and has asked for very little. The interior is a bit plastic but surprisingly has held up well and the body has only a bit of surface rust. The odometer has passed 340,000 miles and I wouldn’t hesitate to drive it across the country tomorrow. I have been convinced that the domestic trucks -Chevy, Ford and dodge have gotten a bad reputation when compared to Toyota. The Toyota’s are a good truck but there’s no way my Toyota’s could have done what my old Chevy has. I recommend them highly.

Safety

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Used 1998 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series Overview

The Used 1998 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series is offered in the following submodels: C/K 2500 Series Regular Cab, C/K 2500 Series Extended Cab. Available styles include HD Silverado 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Silverado 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.0L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Silverado 2dr Extended Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Cheyenne 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.0L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Cheyenne 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Silverado 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Cheyenne 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), HD Silverado 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), Cheyenne 2dr Extended Cab SB (5.0L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M), and Silverado 2dr Extended Cab SB (5.0L 8cyl naturally aspired 5M). Pre-owned Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series models are available with a 5.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 255 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1998 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

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Should I lease or buy a 1998 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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