1998 Chevrolet Silverado Reviews - Page 8 of 9

1998 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 5.7L 350 C.I. from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.7L 350 C.I. Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance155500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

Awesome vehicle, period!

Faults:

Replaced the water pump, fuel pump and alternator at 135,000 miles.

Replaced EGR valve at 155,000 miles.

General Comments:

This has been a cheap vehicle to own. Beyond regular maintenance only $1200 spent on parts in 6 years.

This truck has taken a beating, off road, towing boats, snowmobiles, other vehicles, campers and has kept on running strong.

It doesn't leak or burn any fluids.

It has maintained it's performance & fuel economy.

I will run this vehicle until it dies. I'll be very surprised if it doesn't run strong through 250,000 miles. My only regret is not buying a K2500.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2004

1998 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7 liter V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.7 liter V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Truck

Summary:

Good strong truck

Faults:

Replaced the water pump at 78000 miles. My driver's side door (interior) handle just broke off at 83000.

General Comments:

Can anyone tell me how to replace my drivers side, interior, door handle. Dealer wants to charge $110. Plus the price of the part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2004

21st May 2007, 11:53

Both my door handles broke off within a week of each other. I went to my local NAPA store and got them $14 a piece.

2nd Jun 2008, 11:48

It is fairly straight forward to change the inner door handle. I believe you have to buy the whole plate with the handle and lock (if your truck has power locks. You have to pull off the face plate. Then you have to disconnect the the lock switch. Then the new handle plate you purchased, One or two pop rivets hold the existing one on. Drill those out. Disconnect the door latch connecting rod from the end of the handle. Installation is the reverse of this sequence.

Well I hope this helps you out and you get your latch operational again.

1998 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7 Vortec V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.7 Vortec V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carKia Sportage

Summary:

Best truck ever made.. Built like a rock!

Faults:

Well the rear axle needed replacing at about 80,000 miles. @ $600.00.

Starter replaced last winter. (around 85000) @ 120.00.

That's all!

General Comments:

This truck is my baby! I inherited this truck and being 16 with a truck like this is awesome.

The truck has over 98,000 miles on it, and it is excellent condition.

I can still see my face in the paint. The interior is still..almost like new. I spent $1000 and had Flowmasters put on it.

A/C is still as cold as when I bought it. The truck is from North Carolina so it has absolutely no rust.

It has been through one winter and absolutely sucks in the snow because it isn't a 4 wheel drive.

The stereo systems kicks anything stock out of the water and rides so smooth like a Cadillac, even with the extended cab.

The turning radius kind of blows, but what can you expect with a shortbed extended cab truck? Acceleration is absolutely incredible. But in my opinion the brakes suck you have to push down too far to stop it.

It has normal 3000 mile servicing and a once a week washing and buffing and steam cleaning.

I'd pick this truck even over a Hummer.

When things break they are expensive, but for the little it's broken and cost in repairs (about $800), it has been worth it. But for being 6 years old I think that's awesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2004

1998 Chevrolet Silverado Z-71 5.7 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

The best overall truck out there.

Faults:

Water pump, a common failure on these vehicles, but covered and replaced under warranty.

Transmission started slipping around 65000, however, I did some incredible feats with this truck up to that point, e.g. towing an 11000lb pontoon boat about 150 miles, pulling a 12'x6' dual axle trailer from CT to Fla, a '78 nova on a flat bed from Ct to Penn, a couple of field hopping stints, and some smoked tires. I paid $2400 to have it rebuild and built up. I'm having problems with it shifting between 3rd and 4th from 40mph to 65mph, but the rebuild is still under warranty.

I also have the turning problem, but these reviews have given me insite into corrections.

General Comments:

This truck has been my life blood and life saver for the past 3 years. It's not a great handler, nor is it the best mpg vehicle on the market, but I couldn't see me in anything else, not even a new one. (What was the General thinking, dropping the 5.7L aka 350!?) I would, however, like to convert mine to a standard. I can't find any material about doing this swap. I know the 4L60 automatic is not the most note worthy piece of machinery to ever come out the Generals garage. But I don't even know what kind of manual was offered in these trucks.

Overall, there's no truck out there that can compete with my '98 Z-71, accept maybe a '97 or '96 Z.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2004

12th Dec 2006, 20:42

I have owned a chey with a five speed and a good friend owned one as well. Both were driven on the high way. Better mpg, but auto was more reliable. The 5 speed was a pile. Expensive to fix, hard to find parts, over all I will never own another chev standard.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 32 reviews