The 2016 Chevrolet Express is among the last of a dying breed: the full-size, body-on-frame van. Where it used to battle the Ford E-Series, the Express now faces a slew of fresh, more efficient rivals like the Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, Nissan NV and Mercedes-Benz Metris and Sprinter. Despite its age, this workhorse still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Primarily, it excels at hauling a lot of people or stuff. As a passenger van, it accommodates up to 15 people. In extended-length cargo form, it boasts nearly 285 cubic feet of space. And because it's been around so long, the Express is a known quantity to both drivers and upfitters. Plus, the Express' gasoline and diesel engines can still outmuscle rivals.
The 2016 Chevy Express vans gain OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi, plus an available navigation system with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Cargo versions of the van get an AM/FM radio standard (finally).
The changes to the Chevrolet Express for 2015 for both the Cargo and Passenger versions are minimal. There are some sound-system upgrades with digital AM/FM radios with auxiliary ports, a 110-volt power outlet and side-cut keys are standard, there is some LED lighting and you can pretty it up with a couple of new exterior colors.
The 2014 Chevy Express Van cargo van can now be equipped with 5-passenger seating featuring a bulkhead partition between the 2nd-row seat and the cargo area. Side curtain airbags protect rear-seat passengers while extended-wheelbase models include rear air conditioning. Passenger vans add power windows and locks as standard equipment.
Changes for 2010 include E85 capability and variable valve timing on the 4.8-liter, 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter engines. Express Van 2500 and 3500 models receive the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed transmission and revised rear-axle ratios for improved fuel economy and acceleration. A remote engine starter is now available as well.
Changes for 2009 are minor and include some new 17-inch wheel and tire options, an engine oil cooler added to the 4.3-liter V6, and a transmission oil cooler as standard on applications exceeding a 14,000 pound GCWR.
"Bought new in 2001, now has 104K miles. It's needed lots of repairs and parts over the years, so be prepared and have a good mechanic. Replaced or repaired: front wheel bearings, multiple fan belts, two water pumps, fuel pump (inside gas tank, big $ to repair), head gaskets, AC lines (multiple times), radiator failed/replaced, door handles reparied multiple times, brake light problems (electrical), rusting/frozen door hinges. Bottom line: too problems that cost $ to repair, but thats how GM's are if you keep them too long."
Pros: "you can accessorize and not feel it is a waste."
Cons: "GPM, light wiring, tire balancing"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"A mechanic gave me a list of things in sequential order that will go wrong with the van. When the tranny goes it is time to get rid of it. Do not let the oil change people put in the wrong antifreeze it will cost you $700 for new seals, The driver seat goes so start looking for a seat. This is a cargo van and either seat will work on either side. Just eliminate the arm rest. Rust occurrs at the bottom of each door. The steering wheel got chewed up so fix every small tear early. GPM is about 16-18. I wanted a larger or a second gas tank for long trips. Rides very well full or empty, fast or slow. I put 4 studded snows and went EVERYWHERE during the previous year with too much snow. Trailer package with trailer having the brakes worked out very well and hauled on occassion shingle trailers with that small 8 cylinder engine. When the van is totally empty, the pedal to the metal occurrs frequently as it really goes. The tranny had an eight year clunk glitch and it finally went. No park, no reverse so it'll cost $1300 and now at 14 years old $1300 is all it is worth via Blue Book. Had a stray current the last few years so it lets you know when you get out of the van. Ignition electronic part on top of engine went a month ago and was a cheap fix. Remember to change the tranny fluid. The water pump was changed out.The rest was normal maintenance. It is a 3/4 ton van and it hauled so many tools it squatted the 80# tires for 6 out of 8 years. Pulled a 1.5 ton trailer without brakes."
"After many years in home remodeling and using many trucks and vans of various vintages, I ordered this 2003 Express 2500 cargo van new and waited 4 weeks for the best van ever ! She is loaded with options , very reliable , no problems and a pleasure to own and drive. The 5300 V8 delivers 19 mpg on the highway loaded with cargo and air conditioning operating-- not bad for a full size van. I tow a trailer effortlessly. The Michelin tires make this van handle like a dream at highway speeds . I now have 123,000 miles on this one and ready to sell to a lucky buyer. I am however a little dissapointed in the resale value. I am selling due to upcoming surgery and being forced into another line of work so my need for a van is greatly decreased. Otherwise I would keep this one forever. My 1998 Astro was a piece of junk and I replaced it with a gem. If you are in the market , take my advise and buy a 2500 not a 1500 , get a V8 , AND BUY A 2003 OR NEWER. There were many mechanical advances introduced with the 2003 model year which you will benefit from in terms of servicing or should I say not servicing because nothing breaks down or wears out now including brakes. At 123,000 miles I still have the ORIGINAL brakes with 30% wear left ! I replaced brakes on that lousy Astro every year ! Great vehicle and I hate to see it go !!"