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6 Trivia Facts about the Chevrolet Express Van

  • After the devastation of typhoon Sandy, a mobile response fleet composed of 24 Chevrolet Express Vans was released by Habitat for Humanity to help in the rebuilding efforts in New York and New Jersey. These vans were donated by General Motors to assist in the group's rehabilitation efforts. Every Express Van was loaded with tools and equipment that would be used by local communities and volunteers for clean-up and rebuilding. Habitat for Humanity is an international non-government organization known for its housing projects. It operates in North America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South America.
  • In January of 2012, AT&T purchased 1,200 Chevrolet Express Vans to be used in their service centers around the country. All of these vans are powered by compressed natural gas, a small part of the company's plan to make greater use of alternative-fuel vehicles. About $565 million will be invested to create a fleet of about 15,000 vehicles; this program is projected to take about 10 years to complete.
  • Before the Chevrolet Express Van came to be, a concept vehicle of the same name was developed in 1987. This futuristic car was made of light carbon fiber and was equipped with a gas turbine engine. This combination of low weight and immense power allowed the car to reach speeds of up to 150 miles an hour. The car played a small role in Back to the Future Part 2 as one of the cars used by the people living in 2015.
  • A limited edition Express LT was released in the past. It sported a Bose sound system, two flat panel televisions, and a high-tech movie and stereo system. Sales of the vehicle were halted around 2003.
  • The Chevrolet Express played significant roles in a number of movies and television shows. Such movies and shows include Sons of Anarchy (2008-2013), Shipping Wars (2012-2013), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), and Leverage (2008-2012).
  • The Chevrolet Express and its GMC equivalent, the Savana, are two of the most popular full-sized vans in America today, holding about 44.8% of the market for such vehicles.

Chevrolet Express Van Articles

  • Common Problems with the Chevrolet Express Van 25-Mar-14

    The Chevrolet Express Van was a successor to the Chevrolet Van. Its spacious interior and sturdy build made it popular among buyers in the United States. In fact, the Chevrolet Express, along with its GMC counterpart, the Savana, captured about 44.8% of the full-sized van market; about three quarters of that belongs to the Express. Unfortunately, a variety of problems affecting the vehicles emerged during the following years. Some problems were so serious that GMC had to issue a number of recalls to rectify the issues. For current owners of the Express Van, it is important that they take note of the following problems:

    Corrosion

    This problem affects vehicles in the cold weather states or those around the salt belt. The salt on the road may corrode the fuel pipes of the Express Vans, leaving them prone to fuel leaks and even accidental fires. General Motors issued a recall for the vehicle early in 2012; affected Express models years are 2003-2004. Owners of affected vehicles are advised to immediately bring their van to a dealer for repairs. If necessary, a new filler neck will be installed.

    Malfunctioning seatbelts

    A defect in the construction of the seat belt buckles may leave them unable to function as intended. After a significant crash, the belt buckle may be impossible to undo, leaving riders trapped. Worse, the belt buckles may unlatch during a serious accident and may increase the risk of severe, even life-threatening injuries. A recall was issued in April of 2003 and dealers were instructed to replace the seatbelt buckles of affected vehicles. Affected Express Vans were those manufactured in 2002 and 2003.

    Broken controls for the airconditioning, defroster, and defogger

    Chevrolet Express Vans manufactured in 2010 had climate control systems that could be manipulated with the use of control knobs. Unfortunately, these control knobs were vulnerable to breaking, making them virtually impossible to control. As a result, owners were also unable to control the defogger and defroster of their Chevrolet Express Vans. As a result, situations that call for such functioning systems may leave drivers with little visibility of the road, making them prone to car crashes.