2001 Chevrolet Express 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Chevrolet Express 1500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG:
    15 Combined MPG
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Cargo Space:
    267.3 cu.ft.
  • Seating:
    7 Seats
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2001 Chevrolet Express 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Like its rivals from Dodge and Ford, Chevrolet’s full-size, rear-drive truck-based van has been around for decades — since 1964, to be precise. GMC markets a near-twin named the Savana.

Marketed as a cargo van and a passenger model, the Express comes in two sizes and three capacity ratings: G1500 (half-ton), G2500 (three-quarter-ton) and G3500 (one-ton). Built on an extended wheelbase, the 2500/3500 vans seat as many as 15 occupants. A new 8100 V-8 engine is available for 2001, and an upscale LT model joins the base and LS vans. Express vans in unfinished form also are provided to conversion companies.



Exterior
Regular-length Express vans ride a 135-inch wheelbase and measure 218.7 inches long. Extended-length models are exactly 20 inches longer in each dimension. These vans are considerably taller than minivans, ranging from 79.6 to 83.9 inches. With the seats removed, the cargo volume is 267.3 cubic feet in the regular-length van or 316.8 cubic feet in the full-length model — more than twice the capacity of Chevrolet’s Venture minivan.

Two swing-out passenger-side doors can be replaced by a single sliding door as a no-cost option. At the rear, two doors open a full 180 degrees to ease loading. Exclusive to the new LT model are cladding and a front fascia with integral foglamps, as well as polished cast aluminum wheels.



Interior
Base-model G1500 vans have vinyl reclining front buckets and a pair of rear bench seats for eight-passenger capacity...
Vehicle Overview
Like its rivals from Dodge and Ford, Chevrolet’s full-size, rear-drive truck-based van has been around for decades — since 1964, to be precise. GMC markets a near-twin named the Savana.

Marketed as a cargo van and a passenger model, the Express comes in two sizes and three capacity ratings: G1500 (half-ton), G2500 (three-quarter-ton) and G3500 (one-ton). Built on an extended wheelbase, the 2500/3500 vans seat as many as 15 occupants. A new 8100 V-8 engine is available for 2001, and an upscale LT model joins the base and LS vans. Express vans in unfinished form also are provided to conversion companies.



Exterior
Regular-length Express vans ride a 135-inch wheelbase and measure 218.7 inches long. Extended-length models are exactly 20 inches longer in each dimension. These vans are considerably taller than minivans, ranging from 79.6 to 83.9 inches. With the seats removed, the cargo volume is 267.3 cubic feet in the regular-length van or 316.8 cubic feet in the full-length model — more than twice the capacity of Chevrolet’s Venture minivan.

Two swing-out passenger-side doors can be replaced by a single sliding door as a no-cost option. At the rear, two doors open a full 180 degrees to ease loading. Exclusive to the new LT model are cladding and a front fascia with integral foglamps, as well as polished cast aluminum wheels.



Interior
Base-model G1500 vans have vinyl reclining front buckets and a pair of rear bench seats for eight-passenger capacity. In the G2500 series, there’s space for a dozen people on twin three-passenger benches and a four-passenger bench in the way back. Room for 15 is an option for the extended-length G3500. Cargo vans customarily contain just two front bucket seats, and the passenger seat can even be removed if desired.

A new family of radios operates with Radio Data Systems (RDS) technology, which permits the selection of stations by program type and even the possibility of traffic and weather reports. Extra features on the new LT model include a Bose premium stereo with an in-dash six-CD changer, GM’s OnStar communication system, rear air conditioning and two flip-down video screens with a video player.



Under the Hood
To accommodate a variety of requirements, GM offers a selection of five engines, starting with a 200-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 for the G1500 model. Depending on the model, a 220-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 or a 255-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 might be the standard powerplant for G2500/3500 vans. Options for heavy-duty models include a 195-hp, 6.5-liter, V-8 diesel engine and a new 340-hp, 8.1-liter Vortec 8100 V-8 that replaces a 7400 engine.

All engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. A G1500 passenger van can tow 4,700 pounds, while heavier-duty models are capable of hauling as much as 10,000 pounds, depending on the engine. Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags are not available.

 
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Consumer Reviews

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(4.3)
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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Nice great van

by The barber from BUFFALO on March 20, 2018

Great to have fun in mechanically sound and ready to go. Have some little small rust on the doors new running boards available Great Van great man mechanically sound new batteries new brakes new ... Read full review

(5.0)

Drives like a car

by JeepFan from Jasper, Alabama on September 18, 2017

I really liked the "feel" of this vehicle. It wasn't like driving a large van at all. Quite comfortable and easy to maneuver. The gas mileage is great. The pick-up on this vehicle is amazing, not a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2001 Chevrolet Express 1500 currently has 2 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Express 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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