2008 Chevrolet Express 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Chevrolet Express 1500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG:
    14-17 Combined MPG
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Cargo Space:
    225.1 cu.ft.
  • Seating:
    1-12 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Interior space
  • Gasoline V-8 performance
  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo-hauling capacity

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability and handling without StabiliTrak
  • Noise
  • Resale value
2008 Chevrolet Express 1500 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2008 Chevrolet Express 1500

  • Up to 15-passenger capacity
  • Three duty levels available
  • RWD
  • Choice of three gasoline V-8s
  • Diesel V-8 available for cargo vans
  • StabiliTrak on 12- and 15-passenger vans

2008 Chevrolet Express 1500 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's full-size Express is available as a passenger or cargo van with rear-wheel drive in 1500, 2500 and 3500 duty levels. Engines range from a 4.3-liter V-6 to a 6.6-liter diesel V-8. For 2008, side curtain airbags become standard equipment on all models, and the interior receives updates. The Express competes with other full-size vans like the Ford E-Series and Dodge Sprinter.

Seating layouts in the passenger van provide space for eight, 12 or 15 occupants. The latter two configurations also include an electronic stability system with rollover mitigation, a feature General Motors added in recent years in response to criticism about rollover risk.

The GMC Savana is closely related to the Express.


Exterior
Express vans are built on a separate box frame. A 2003 redesign included revamped taillamps and upscale reflector-type headlights. Light-duty vans have rack-and-pinion steering.

Front and rear suspensions are modified from those used on GM's full-size pickup trucks. Rear suspensions use a solid axle with semielliptic variable-rate multileaf springs and gas shocks. The wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, and the fuel tanks are made of composite material.

Express passenger vans come on a regular-length (135-inch) wheelbase, but the heavier-duty 2500 and 3500 Series are also available in extended-wheelbase (155-inch) form. The two versions measure 224 and 244 inches long overall, respectively. Each van is 79.4 inches wide and at least 81.6 inches ta...
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's full-size Express is available as a passenger or cargo van with rear-wheel drive in 1500, 2500 and 3500 duty levels. Engines range from a 4.3-liter V-6 to a 6.6-liter diesel V-8. For 2008, side curtain airbags become standard equipment on all models, and the interior receives updates. The Express competes with other full-size vans like the Ford E-Series and Dodge Sprinter.

Seating layouts in the passenger van provide space for eight, 12 or 15 occupants. The latter two configurations also include an electronic stability system with rollover mitigation, a feature General Motors added in recent years in response to criticism about rollover risk.

The GMC Savana is closely related to the Express.


Exterior
Express vans are built on a separate box frame. A 2003 redesign included revamped taillamps and upscale reflector-type headlights. Light-duty vans have rack-and-pinion steering.

Front and rear suspensions are modified from those used on GM's full-size pickup trucks. Rear suspensions use a solid axle with semielliptic variable-rate multileaf springs and gas shocks. The wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, and the fuel tanks are made of composite material.

Express passenger vans come on a regular-length (135-inch) wheelbase, but the heavier-duty 2500 and 3500 Series are also available in extended-wheelbase (155-inch) form. The two versions measure 224 and 244 inches long overall, respectively. Each van is 79.4 inches wide and at least 81.6 inches tall.

The gross vehicle weight rating is the sum of the weight of the vehicle plus the weight of the passengers and cargo it can carry. Chevrolet's 1500 Series vans have GVWRs of 6,200 or 7,200 pounds (cargo and passenger models, respectively), whereas the GVWRs for 2500 Series vans are 7,300 or 8,600 pounds. Full-bodied vans in the 3500 Series are rated at 9,600 pounds GVWR.


Interior
For 2008, the Express van has a redesigned steering wheel, instrument cluster, climate controls and radio, plus an assortment of new switches. With the new instrument cluster comes a revamped driver information center that displays instructions for vehicle maintenance and warnings for when the vehicle's transmission is overheating or a theft attempt has taken place.

Full-size Express passenger vans can carry eight, 12 or 15 occupants, while Express cargo vans seat only two people up front. Regular-length passenger models and cargo vans can be equipped with a 60/40-split left-side entry/load door. Side access doors with remote releases are limited to work-oriented Express Access models.


Under the Hood
Five engines are available. Light-duty G-Series vans have a 4.3-liter V-6 that makes 195 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. A 4.8-liter V-8 bumps power to either 258 hp and 294 pounds-feet of torque or 279 hp and 294 pounds-feet of torque, while the 5.3-liter V-8 that's standard in passenger vans makes 301 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. Higher up the ladder, a 6.0-liter V-8 generates 323 hp and 373 pounds-feet of torque. Some cargo vans can be equipped with a 250-hp, 6.6-liter diesel V-8 that churns out a massive 460 pounds-feet of torque.

All engines have air-filter and oil-life monitors and use a four-speed automatic transmission that incorporates a Tow/Haul mode.


Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard, and new standard features include a tire pressure monitoring system and side curtain airbags, but side-impact airbags are not available. An electronic stability system with rollover mitigation is included in 12- and 15-passenger vans.


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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Hanldes Great on Snow

by VinnieS from Anchorage AK on January 12, 2018

This is a stable van, very roomy, and has a lot of engine power. Even on icy roads the traction is secure. Read full review

(5.0)

Good Van

by Alejandro from Miami on September 18, 2017

Excellent load capacity, Good on gas. No mechanical issues, Comfortable seats. Good power. transmission is reliable. Computer reports complete info on the board. I like the tire pressure addition. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Chevrolet Express 1500 currently has 10 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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