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#117 of 654 Reply to Piigby
Nov 15, 2000 (5:05 am)
I have ordered a Chevy Express 155"W.B., locking diff., 4:10 rear end, air, locks, pwr wind., pwr. locks., with the Vortec 8100 engine too. I have not had too much reply on this vehicle, likely, since its very new and no opportunity for trial yet. One thing though, I have heard that a bug deflector does cause excessive vibrations to the exterior side mirrors at higher speeds. Have you had any reply about your new 2001 3500 Express Cargo van? If so, I would be interested in hearing what you have been instructed. pls?
#118 of 654 To randersen re: Quigley
Nov 15, 2000 (8:31 pm)
Quigley has been converting vans to 4X4 for over 25 years. They do work for government agencies like forest service, etc. I don't think you should worry about spare parts and service. Their web site is www.quigley4x4.com
#119 of 654 ABS & Brake Problems
Nov 23, 2000 (1:56 am)
We have a 2000 Chevrolet Express (purchased straight from the dealer's lot) now with 36k+ miles on it. We experienced some shuttering going down the interstate and my husband felt the brakes were sticking. Keep in mind, we have never had to have the brakes system serviced....the dealership didn't even believe us that the pads have not been changed out. So, we took it into the dealership to be checked out. We were told that oil had gotten into the brake system and basically has ruined the entire system and can not give me a probable explaination. $3,000 later we can have our van fixed. Has anyone experienced this?
#120 of 654 LOTS OF PROBLEMS
Nov 23, 2000 (4:40 am)
i've just recently found edmunds on the net. i own a 96 savana 2500 with a 305, it's one of the first with a sliding side door and a canadian edition. i have had a number of problems during warranty and after. 1st problem: switch gear for heat and adjustments, i couldn't change from defrost to floor etc.(vacuum hose problem) 2nd problem: total computer failure, some type of moisture got into the computer and grew mould on the components, hence the van wouldn't start(called gm and had it towed to dealer, replacement of computer). 3rd problem: fuel pump quit(left me on a job site and had to call roadside assistants). all these problems were covered under warranty.
4th problem: front passenger side brake stuck on while working in a remote area, i drove it 500yrds hoping it would release, it did, but then would jam on as soon as the brakes were applied, locking up the brake on the passenger side and jerking the van to the right(collapsing brake line and one set of burnt brake pads) 5th problem:sliding side door, it doesn't open from the inside, i've tried the child lock switch in both positions and it still won't open.
i love the way the van drives, but the problems are getting expensive. i'm thinking of getting rid of the van, but i don't want another 2500 savana if its going to have as many problems. has anyone else had as many problems, or are my problems attributed to just the 96 model? your responses are welcome.
#121 of 654 BRAKE PROBLEMS
Nov 25, 2000 (2:54 am)
I just had my rotors replaced today at 20k miles.
Of course the dealer says its my driving and I had
to pay. No warranty. Vehicle is GMC Savana 1500 SLE.
#122 of 654 reply to sharpmtn
Nov 28, 2000 (7:47 pm)
Oil in the brake system?? What kind of oil? My first guess would be someone who had previously done work on the vehicle such as an oil change and if that someone mistaked the master cylinder reservoir for something else and put in the wrong fluid thus damaging the brake system. Other than that, I have never heard of this problem before.
Dec 05, 2000 (6:29 pm)
As mentioned earlier, our 97 3500 Cargo van has the 5.7 liter and the 4L80E trans. It is always loaded with at least 600 lbs of equipment,not including crew chief and instrument man. The van had over 95,000 miles and no trouble with A/C or heat in the engine compartment. Our experience is good. Don't know about the 1500's. And also, at least when the company bought this van back in 97' there was a heavy duty 2500(w/ 4L80E trans)(look for 8 lug rims) and a light duty 2500(w/ 4L60E trans)(look for 6 lug rims)available.
#124 of 654 Getting Another
Dec 06, 2000 (4:09 am)
I posted some comments a while back regarding my 1997 Savana conversion van (w/350), especially transmission problems and brake wear. I was nearing 100,000 miles so I decided to sell it before my extended warranty expired.
I too haven't seen too much mention of problems with the 3500's; I hope that is a good sign. I have put in an order for a 3500, 8.1 liter, extended wheelbase Savana, hoping that the heavier-duty transmission, brakes, etc. will provide better durability. I will still get an extended warranty, though!
#125 of 654 Vortec V6
Dec 08, 2000 (8:31 pm)
Does anybody know about the reliability of the Vortec 4300 V6? I'm thinking about a SAVANA with the standard engine. I don't plan to pull any heavy trailers...
#126 of 654 Heighth of 3500
Dec 08, 2000 (9:46 pm)
Will the 3500 Savana fit into a garage with a 7' tall door? Specs indicate the Savana is just under 7' high. Is that the height of the 1500 or does this also apply to the 3500 and for that matter, the 2500?
Response to Vortec V6 : Whether or not you plan on towing, I would go with a V8 at the very least in a full size van. Remeber the commercial - "I could have had a V8!"?