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#19 of 655 chevy vans
Jan 14, 2000 (10:24 am)
I`ve read all the things about chev/gmc vans at this site and I wanted to leave a comment. I have a 1990 Beauville with 240,000 miles. The only thing I replaced is the trans... The engine (350) has the same power it had when it was new, lots. I`m thinking about a new one but the only reason is because of old door hardware (handles, electric windows....) and a little rust. I`ve got more than my moneys worth.....
#20 of 655 Express Report
Jan 18, 2000 (12:00 am)
I have a 97 Express eclipse conversion. Have'nt had any brake trouble. Troublesome Driver power window. Sqeeky Drive belt when wet. Fuel gauge repaired under warranty. Velour interior does'nt wear well. "dents" easy. Nice to drive, have 35000 miles with no trouble w/engine. Tow a 6500lb trailer, no sweat. get 17-18mpg on the highway, 12-13 in the city. Great road feel and handling. Nice on a long trip. Would buy another. Much better than Ford. Question? e-mail me at DMeersdomaol.com
#21 of 655 Annoying buzzer
Jan 18, 2000 (8:33 pm)
Does anyone know how to turn off the the annoying buzzer when the driver door is open? I have a 99 Express.
Thanks, RoadRanger for the info on DRL.
#22 of 655 Hi Vandalybay
Jan 18, 2000 (11:53 pm)
I'll help as much as I can with the info about the oil leaks.
The van is an Imperial Conversion mid level value.
It has a Vortec 5000 engine.
I do not tow anything and I live out in the country SW of Chicago, Ill.
I use 10W30 oil and it is serviced by a GM dealer every 3,000 to 3,500 miles.
The van is used for normal every day driving and we take 3 or 4 2,000 miles trips every year.
The thing that really puzzles me is that all of the leaks started at the same time. Bummer!!
#23 of 655 More Brake problems
Jan 19, 2000 (6:01 pm)
I have a 99 GMC Savanna and at 19,000 miles I started to have a shimmy in the steering wheel when braking. The dealership turned the rotors.
My questions are:
1. Is replacement o fmy brake far
2. Is this going to happen
3. Any GM recalls?
Jan 20, 2000 (3:31 am)
There is no way for me (or anyone else) to determine EXACTLY what caused your rotor problems. The bottom line is, your rotors were warped. Warpage is caused from 2 things...
1. overheating (i.e. riding brakes, not downshifting on long steep downhill grades, towing with inadequate trailer brakes, frequent hard stops, especially with heavy loads, etc.)
2. Rapid cooling of hot rotors. This is caused when hot rotors (not necessarily overheated) are splashed or submerged in water puddles.
Of course there is also the possability that the rotors were defective in some way.
The only thing that would cause your brake pads to wear would be the scenerios described in #1. If you typically brake "normally", brake pads should last between 20K-40K miles, depending on driving environment (city vs. hwy. mountains vs plains, etc.)
Jan 20, 2000 (7:25 am)
I just picked up my van from the dealer last week. It was one of those affairs where nothing seemed to go well.
I was having some warranty issues looked at. I carefully checking off the box to have it LUBED. I didn't check off the other boxes for "oil change", "filter", etc. I called to see if the warranty work was done. The service writer proudly said, "No but we've changed the oil!".
When I picked up the van, I checked the dipstick. (a previous experience at a Honda dealer had trained me to check to see if they put any oil in). This time the dipstick showed they had overfilled it with too much oil. After idling for a few minutes. It still had too much oil. I drained 2 quarts out before I got the oil level into the acceptable range on the stick.
If I were to have driven enough with too much oil, I might have ended up with your situation. Others can fill in the technical explanation. For now my basic description is that with too much oil, the oil gets whipped up into a foam. That foam takes up more volume than can be contained. The result is you end up with oil leaking from all sorts of places.
Just one of the possibilities for you to consider.
#26 of 655 HELP! I Need to make a descision!
Jan 21, 2000 (6:55 am)
I just found this WONDERFUL forum! We are in the process of choosing between the Express or the Savana. I have just about made my self crazy researching these two vans over the last two weeks.We are a growing family that enjoys traveling. I'm not a big one for "fluff", rather must have durability. In the TX heat, I was wondering how the A/C's hold out while the vans are parked & running? I have also looked for used in both . . . basically unheard of (could be frustrating if I can't get a good deal on a "new"). We would appreciate some words of wisdom ASAP. Thank you
Jan 22, 2000 (5:53 am)
I can promise you there is NO mechanical difference between chevy & GMC. You can literally take any part from one line & install it on the other. The only difference between comperable GMC & Chevy, is the trim packages. You will notice things like grill, door panels, upholstery, etc. Yes there are a couple exceptions like the yukon denal, but when you consider the details, fenders are just really big trim pieces. <g>
Jan 22, 2000 (7:44 am)
The Express and Savana are equivalent as mentioned by Roadranger.
As for fluff, neither has fluff. Both are fairly plain even at the upper trim group level.
For durability, I suggest you investigate the power and drive train combinations. The 1/2 ton or 1500 series has a softer ride but has lighter weight features. Consider the 3/4 ton or 2500 series you may find that you get larger brakes, larger transmission, and larger differential.
So far, after 6 months, I am enjoying mine. I hope you find a van that works well for you.