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#442 of 655 Re: My turn [jmichalik]
Sep 06, 2005 (10:43 pm)
I'll just relate my feelings on Express Vans. I'm an extremely experienced
mechanic, with mega experience as an automobile enthusiest to the highest
degree. I eat, sleep and live cars. I just recently bought a 1999 Express Van
conversion vehicle by the now defunked Gaval Conversion Company.
As much as I like Chevys and GM vehicles, I must say that I'm NOT
impressed by the Express Van nor the work done by Gaval. I still
can't believe that after GM got it's A$$ handed to them by the foreign
auto makers, that they still don't get it,...and still don't know how to
make a good car. I agree that Chevy has the most dependable, long
lasting motors, but let me just say that GM nickels and dimes you to
death with all this poorly thought-out stuff. Like for example:
The covering on the steering wheel is peeling! Don't they realize that
people HAVE to touch that part alot? Just touching, is making the
top coating come off! How lame is that?
The black paint on the wipers is peeling! Why? Poor finishing technics.
Don't they realize that that part is going to face strong winds? Sure they
do! It should have been finished better.
The stupid door handle/ armrest thing. Why are all the Express armrest
coming off of the darn doors? Not much thought put into the how much
strength the material used there would need to be. A door handle has to
be able to endure alot of use. It should not fail so quickly.
Nearly everyone has complained that the radio clock does NOT keep
the proper time. Why? Is it that hard to get these thing straight? They
sometimes have ten years of the exact same model carried over and
all the stupid defects get carried along too!
My Gas gage seems to do this funky vibration thing ONLY when the
fuel pump motor is spinning. In ACC it doesn't vibrate.
This vehicle and it's counterpart the Savanna are reminicent of the poor
quality vehicles that GM was producing in the late 70s thru to the 80s!
The same poor quality that made it so easy for the Japanese car makers
to take the lead.
Either GM still does not understand the basics, or this is just another
example of built-in obsolesence. I must be just too bias to buy other
vehicles, because even with all these faults I still buy GM. Maybe
I shouldn't enable them any longer?
Sep 07, 2005 (4:11 am)
I have both a 2003 and a 2005 GMC Savanah in my business. The 2003 has about 37,000 miles on it now. They are both the 2500 series with the 6L engine and are rock solid so far. No repairs no complaints. Maybe that will change with age, but I will most likely be buying another van next year and so far I don't see anything out there that better meets my needs. I did look at the Sprinter van briefly, but it's hard to justify the additional $10k for my application.
Sep 09, 2005 (12:19 am)
we own multiple 3500 long wheelbase work vans and have found them to be extremely efficient and reliable. Our favorite one is a 2000 Savana with 101,000 all city miles and over 4000 hours of stationary operation at 1700 rpm (equivalent to 50 mph!). This vehicle has original engine with ALL accessories, orig. trans, etc. It's repair history is a fuel pump and periodic brake work. These vans all weigh out at 8800 to 9200 lbs. every single day and are absolutely the hardest working trucks imaginable. I cannot see us buying anything else as we have never had any other brand do as well. I have been repairing cars/trucks for over 35 years and generally find that all brands have some poor examples out there that get all the attention while the majority are probably ok.
#446 of 655 Re: 99 Chevy Express Van vibration & Noise at 25+ mph [kpruski]
Sep 12, 2005 (4:35 am)
I was suspecting that it might be my bearings and it turned out to be my bearings. Odd thing is that I just had them replaced a month or so ago.
#447 of 655 Re: Daytime Running Lights [teresabutler]
Sep 12, 2005 (12:11 pm)
Re: DRL (daytime running lights) mine in my 2003 Chevy 2500 Express are staying on, even when the ign. is off, key out.. default switch switch has no effect. This obv. drains the battery big time. In the 2003 model, the fuses 19 and 20 in eng. compartment, can be pulled, but you also lose the front turn signals..pulling the lamp bulbs also is a fix, but the same filiment is used for the turn signals, as the drl... I'll re-post fix, as I have ext. warr. and it goes to dealer in AM...one serv. mgr. suspects the main light module switch on dash is bad...$78 part! cm
#450 of 655 2002 GMC Savana Maint.
Sep 19, 2005 (7:13 am)
What things can I change myself to keep my Savana running properly.. I've changed spark plugs wires, airfilter.. are there sensors or anything else that i can do myself at the 60,000 mile mark? I've done the rear end and the transmission fluid. I'm going to try to do the power steering fluid.
Also.. when braking hard.. something is wrong.. the steering wheel starts shaking from left to right.. I'm not sure where to start.. if it's ABS or something else.. thanks Dwight
#451 of 655 Re: Daytime Running Lights [teresabutler]
Sep 23, 2005 (2:45 pm)
Yes, I tried the brake thing, no effect they still stayed on. The removal of fuses also took out the turn signals, so, It went to the dealer for three days and $433.00 later they fixed it, here's the story: "checked and found code for B-2600 found short to ground in the BCM wiring and the day time running lights module was overheated due to the day time running lights staying on. Repaired short to ground circuit 592 to BCM and replaced overheated day time running lights module."
Seemed strange to me that the module would overheat because they were on....they are designed to be on all the time unless you use the switch to turn 'em off.
I called factory for help, they said "sorry" My extended care warranty preferred plan (from Complete Care) did not cover this problem either.
Overall not a pleasant experience for a vehicle under three years old, but just out of mileage warranty (48 K mi.)
Probably my last GM...have had weird electrical prob. with previous GM.