2002 Chevrolet Express 3500 3dr Ext Van (5.7L 8cyl 4A)
I'd previously owned 2 Ford 15 passenger vans and this was my first Chevy Express Van. I'm NEVER going back to the Ford vans! This Express Van drives with much greater stability and handling honesty. It has been trouble free for 62,000 miles and is still going strong. I pull the seats and use it to haul plywood or put in a fouton for traveling. I even carry a motorcycle inside on occassion. Driving at 55 I get 17-18 mpg (5.7 L engine) on long trips. Highly Recommended! I just bought a 2005 for my business uses too.
Honest handling when loaded. Reliability
Fan "roars" for a half block or so on first drive of the day when it is really cold outside. Don't see why that has to happen. It's just an auditory annoyance that lasts on a few moments. Sheet metal on fenders is a little thin for my preferences, but it has held up OK.