With the addition of new engines and features, the Express (and its twin, the GMC Savanna) is pretty much the only game in town if you're looking for a full-size van that doesn't look and drive like it was designed two decades ago.
by PCMS on Oct 21, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Express 3500 Rwd 3dr Ext Van (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THIS VEHICLE IS
THAT THERE ARE NO AFTERMARKET PRODUCTS
AVAILABLE, NO BUG SHIELD, NO HOOD BRAS
ETC. BODY IS CONSTRUCTED OF THINNER
METAL THAN WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER
NORMAL. I COMPARED IT TO MY DODGE VAN.
THE WAY THE PLASTIC INTERIOR WALLS
INTERLOCK IS A DISGRACE, ESPECIALLY AT
THE PRICE I PAID. SOME PLASTIC JUST
LAYS IN PLACE, NO INTERLOCKING
MECHANISM. THE TOUTED OIL CHANGE LIGHT
IS USELESS TO ME, IT GOES OFF AT 7000
MILES, I CHANGE MY OIL EVERY 3000. THE
STEP UP, IF YOU ARE A SHORT PERSON, IS
IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT HOLDING ON TO THE
SEAT AND PULLING YOURSELF IN.
The Express van gains numerous improvements for the '03 model year. Under the hood, the Express now features GM's lineup of powerful Vortec engines, from the base 200-horsepower V6 all the way up to the hard-charging 300-hp 6.0-liter V8. All-wheel-drive models are also available for the first time, and all Express vans get four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. New driver-side 60/40 access doors have been added as an option along with revised front-end styling, larger stabilizer bars and a stronger frame. Inside, the Express gets redesigned seats, improved lighting and ventilation systems, more storage and dual-stage airbags on all light-duty versions.