Used 2008 Chevrolet Express Van

2008 Chevrolet Express
List price range

Pros

  • Strong powertrains, dual passenger access doors, multiple wheelbase and passenger configurations, optional all-wheel drive.

Cons

  • Low-grade interior plastics, less interior space than Dodge's van.

Used 2008 Chevrolet Express Van for Sale

Chevrolet Express 2008 LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
190,795 miles
Used 2008
Chevrolet Express
LS 3500
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2008 Chevrolet Express (and its GMC Savana twin) is a capable people carrier for businesses and humongous families.

vehicle overview

Full-size vans like the 2008 Chevrolet Express are redesigned so infrequently, a redo date of 1996 is practically fresh. Having been around for more than four decades, Chevrolet's full-size van lived through the 1970s, '80s and half of the '90s via sheet metal changes and updates to the running gear. It assumed today's shape 12 years ago and to celebrate the rebirth, the van's name was changed from "Sportvan" to "Express."

A number of important under-the-skin changes took place for 2003, including a wider selection of V8 engines, the first-time availability of all-wheel drive, upgraded brakes, a stronger frame and various interior improvements -- all of which went a long way toward making the Express safer and more capable than ever before. For 2008, the interior has been updated again with improved interior materials and switchgear.

The 2008 Chevrolet Express still outpaces the even older Ford Econoline and certainly warrants consideration for those who need to ferry a small platoon (up to 15 people can ride in an Express 3500) and require the cargo volume only a large van can provide. Naturally, these attributes are most often needed by small businesses and fleet operators. The European-designed and dramatically more modern Dodge Sprinter is pricier than the Express, but with its much taller interior and better road manners, it makes a much better shuttle.

trim levels & features

The standard-wheelbase (135-inch) Chevrolet Express full-size van comes in half-ton (1500) and 1-ton (3500) configurations. The extended-wheelbase version (155-inch) is available only on the 3500. There are two trim levels: LS and LT. LS models are geared toward fleet service so standard equipment is limited to features such as air-conditioning, an AM/FM stereo and a theft-deterrent system. The more livable LT models include auxiliary rear air-conditioning and heating, power windows and door locks, cloth upholstery, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel and keyless entry. Optional equipment groups are extensive, and include features like power driver and front-passenger seats, alloy wheels and an upgraded audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer.

performance & mpg

The standard engine on Express 1500 models is a 5.3-liter V8 with 301 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. A 6.0-liter V8 rated at 323 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque is standard on 3500s. All 1500 models use a four-speed automatic sending power to the rear wheels, while 3500s get a heavy-duty version of that transmission. An all-wheel-drive configuration is also available for the 1500. The maximum trailer-towing capacity on 1500 models is 6,300 pounds, while the heavy-duty 3500 can pull up to 7,600 pounds when properly equipped.

safety

All models have four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control and side curtain airbags (for the first three rows of seating) as standard. In frontal-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2008 Chevrolet Express scored five stars (the highest possible).

driving

A robust frame, rack-and-pinion steering (half-ton models only) and standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes give the 2008 Chevrolet Express respectable ride and handling characteristics. Although Chevy's van is still far from nimble, it's a decent choice for day-to-day driving. And with a pair of strong V8 engines to choose from, merging and passing maneuvers come easily, even when you're hauling a heavy load of passengers and cargo.

interior

The Chevy's interior is built for pure functionality, and while it may not be pretty, it gets the job done. All controls are simple to use and well within reach of the driver, but the footwells remain as cramped as ever. Express buyers can opt for 60/40-split driver-side doors for easier passenger access to the rear seats. The standard configuration seats 12, with eight- or 15-passenger arrangements also available, depending on which model you choose.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Chevrolet Express.

A true workhorse.
Ed, 4/2/2008
This is my second Express van. I have the 12 passenger van, just the right size. The 08 has been given many up grades over older models. The seats can easily be removed, and you can almost put your whole house in there. My previous Express van was trouble free. My 08 came with no defects, so a good start.
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Features & Specs

MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 12
4-speed automatic
Gas
323 hp @ 4600 rpm
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 12
4-speed automatic
Gas
323 hp @ 4600 rpm
MPG
12 city / 16 hwy
Seats 8
4-speed automatic
Gas
301 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
12 city / 16 hwy
Seats 8
4-speed automatic
Gas
301 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

More about the 2008 Chevrolet Express
Used 2008 Chevrolet Express Van Overview

The Used 2008 Chevrolet Express Van is offered in the following styles: LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (6.0L 8cyl 4A), LS 3500 3dr Van (6.0L 8cyl 4A), LS 1500 3dr Van (5.3L 8cyl 4A), LS 1500 3dr Van AWD (5.3L 8cyl 4A), and LS 2500 3dr Van (6.0L 8cyl 4A).

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