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Print this page Notes: The Chevy Express is mechanically identical to the GMC Savana.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,141 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Chevrolet Express brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Express Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 052012

Express 8-cyl Diesel

  • 68,570 miles


Brake lines severely corroded and rusted at multiple locations. Complete replacement is required to renew safety inspection certification.

- Halesite, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 202010

Express 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,419 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Express 3500 van. The contact was approaching a traffic stop when he applied the brakes. The brakes engaged momentarily and then independently released. The contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The contact stated the failure occurred once prior to the crash. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who advised that the brake cylinder sensor may potentially have caused the failure and were keeping the brake lines closed without allowing pressure to release and stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 12,419. Updated 10/26/10. Updated 10/26/10

- Rittman, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 292010


  • 84,715 miles
On Friday January 29th 2010 I was involved in an accident. I rear ended a SUV. My 2001 Chevrolet Express van would not stop due to anti lock brake failure. When I applied the brakes the anti lock system took over and the brake pedal went to the floor. My vehicle continued forward never slowing down until I struck the vehicle ahead of me. I would have been able to stop if the anti lock brakes had not taken over my vehicle. I had a more than a five second space between the vehicle in front of me.

- Joelton, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 082001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Chevrolet Express conversion van that has been nothing but grief since I bought it. It has already gone through 3 sets of brakes we have complained since day one about the braking problems with the van. My husband had an accident due to brake failure on the way to the dealership when he first bought the van. It seems when you due conversions on these vans you are adding almost 2000 pounds to the original weight but they never upgrade the brakes to accommodate the additional weight and the brakes wear out faster and the van is harder to stop. Made complaints to GM they said go to the dealer the dealer said nothing was wrong or stated the conversion company was at fault vicious run around and nothing got accomplished we are waiting to get into court because we refused to pay for new brakes after we were told there was nothing wrong until the warranty ran out and they charged us $600 for brakes. The gear box fell out of the van the first day we bought it. There were other problems too GM does not stand by their products nor do they upgrade parts to accommodate any added weight or changes to the original body or engine.

- Bellmore , NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 172004

(reported on)

Express 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the brakes were applied, the vehicle experienced extended stopping distance.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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