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


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,500 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.

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2008 Chevrolet Express drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Chevrolet Express Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 072016


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Express. While driving, the transmission disengaged. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine control module and transmission control module needed to be reprogrammed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V313000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 052016


  • 300,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Express 3500. After the transmission was replaced, the vehicle was unable to shift gears. The contact mentioned that the vehicle also lost power. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 300,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Palm Post, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009


  • 35,000 miles
While merging on the expressway the transmission failed to shift out of first or second gear causing high engine RPM's. I had to shift into neutral and back into drive several times but it still failed to shift into any gear. I had to put on flashers ( heavy traffic ) and make my way to the emergency lane. When I came to a complete stop and shifted back into drive it shifted correctly. I have had this problem for several months to present date. I took the van to the dealership who said they could not replicate the problem and their were no code reports so they could not fix the issue. This is still a very real danger for my family ( seven children ) because this malfunction occurs while at high speeds usually while entering the expressway.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 282010


  • 40,000 miles
2008 Chevy 3500 Express van with about 40,000 miles. Have a problem with the stabilatrack system and the dealer said it is a wiring problem. It is a fleet van. Have had the problem on 2 of 15. Transmission down shifts when this happens, speed is limited to about 15 mph, speedometer quits. Stabilatrack light turns on.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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