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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:
64,250 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.

2008 Chevrolet Express electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Chevrolet Express Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152013

Express 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Door hinges came welded on doors with no way to lubricate them and keep them from rusting. Purchased the van a few years ago. Within a few months the left hand passenger door rusted shut. Repair man quoted $129 for each hinge plus the labor. Soon the other door would not latch correctly. Now the automatic door locks have problems because doors will not latch properly. This month, the back right hand cargo door hinge has rusted completely off the door, making this a potential hazard, not to mention, the door cannot be shut once it is opened. Once again the automatic door locking system have been compromised. Called Chevy soon after first had the problem to see if they would recall, because new hinges are now made to be bolted on van and can be lubricated. We have other friends with Chevy vans who have the same problems.

- Rome, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 312014

Express 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
While driving down the road at approximately 50 mph all warning lights on the dash lit up, the speedometer ceased to function, the radio cut out, the airbags were reporting as nonfunctional, the ABS system was reporting nonfunctional. Took vehicle to local mechanic who said the problem appeared to be caused by corrosion on the ABS sensor as well as corrosion on the power distribution cables into the fuse box. According to the mechanic GM was aware of the problem, as technical bulletins dating back to around 2005 were issued. He also stated should it happen at the time of an accident the air bags would likely fail to deploy, and the problem in general could lead to the possibility of a vehicle fire. According to him the entire problem could have been avoided by the manufacturer if they had made sure the cables were wrapped in shrink tube-thus eliminating the introduction of moisture to the electrical wires.

- Karthaus, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302009


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Express. The contact was driving 45 mph when the exterior and interior lights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer seven times. The dealer stated that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 47,115.

- Havana, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 222009


  • 73,000 miles
I am responsible for purchasing vehicles for our company and we currently have a 2005 and 2008 Chevrolet express and we just sold a 2004 and all have the same problem- the instrument cluster panel stops working and we have no speedometer. I have a 2004 Blazer with the same problem. The repair is $700 and GM refuses to recall the vehicles for a problem that has been going on since 2002 and of course driving without a speedometer creates a safety issue.

- Lisle, IL, USA

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