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


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,175 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.

2012 Chevrolet Express brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Chevrolet Express Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 022013

Express 8-cyl Diesel

  • 13,000 miles


Traveling at 50 to 55mph I make a easy brake application and the front wheels will start oscillating until the front goes into a violent shake. Releasing the brake will stop the shaking. This is a cutaway school bus. I'm the mechanic and the driver brought it to my attention. She noticed it while braking on a downhill. I was able to duplicate it on a level surface. Haven't found the fix yet.

- Wheatland, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 202013


  • 14,500 miles
Parking brake cable found rubbing on the hydraulic service brake line, forward of the rear axle on drivers side of chassis. Wear is evident on hydraulic service brake line and parking cable, along with component parking brake assembly was stuck under.

- Oakland, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 052013

Express 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
This is a brand new bus, GM chassis. It has a limited slip differential. The brake lines are routed in front of the rear differential. Twice, we have had rocks hit the brake line and sheer it off causing total brake failure. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tribune, KS, USA

problem #1

Sep 222012

Express 8-cyl

  • 200 miles
Violent shaking while applying brakes.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

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