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The Ultimate in Power and Size (owned for 5 years) by Micky, Fort Worth,TX. on 02/01/2005. Trim: 1997 Chevrolet Express G1500, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Alot of power, Very good with towing, bigger than other vans, good handeling,looks good
Cons: Too much is breaking down to quick. Even little stuff like door handle, windows, hoses and belts.
Overall review: 100,000 miles and still running strong. Yes, you pay a little more on gas but for a big van with this kind of power I say it is still good. Even though there is a lot of little stuff wrong with it I only had two major repairs on it in 5 years. If I will buy a van again next time it will only be a Chevy. Overall: I LOVE IT!
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100k+ and still going by jekle from jersey on 04/17/2003. Trim: 1997 Chevrolet Express G1500, Owned 5 years.
Pros: excellent handling for a full size van
Cons: 700R4 transmission is still junk
Overall review: A pretty good people mover
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to expensive for what you get back by aledai on 02/03/2003. Trim: 1997 Chevrolet Express G1500, Owned 2 years.
Overall review: good size. requires to much maintenace
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You all are way too magnanimous by Edward from Maryland on 02/25/2002. Trim: 1997 Chevrolet Express G1500, Owned 5 years.
Pros: hauls everything, travels well, seats a ton, built like a tank, good acceleration, good brakes, relatively comfortable
Cons: transmission, doors, locks, trim pieces, seat removal, door handles - 98% of which could have been solved if GM would stop using cheap plastic everywhere - a van for the bean counters, nickle and dime it everywhere and hope the dealership fixes it later
Overall review: Let's just say I am rather amazed at the other reviews. Transmission blew at 40,000. Replaced, has run fine since then. However, the locks and doors would never work right. Back door wouldn't open, sliding side door wouldn't lock. Then the slider wouldn't unlock, or you could only open it from the inside, not the outside. Quite honestly, most disappointing was the fact that the dealerships had no clue how to fix it. They couldn't adjust the sliding door (they broke numerous parts trying), and consistently broke each and every piece of trim when the same had to be removed. Typical GM, the trim was hardly idiot proof, quite the contrary, it was made by an idiot - cheap plastic attachments of trim to metal, remove them, they break. As far as I am concerned, this is the most versatile vehicle on the road. But GM missed the boat on quality control.
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GM's not saying much about this vehicle's transmission problems by Knuckles -Michigan on 12/23/2001. Trim: 1997 Chevrolet Express G1500, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Exceptional handling for this type of vehicle -a joy to drive on the highway. Lots of power. Relatively quiet. Rear doors open fully making it easy to load large items.
Cons: Misalignment of serpentine belt, or AC compressor led to premature failure of AC system. Transmission valve body problem (excessive wear of the torque converter clutch valve) necessitated repair of same. Transmission failure at 80,000 miles due to failure of internal stamped metal transmission part. 1997 transmissions had a stamped metal gear housing, or container that engaged to provide reverse and 4th gear. A spun welded flange at the tail end breaks off rendering the unit inoperable. Happened to both of my '97 vintage trucks with this transmission model. The other failed at 76,000 miles
Overall review: Good. Were it not for various transmission problems, I'd rate the vehicle excellent.
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