We could only get 13 to 15 mpg, which is about five less than the average minivan, though the initial price is about the same. If a box can be called aerodynamic, then the new Chevys are aerodynamic. The highest towing capacity was provided by the extended cab models, they could tow up to 7,500 lbs. After 25 years of riding on a unit body chassis, the new vans use body-on-frame construction. . Driving Impressions Five different engines allow buyers to choose the right combination of power and economy to meet their needs. When fitted with the 5.
True, the Suburban has optional four-wheel drive but more than 90 percent of its buyers never use it. A buyer can almost custom build one with one of five engines on two different wheelbase lengths. The 1997 K1500 had two fuel tank sizes; it had a 34-gallon tank when it had an eight-foot bed and a 25-gallon fuel tank when a short-bed was used. Our test vehicle rode on a the short wheelbase, but the one-ton extended model with the 155-inch wheelbase can carry 15 with room to spare. In my view, this Express wagon is lots more practical than the Chevy Suburban. The standard anti-skid brakes are a real plus and the locking differential could come in handy.
The new design is particularly eye-catching in the rear three-quarter view. Anti-lock brakes are standard and a full-size spare rides underneath, behind the rear axle. Summary The heavy duty 4L80-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, which can handle up to 440 lb. Interior Features Inside is a comfortable cabin with dual air bags and a new, highly legible instrument panel with an extra 12-volt accessory plug. The Extended G2500 and G3500 models ride on a wheelbase that is longer than those offered by Ford and Dodge, stretching to 155 inches.
And although the door into the rear is a slider, I think it would be slick to have the barn-door option that open like the ones into the rear. The largest gasoline engine, the 5. The four-speed automatic is smooth enough, but I think if a buyer is going to do much heavy hauling, the heavy-duty version would be a good choice. The rear doors are cleverly designed so that when they are open the tail lights, mounted high on the rear corners, are visible to motorists approaching from behind, which enhances safety at night. Mechanically the same, the Van is designed to haul cargo, while the Express is set up to carry people. The only diesel engine offered was the 6.
The maximum payload capacity -- the maximum amount of weight the chassis can bear -- varied greatly depending on options ranging from 1,668 lbs. There's no vehicle I like better than a really big, full-sized passenger van that has all the room a guy could ever need to transport or tow anything. I think it's a good compromise between the anemic 4. The engine is the reliable 350 Chevy V8 that's been tricked out with modern electronics and fuel injection. As I recall, you had an ancient Chevy van that served that purpose, but I can't remember what happened to that old thing. The heavy duty transmission features a lower first gear for better off-the-line performance with heavy loads. The smallest of the gasoline V-8 engines, the 5.
Chevy has built this vehicle to last, so I understand why the exhaust system is now stainless steel. This Express is a big truck in a fancy gown. The C-series were the two-wheel-drive versions, while the K-series trucks were the four-wheel drive versions. This 1997 K1500 had two transmission options available: a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. The 1997 K1500 had many body and engine options available, so it was able to be built to suite different needs. A drawback I dislike is its fuel mileage.
This newest Chevy Express weighs in at 5400 pounds and rides on a frame that looks strong enough to serve as a model for the new proposed San Francisco Bay Bridge. I like the fact that it's rear-wheel-drive and everything underneath is big and beefy. Hidden hinges allow the rear doors to swing completely out of the way for loading large objects. When they're past their prime, they're still useful as a mobile storage shed or for hauling hay and trash. Being a truck, both maximum towing and payload capacities are important.
This transmission has been refined for improved shifting out of park, increased efficiency and better lubrication. The fluid pump and clutch plate designs have been refined for 1997 for smoother shifts, reduced slippage and increased efficiency. Walkaround Chevrolet started with a clean sheet of paper and launched the Chevy Van and Express as totally new models last year. The 1997 K1500 had seating for up to three people with a regular cab and up to six people with the extended cab. In shuffling everything around after you moved out, I parked it in front of the house, it got towed away and your mother wouldn't let me bail it out. The van is a practical giant that doesn't have to make a fashion statement. His son understands and offers a rationale for his Dad's obvious prejudice.
When equipped with the standard 4. There's so much room behind the driver's seat, I don't think a single unit could handle the task of cooling the space. Part of their big capacity comes from long wheelbases. The standard engine had a 4. Our Express G3500 Extended model accommodated up to 15 passengers. Side doors can be ordered in either sliding or hinged form.