The 1999 Chevrolet Express is a full-size van with plenty of space for passengers and cargo. The model was first introduced in 1996 and represented the first time GM redesigned any of its big vans since the debut. GM wanted to take back some of the market share it lost over the years to the Ford Econoline.
The van is available in three weight-based configurations: the half-ton G1500, the three-quarter-ton G2500, and the one-ton G3500. The G3500 version, when properly equipped, can tow up to 10,000 pounds.
All three versions of the Express are available in the higher LS trim level. LS models include additional features such as rear window defrosters, tinted glass, 16-inch wheels, cruise control, intermittent windshield wipers, power windows, power door locks, daytime running lights, and chrome bumpers. Additional options for LS models include power antennae, locking differentials, and additional engine choices.
Body Styles: van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Express 1500, Chevrolet Express 2500, Chevrolet Express 3500, Chevrolet Express 1500 LS, Chevrolet Express 2500 LS, Chevrolet Express 3500 LS
For 1999, Chevy made the full-size Express van available in a number of different configurations: the G1500, G2500, and G3500. The automaker also made the Express G2500 and G3500 available in two wheelbases: 135 inches and 155 inches. All models of the Express were also given enhanced automatic transmissions for better durability and sealing. Depowered front airbags were introduced, as were two new exterior color choices and one new interior color scheme.
The 1999 Express’ exterior styling invokes elements of the Chevy Astro Van and the Lumina Minivan. While the vans lines are otherwise fairly clean, the high-mounted rear taillights have an incongruous look about them, despite being visible even when the van’s rear doors are open. The Express also appears much taller; this is in part thanks to low-mounted moldings and bumpers. Out front, the van’s quad-lamp grille helps present a smooth image that blends nicely with the Express’ sculpted sides.
Interior features for the 1999 Chevrolet Express 1500 and 2500 include vinyl seating, AM/FM stereo, and bucket seats. Optional features include front and rear air-conditioning, cruise control, privacy glass, power windows, cloth seats, tilt steering wheel, power driver’s seat, rear heater, AM/FM cassette stereo, AM/FM/CD stereo, AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo system.
The more upmarket G1500 LS makes many of these optional interior features standard and also includes power heated mirrors, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power front passenger seat.
The Express is mounted on a rugged full-frame that makes it ideally suited for being adapted by converters. A tough, full-size frame makes the Express capable of taking on a lot of add-ons without decreasing in stability, ride, or handling. The regular-length 1999 Express is capable of carrying 267 cubic feet of cargo while the extended length version can handle up to 317 cubic feet. The van also features rear doors that open 180 degrees to facilitate easy loading and unloading of cargo. The extended-length version of the Express can accommodate up to 15 passengers. This makes it ideal for use as a shuttle or transport van. There are other seating configurations available for five, eight, or 12 passengers.
Performance & Handling
Being a giant full-size van, consumers wouldn’t really expect the Express to offer too much in the way of handling. However, the van’s impressive array of engine choices provide adequate power, and for a vehicle of its size, the Express actually handles reasonably well. The Express’ sturdy frame also helps to ensure smooth overall ride quality.
Standard safety equipment for the 1999 Chevrolet Express includes dual airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Other safety features include child safety locks on the van’s rear and side doors. Additional safety features that were introduced for the previous year’s model include depowered airbags and a standard theft deterrent system. The G2500 and the G3500 models are both equipped with four-wheel ABS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Express 4.3-liter V-6: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Express 5.0-liter V-8: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Express 5.7-liter V-8: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Modern style and design
- Powerful engines choices
- Abundance of capacity for cargo-hauling
- Trick rear doors for easy loading and unloading
You Won't Like
- Oddly-shaped taillights
- Less refined than competitors
A reasonable alternative to the popular Ford full-size Econoline.
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