Chevrolet Express 3500 Diesel Extended Cargo Van

The Chevrolet Express 3500 Diesel van is a rear wheel drive vehicle which translates into the ability to carry heavy loads of cargo.

The Chevy Diesel Engine

Chevy has equipped their 3500 extended cargo van with a Duramax diesel engine. This engine has clean diesel fuel technology which means it uses additional fluids to reduce the amount of emissions while being driven. This is a great feature and perfect for anyone trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Duramax diesel engine is a 6.6L V8 engine

with 250 horsepower. The current version of the Duramax is estimated to be 11% more fuel efficient than its earlier version.

Highlights of the Express 3500 Diesel Van

Anyone purchasing an extended heavy duty van has one thing in mind. That is to carry heavy payloads, whether passengers or cargo. This is easily done with the 3500 model. It is often referred to as a Cargo Hauler.

XM Satellite Radio is included in the 3500 for 3 months at no cost. Bluetooth wireless technology is also featured in this van. It allows you to make, receive and end phone calls directly from controls incorporated on your steering wheel. Making for safe driving habits especially helpful as many places are now banning hand held use of mobile devices by the driver.

There are several color and trim options available for the 3500 Express. Just be aware that certain metallic colors that are shown are actually an upgraded cost.

Standard driver and front passenger air bags are included on the Chevy 3500 Express model.  Other standard features are four wheel ABS brakes and anti theft protection with the use of Chevrolet’s Pass Key technology. Keyless entry is available as an upgrade.

The transmission on this model is an automatic six speed. It has an internal transmission oil cooler feature included. The overdrive feature is electronically controlled.  The alternator is a 105 amp and the battery 600 amps with an optional upgrade to 770 amps being available. You can also choose a 145 amp alternator if you prefer.

The Future for the 3500 Express Diesel Cargo Van

The 2011 Express 3500 is being carried over into 2012 so if any updates and improvements are to be made they would be hopefully available in the 2013 models. Remember though that Chevrolet has been building this model for the past four decades with only minimal changes. One was changing the van from being called the Chevrolet Van to the Chevrolet Express. So this just goes to show you how well built these vans are and just how many customers are satisfied with them.

If storage is your main reason for purchasing the 3500 Express Diesel Extended Cargo van you may wish to include the Access Package. This package provides you with remote keyless entry into the side of your van without ever placing a foot inside your van. This option is extremely popular and provides ample room for all your important day to day tools.

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