Overland Classifieds :: 2008 Chevrolet Express AWD

The Chevy Express AWD isn’t the first vehicle that comes to mind when we think about overlanding, but that’s not to say it’s not a valid option. In fact, it’s a popular choice on our forum with recent examples including this 2004 G2500 Quigley 4×4 and a Sportsmobile 4×4. Sure, stock all-terrain performance is nothing to shout about but thanks to aftermarket 4WD conversions from the likes of Quigley 4×4, Timberline Supply, and Advanced 4WD systems, you can transform the capability of your Express. Quigley is perhaps the most popular and proven option and uprates the Chevy with its rugged 4×4 IFS system. This conversion can be specified with parts that include a manual shifter, high and low range, 3-inch lift, Bilstein shocks, Hellwig sway bar, and more. Match these credentials with long-lived motors and enough space for a complete camper conversion and you have the makings of a desirable overland rig. Today’s AWD variant has a simple yet functional interior with an impressive 200-amp-hour lithium battery set-up, premium modifications, and is priced at $23,750 OBO.

From the Seller:

I spent last winter building this van and used it on several trips this year. It is insulated and lined with Kilmat sound deadener. We just completed a 10-day trip through the Black Hills, Wyoming, and Colorado, with the van, and it worked great. Even made it up the east side of Hagerman Pass without a fuss.”

2008 Chevrolet Express AWD

The Express is fitted with a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 301 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. In addition to a powerful motor, the Chevrolet also features AWD which is adequate for most backcountry trails. Inside driver comforts include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Power steering, windows, locks, and mirrors
  • Upgraded stereo with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Distinguishing Features

  • Renogy 200-amp-hour LiFePO4 battery, two 100-watt solar panels, and a 2,000-watt inverter
  • Diesel heater
  • Bilstein shocks and uprated rear leaf springs
  • Silverado wheels with General Grabber A/TX tires
  • OVS 270-degree awning
  • Roof rack
  • ICECO JP50 fridge

This 2008 Chevrolet Express AWD is listed for $23,750 OBO and is currently located in Dubuque, Iowa. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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