Review 5 of 79
, from Baltimore|
Plenty of room, doors open wide esp. the rear which can unhook to swing around completely out of the way (forget that "dutchdoor" gimmick), visibility good, hvac pretty good not too much effect in the back unless you get the optional rear a/c-heater. I like the presence of the vehicle on the road. Mechanically the engine and drivetrain work well. I get the extended warranty as I drive it a lot but have never had to rely on the warranty for major repairs. I've driven close to 500,000mi in the four vehicles I've owned over the past 15yrs.They are made here in Baltimore so maybe they leave the wednesday production run here in town!It's not too big, not too small. Hauls a lot of junk or people. Fit and finish have been good on all 4 vehicles, paint was nice and finish stayed good for several years.Doors matched the frames well, no leaks or rattles. Seats are comfortable esp on long trips. Leg room is adequate.
Simple things have been annoying. Door handles breaking, arm rests breaking,the ventilation ports on the newer models with the curved dashboards are not good. Every vehicle has had stones break the windscreen at least once. Maybe the angle of the glass is too steep. The stones don't glance off, they go through the glass. There is a lot of wind noise on the hiway but it's a big box plowing through a lot of air. The backend is a little light for RWD, recommend at least the locking differential if not the AWD. Fuel economy could be better, I average 21mpg hiway. City driving economy is bad. Had one vehicle that every 5000mi the EGR valve had to be cleaned or replaced. No dealer could every fix it. Tires make a big difference for traction in bad weather and in handling. I put hi mileage hi traction tires on and it is much better than factory issue. Night driving could be improved with better/brighter headlights. Front brakes wear too quickly. None of the vehicles ever needed rear brakes replaced but they all ate up the front pads. Maybe the vehicle relies on the front disks too much for stopping.Removal of rear bench seats is very clumsy.
This is the 4th Safari/Astro I've owned. They have all been good performers each reaching well over 100,000 mi. GM credit card rebates, sales incentives and employe discount makes purchasing very affordable. The truck chassis gives a much better feeling of strength than many other minivans plus it has the power and takeoff to perform reasonably well on the hiway. We have to remember it's a safari not a ferrari. Good for a big family on a trip,(we've done this), good for hauling equipment for work (done this). Extravagant for one person to travel in...too big
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have test driven similar fords and chryslers but they are a whole different concept. not what i'm looking for.