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Description:
(1985 - 2005) Sharing the Chevy Astro's platform was its sibling, the GMC Safari. In addition to standard passenger uses, the vans were also available as cargo vans, and converters used them as the basis for small conversion vans. The Safari is powered by a 4.3-liter, 160-hp V6 with a 4-speed automatic. This van sits up to 8 passengers and ABS is standard.

 
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Reviewed by:
John Montalbano



Review Date
June 7, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 2 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

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4.92 of 5, 24.00 votes

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Review 1 of 79

Price Paid:  $25000.00 from Straub Buick

Year / Model Reviewed:
2004 GMC SLT RWD

Weaknesses:
Transmission failed at 3400 miles. Slow and unacceptable response by GM service center.

Summary:
At only 3400 miles (two zeroes) the transmission on my 2004 Safari SLT quit just 20 yard after going over a train track. It has been in the shop for over 1 week now and GM just decided to drop the transmission to see what failed. They refused my request for a new transmission until they decide which repair is more cost effective for GM. This is my 2nd Safari, but it will be my last.

Similar Products Used:
1995 Safari RWD.



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Reviewed by:
richard l moreno sr


Review Date
December 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 2 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 19.00 votes

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Review 2 of 79

Price Paid:  $24000.00 from champion autoplex/au

Year / Model Reviewed:
2003 safari van

Strengths:
smooth riding, easy to handle on hwy.

Weaknesses:
to many defects / unpridictable on trips

Summary:
In the 12000 mile in my possession I have had my safari van returned back to the dealer 5 times for service failure to the electrical wiring, transmission locking up in gear, engine failing to cut off even when key is removed from key slot, door window going up and down on thier own, radio turning on or off when on steps on the brake pedal, rear lights stop and brake lights failing completely, (fuse burning out) hazard light switch burning out, wiring system under dash board over heating (melting)bearaing wires. dealer refusing to take vehicle back or exchanging vehicle forcing solution thru lemon law or law suit.

Similar Products Used:
4 gmc models vehicle in 20 years



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Reviewed by:
Andrew


Review Date
November 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.45 of 5, 22.00 votes

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Review 3 of 79

Price Paid:  $31000.00 from Allen GMC

Year / Model Reviewed:
2002 Safari

Strengths:
Decent mileage for 6k lbs. vehicle far exceeds full size vans (about 19 MPG) Starcraft interior is primo and holds up well to wear (get the accord seats w/ leather) Nice red color Metton boards help greatly with old-sters getting into high floor. Dutch door is the only way to go visibility and usefullness massively improved.

Weaknesses:
Windshields break / chip from time to time. front suspension is loose and clonks. door locks stick sometimes. Some uneven idling. Slider doesn't fit seal well needs aligned. Seals whistle in high winds. transmission shifts sloppy sometimes. Bumpers fragile. Cleaning center of windshield difficult

Summary:
Starcraft conversion hi top w/ everything. Get the conversion if your into luxury. Car is superlative people hauler with lots of power. GMC service is worst in the business.



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Reviewed by:
Stephen Heater


Review Date
April 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.72 of 5, 18.00 votes

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Review 4 of 79 , from New York

Price Paid:  $23000.00 from Mahwah Pontiac Gmc

Strengths:
AWD absolutely flawless in snow. This big piece of box metal rips out of the snow, even with the crap Tiger Paw tires.This is a mans van, trucklike, with the refinements of a car.

Weaknesses:
Absolutely junk plastic interior. GMC must use regrind plastic for the interior, because sometimes it breaks or carcks when you look at it.

Summary:
I have had two Safari's and they have been nothing but fantastic. These brute foce vans are tough and reliable.



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Reviewed by:
David


Review Date
January 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 15.00 votes

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Review 5 of 79 , from Baltimore

Price Paid:  $20000.00

Strengths:
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.

Weaknesses:
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.

Summary:
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

Similar Products Used:
have test driven similar fords and chryslers but they are a whole different concept. not what i'm looking for.



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