I never had more road miles on a vehicle until I met this 1885 GMC Safari. It has been a jewel for me at a purchase price of $800.00. I did a few things to keep it up but it was well worth it when I can go from central California to northern California and then back down to southern California all in a few days! The ride was awesome and the Van was a great asset to my trip!
Two previous reviews by me. 07/12/02 and 07/24/03. Again now 11/14/05. Tripped 300K a while back. Almost 304,000 today. The best vehicle we've ever owned. Strong, strong engine still. NO OIL USE. Reliable to the max. No trouble except some flaking paint but even that's not bad. Last spark plugs changed about 150,000 miles ago. NEVER HAD A TUNE UP in 8-1/2 years. I tried to sell this Safari at 239K at a giveaway price but nobody bit- not that I blame them but it's still in great shape mechanically and still looks good too. We bought a GMC Suburban based on how this GMC had been but it's not as reliable as the Safari and the Suburban with about 100K does need oil at changing time.
Reliability. I changed the transmission filter about a year ago and virtually no metal on the magnet. I expect it to go 400,000 miles if we don't relace it.
Leg room in the front passenger side for us 6'2" co-pilots.
If you'll look, I wrote a review
07/12/02 on this same vehicle. Now
passing into the 260K mileage range, I
just wanted to again say that GMC makes
one reliable ride. In fact, since then
we've added to (not replaced) our GMC
family with a Suburban that after the
first 25K seems to be as solid as the
Safari that I still drive every single
day. 260K: no oil usage, no loss of
power, good looking. I can't say
enough good things about the GMC Safari.
Front passenger leg room a little short
if I have to suggest anything.
My wife and I bought a '95 Safari used
in May of '97 with 80,000 miles on it.
Knowing how much we drive and knowing
that we don't hurt our vehicles with
highway miles, we decided to buy it. I
can't possibly explain here what a
wonderful minivan it's been. No
electrical trouble (like some say), no
drivetrain trouble, no engine trouble,
solid as a rock. We've done regular
routine maintenance type things but if
ever you wanted to read about a
satisfied GM product customer, I'm
him. Gas mileage 20+, set of tires
every 65-75K, brakes twice lifetime,
oil/air filter every 4K- that's about
all you do.
Solid as a rock. Now, at 235K, it
doesn't use any oil, has great
acceleration, runs like a top and I
don't see it being replaced anytime
soon because it just won't give me a
reason to put my wife in anything
The only thing that I can see that GM
could do is work on their paint
trouble, we're BEGINNING to see a