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.
I bought my 1995 Safari just because I
could fit my 10-foot surfboard IN the
vehicle AND lock the doors under the
seats. For a van, it's pretty peppy.
Rear AC and Dutch doors are cool.
Middle and rear seats make the cargo
My girlfriend complained that the
shotgun seat has no foot room. I don't
drive from there so, it never bothered
At 80k miles, fuel injection system
died. Spendy ($1k), but worth it.
At 116k, the tranny died. The $2k to
replace it just wasn’t worth it, had to
trade it in.
Versatility - Leave the middle seat in
the garage and fold down the back seat
most of the time. Great for road trips -
camping, surfing, fishing, etc..
Drink holders that fit at least a
McDonald's Medium drink would be good
for the front seats - the radio is in
The middle and rear seats should un-
fold and combine to make a bed in the
cargo area but only while the vehicle
is in PARK.
This van is my second, I owned a Astro
before, its a great driver on long
trips and has plenty of towing power
for my older Apache trailer. All wheel
drive is a real life saver as I do get
off the pavement once in awhile and is
great on winter roads.
Room, towing, all wheel drive and tight
Bought new in January 1996. Have had
no major problems. Front brakes have
been replaced twice. Plastic door
handle on passenger side broke inside
the door...major hassle to get to and
fix but not a major expense if you
have a friend that is a mechanic and
has the right tools. Power door lock
doesn't always connect with the
sliding passenger side door (2 clicks
usually will do it when
it "misfires"). Just had the fuel
pump replaced at 123,000 miles. Van
gave plenty of warning...started
running rough at about 118,000 miles.
Tuned up at 105,000 miles. With 3
kids in sports, this van is great.
extended cargo space, rear air
Keep working on the power door lock
system. Every GM product I've ever
owned with Power locks seems to have
issues. Make access to inner door