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GMC Safari Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 1997 GMC Safari

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Big inside but small outside, torquey V-6 engine, dual airbags, standard ABS, available all-wheel drive

  • Cons

    Fuel economy, aging design, intrusive engine cover

  • What's New for 1997

    Illuminated entry and daytime running lights debut this year, along with a couple of new colors and automatic transmission improvements.…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)


Love my van but ......

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Safari SLT 3dr Minivan

I got this van in the summer of 2007 with 69000 miles on it, RAN GREAT was my daily ride. I drive over 100 miles a day and in 2010 the fuel pump problem happened with my van as well. We replaced it and it still is not running right, so it has been parked for over a year now for the day I have the money to take it in because I really do not want to give up the van. Also there is a clunking sound when you take off. Still love the van..




Another love/hate realationship

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Safari SLT 3dr Minivan AWD

When I bought my Safari it had 45,000 miles on it. Around 130,000 my brakes finally wore down and I got new ones. Around 140,000 miles my power steering pump blew and I bought a new one. Around 145,000 miles my a/c and heat stopped working with the exception of a warm defrost. The 2nd heat censor blew. Then, around 160,000 my fuel pump died on me. Now it is sitting in my driveway waiting for a new coil because that blew about 3 days ago ( 173,000 miles). It has been a workhorse, a family vehicle and more. I love the Safari, and until 130,000 miles it never failed me. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested. As long as you keep it maintained as you would expect from any verhicle.




Love/ hate

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan

We have a love /hate relationship with this vehicle. It is great to drive,easy for shopping etc. Comfortable on long trips. We have replaced 3 window motors,1 seat motor,an alternator,a very expensive fuel pump,a wiper circuit board and other various items some under warrenty some not. Before the fuel pump went I complained to GMC and they offered me an 8 hundre $ cert. towards a new GMC product good for 1 yr. The pump went shortley after and the fix wiped out the cert. Yesterday the blower moter switch would only work on high.




Electrical hell

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan

This vehicle has been expensive to operate. It had electrical problems from the start. It continues to eat fuses like candy. The lighter, fuel gauge, and power windows have not worked in 2 years. Its on its 4th battery and 3rd set of front brakes. The front end wears tires quickly, even with it properly aligned. In short buyer beware. There is very little head or leg room in the front seats.




The van of vans

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan

I have a trailer and its the only thing that can carry 8 people + a 5,000 pound trailer without a sweat




My safari

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan

Love everything about it but it has become difficult for me to get in and out of it because of my short legs and arthrities.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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Full 1997 GMC Safari Review

What's New for 1997

Illuminated entry and daytime running lights debut this year, along with a couple of new colors and automatic transmission improvements. SLT models can be equipped with leather seating, and a HomeLink three-channel transmitter is optional. Speed-sensitive power steering makes parking easier.

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