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1997 GMC Safari Minivan

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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. SLT models can be equipped with leather seating, and a HomeLink three-channel transmitter is optional. Speed-sensitive power steering makes parking easier.

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Good but not great

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Vehicle: 1996 GMC Safari

Towed a pop-up camper across country several times, and camping every summer, w 5-6 people. But u gotta tow in 3rd gear because of trans calibration. Full size trailer several trips. All the electrical problems others mentioned, ww and window motors (one side twice), alt, fuel pump, blower mtr, radiator, a/c compressor $1200, water pump, 4 idler arms, tire life not good, rear dutch door handle completely rusted off, needs injectors cleaned, otherwise engine and trans run good




Great van

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Vehicle: 1996 GMC Safari

This van has been great I have 0ver 250000 miles and other than upkeep maintenance Iíve had no issues. Yes Iíve had to replace tires, breaks, hoses, belts, and so on but never any thing major. The electric windows work fine. I would highly recommend this van to anyone with kids it is a great traveling van.




Piece o' crap

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Vehicle: 1996 GMC Safari

i paid 3000 dollars for mine in 2006, since then ive put almost 3000 into keeping it running. 1 cooling fan, 2 alternators, 1 fuel pump, 1 fuel filter, 1 fuel line, 4 new tires, brakes(all of them), two window motors, 1 windshield wiper motor, 2 starters, and 1 right front ball axle joint. the cigarette lighter is broken, a/c has major leak(doesnt work), locks freeze easy in the winter(ohio), rear defrost and heat dont work, rear door handle broke and doesnt latch shut. no way would i ever tell anyone to consider buying this van, in fact if you see one on the road look away, chances are something might go wrong on Your car!



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1996 safari van

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Vehicle: 1996 GMC Safari

These vans have several problems. Power window motors fail often, switches in Safaris also have several failures. Besides the little annoying items, that most people avoid repairing because of such a high cost. The vehicle has been reliable.



Talk About The 1997 Safari

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oscar5
oscar5
07-07-2005
hello I have the same problem in my safari 1997, please tell me if you fix your astro....


0patience
0patience
03-12-2003
Some customers of 1997 Chevrolet Blazer, S10 Pickup; 1995-1997 Chevrolet Astro, C/K Crew Cab; 1994-1997 C/K Pickup, Tahoe, Suburban; 1997 GMC Jimmy, Sonoma; 1995-1997 GMC Safari, Sierra Crew Cab; 1994...


gmaster62
gmaster62
01-13-2001
After, returning from the dealer, I did research and found this exact problem had visibility though several different entries on the Department of Transportation?s NHTSA web site database, (http://www...



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