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1998 GMC Safari Minivan

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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 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 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 1998

    New colors, a theft-deterrent system and automatic transmission refinements are the changes to the Safari. This van is one of the few GM models that retains full-power airbags for 1998.

Full 1998 GMC Safari Review

What's New for 1998

New colors, a theft-deterrent system and automatic transmission refinements are the changes to the Safari. This van is one of the few GM models that retains full-power airbags for 1998.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



It's a work horse

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Vehicle: 1998 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan

We love our van. Bought new has 110k miles. This van has pulled concrete carts, hauled 8 passengers, been filled with cement blocks, carried surf boards, moved us accross country and took us camping for two weeks this summer thru deserts (115f) and over mountains at 8,000ft. We take out the seats, place a bed inside and just cruise by those expensive motels. It will get over 24mpg if you set cruise under 60mph. Its a work horse!




Lots of life left

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Vehicle: 1998 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan AWD

2nd owner of this AWD and I now have 120,000 miles on it. Took it to Colorado Springs (from Pa.) this summer and had no problems. Van got between 18 and 20 MPG going 70-80 MPH but would get 24.5 going 55. In cColorado Springs it got 16.5 MPG. Only problems I ever had with van was a water pump at 115,000. It has been a good Van. Outstanding AWD in the snow. Better than my 4X4 truck. 4.3 cyl. probably the best 6 cyl. on market but could get better MPG.




All around good vehicle

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Vehicle: 1998 GMC Safari SLT 3dr Minivan

Our experience with this van has been excellent. It hauls 7 people plus ample luggage, averages 21 mpg (RWD), and we tow up to 6,000 lbs with it (rated for 5,000). No other vehicle we are aware of offers this kind of utility AND gets this kind of gas mileage. After 5 years and 100k miles, it has never left us stranded. We take care of it, and plan to drive it as far as it will go. We love it.




Safari vans vs. the minivan

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Vehicle: 1998 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan

We have had few problems with this van, and it is our second of this style. We have also owned a Toyota minivan, a Chevy Regency,and SUV's. The interior room is it's greatest advantage. In comparison with the other minivans on the market, it has more leg and head room. The large area behind the rear seat holds suitcases and ice chests enough for a family for a 2 week vacation (keeping these things out of the seating area). We had this advantage with a full size van but had to deal with difficulty parking in small spaces, and gas mileage.For the most efficiency for the greatest amount of space, we'll choose Safari again.



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Great truck

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Vehicle: 1998 GMC Safari SLX 3dr Minivan

I drive courier in this van,300 hard miles a day. replace idler arms every 100000 and other normal wear items never let me down.with proper maintenance will go forever. change tranny fluid every 15000. recomend this vehicle for any one wanting a tough vehicle that will hold the entire family




Lemonmobile

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Vehicle: 1998 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan

If you are considering buying a Safari van my advice to you is DO NOT BUY THESE VEHICLES. GMC bought back my vehicle under the Lemon Law. It stalled in reverse, it would stall going forward while driving leaving you with no brakes. At 12,000 I had to replace the altenator after it got me stuck in an intersection. The a/c compressor started making noises. at 56,000 the fuel pump, fuel sender and fuel neck went bad. It would have cost me $950 without warranty. Always buy a warranty. The batery went bad at 18000 miles to.These cars are evil and all the dealer can tell you is "We can't find the problem" This is wha you get after paying $29,000 for these things.



Talk About The 1998 Safari

1998 GMC Safari Discussions See all Started By

thekimbo
thekimbo
10-02-2014
I ahve a 1998 GMC Safari van. It went dead while driving down th road. The fuel pump is working and I have replaced the crank sensor per advice form someone. My boyfriend disconnected the batter so I ...


cbpd
cbpd
08-05-2005
1998 GMC safari van. The drivers side power window stalls when trying to close....


guest5
guest5
01-02-2008
Same problem on my 1998 GMC Safari in 2003. Engine 1870 code. I had the valve body in the transmission updated at a transmission shop. $368.88 and the problem has been fixed for the last 4 years....



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  • 18
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