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It's a Work Horse
By GM Owner on 07/21/08 13:58 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 GMC Safari Minivan SLE 3dr Minivan

Review

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!
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Lots of life left
By Jeff on 10/25/06 17:02 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 GMC Safari Minivan SLE 3dr Minivan AWD

Review

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.
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All around good vehicle
By westone on 09/05/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 GMC Safari Minivan SLT 3dr Minivan

Review

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.
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Safari Vans vs. the minivan market
By rufrider on 01/06/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 GMC Safari Minivan SLE 3dr Minivan

Review

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
By elisabethsdaddy on 12/01/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 GMC Safari Minivan SLX 3dr Minivan

Review

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
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LemonMobile
By bmxpro789 on 05/04/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 GMC Safari Minivan SLE 3dr Minivan

Review

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.
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poor quality parts supplier
By Bob Blackwood on 03/07/02 20:04 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 GMC Safari Minivan SLE 3dr Minivan AWD

Review

Nice vehicle very expensive rugged for towing boat etc. very dissappointed in brakes & front end .had to replace front brakes & rotors @ 20000 miles , rotors to far gone to turn. should have been warr, dealer said no. general tires were gone @ 30000 miles & had to put new Idler arms on @ 36000, still not warr. 4yr old. I'm ret vehicle only used only for pleasure. & tow boat less than 20 miles a year.
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