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2001 GMC Safari Minivan - Consumer Reviews

2001 GMC Safari Minivan

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Versatile, But Unreliable
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By Joe V.
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Vehicle

2001 GMC Safari Minivan SLE Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

The Safari is arguably the most versatile vehicle on the market. No other vehicle can carry cargo, 8 passengers and occasionally tow a trailer. I did all of the above with my Safari and it was great. Unfortunately, the Safari was not as reliable as I expected. During the 4 years I owned it, I had to replace the transmission, power lock actuators, vacuum diaphram, rear heat control, dashboard switches, mass air flow sensor, exhaust system and give it a complete tune-up. I also had the interior carpet replaced along with the weatherstripping because water leaked in from the dutch doors. I was so disappointed in the quality of the Safari that i traded it in and bought a 2005 Ford E-150


Best Features

Powerful motor, versatile


Worst Features

Re-design it for 2007: pay more attention to interior and mechanical quality.


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Bad choice
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By W.alter
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Vehicle

2001 GMC Safari Minivan SLE AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I had problems with the brakes from
the start and the steel belts on the
tires.The catalytic converter and
muffler needed replacing after one
year and at separate times.I had to
take it back shortly after buying it
after I noticed grease under the
floormats.Had to be dealer or factory
shabbyness.Poor quality control at
both places.No wonder Haskins went out
of business and GM is losing repeat
customers.


Best Features

rear stereo controls were good for the kids,rear ac/heat separate from front were convenient.


Worst Features

Better quality for the price,too much plastic breakable parts.Poor paint adhesion also,peeled on the bumpers when chipped.


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2001 General Mistake Concieved
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By Burnt
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Vehicle

2001 GMC Safari Minivan SLE AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This vehicle spent more time in the
garage being fixed than on the
road.Seventeen times in just over two
years.Brakes warping,bad tires,water
leaks around the seals,broken receiver
on seatbelt (driver's),paint peeling
on the plastic bumper in circular
patterns,electric lock actuator burned
out(passenger side),unbalanced tires
from the factory one that was replaced
due to excessive radial sidewall
runout,doors misaligned from the
factory,sidepanel on seat broke twice
because of plastic rivet mounts,and
this is some of the problems I
experienced in a two year time frame.
This dealer gave me a loaner car once
in seventeen trips!!!Find your own way
to work.


Best Features

rear air with separate controls,dutch doors in the back.


Worst Features

Get rid of the plastic parts that are subject to wear or damage when entering or exiting vehicle.


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CHEAP TO KEEP
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By bam bam
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2001 GMC Safari Minivan SLE Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This vehicle will last you a lifetime
and spend very little time in the
repair shop.maintenance costs are super
low if you stay away from the awd. i
purchased an extended warranty but i
know I'll rarely use it. as long as you
understand its a dinosaur to drive
around town pot holes. also note that
it is a durable "truck" that can get to
be a handful when the fuel tank gets
close to one quarter full when the
pavement is wet. adding weight during
the winter with the correct truck type
tires will keep you unstuck. the engine
power could be stronger, but the smooth
power band and not too stiff suspension
makes it pretty effortless to drive.


Best Features

lots of cargo room. rear air conditoning is helpful. easy to work on for do it yourself maintenance.stereo system is adequate.


Worst Features

just wish I had rear axle positive traction.


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Two time owner. . .
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Performance
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Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Vikki
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Vehicle

2001 GMC Safari Minivan SLE Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

We had a 1991 Safari as our first van
and loved it, but only had the SLE. We
now have and love the SLT seating and
comfort. All the things we wished for
in our first Safari van we got in our
second Safari van. Now if they would
have power door openers for the side
and back doors, we would be even more
thrilled! We have compared to lots of
the SUVs and we like what we have
better so far. The milage could be
better (and it could be worse too!)


Best Features

COMFORT . . . it seats 8, accommodates a BIG carpool. Comfortable for long drives. We love how each of the major seat backs can be adjusted. We added a LCD screen,TV tuner, VCR, PS2, so the kids can watch videos or play games on long trips. Everyone that rides in it loves it too.


Worst Features

Power doors side and rear, bring back the power front passenger seat. Get the milage up if you can without sacrificing the great performance.


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