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2002 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 2002 GMC Safari

  • A minivan with truck capabilities ... and refinement ... and ride quality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard eight-passenger seating, 5,400-pound trailer rating, torquey V6.

  • Cons

    Boxy design, poor fuel economy, intrusive engine cover makes for small footwells.

  • What's New for 2002

    The standard Vortec V6 gets multipoint fuel injection for better overall drivability, while the rear axle now receives a standard dose of synthetic gear oil for reduced heat buildup and longer bearing life.

Full 2002 GMC Safari Review

What's New for 2002

The standard Vortec V6 gets multipoint fuel injection for better overall drivability, while the rear axle now receives a standard dose of synthetic gear oil for reduced heat buildup and longer bearing life.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Love it - on my

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Safari SLE AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

During the Alaskan winters the side door is great. We all pile in shut the door keep warm and then buckle up. Three kids and friends always fit very comfortable. Lots of room for everyone and their stuff and I can still get groceries.




Great vehicle

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Safari SLE AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

I bought the GMC Safari new in 2002 because I needed a vehicle that would haul our stuff to our cabin in Northern Michigan which also had All Wheel Drive for the mud and snow we frequeny encounter. The truck based Safari was the perfect answer and it has proven to be just that. After 108,000 miles, the only repair it has needed was a an alternator during the first year covered by warranty. Too bad there isn't a comparable vehicle available today. Guess I'll keep it. It's still strong and I expect at least 250,000 miles out of it.




Very good mini-van... great value!

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Safari SLE Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

Great family vehicle. Reliable and comfortable.




Good, comfy, van

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Safari SLE AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

I have owned these vans since they came out in 1985. The are roomier, more powerful, and capable than most other minivans on market. These vans have always been reliable besides for a few minor problems. We had to replace brakes at 15,000 miles and GMC wouldn't cover it under warranty which made me angry and made me wonder what the warranty was for.I like the truck- like sensation and this is no woss minivan. The ride is harsh over rough surfaces and it doesn't handle as well as car-based minivans. The interior is cheap plastic and poorly made. Even in the uplevel SLT it is lacking luxury features.




Average car

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Safari SLE AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

I've had problems with my Safari. The sliding psgr door and rear hatch either stick or won't open. Took it to the dealer to get resolved still have same problem. Recently had problems with transmission and oil cooling lines leaking only at 42000 miles. Not impressed with fuel economy or front leg room. I am 6'2 and wife is 5'7". It does pull are 3300 lb popup camper great which is our main reason for buying it.




Good ride

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Safari SLE AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

2002 gmc safari has been a fine vehicle for my family. We have had zero problems with it. Here in Alaska the AWD and Anti lock brakes have been just the thing. With studed tires on it just won't be stopped.



Talk About The 2002 Safari

2002 GMC Safari Discussions See all Started By

capt_gene
capt_gene
05-15-2010
2002 Safari. 6 Cyl. 130K-----There are several 'large' hoses in the engine compartment related to the 'controls'.... also some very small ones, one of which was cut/burned, and replaced. One of the...


jane7042
jane7042
05-13-2008
I have the same problem. I have a 2002 AWD Safari with 65000 miles on it. Previously owned a AWD Astro. On the Safari I have a very sharp whistle coming from the drivers side starting at about 35 mph....


hansienna
hansienna
02-15-2006
I would have considered an Astro/Safari if GM had done something to modernize them after they were introduced as 1985 models in late 1984....



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  • 14
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  • 18
  • highway
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