low upkeep costs. parts are cheep, alot
of cargo room, good head and body room.
Can fit two adults and car seat in same
row and still have moving around room,
no other mid-sized van has that. 8
passenger spaces with luggage for 8
people inside the van. Can fit 8' 2x4 on
floor and 10'
on top of dash with all doors closed.
4'x8' plywood fits inside with doors closed.
More powerful engine would be helpfull
when climbing Vermont highways. Larger
air-conditioner even though I have dual
front and back factory installed unit.
Real hot days on highway it just makes
it but in city stop and go it's not enough.
No it's not sexy or sporty but this is
a great vehicle for anyone that plans
to put a lot of miles on it. The ride
on rough roads is a little truck-like -
not punishing, mind you, but not as
good as car based minivans. Highway
ride is very good though. My wife
shows dogs and a standard mini-van was
too small and she didn't want a full
size van. She has found the Safari to
be just right. Have over 150,000
miles on our first one with virtually
no problems - most reliable vehicle
we've ever had (yes, we had a Toyota
and a Nissan...not bad vehicles but
not Nirvana either). One additional
note, the Safari gets surprisingly
Dutch doors, seating position (super
Would like heated front seats and
Onstar for safety.
The GMC Safari is no bargain for your
money. Its "old - school" exterior
design has people guessing whether your
driving a brand new van. In fact they
have made very little exterior changes
to the Safari/Astro van since 1996. Its
clunky and boxy style adds to
increased "top heavyness" when driving
in windy conditions. The interior of
the Safari is almost as bland as the
exterior. With the bare minimum
avaliable in features, again, makes you
feel like your driving a 1996 Safari
van rather than a 2003-04. One of the
only high points that I have found this
van to have is above average interior-