How do you choose between a Chevrolet or a GMC full-size van? Which dealer is closest to your house? They're basically the same vehicle. And these GM vans stack up well against the formidable Ford Econoline and ancient has-been Dodge Ram Van. As long as the Savana provides what you need in this kind of vehicle, it's tough to go wrong here.
by latitude38 on Aug 5, 2003 Vehicle: 2002 GMC Savana 3500 3dr Ext Van (5.7L 8cyl 4A)
Air-con, excellent, when in SE
US. Rear air-con is 3 rows of
vents, Dodge and Ford is less. Leg
room better than Ford. Noise is low.
155 inch wheel base is nice on the
extended 15 passenger van. When not
heavily loaded less pressure in rear
the rear tires makes passengers more
comfortable. Tires that come with the
van are very stable for side
movements. Break in period before
towing is 9,000 or 11,000 miles.
Service is low, one change of the rear-
end oil, and at oil change the grease
points/zerks. The undercarriage is
super for this 1-ton vehicle which is
one reason I chose this vehicle. The
standard engine is a 350 and power
wise is great.
GMC's full-size van gets only minor improvements, such as a more efficient starter and a stronger steering gear housing. Models with an 8,600-pound or above GVWR and either the 8100 V8 or 6.5-liter diesel engine are newly certified as low emissions vehicles in California.