We purchased our van at the beginning of 2004. Our van has pretty much seen it all. The first trip we took it on it was hit by Hurricane Charley. It now gets 14 mpg city and 16 mpg hwy. The 5.3 liter engine 0-60 is about 8 sec. though it's only RWD, it does excellent in rain, snow, and ice. It is very fun to drive. I will definitely consider buying another one of these vans!
I love it's power and acceleration. The engine has never had any problems and we've only had it tuned up once; new spark plugs, serpentine belt, etc.
The steering wheel shakes between 70 and 75 mph. It can be fixed. Nothing else, it's a great van!
We have enjoyed this vehicle for the last 14000 miles. It was a conversion by Cobra, nothing fancy, just the best seats available, no TV or mood lights. Fuel economy has ranged from 12.5 mpg in sub-zero city driving to 20.2 mpg on 55 mph rural roads. The only failure to date is the windsheild weather stripping, which came loose while on the interstate. The dealer made the repair, eventually. GM treats the option list like all Savanna's will be plumbing trucks. No MP3 cd player, no XM sattelite controller, no trip computer. All of these item are available on the Yukon/Suburban, which this van is based on. 5.3 V8. It was the same price as the Toyota Sienna, but the space won out.
Quiet interior, visibility, towing capability, 8 doors. Limited slip and antilock brakes work well in MN
Offer the same options as Yukon. Offer heated mirrors and zone under the wipers, as DC minivans do (helpful in areas where it snows).
My Savanna is a conversion that looks
and performs up to expectations and
turns heads. I would not have
purchased one of these vans based on
standard features/factory trim. The
dashboard and interiors are too flat
and plasticky and the bumpers/mirrors
are black plastic. Both of these
detractions were remedied by the
conversion - wood dash trim and
painted bumpers/mirrors. The ride is
very stable and makes the van much
more akin to daily driving. My old
Astro AWD had a best of 20 mpg, while
the Savanna gets 18-19 mpg top end.
The braking is very good and the
engine performance is excellent.
Dual 60/40 door option, Excellent
headroom and plenty of floorspace for
whatever you can dream up! Unique
front-end styling, AWD option. More
room in the engine compartment/smaller
doghouse. This van has excellent rain
gutters running above the door/window
Must have painted bumper/mirrors, must
enhance dash to resemble the Astro
with cockpit style/woodtrim options.
Should have rear dutch-doors w/top
lift-gate to give you rain/snow
protection when loading and eliminate
obstruction of rearview where the rear
doors meet in the middle.