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GMC Savana Explorer Conversion
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By Alexstaar
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2003 GMC Savana Van 1500 Rwd 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

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!


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

The steering wheel shakes between 70 and 75 mph. It can be fixed. Nothing else, it's a great van!


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Plenty of space
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By blue 250
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Vehicle

2003 GMC Savana Van 1500 Rwd 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

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.


Best Features

Quiet interior, visibility, towing capability, 8 doors. Limited slip and antilock brakes work well in MN


Worst Features

Offer the same options as Yukon. Offer heated mirrors and zone under the wipers, as DC minivans do (helpful in areas where it snows).


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GMC Savanna - A nice ride
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By Northern Driver
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2003 GMC Savana Van 1500 AWD 3dr Van (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


Review

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.


Best Features

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 seams.


Worst Features

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.


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