2003 GMC Savana Consumer Review: GMC Savanna - A nice ride

2003 GMC Savana - Consumer Review

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1500 Passenger Van (5.3L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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GMC Savanna - A nice ride
By Northern Driver on


2003 GMC Savana 1500 AWD 3dr Van (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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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