Front sheet metal is restyled. Regular-length versions are dropped from the lineup, leaving only the extended model. Multileaf steel springs replace single-leaf plastic springs. One engine is available, the 190-horsepower, 4.3-liter V6. Air conditioning is newly standard, and remote keyless entry is a new option.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 1995 GMC Safari SLT 3dr Minivan AWD and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.12 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
My wife and I bought a '95 Safari used
in May of '97 with 80,000 miles on it.
Knowing how much we drive and knowing
that we don't hurt our vehicles with
highway miles, we decided to buy it. I
can't possibly explain here what a
wonderful minivan it's been. No
electrical trouble (like some say), no
drivetrain trouble, no engine trouble,
solid as a rock. We've done … regular
routine maintenance type things but if
ever you wanted to read about a
satisfied GM product customer, I'm
him. Gas mileage 20+, set of tires
every 65-75K, brakes twice lifetime,
oil/air filter every 4K- that's about
all you do.
3.75 out of 5 stars
Old but good
1994 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Ext Minivan
I bought this van in 1995. At first I did not like it due to the fact the brakes were very hard, like truck brakes, and the rear end made a whinning noise at most speeds. Over the course of 11 years the only problems I had were, the computer and the light switch needed fixed. The alternator lasted 110,000 miles,water pump lasted 100,00 miles. I am now on my third set of brakes. Overall … the van has been more reliable than some of the new cars I have bought. I wish all the autos were as good as this one.I am now pushing 155,000 miles. I drive it 140 miles a day. I love this van except the gas mileage. Does not drive well in winter.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Third Review on this Safari in 3 Years
Southern Moon, 11/14/2005
1995 GMC Safari SLT 3dr Minivan
Two previous reviews by me. 07/12/02 and 07/24/03. Again now 11/14/05. Tripped 300K a while back. Almost 304,000 today. The best vehicle we've ever owned. Strong, strong engine still. NO OIL USE. Reliable to the max. No trouble except some flaking paint but even that's not bad. Last spark plugs changed about 150,000 miles ago. NEVER HAD A TUNE UP in 8-1/2 years. I tried to … sell this Safari at 239K at a giveaway price but nobody bit- not that I blame them but it's still in great shape mechanically and still looks good too. We bought a GMC Suburban based on how this GMC had been but it's not as reliable as the Safari and the Suburban with about 100K does need oil at changing time.
4 out of 5 stars
1995 GMC Safari SLE 3dr Minivan
Bought new in January 1996. Have had
no major problems. Front brakes have
been replaced twice. Plastic door
handle on passenger side broke inside
the door...major hassle to get to and
fix but not a major expense if you
have a friend that is a mechanic and
has the right tools. Power door lock
doesn't always connect with the
sliding passenger side door (2 clicks …
usually will do it when
it "misfires"). Just had the fuel
pump replaced at 123,000 miles. Van
gave plenty of warning...started
running rough at about 118,000 miles.
Tuned up at 105,000 miles. With 3
kids in sports, this van is great.
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