2001 GMC Safari Consumer Review: Versatile, But Unreliable

2001 GMC Safari - Consumer Review

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SLE Passenger Minivan (4.3L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Versatile, But Unreliable
By Joe V. on


2001 GMC Safari SLE Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


The Safari is arguably the most versatile vehicle on the market. No other vehicle can carry cargo, 8 passengers and occasionally tow a trailer. I did all of the above with my Safari and it was great. Unfortunately, the Safari was not as reliable as I expected. During the 4 years I owned it, I had to replace the transmission, power lock actuators, vacuum diaphram, rear heat control, dashboard switches, mass air flow sensor, exhaust system and give it a complete tune-up. I also had the interior carpet replaced along with the weatherstripping because water leaked in from the dutch doors. I was so disappointed in the quality of the Safari that i traded it in and bought a 2005 Ford E-150

Best Features

Powerful motor, versatile

Worst Features

Re-design it for 2007: pay more attention to interior and mechanical quality.
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