During the Alaskan winters the side door is great. We all pile in shut the door keep warm and then buckle up. Three kids and friends always fit very comfortable. Lots of room for everyone and their stuff and I can still get groceries.
I bought the GMC Safari new in 2002 because I needed a vehicle that would haul our stuff to our cabin in Northern Michigan which also had All Wheel Drive for the mud and snow we frequeny encounter. The truck based Safari was the perfect answer and it has proven to be just that. After 108,000 miles, the only repair it has needed was a an alternator during the first year covered by warranty. Too bad there isn't a comparable vehicle available today. Guess I'll keep it. It's still strong and I expect at least 250,000 miles out of it.
AWD, truck toughness, cargo room and capacity, "timeless" styling.
Not manufactured anymore. GMC should definitely consider a modern version of the truck based mini/midi van. I am confident there is a market for it. Make it unique to GMC (no Chevy version) and build a "macho" image around it...would be a winner.
I have owned these vans since they
came out in 1985. The are roomier,
more powerful, and capable than most
other minivans on market. These vans
have always been reliable besides for
a few minor problems. We had to
replace brakes at 15,000 miles and GMC
wouldn't cover it under warranty which
made me angry and made me wonder what
the warranty was for.I like the truck-
like sensation and this is no woss
minivan. The ride is harsh over rough
surfaces and it doesn't handle as well
as car-based minivans. The interior is
cheap plastic and poorly made. Even in
the uplevel SLT it is lacking luxury
Room, Interior Comfort, Capability,
and ruggid looks.
Interior plastics are poor(typical GM),
Smoother ride, better handling, more
horsepower to go along with torque,
more convenience features on SLT
(heated seats, dvd system, climate
control,bose sound, etc.)
I've had problems with my Safari. The
sliding psgr door and rear hatch either
stick or won't open. Took it to the
dealer to get resolved still have same
problem. Recently had problems with
transmission and oil cooling lines
leaking only at 42000 miles. Not
impressed with fuel economy or front
leg room. I am 6'2 and wife is 5'7". It
does pull are 3300 lb popup camper
great which is our main reason for
AWD feature great in Michigan weather.
A lot of cargo room.
Improve transmission reliability, fuel
economy and front legroom. It should
also have more horsepower for the size
of this engine (4.3L V6). I had a
Pontiac Montana with a 3.4L V6 that had
same amount of horse power.