I purchased my Savana 2500HD Van and
Serviced it at regular intervals
myself, (oil changes, lube). The brakes
on these trucks wear out after about
18000 miles and thats mostly highway.
At 52k miles the trans started giving
me problems to which I was informed
that the Torque Converter was
defective. As always "GM could not do
anything as far as any warranty
coverage". Also you may want to note
that the Truck was less than 1 1/2
years old when this happened. Also the
front end had some kind of "looseness"
that the dealer could never find or fix.
I'm very disatisfied with this truck
and would not buy another even with the
so called "0" percent financing.
With an oil change documented every 3-
5 thousand miles, my trusty GMC
Savanna extended 1-ton cargo van came
to a grinding halt at 60,600 miles
(less than 2 years old). I had the
old 5.7 engine replaced with a new one
by a GMC dealer. Out of pocket was a
total of $6,400. GMC said it was not
their problem. I am stuck. I am now
persuing samll claims court. How long
should an engine last? I usually can
have upwards of 200,000 miles without
incident. After owning 14 GM vehicles,
I found the loyalty stops with me.
I have had excellent perfomance from my Savana and have not had even one problem. I did have the dealer correct the wheel alignment under warranty which did not cost me at all. I changed the original brakes at 60,000 miles and installed new Monomax shocks w/ an anti-sway bar on the rear suspension so I could tow motorcycles. Replaced the original tires at 45,000. I get 20mpg on the freeway and 15mpg city. I change the oil every 3k with synthetic oil and lube the front end at the same time. I have transported 8 people in this van as well as my touring Kawasaki motorcycle with no problem and still the same mileage. How you maintain and drive a vehicle makes a lot of difference.
PURCHASED NEW 9-2000 TRANSMISSION
FAILED AT 18000 MILES DEALER CLAIMED
THAT THEY NO LONGER REBUILD
TRANSMISSIONS IN HOUSE ,HAD LOCAL
TRANS. SHOP REBUILD UNIT UNDER
WARRENTY , NOW HAVE 35000 MILES SO FAR
NO PROBLEM . GAS MILEAGE IS POOR 10-11
LOCAL 15-16 HIGHWAY . ALSO HAD
ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS .STARTER REPLACED
2XS. THIS IS MY 4TH CHEVY /GMC VAN IT
RIDES AND HANDLES LIKE A CAR, BUT
SEEMS TO HAVE MORE MECANICAL PROBLEMS
THAN ALL OTHERS PUT TOGETHER