1997 GMC Safari User Reviews

1997 GMC Safari Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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midgetmayo writes:
1997 GMC Safari 3 Dr SLX Passenger Van Extended Review


amazing towing power, fair acceleration, sweet sounding exhaust, tough well made quality overall


on the highway when there is wind you get blown all over the place, not meant for high speeds


1997 Gmc Safari Rwd Slx — i own a 1997 gmc safari, awesome vehicle, i have a well abused 238 thou km's on it and still runs like new i have loaded the back of it up with patio stone once to the point that the leaf spring didn't have any more give to them lol but it towed it like nothing. it's a good strong 4.3l engine in it. like any other chevy i needed to replace an alternator but i never had any problems with the engine itself. considering it's on a full size truck frame and the size of it it gets great gas milege i think i get around 23mpg highway and that's going about 140kph lol belts are always sqeaking on it though, but nothing majour has went on it yet mine does 0-60 stone stock with both of the back seats out and i had it going 160 once wich was terrifying because it's not meant or that and the whole thing shook like crazy but it's nice highway comfort

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Andrew writes:
1997 GMC Safari 3 Dr SLT Passenger Van Extended Review


great family vehicle


its a van


Great For The Family — owned 4 3 years never had any major probs great family vehicle. good fuel economy. was a cheep overall buy. never had any major break downs, great power out of the 4.3 ltr vortec v6. it has paid for its self more than once.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matt writes:
1997 GMC Safari 3 Dr SLT Passenger Van Extended Review


Rear-wheel drive, capability to do loads of different tasks, sit up higher than most other vans.


Lower gas mileage, larger turning circle, larger blindspots.


1997 Gmc Safari — In my mind the GMC Safari Van is one of the most versitile vehicles that was available. It is solidly built and utilitarian, but is still comfortable enogh for every day life. The 4.3L V6 has enough power to pull loads that are in the range of pick-up trucks. We have used our van to pull a full size pick-up on a full car trailer and still have enogh power to pass those slower cars. The throttle response is a little slow at times, but when it does kick in it will accelerate very quickly when not loaded. With the bucket seats in the second row makes it is very comfortable on longer drives. Interior is rugged, but nice enogh that it isn't sore on the eyes. Only a few problems with the a/c ,but that is not unusual for most vehicles of this age. On the outside this type of van looks good. The one we have has the running boards and slight fender flares, which makes it look lower and cleaner. The major down side to this type of van is the lesser gas milage that it gets. Some of the other downsides of larger vehicles apply to this van. Large blindspots and larger turning circle are two of the biggest problems, but if you can deal with these this is a great vehicle. When you can get your groceries, a couple sheets of ply wood, some 2x4's, tow a camper trailer, and get the kids from sports its a great all round vehicle.

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Reviews From Other Years

1990 GMC Safari Reviews

Was A Faithfull Vehicle, But Got Too Old. By Arie

I think it was easier to move around the inside of this van than the new modeal. Read More

Winter/hauling Vehicle By Will

great when hauling lots of junk or people or when camping...otherwise pretty expensive to drive around. Read More

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1992 GMC Safari Reviews

Traveling Dream By vangirl

Rides smoothly. Plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Love the blinds and curtains in interior. Easy to clean and maintain. Awesome traveling accessories that is comfortable and roomy.beautiful l... Read More

Boxy Gas Guzzler...but Comfortable On Long Drives. By lothspice

My parents had a '92 Safari with additional horse power (they opted for 250hp instead of 200). It was a pain in the butt learning to drive in it. the car is now over 16yrs old with some minor work don... Read More

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1993 GMC Safari Reviews

Best General Motors Vehicle I Have Ever Owned... By Jeff

It goes better with a cold air intake and the brakes are decent. It handles like a box on wheels but what do you expect. It has not needed anything in the 2 years i have owned it. Its a van. Gas milea... Read More

1993 Gmc Safari By Chad

This was a great work van! I could fit a sound sytem in the back, and still had tons of room! I akways took out the back seat and left the middle one in. Left a lot of romm in the back and could st... Read More

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1994 GMC Safari Reviews

It's Big. Good For Hauling, But Awful On Mileage. By Winks

This van does not have the prettiest design in the world. It takes forever to pick up speed and shakes above 60. The brake-lines are all connected and seem to fail more than they should. It's got ba... Read More

Very Reliable Vehicle By tledoux79

Awesome reliable van in high demand for the family folk. Mine wasn't the AWD model but was still pretty well equipped and in mint condition. Read More

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1995 GMC Safari Reviews

Safari By Ryan

This van was great in the winter because of its AWD. It was a gas guzzler though. Read More

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