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GMC Safari Model Overview

GMC Safari Questions

driver1030
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I Bought A 98 Safari And When You Put It In Drive It Kicks Hard

what can it be and is it expensive to fix

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amobley005
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What Is Draniing My Battery O My Van I Just Changed Out He Battery And The ...

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Trusler
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What Suv Or Minivan Will Hold A Sheet Of Plywood. I Had A Safari Looking To...

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BettyJT
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I Have A 2001 Safari Passanger Van. Why Is It The The Heat Works Great Whil...

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BettyJT
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Why Is It That My Van Will Start Up Just Fine.. But If Its Raining It Will ...

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Older GMC Safari

2001 GMC Safari Overview
2001 GMC Safari
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2002 GMC Safari Overview
2002 GMC Safari
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2003 GMC Safari Overview
2003 GMC Safari
9 pictures
2004 GMC Safari Overview
2004 GMC Safari
10 pictures
2005 GMC Safari Overview
2005 GMC Safari
28 pictures

About the GMC Safari

About as likely to be seen in the African savanna as its sibling Chevy Astro was to be traversing the moon, nevertheless the GMC Safari was both a comfortable minivan and a powerful hauler, thanks to the extra heft that came from its truck-based platform and rear-wheel drive (car-based minivans were front-wheel drive).  Released in 1990 along with the Astro, the Safari Passenger Van originally fit five passengers in two rows of seats and was available as either a base, SLE, or SLT trims.  

The trim names didn't change, but over the years the Safari Passenger gained all-wheel drive capability and more convenience features, such as power windows and locks, cruise control, automatic headlights, and daytime running lights, and the SLT even offered leather seats.  A 4.3 V6 engine gained horsepower over the years, capping at 190-hp in 1995.  The four-speed automatic was revised in 2000 to include a tow-haul mode.  Also in 2000, a third row bench seat became available, for seating up to eight people while still leaving about 40 cubic feet of cargo room.  For more versatility and passenger comfort, second row captain's chairs could substitute for the bench seat starting in 2001.

Though boxier than most minivans, the GMC Safari's dimensions allowed it to hold more cargo than many of its competitors.  A roof rack and trailer hitch were optional, and unlike other minivans, the Safari Passenger was able to tow 5400 pounds behind it.  A passenger side sliding door was added in 1994, though access to the back rows remained difficulty and awkward.  Rear access was through dual rear doors or Dutch doors that featured an independently-opening rear window.  Like its sister Astro, the GMC Safari was discontinued in 2005, mostly due to poor sales and GM's unwillingness to invest money in making safety changes.  Despite poor resale value, low mpg, and seat access, owners liked the handling, power, and roominess of the Safari.