1988 GMC Safari Reviews

1988 GMC Safari 4.3 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Summary:

It was pretty darn RELIABLE & comfy

Faults:

* One big bracket came loose. It's the one that holds the pulleys and everything (it connects to the engine).

* Power steering pump went out.

General Comments:

On May 18, 2014, I hit a deer.

My GMC Safari kept going as if nothing happened. But when I finally got a chance to check it, smoke was coming out...

Mr. Hancock had bought the vehicle brand new in 1988. I bought it from his estate for only $750.

I'll miss having "Brownie" to drive for fun.

I'm already looking for a replacement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2014

1988 GMC Safari SE 4.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance286000 miles
Previous carGMC Safari

Summary:

A good buy for the money.

Faults:

Replaced water pump three times.

Replaced two door handles.

Replaced alternator once.

Replaced starter once.

Replaced fuel pump twice.

Relaced AC motor once.

Replaced power steering pump once.

Replaced turn signal switch once.

Replaced radiator twice.

Replaced muffler once.

Replaced light and rear AC switch once.

Replaced headliner and painted vehicle once.

Replaced transmission seal 3 times.

Replaced brakes 5 times.

Replaced tires 4 times.

General Comments:

Hi maintenance vehicle, but a real work horse for towing. Loads of room for the traveling family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2003

1988 GMC Safari SLE 4.3L V6 Gas from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Gas Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired138500 miles
Most recent distance146500 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

A bargain of a vehicle

Faults:

I have had to replace the motor and some bulbs. The rear doors don't open, and the locks have a short.

General Comments:

It has been a very good vehicle besides the motor but I bought it cheap so it was very much worth it to replace it.The 4.3Ls are very powerful, nice to tow in and also comfy for up to 8 people. A high step in height and also since it is built on truck platform id does not have as a refined ride as most front wheel drive minivans.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2000

31st Dec 2000, 18:15

I have a 1988 GMC Safari, it's been a very good van.

The motor never gave me any problems.

The only thing's I had to fix were the two speakers in the back doors, I had to get it painted, and a new radio. Besides that it's been a great van.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews