1995 GMC Safari LX 4.3L vortec V6 from North America


Air conditioning compressor (twice)

Anti-Lock brake failure

Windshield Wiper control module failure.

General Comments:

I generally tolerate American cars small problems, and make the appropriate repairs, this van stands out of a major failure of General Motors to address their responsibility. The windshield wiper control module was a recall for many of their vehicles, but not this one even though this model had a problem. This nearly killed my family when the wipers stopped on a freeway during a rainstorm. The problems with the brakes caused two rear end accidents, and some injuries, and the dealers just diverted their eyes, and said that they had no way to repair this problem. I know it would have been costly to acknowledge this problem, buy it could have saved lives, and in the end helped GM's credibility and bottom line.

Very poor job GM!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2005

1995 GMC Safari SLT V6 4.3L Vortex from North America


Very reliable, long suffering vehicle


Replaced heater blower motor, under warranty (30,000 miles).

Replace rear door stop clips, under warranty (30,000 miles).

Replace ERG valve, 150,000 miles, about $150, my labor. (First time it went bad, I simply cleaned it, couldn't the second time.)

Replace water pump and thermostat, 175,000 miles, about $100, my labor.

Replace head gaskets because of a coolant leak, 190,000 miles, $100, my labor. (This was probably because the water pump went out (see above, at 175,000 miles), it did over heat. Also incurred a $50 expense when I broke a plastic wire clip inside the upper air intake manifold, that's life.)

Has a bad gear shift mechanism in the steering column, but I'm living with it. It looks like it was vandalized before I got it. It got worse as the miles went up.

Sliding door sticks in the winter/cold.

General Comments:

God has blessed us with a very reliable, excellent vehicle. We're getting close to putting 200,000 miles on this truck, plus the 29,000 it already had. Can't complain.

It still has very good power.

It still rides smooth and is comfortable to drive. Although, it needs to have the shocks replaced soon.

Other than the head gaskets, haven't had anything major go wrong with the engine or transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2005

1995 GMC Safari SLE 4.3 Litre V6 from North America


I would buy another!


Replaced the windshield wiper motor at 140000.

Replaced one electric side window motor.

General Comments:

Drivers compartment does not have a lot of leg room.

Front seats could use more adjustments.

The van has towed, and hauled a lot of things, and done it well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2004

1995 GMC Safari SLE 6 cylinder from North America


We got our money's worth


A/C compressor failed at 170k, repair estimated at 1200.00.

Rear Hatch failed to open at 200k.

Side door has function problems at 180k.

Driver and Passenger doors both failed at 170k, repair cost 160.00 per door.

Electrical system problems at 20k, repair was free under warranty.

Wiper failed at 55k, repair cost 75.00.

Wiper failed again at 80k, repair cost 75.00.

Vent fan failed twice, once at 100k and again at 170k. Repairs have cost 250.00 each time.

General Comments:

This vehicle has been mostly reliable.

Repairs have been minor up until the A/C failure.

Driver, Passenger, Side Door and Hatch failures are annoying, but not insurmountable.

Engine still going strong at 250k.

Original price of 25k in 1995.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2004

1995 GMC Safari SLT 6 cylinder from North America


A great family hauler


I purchased my safari mini-van new in 1995. I have been quite happy with it until now.

When I reached 102,000 miles the following went bad:

Anti-lock light came on.$1500.00 to repair.

Rear door will not open, I guess the hinge is out of line. Removed the middle row so I could store my packages.

General Comments:

With regular maintenance I was hoping to get at least 15 years before shelling out money this type of money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2004

1995 GMC Safari 4.3 liter V6 from North America


Good overall vehicle


Until now everything has just been normal wear. Brakes, shocks, filters, only one set of tires. The best one we have ever had. Until now.

The Idler arm on the right side has been pulled right out of the frame along with the bolts and backing plate, which is all still securely mounted on the idler arm now just hanging on the steering linkage. There is now a 1 inch by 3.5 inch square hole in the frame where the idler arm should bolt on.

General Comments:

We like the Safari very much. It meets all our needs, but now I am very nervous about ever driving it again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th August, 2003