2000 GMC Safari LT 4.3 from North America
Largest mini van. Reliable engine, but the ride is rough
Transmission was replaced at 475 miles. (WOW right)?
Brake pads require replacement often.
Rear shoes replaced only once, but require adjustment often.
Both power door lock solenoids have been replaced.
The alternator was replaced at 79,000 miles for noisy bearing. Idler pulley was replaced at same time, but wasn't the problem.
The fan clutch was replaced at 84,655 miles.
A/C fan blower has sucked in empty grocery bags now twice, requiring disassembly to remove.
Rear limited slip differential is extremely noisy. Am told that bearing wear is probably the culprit. Unit had its oil changed now twice with GM limited slip additive both times.
The A/C compressor is now noisy, and probably going to go out soon.
Side entrance door shakes when moving. Think upper nylon busing needs replaced.
Constantly reattaching interior plastic pieces. The leather seats have stayed perfect. The electric seats still work perfect.
Very reliable, and no other vehicle can comfortably seat 7 passengers and pull a camper. We tried renting an Excursion and found it not as roomy, but the ride was more comfortable. The Excursion we rented was also very weak on power and the transmission was slipping during towing.
Vehicle has been perfect other than noise and of course the tranny replacement one month after purchase. LOL.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th April, 2009
The ride is rough because the Astro/Safari vans are the only minivans out there built on a truck chassis. So of course, it rides and handles like a truck. But it is worth it (for me at least) because the heavy-duty chassis makes it much more durable and versatile (as far as towing and stuff). As a trade off for this durability you have to sacrifice a bit in the way of ride handling.