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About GMC Safari

As General Motors' answer to the wildly successful Chrysler minivans, GMC Safari was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's GMC division between 1985 and 2005 as a cargo van. Originally introduced to compete against the Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Japanese Toyota Van, Dodge Durango and Honda Pilot, GMC Safari was the rebadged variant of Chevrolet Astro. As a different van in the market, Safari survived for 20 years and it was replaced by the GMC Acadia after being manufactured through two generations.
The first-generation GMC Safari was produced from 1985 to 1994 and it featured the M body. Using the unit-body construction instead of the body-on-frame construction, Safari was powered by a 2.5 L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 98 hp and a 4.3 L V6 engine producing 200 165 horsepower, the latter one was increased to 200 hp. And these engines sent power through a 4-speed automatic and 4-speed, 5-speed manual transmissions to the rear wheels or four wheels. The last-generation Safari arrived at the market in 1995 with a new nose and tail that brought the styling in line with the full-size Chevrolet Express vans. A new dash with an airbag-equipped steering wheel was also introduced. During this period, the Safari only got one engine option: the 4.3 L V6 engine rated at 190 horsepower.

GMC Safari Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

For a van that could compete against the Chrysler minivans, you should be aware of how good the GMC Safari is. But as the accumulation of mileage, there are always problems pop on it to lead to bad consequences. In order to prevent the worse situation, you had better be known about these common problems on your Safari:
First, for GMC Safari drivers, the number one headache would be the engine failure, which often comes along with the cooling failure and cooling failure often deteriorates engine failure. To deal with such a complex situation, it could be helpful if you could absorb some experience from Safari owners. They offer some symptoms of this issue, it often starts with whining or squealing noises from the engine, excessive vibration and engine movement; then you will find the engine runs not as usual, it may misfire, stall or suffer from starting issues such as hard starting or inability to start a lot. And once there is leaking coolant on the ground and the engine keeps at a high operation temperature, you will notice a dramatical decrease in engine performance, power while acceleration and fuel efficiency. And both the lit Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light are signs for inspecting the Safari timing cover, fuel pump, throttle cable, water pump, water pump gasket, engine mount, oil pan gasket and EGR valve gasket.
Second, issues on suspension, transmission and braking systems are also very troublesome for GMC Safari drivers. But fortunately, the suspension failure also has recognizable and simple symptoms such as clunking, rattling, or scraping sounds coming from beneath the vehicle, loud clicking sound while turning, excessive vibration when driving, abnormal tire wear and poor handling. And the Safari drive shaft, axle shaft, and leaf spring plate are often the culprits. Transmission failure could be attributed to the Safari shift cable and transfer case seal for inaccurate gear readings and difficulty shifting gears. And the Safari brake dust shields, brake pad, brake disc, brake drum and brake caliper need your extra attention.
Please always bear the routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts of your GMC Safari in mind because it is often the more effective way to have a safe and comfortable driving experience. On your Safari, some electrical parts such as speedometer, instrument cluster, blower motor, and oil pressure switch are exposed to a high frequency of usages, they need routine maintenance. Other parts such as wiper pivot, steering column cover, cabin air filter, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light and headlight should be your routine maintenance list as well.
For your GMC Safari's longer lifespan, you are advised to choose OEM GMC Safari auto parts as parts replacements. happens to cover a wide range of lowest-priced manufacturer-warrantied genuine GMC Safari auto parts online. These OEM Safari parts are impeccable in quality, reliability and durability and favored by the hassle-free return policy and quickest delivery service. Order now and you could have a best-shaped Safari in the shortest time!