by 95 Gmc Safari Owner from on Thu Jul 17 2014
I have owned a 95 GMC Safari for about a year now and plan to drive it for many more years. This may seem biased but I will tell you why these can be great vans to own. Is it safe? According to the government no, they give it a bad safety rating. If you ask me they are, these vans sit up at a good height. The previous owner of my van was rear ended at around 60 m.p.h by a car. The other car was totaled but as for the van the only damage was the bumper. Since the production of these vans stopped in 2005 it won't be up to date on the latest safety standards but I think safety wise you won't have to worry to much as long as you don't crash at to high rate of a speed. What about repairs and maintenance? Some cars need to have repairs and maintenance all the time, but not these vans. These vans engines and transmission are built strong and meant to last a long time with little maintenance. Most maintenance will be basic things like spark plugs and oil changes if you are doing the bare minimum. Other things you can get a few years before doing. Since this is a van repairs may be a little more expensive to do. Some repairs I do myself to save money. One major repair than can be common is replacing fuel injectors. This is a expensive repair, I was quoted around $1500-$1800. Other than fuel injectors there isn't major repairs as long as you car is decent to good running and you maintain it decently. Small repairs when the van becomes 19 years old may include replacing exterior door handles and replacing tie rods. What about the interior? It depends on what year you get and what package it is. The older vans 85 - 95 are more basic. Not to many features and not a fancy dash and interior. If you are into basic then the older vans are good. If you want a little more modern and more features then I recommend the years 1999-2000. What about the exterior? These vans from 85-94 are a little short. 95 -2005 are good in my opinion because they are a little bit longer. Some models offer for the back barn doors and some offer hatch doors. I recommend barn doors. How are these vans when driving? When they get old they may take a little longer to speed up than other cars but they can easily handle driving at high speeds. I drive mine on the interstate no problem. When the car does get old you may need to look at new shocks and tie rods. At high speeds with bad shocks this van is a little bumpy. At high speeds with bad tie rods it is a little hard to keep the van straight. Also bad tie rods the steering isn't tight so you have to take turns slow unless you want to make a wide turn. But with good shocks, good tie rods, decent driving condition then you shouldn't worry. Is 95 a good year to buy? I say yes depending on your needs. 95 is basic in features if you are looking for a basic car. It is build like GMC built trucks in that year. It is similar in height and mine has a v6 4.3L. Just test drive before buying to make sure it is in decent condition. What about resale value? As for resale value the value isn't great. Ones in rough but good driving can go for around $500. Ones in decent can go for $800 to $1,000. Ones in great condition can go for around $1,400 Are these great work or family vans? Both the cargo and passenger vans can make great work vans. If you use a passenger van as a work van it is best to get an older one because it has less features and the seats are easily removed. Plus the passenger vans seems to be longer and higher in height. As for family they are good to. Just try finding one in decent condition if you have a family. With all this being said test drive it before you buy and inspect closely. Also I can't guarantee my review because you are buying used and every used car has its issues I can't account for. This is just a broad review.
Purchased a Used car
Does recommend this car!!
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