2000 GMC Safari

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of the 2000 GMC Safari. Base trim shown.

2000 GMC Safari Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Safari is a twin to the Chevrolet Astro, and both date to 1985. Safari and Astro are available as passenger vans and cargo models and with either standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

General Motors rushed these truck-based vehicles to market 15 years ago in response to Chrysler’s pace-setting front-wheel-drive minivans. GM later fielded front-drive minivans of its own but kept the Safari and Astro on the roster.

Exterior
Safari comes in a single size, 190 inches long, with a sliding door on the passenger side. A driver-side slider is not available. Two types of rear doors are available. Dual swing-out doors are standard, and unique “Dutch doors” with a flip-up rear window and swing-out lower doors are optional. The Dutch doors include a defogger for the window. The standard swing-out doors have windows but no defogger.

Interior
Seats for eight are standard on passenger models, and all but the front bucket seats are removable. The middle and rear seats are three-place benches. Optional seven-passenger seating replaces the middle bench with two bucket seats.

Cargo models are limited to two front bucket seats. Maximum cargo volume is 170 cubic feet behind the front buckets.

Under the Hood
A 190-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6 and a four-speed automatic transmission are standard across the board. The optional all-wheel-drive system automatically transfers power to the front wheels as needed to maintain traction.

Antilock brakes that operate ...
Vehicle Overview
Safari is a twin to the Chevrolet Astro, and both date to 1985. Safari and Astro are available as passenger vans and cargo models and with either standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

General Motors rushed these truck-based vehicles to market 15 years ago in response to Chrysler’s pace-setting front-wheel-drive minivans. GM later fielded front-drive minivans of its own but kept the Safari and Astro on the roster.

Exterior
Safari comes in a single size, 190 inches long, with a sliding door on the passenger side. A driver-side slider is not available. Two types of rear doors are available. Dual swing-out doors are standard, and unique “Dutch doors” with a flip-up rear window and swing-out lower doors are optional. The Dutch doors include a defogger for the window. The standard swing-out doors have windows but no defogger.

Interior
Seats for eight are standard on passenger models, and all but the front bucket seats are removable. The middle and rear seats are three-place benches. Optional seven-passenger seating replaces the middle bench with two bucket seats.

Cargo models are limited to two front bucket seats. Maximum cargo volume is 170 cubic feet behind the front buckets.

Under the Hood
A 190-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6 and a four-speed automatic transmission are standard across the board. The optional all-wheel-drive system automatically transfers power to the front wheels as needed to maintain traction.

Antilock brakes that operate on all four wheels are standard. Safari has a payload of 1,685 pounds and can tow trailers up to 6,000 pounds.

Performance
Safari is a good choice for those who need a beast of burden for hauling and towing, but car-based front-drive minivans are more comfortable, easier to get in and out of, and more economical.

 
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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Nice size van for growing family, dependable.

by Frogman226 from Cleveland, Ga on October 19, 2017

I have owned this van for 8 years, I've only spent about $200 in maintenance costs. The van is capable to haul 8 passengers in comfort. Visibility is surprisingly good, with very little in the way of ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Van for the Family

by milld from Phoenix, AZ on November 18, 2013

This van has been really reliable. Ours is a SLE model we bought new. Have done the routine receommend maintenance and only had to replace things that have worn out, radiator, brake master cylinder, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Safari received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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