Great size and looks, can carry a lot of stuff
Bought in 2006 as a year-old former rent-a-car with 32K miles on it. Good looking van. Visibility of road, interior space, and cargo capacity is really good. Can carry full sheets of plywood and furniture very easily. It has the "alley" between the front seats that allows you to climb to the back if needed. Engine acceleration and braking is average, gas mileage rather poor, ride is slightly choppy. I'm 6-3 height, so I have lots of headroom but the seat doesn't go quite as far back as I'd like, so leg room is limited. That makes stop and go city/highway driving tiresome to the right leg since the gas pedal action, unlike other cars, requires some foot pressure. Had a 1996 Astro before the Safari, so I can approximately compare the cycle of repairs for the 2005 Safari. I'm an easy driver (not a lead foot)--but within 130K miles, the Safari has had three transmissions. Also, two AC overhauls, two fuel pumps and malfunctioning power locks and some fixed brake light circuitry. The engine runs hot in its tight bay, which tends to wear the distributor components and ERG valves. It's an old-school cult car because there are no like-sized vans made in 2021-- it's paid for, I'm used to it, I love it but it's somewhat punishing to drive. For the uninitiated, I would not recommend this vehicle for anything beyond utilitarian use.
They don't make 'em like this anymore
This is the best vehicle I've ever owned! 80,000 miles with no repairs until the heater core had to be replaced. I'd buy a new one if GMC would make them. The "Savana" is too big. The current resale value of these vans should encourage GMC to make them again!
They should not have stopped making these!
Very reliable. Powerful. Great style, has a cult following. 8 seats, AWD, plenty of space, strong towing. Unstoppable in snow. Poor MPG.