2004 GMC Savana 1500

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$22,800

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2004 GMC Savana 1500

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior space
  • V-8 engine performance
  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo-hauling capacity

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability and handling
  • Noise
  • Resale value

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Up to 15-passenger capacity
  • Three duty levels available
  • RWD or AWD
  • Choice of three V-8s
  • Available Cargo Van configuration

2004 GMC Savana 1500 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
For the 2003 model year, GMC redesigned its full-size rear-wheel-drive vans for the first time in seven years. The 2003 Savanas got upgraded powertrains, fresh features and an updated appearance. Three industry firsts in full-size vans were available: all-wheel drive, an optional left-side door and unique side access panels for use on commercial vans. Front-end styling was revised to give the Savana a greater family resemblance to other General Motors trucks.

GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system has been added to 15-passenger models for 2004. Chevrolet’s Express is closely related to the Savana and sells far better.

GMC uses the H-Series designation for vans with full-time all-wheel drive, while two-wheel-drive models make up the G-Series. All-wheel-drive vans are equipped with a viscous-coupled transfer case and function on both wet and dry pavement without driver intervention.

GM’s line of Gen III V-8 engines is available: a 275-horsepower Vortec 4800, a 285-hp Vortec 5300 and a 300-hp Vortec 6000. The base engine in light-duty G-Series vans is a 4.3-liter V-6.

Exterior
As part of last year’s redesign, the Savana’s front end gained a new grille, bumper, fascia, hood and fenders. Upscale reflector-type headlights were installed, and the taillamps were revamped.

Light-duty vans have rack-and-pinion steering, which promises greater agility. Front and rear suspensions are modified from those used on GM’s full-size pickup trucks. The rear suspensions use a solid axle with semielliptic variable-rate multileaf springs and gas shocks. The tires measure 16 inches in diameter, and the fuel tanks are made of composite material.

Passenger vans come in regular and extended lengths. The regular-length model has a 135-inch wheelbase and measures 224.1 inches long overall, while the extended-length van is equipped with a 155-inch wheelbase and stretches 244.1 inches long overall. These vans are 79.4 inches wide and at least 81.6 inches tall.

Regular-length passenger and Cargo Vans can be fitted with a 60/40-split left-side entry and loading door. The side access doors feature remote releases and are limited to work-oriented models. They permit easier accessibility to tools and parts from either side of the van.

GMC’s 1500 Series vans have gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWRs) of 6,200 or 7,200 pounds (for passenger and cargo models, respectively), while the 2500 Series vans have GVWRs of 7,300 or 8,500 pounds. Full-bodied 3500 Series vans are rated at 9,600 pounds GVWR.

Interior
Depending on the configuration, Savana passenger vans can carry eight, 12 or 15 occupants. Cargo Vans seat only two people. Both Radio Data System (RDS) technology and GM’s OnStar communication system are available.

Under the Hood
The base engine in light-duty, rear-drive G-Series vans is a 195-hp, 4.3-liter V-6. Three V-8s are available: a 275-hp 4.8-liter, a 285-hp 5.3-liter and a 300-hp 6.0-liter. Each engine mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates a Tow/Haul mode. All engines have air-filter and oil-life monitors.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 2.7
  • Interior design 3.3
  • Performance 3.0
  • Value for the money 3.3
  • Exterior styling 3.3
  • Reliability 3.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Show Stopper beautiful Van

I am second owner and purchased this because my wife fell in love with it. Beautiful custom paint. Interior two tone leather blend with exterior for a clean looking transportation. Smooth ride offers great travel comfort and a fun vehicle with friends. Everything works so wife watches DVD on TV while we travel.

3.9

Great Conversion Van

I've owned about 10 conversion vans from 1985 to 2004. Decided to purchase one more and wanted a low mileage, good condition used Van. Found many online, especially from dealers, that were not as advertised. Almost flew 400 miles to see one but the dealer slipped on his story too many times. Drove 400 miles (round trip) twice to view vans that, again were junkers but looked good in the photos. One used car dealer, after promising everything, did not even wash the vehicle. It had mud caked on tires, spare parts inside on the floor, and cracked exterior parts that did not show in his photos. Finally found 2004 GMC conversion van with 54K miles in super condition only 5 hours away. This vehicle has been driven for 2K miles in the 2 weeks I've had it and is just what I wanted. It was found on Cars.com.

1.0

WARNING !

I was lured from cars.com straight into the showroom of Atlantic Honda at Bay Shore within (36) hrs because of what I thought was the best deal on the internet. It started when I saw the ad on cars.com, I sent an email indicating my interest with the stock number. I received confirmation from cars.com and Atlantic Honda at Bay Shore. Customer representative # 1 sent me an email requesting more accurate information and customer representative # 2 left a voicemail requesting more information to broaden my search criteria. After failed attempts to speak with rep # 1 and # 2 on the phone, I request to speak with rep # 3 who told me " the vehicle is available and you can make a downpayment via CREDIT CARD on the phone ", I told him I prefer to see the vehicle first. The next day I went to Atlantic Honda at Bay Shore for viewing and purchase this vehicle. I was greeted by an employee who told me that vehicle was sold already and he can take me around to see if there is any other vehicle may interest me, I sounded the Brooklyn horn. The supervisor came and said "a downpayment was made yesterday and the vehicle was pick up this morning". I ask him how could customer rep # 3 was going to take my downpayment for the same vehicle, he said " once the vehicle does not leave the showroom it is not sold ". I realized I was at the wrong place with a money order in my pocket and I did not hesitate to leave. I DO NOT RECOMMEND ATLANTIC HONDA at Bay Shore.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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