2004 GMC Savana 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2004 GMC Savana 1500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG:
    14-17 Combined MPG
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Cargo Space:
    225.1 cu.ft.
  • Seating:
    1-12 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2004 GMC Savana 1500

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 tru...
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.

Latest 2004 Savana 1500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.3)
Performance
(3.0)
Interior Design
(3.3)
Comfort
(2.7)
Reliability
(3.3)
Value For The Money
(3.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Show Stopper beautiful Van

by Jon from Myrtle Beach, SC on March 14, 2017

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 ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great Conversion Van

by Van man from Myrtle Beach, SC on March 12, 2013

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 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 GMC Savana 1500 currently has 6 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 Savana 1500 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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