2005 GMC Savana 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2005 GMC Savana 1500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG:
    16-17 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 performance
  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo-hauling capacity

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2005 GMC Savana 1500

  • Four available engines
  • Up to 15-passenger capacity
  • Three available duty levels
  • RWD or AWD
  • Available Cargo Van configuration

2005 GMC Savana 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
GMC redesigned its full-size vans for the first time in seven years for the 2003 model year. 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 was added to 15-passenger models in 2004. Chevrolet's Express is closely related to the Savana and sells far better. For 2005, StabiliTrak is also standard on regular-wheelbase 12-passenger vans.


Exterior
As part of the 2003 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 multileaf springs and gas shocks. All Savanas have 16-inch wheels.

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 rides on a 155-inch wheelbase and stretches 244.1 inches long overall. Each of these vans is 79.4 inches wide and at least 81...
Vehicle Overview
GMC redesigned its full-size vans for the first time in seven years for the 2003 model year. 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 was added to 15-passenger models in 2004. Chevrolet's Express is closely related to the Savana and sells far better. For 2005, StabiliTrak is also standard on regular-wheelbase 12-passenger vans.


Exterior
As part of the 2003 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 multileaf springs and gas shocks. All Savanas have 16-inch wheels.

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 rides on a 155-inch wheelbase and stretches 244.1 inches long overall. Each of these vans is 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 panels feature remote releases and are limited to work-oriented models. They permit easier accessibility to tools and parts from either side of the van.


Interior
Depending on the configuration, Savana passenger vans can carry eight, 12 or 15 occupants. Cargo Vans seat a maximum of two people. Both Radio Data System technology and GM's OnStar communication system are available.

Under the Hood
The Savana can be equipped with one of four engines: a 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6; a 285-hp, 4.8-liter V-8; a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8; or a 300-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. Each engine teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates a tow/haul mode. Rear- and all-wheel-drive models are available.

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


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Consumer Reviews

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(4.5)
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(4.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Road trip ready

by James from Chicago, Il on February 23, 2018

I like it. I actually had an older model and I upgraded it to have the 8 door. I only use it for family vacations. It's great for road trips. It has a smooth ride. It's very spacious and comfortable Read full review

(5.0)

VERY RELIABLE

by G-Dog on March 31, 2009

I drive this vehicle for work as my cargo van. I have over 100k on it and I'm not having any problems with it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 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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