2005 GMC Savana 1500

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$22,860

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2005 GMC Savana 1500

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior space
  • V-8 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

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

2005 GMC Savana 1500 review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Road trip ready

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

4.1

VERY RELIABLE

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.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
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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