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2008 GMC Savana 3500

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$6,976 — $13,028 USED
Passenger Van
1-12 Seats
14-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

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

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability and handling
2008 GMC Savana 3500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2008 GMC Savana 3500
  • Five available engines
  • Up to 15-occupant capacity
  • Three duty levels
  • RWD or AWD
  • Available cargo van

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Vehicle Overview
For 2008, a tire pressure monitoring system is standard on GMC's full-size van, and passenger van models get standard side curtain airbags. Driver controls have been redesigned, too: new equipment includes the steering wheel, gauges, ventilation system controls, stereo and cloth seats. Competitors include the Dodge Sprinter and Ford E-Series.

Exterior
The Savana's front end has a trapezoidal grille with a large GMC badge and upscale reflector headlights.

Light-duty vans have rack-and-pinion steering, which promises greater agility. 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. Available 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.

Under the Hood
The Savana can be equipped with one of five engines: a 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-...
Vehicle Overview
For 2008, a tire pressure monitoring system is standard on GMC's full-size van, and passenger van models get standard side curtain airbags. Driver controls have been redesigned, too: new equipment includes the steering wheel, gauges, ventilation system controls, stereo and cloth seats. Competitors include the Dodge Sprinter and Ford E-Series.

Exterior
The Savana's front end has a trapezoidal grille with a large GMC badge and upscale reflector headlights.

Light-duty vans have rack-and-pinion steering, which promises greater agility. 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. Available 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.

Under the Hood
The Savana can be equipped with one of five engines: a 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6; a 279-hp (maximum), 4.8-liter V-8; a 301-hp, 5.3-liter V-8; a 323-hp, 6.0-liter V-8; or a 250-hp, 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 that generates 460 pounds-feet of torque. 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 an electronic stability system are standard. For 2008, passenger van models get standard side curtain airbags.

Consumer Reviews

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 GMC Savana 3500 currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 GMC Savana 3500 has not been tested.

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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 3500 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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