• Available Prices: $4,130–$20,146
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 14-17
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 1-12
  • Cargo Space: 217.3 cu.ft.
2008 GMC Savana 3500

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 GMC Savana 3500

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability and handling

Notable Features

  • Five available engines
  • Up to 15-occupant capacity
  • Three duty levels
  • RWD or AWD
  • Available cargo van

2008 GMC Savana 3500 Reviews

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.

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20 Trims Available

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2008 GMC Savana 3500 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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