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GMC Safari/Chevy Astro



  • jflynn65jflynn65 Posts: 6
    Thanks for the info dadoftay. I found some images on the net of Astro's with brown/neutral interior, and they all had black wheels. Airbag did not deploy. All the bags in the car that hit us deployed, though. I called GM about that and they said bags wouldn't go off unless vehicle determines you are at risk of hitting wheel. Not likely to happen if you aren't moving at time of impact.
  • I got 110,000 miles on me and it runs like a champ. it tows my 2 wave runner like there nothing there. I can get 20mpg out of it witch is fine with me (hey its a box). the only problem I've had was the trans, had to replace it. my fault I got it to hot. I hope that they don't stop making it. SUV are to much money.
    Also if you get a hypertech power progamer 3 you change the fuel curve so when running 92 octane you get more power, and change the shift point to run high and shift harder (less heat on trans).

    well there is my 2 cents
  • dusty19dusty19 Posts: 1
    I have owned 2 astros (1986 & 1993) and 2 Safaris
    (2000 & 2003). All but the 2003 have been excellent vehicles once I changed the Uniroyals for Michelins. I have logged over 450,000 miles on the first 3 vans. The 2003 has had a vibration thats close to a rumble that becomes so loud at 70mph that you can't have a normal conversation and now at 9000 miles has developed a whine between 40 & 50 mph. All the dealer wants to do is "lets take a ride" and then states that "I can't hear any thing". When delivered the rear axle housing looked liked it came from underwater storage. It was rusty and the paint was cracked and peeling. BTW it's a posi rear end. Is this an example of GMC Professional Grade?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    You mention that the axle housing "looked like it came from the underwater storage". I have seen the same thing on a new Silverado extended cab pickup some time ago. The whole rear axle and the springs were rusty, looked as if the truck was in a flood for a week. I test drove the truck and the A/C did not work at all. The salesman was rather embarassed but he lost the sale that day.

    My 95 Nissan SE V6 truck rear end came painted black, no rust at all and still looks good after eight years.
  • socalchevsocalchev Posts: 20
    I had the same problem on my 2003 with 14k miles on it, and it turned out to be the front wheel bearing. It didn't occur until we reached 65-70 mph.
  • I just purchased a '98 Safari SLT AWD with power locks. It did not come with remotes for keyless entry. Does anyone know how to find out how to get a keyless entry system installed? I see that there are aftermarket kits but I would like the factory setup.
  • max73max73 Posts: 2
    I have a 96 Astro with 100,500 miles. Have owned it since it had 30,000 miles. I bet when it is all said and done the Astro/Safari problems will be far far fewer than any Minivan ever made. I have only had to replace the alternator, drivers power door lock motor and drivers power window motor in those 100,000 miles. All occurred from 80 to 99,000 miles. Did all work myself / only paid for parts. All other items were standard maintenance. Brakes, plugs, tires, battery and so on.
  • apmapm Posts: 11
    I have to agree with you I've had an'85,'93, and now a '99 and I've had the same experience. Once or twice a year crawl unerneath and grease all of the zierk fittings (abt. 12 or 13).
  • mwdreammwdream Posts: 91
    Wife's safari back in the shop today. A/C not blowing through some of the front vents???

    Anybody else have this problem?

    I am guessing in the past 2 years, we have had $3000 worth of dealer repair bills... lucky that our extended warranty has covered most all of it. Once the warranty is up, this car is gone. I would rather pay $300 a month on a different car, than repairing an old GMC.

    By the way it is a 1997 Safari. Right now the back window seal is leaking, but warranty won't cover seals. If GMC is building a car with bad window seals that is not saying to much about GMC. I did consider the Envoy for myself. Glad I know better from owning a Safari.

    We are going Toyota or Honda for next purchase.
  • dadoftaydadoftay Posts: 136
    I'm reading the posts with "problems" as mostly dealer problems. Buying a vehicle with "rust" underneath...what the heck?? As the man says "Just walk away". Servicing these vans is by far the easiest in the GM fleet. The ol' box hasn't changed in 20 years. Add a couple of dash changes and some new colors through out the years and badda bing. Every vehicle gets hits with a few problems. Neighbor just bought a new Honda Pilot for the "we don't discount this car" price of 32,000. Uh...can you say no air conditioner and rear speakers don't work after 2 weeks. For 32G, a Suburban tows the boat, all your gear and that Pilot. My 2000 Safari has 96,000 on it and the ONLY problem I've had is my dealer keeps wanting to get me in new van when I go to have the oil changed. Guys, find better service technicians, they make owning a car so much more enjoyable. It's your money, make the people EARN it, not take it. (by the way, not bashing Honda, my brother is a service technician for them- luv ya bro!)
  • coonhoundcoonhound Posts: 174
    Standard center break doors. The small pivot lever that is operated by the pull handle came off the shaft. Apparently the lever is held in place by a washer that is held in place by brading the end of the aluminum support.

    By removing the two visible bottom screws on the famous plastic, I was able to pop the plastic retainers back from the latch side of the door. Was not fun trying to figure out an access route.

    Dealer quoted $41.65 +tax for replacement handle assembly, and was in stock. Option was to buy an $.89/5 #6 sheet metal screw and drill the support shaft, add a couple of washers and wala! works good. The design is poor and must be a lot of failures like this as indicated by the part being in stock. The repair will be permanent.

    Another concern. On one start the engine knocked, shook, rattled, and other noises for about 30 seconds. I thought of a leaky intake manifold with coolant going into a cylinder. But, 350 miles later everything appears OK.
  • bilkbilk Posts: 1
    I have a '99 Safari that I have been happy with so far. My current problem is with the A/C. It worked fine last summer (northeast) but when I tried it for the first time this year, no cool air. I figured out the compressor was not engaging. I can turn the compressor by hand but the clutch is not engaging. I checked fuses and relays but didn't find anything wrong. Then I checked for power at the compressor, no power. Any ideas where to go next?
  • woolfortwoolfort Posts: 1
    Hello Everyone,
      2 months ago we purchased a 2003 GMC Safari. At about 15oo miles the driver's side mirror started to wobble. At times it has gotten so bad that the image has been blurred. The wind, road surface, and speed impact this. We have had the mirror replaced once. We have brought the van to the dealer 4 times for this problem. The tire balance was checked and 3 out of 4 tires were not balanced correctly. They were rebalanced. Also we rotated the tires. The van does not have power windows. Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do?
  • topseatopsea Posts: 47
    I too, had the driver side mirror distortion problem on my 2001 Astro when it was new. I felt behind the mirror glass on the drivers side mirror and it wasn't attached the same as the passenger side. Took it to the dealer and they agreed and replaced the mirror which took care of the problem. As unlikely as it seems, could you have 2 bad ones in a row? And yes it was really bothersome at certain speeds and road conditions. Hope you get yours "unblurred".
  • coonhoundcoonhound Posts: 174
    I just found out that you can not reference Post #s as they are different than printed copies I have.

    I guess they get deleted post and numbers change or something like that.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    People can delete their own posts at any time, and likely someone did. You can "right click" "copy shortcut" and then "paste" to like to older posts. Like this:

    coonhound Apr 3, 2002 1:04pm

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  • I hade to have the mirror replaced on my 2001 Safari soon after getting it. The mirror glass itself was falling out. The other side is loose in a different way and I am going to ask the dealer before the warranty goes next July. Also had the grill replaced the paint was coming off, mine is a cargo van. The dealer has been in agreement the parts need replacing. I have not had any serious problems, mine is two years old 20,000 miles. It is all wheel drive limited slip in rear. I did not notice that the manual suggested that the oil in the rear differential be changed at first oil change so I had that done at about 15,000 miles it was expensive oil. Best I remember it was about 150.00

    Sammy Castagna
  • aj1964aj1964 Posts: 5
    I bought a 2001 Astro in November of 2002. Had 18,000 miles on it. Shortly after the brakes started to grind and squeal. Took it in this past June, when I was able to be without it. Dealer said the rotors were warped at 25,000 miles. Said it was due to rotors being hot and hitting cold water. Seems fisht to me. Wouldn't all rotors warp if that was true? Shortly after that, they squealed worse than before, without the grinding. Sounded like a semi coming to a halt. My family knew I was at the end of my street by the sound. Then, the power door lock on the drivers door would fail occasionally. Had 30,000 on it. I was tired of all these little things going wrong. I wasn't use to it after being a Honda owner. So, last Saturday I traded it in on a Honda. No more headaches for me.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    Art, they weren't lying about the rotor thing. All rotors tend to warp when they are hot and you hit cold water. Some worse than others, but that's just the way it is. The classic example is to come off a freeway exit, brake hard all the way down, and then splash through the water at the intersection. Does a real number on the rotors, sometimes to the point that turning them won't true them enough to get rid of the vibration.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    Never heard that one before, but who knows.

    Don't see anything around Town Hall unless this rings any bells:

    nuyorkah "Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada" Mar 5, 2003 8:56pm

    Try asking in Stop here! Let's talk about brakes.

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