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4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,625 miles

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1998 GMC Safari transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 GMC Safari Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 112005

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 GMC Safari van automatic transmission model 700, failured at 93,000 miles due to a 3rd gear slippage. I found in my research to fix this problem this was common for GMC trucks with this transmission for this to fail between 90,000 and 100,000 even with scheduled service. GMC agreed to replace with a factory rebuild, which they did but at my cost of $2,300, with a 36 month/50,000 mile warranty. I could not find any tech service bulletins or recalls on your web site, do you have anyother information. GMC and its dealership is already aware of my product displeasure when I expect quailty and durability it was not there. Please respond, thank you.

- San Gabriel, CO, USA

problem #7

Aug 082003

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Numerous failure of the windshield wipers to operate ( sometimes they work sometimes they don't, when they do finally come on they won't turn off). Transmission problems disabled the vehicle on 3 occasions. Vehicle showing same symptoms of 1997 which was recalled

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #6

May 132003

(reported on)

Safari

  • 128,000 miles
Gauge reads hot and problems with transmission.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Apr 072003

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I had the automatic transmission on this vehicle repaired on 3 different occasions in the 3 years I have owned it. The dealer did it twice under the extended warranty I had on it, the third time was 3,000 miles after the warranty ended an aamoco transmissions repaired it. This was the first week of December 2002. The transmission is again shifting hard and "jumping" into gear after stopping for red light or any such incident.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 142002

Safari

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed and with no warning gears will switch from 1st to 2nd, and it will be hard to change back to 1st gear. Dealer notified.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 212001

Safari

  • miles
Driver's side seat won't adjust--stripped gears. Hood latch does not work--I have to pry it up.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Safari

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing hard shift since purchased. Replacements were done on four occasions.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 051999

Safari

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission was replaced, failed again twelve hours after we got it back! then all was fine until 4-17-99 when the transmission slipped again. Dealership is currently looking into fixing it again.

- Lakeside, AZ, USA

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