Notes: Is the 2001 Safari going to win any beauty pageants? Probably not. But it's reliable, can fit a ton of stuff (and tow a bunch more). Good luck finding a used one with reasonable mileage, however.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,625 miles

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2001 GMC Safari brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 GMC Safari Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 052006

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle's anti lock braking system sensors were faulty and activated on dry pavement at a speed of lower than 8 mph. There were no warning signal to indicate a failure. The failure occurred under normal braking. The vehicle was taken to the independent mechanic who advised filing a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The manufacturer has not been notified yet by the contact.

- Lake View, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 152003

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 GM Safari. The consumer states the brakes will not work for a couple of seconds and vehicle could slide into the intersection. Wife was scared to drive the car. The consumer went to different dealers, they told him that it may be that the wheels needed to be repacked.. the consumer took vehicle took to local repair shop, the consumer was told they never heard of such a thing. The vehicle had 58,000 miles. Brake failure started within months after the consumer purchased the vehicle. Brakes became worse. The consumer could not keep front tires from wearing out.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 102005

Safari 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles
I have a 2001 GMC Safari van.approx 49000 miles.I first expierenced my antiloc brake system activating when not needed at slow speeds.thinking this was a little odd and I thought I would need to get it to act up more in order to properly explain what is happening to my service personel.and I thought it was minor as even tho the antiloc system activated the brakes seemed to work fine.untill one day when all I heard was the noise accustomed with the antilock system but the brake pedal went to the floor.after pushing as hard as I have ever pushed on a brake pedal the van stopped. Being afraid to drive it anymore I got it into my service dept.who replaced both front wheel speed sensors.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 202004


  • miles
The vehicle's ABS malfunctioned. The ABS would release when the pedal was applied in a normal manner if the consumer hit a bump. The consumer stated he bumped the vehicle in front of him, but did not state if there was any damage.

- Houston, TX, USA

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