Notes: The 2003 GMC Astro has a reliable reputation and a very low number of complaints.

Much like it's mechanically identical counterpart, the Chevy Astro, the Safari was built on a truck powertrain. So not only can you haul lots of gear inside, but you can tow up to 5,500 pounds of gear behind you too. That's a lot of stuff.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,467 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 GMC Safari brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 GMC Safari Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 092006

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Corrosion has built up on the ABS sensors causing them to activate at low speeds. When this happens the brakes don't lock up and at low speeds (less than 4 mph) that means the vehicle takes an extra few feet to stop. On one occasion I almost hit a person and two other times a parked car in a parking lot because the car didn't stop. The problem is intermittent so the dealer could not duplicate the problem and therefore can't fix it. There is a GM recall (#05068) for other like models of GM cars but not mine. So my problem is the dealer can't fix it without a recall and GM won't issue a recall because there hasn't been enough complaints.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 102005

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,400 miles
I own a 2003 GMC Safari which I purchased in Utah. Earlier this year I experience a problem with the ABS baking system where the ABS would engage at low speeds, increasing my stopping distance greatly. I contacted GM as this seemed to be a safety issue and was told to take it in to a local GM dealership. The dealership inspected the brakes and noted that the sensor was bad and billed me for a repair. I see now that GM has issue a recall, although it does not cover my state or vehicle model, I was experiencing the exact problem that these other vehicles have with the ABS failure. I think this needs to be more widely investigated as it seems to be a larger problem then they want to admit. I understand that the problem is caused by products used on icy streets which the van operated on in Utah before I bought it. Ps-the dealership destroyed the faulty part even though I asked to see it - they stated that this was there policy.

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 192005

Safari 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
At irregular times when driving at slow speeds (~10 mph), on dry clean pavement, and under light to moderate braking, the anti-lock braking system engages and extends the stopping distance of the vehicle. I understand that a recall was issued for other vehicles in other states, but obviously the problem extends to more year models and over a wider area. In addition, GM has issued a technical service bulletin #02-05-25-006A covering more vehicles than were in the initial recall for this failure. It seems that if a tsb was released, they are aware that the problem is on much wider scale than the recall indicates.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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