| Jack writes,
| Re: 1999 GMC Safari
| Could you comment on the reliability and fuel consumption of this van?
| What is a fair value on average, to buy privately?
| Thanks for your advice,
| - Jack
I have a 2000 Safari that I bought as a program van in 2001. It is not
as well constructed as the 1993 Eddie Bauer Ford Aerostar that I traded
in for it but has been more reliable in the engine department.
It had 17 Kmiles when I bought it and now has 81 Kmiles on it. Other
than routine oil changes I have had a brake job, new shocks and flushed
out the coolant and replaced with a universal type antifreeze. One door
lock selenoid was replaced along with a vacuum check valve. Replaced the
tires at 45 Kmiles and it is close to needing another set.
I get 15 to 16 mpg in town and 21 to 24 mpg on the highway. My lead
footed wife usually brings the mpg in town down to 14.5 or so when she
Kelly Bluebook www.kbbook.com gives a private party sale value from
$6370.00 to $6895.00 for my zip code. Because most people want an SUV
these days I doubt that I could get over $6000.00 for it.
The 4.3 V6 engine goes back to the original 1955 265 CI V8 and is well
proven except for the valve guide seals that usually start leaking
around 125 K or so.
I had a 1993 S-10 PU with the 4.3 in it and sold it at 207 Kmiles. The
engine still did not use any oil (other for the puff at start up) and
had never been opened up. I can't say that for the 4.0 Ford V6.
Hope this helps-
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