My 1997 GMC Safari

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    My 1997 GMC Safari

    I know I may look wierd, but I really do love this van. RWD and 250lb/ft of torque is fun, even in a van. 0-60 in 10.5 seconds, not too shabby. HIDs are getting installed next week, as is some other nice gizmos. I'll post pics of that stuff after it gets installed. Enjoy!







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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    Ha! I actually get you... I always had a soft spot for these vans. I wish they'd made the shorter versions until the end... somehow I think the short butt with the stubby nose would looke great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488
    Ha! I actually get you... I always had a soft spot for these vans. I wish they'd made the shorter versions until the end... somehow I think the short butt with the stubby nose would looke great!
    You know what is strange...I always hated the SWB versions, they looked unproportional to me. I really like the long rear overhang look, like someone grabbed the body and pulled it all the way to the end (short front overhang).

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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    Wow, it's in great shape.

    The only thing it's missing is a set of rims.

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    We had a 1997 Safari, forest green with a silver bottom. We had a fully loaded SLE. I hated it, it was falling apart. My prents only bought it beacuse we were little kids, but now that we are older they bought a Tahoe in 2003 and in January, we are getting a 2007 Chevy tahoe LTZ in blue, fully loaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giagastormer
    Wow, it's in great shape.

    The only thing it's missing is a set of rims.
    I am pretty sure it's getting Chrome 17" 5-Spokes

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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    No, you have to get 24's man.... Then you can put rubberbands on for tires!

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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    You must live close to me. Van Buren Chevrolet commercials are always on TV here in Rochester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kar Krazie
    No, you have to get 24's man.... Then you can put rubberbands on for tires!
    Haha...

    "And You thought the ride was rought with 15" wheels, wait till you get 24"ers..."

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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    We also had a 97 Safari SLX demo. Fully loaded, started falling apart. My dad traded it in for a 02 Dodge RAM. We also had an 88 Safari SLX SWB. I loved that van. I'm going to get myself one of those from the late 80s. Preferably am 87 with the 5-speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heals120
    You must live close to me. Van Buren Chevrolet commercials are always on TV here in Rochester.
    I knew there would be at least ONE person who would notice my Van Buren licence frame. To be honest we didn't buy this van from Van Buren (wow sounds kind of repetetive). However, we did get it serviced there a few times so thats why the Van and the Tahoe both have Van Buren Licence Plate holders. I actually don't live close to you, but I am not all that far away either. I live in Franklin Square which is exit 17 off of the Southern State Parkway.

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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    I love my 2004 Safari AWD, even if it is a bit too thirsty for my daily commutes (so I drive my Bonneville instead).

    Great all around vehicle (even if it does have a very "Pre-Lutz" design interior, it still is more attractive than the 2006 Suburban inside, I think) that can do just about any job if you take the time to remove the seats, but at the same time a good, smooth, quiet ride - great for road trips. Much less noisy and tighter than my 2001 Chevrolet Express passenger van.

    What HID lights are you getting? I might consider that upgrade someday.
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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by Ming
    I love my 2004 Safari AWD, even if it is a bit too thirsty for my daily commutes (so I drive my Bonneville instead).

    Great all around vehicle (even if it does have a very "Pre-Lutz" design interior, it still is more attractive than the 2006 Suburban inside, I think) that can do just about any job if you take the time to remove the seats, but at the same time a good, smooth, quiet ride - great for road trips. Much less noisy and tighter than my 2001 Chevrolet Express passenger van.

    What HID lights are you getting? I might consider that upgrade someday.
    I forgot, my buddy is doing them for me. I will ask him and get back to you.

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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    Ahh, that takes me back. My family has had many Chevy Astros. My dad bought one in about '87 and had 3 more after that, the last one an AWD honey that I loved. My grandparents had 2 of them, and my unlce is presently on his 3rd I think. Hard to beat for their versatility and toughness while still being small enough to manuver around in the city. Anyway, sweet ride Tahoe. Keep us updated.

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    Re: My 1997 GMC Safari

    Nice van...however, I always liked the regular back cargo doors rather than the "dutch" doors. And AWD was the best, better than any vehicle I have driven to date.

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