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Changes for 2010 include the addition of E85 compatibility and variable valve timing to the 4.8-liter, 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter V8 engines. Savana 2500 and 3500 models now feature a new six-speed automatic transmission, a revised rear axle ratio and a remote start option on the LT trim.
Changes for 2009 include the addition of an engine oil cooler on the 4.3.-liter V6 and a transmission oil cooler on applications with a 14,000 pound or greater GCWR. A fast idle option is available on 6.0-liter V8 models, making it easier to run accessories while the van is idling.
Long the favorite of companies and individuals needing to move big loads, the aging GMC Savana van is still as capable as it is popular. But, the Savana is no longer the best vehicle for the job when it comes to moving people. Newer vans from Nissan and Ford employ all-new architecture offering more interior space and better fuel economy, not to mention a more modern skeleton. But, there are so many things to like about the Savana's design, chief among them the vast number of aftermarket parts for customization. Sharing its platform with GMC's full-size pickups, the 2014 GMC Savana comes in a number of sizes and abilities, including a 1-tone 3500 model, a number of engine choices including diesel and CNG and optional all-wheel drive.
By vj on Wednesday, July 25, 2007
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"I have owned conv vans and mh in the past as well as working for a large rental fleet of van based trucks, and this is the best chassis I have driven. Other than the constant noises coming from the front brakes (common to all gm truck products I have delt with in 20 years as a ASE master tech) this is a high quality van with excellent ride and drivability. The AWD system shudders a little from takeoff but is very smooth in operation, and the fuel economy is fantastic even considering the power."
10 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By goldbrain on Thursday, January 13, 2011
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I bought my 2006 new in 2007. It came with the 6.6l duramax turbo diesel. 2006 was the last year you could by a diesel without the diesel particulate filter. Awesome power. great reliability, the duramax diesel was worth the extra money. I also have a 2003 with gas engine. Disappointing by comparison to the diesel engine."
8 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By tom steed on Wednesday, July 21, 2010
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
"Bought the van because of having a bunch of kids. Easy to get the kids into and out of and comfortable on long drives. Wife drives it and loves being up high. I love it because I feel the family is safer that a mini van. Very pleased. 3500 extended 12 passenger with 6.0l."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful