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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.
The reality is that the aging GMC Savana has been surpassed when it comes to people- and cargo-carrying duties. Newer vans from Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and even Ford offer new architecture with more interior space and better fuel economy. However, the 2015 GMC Savana offers up some big advantages of its own. First, it's considerably less expensive than those newer vans, especially the Mercedes-Benz. Second, that it has been around forever means there's a ton of aftermarket parts for customization, or "up-fitting." You can get passenger, cargo or "cutaway" versions, and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available with some of the many engine combinations. It's also one of the few vans that can carry up to 15 people right from the factory.
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."
12 people out of 14 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."
9 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Sainter on Friday, March 23, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliable, handles well."
Cons: "Noisy, plastic headlight glazed over, Gas milage."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Very Reliable, never had a problem with anything. Goes fast and Handles well with a load."
10 people out of 13 found this review helpful