GMC Savana owners manuals
- Some vans of the first-generation of GMC Savanas (1996 to 2002) might have power steering cooler hoses that can depart from the power brake booster fluid flow switch assembly, possibly creating an engine-related hazard.
- Another problem with the first generation is the hydraulic pump driveshaft defect causing an increased steering effort from the driver.
- Failure of the crankshaft position sensor, fuel pump, fuel injectors, and fuel pressure regulator causing the van to run rough or misfire, and occasionally, it may fail to start.
- Owners of the second-generation GMC Savana can experience the breakdown of the powertrain control module (PCM) wire harness. This can produce the "Check Engine" symbol to illuminate, and in more severe cases, the engine may fail to start.
- Other second-generation Savanas (2003 to present) may have issues including an early eroding rear license plate lamp socket, seat belts that fail to latch or unlatch, and missing wheel bearing assembly holding nuts.
The GMC Savana is a full-size van produced by General Motors replacing the GMC Vandura model in 1995. The Savana is built on the GMT600, a platform featuring full body on frame construction, new V6, V8 engines, and considerably enhanced ride and handling from its GMT400-derived chassis.
The Savana comes with a wide range of powertrains. Both the passenger and the cargo variants of the van come with the standard 276-hp 4.3-liter V-6 engine. An optional 341-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 engine is also available. The V-6 and the diesel engines are paired with eight-speed automatic transmission, while the V-8s are paired with a six-speed automatic.
The Savana model equipped with V-6 offers a tow up to 9600 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 3578 pounds. The same V-8 model can tow up to 10,000 pounds and has a maximum payload of 4312 pounds.