GMC Savana 2500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your GMC Savana 2500

GMC Savana 2500 Problems

Tail Light Wiring in Cargo Area May be Damaged

The tail light wiring harness in the cargo area is not protected very well. As a result it may become damaged due to normal wear a tear. This damage can causing some or all of the rear lights to stop working.

Electrical components under front carpet may be damaged when cleaning van interior
Various electrical components under the front carpet/rubber mat may become damaged if excess water is used to clean the rear cargo area.
Replace Fuel Filter Every 30,000 to Prevent Fuel Pump Failure

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart.

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GMC Savana 2500 Questions

why is my paint peeling on the hood and roof ? (1 answer)

Overheats, not hot. Cold to peg gauge in 5 min. New pump, stat, sensor. Ifr <160 (1 answer)

Goes from ambient (85) to peg gauge (230+) in < 5 min idling. Infrared thermometer reads under 160 on heads (header manifolds barely 210). Replaced pump, stat, hoses, belts and temp switch (85,000 mi) for small leak at pump rotor seal which precipitated overheating trouble. Engine shuts off wh...

Why will air only blow out of the defroster even after changing the selector? (1 answer)

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GMC Savana 2500 Recalls

Engine Stalls From Electrical Module Short

The chassis electrical module can short due to internal contamination. This can result in the vehicle stalling. Dealers will replace the chassis electronic module free of charge to resolve the concern.

Natural Gas Leak

Certain vehicles equipped to run on compressed natural gas are being recalled because the high pressure natural gas regulator could develop a leak, increasing the risk of a fire or explosion. Dealers will replace the natural gas regulator to correct this concern.

Insufficient Instrument Panel Padding

Certain vehicles are being recalled because if a crash were to occur not requiring deployment of the front airbags, the head of an unbelted front seat passenger could hit the instrument panel, resulting in personal injury because the panel may not sufficiently absorb the impact. As of this writing, General Motors is still working on a remedy for this concern.

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GMC Savana 2500 Reviews

I have a 1999 GMC Savana 2500 cargo van with the 5.0L V8. I use this vehicle for work and I treat it pretty poorly, but it keeps coming back for more. I've replaced a transmission, alternator and it eats brakes because of the hills around here, but I expect that! I'll consider another one when this one is put out to pasture!
Our 1999 is the worest van I have ever had. It is so cheaply made. The spare tire cable broke and my spare fell off. My door locks are falling down inside my doors. My door panels are all cracking and becomeing so brittle. My radio only works when it wants to. The van body shifts or twists and binds the doors so they are real hard to open and close sometimes. The paint is peeling off in large c...

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