My 95 was still running strong at 265k, but my brother in law wanted to sell his 96. Since it had the Vortec with more horsepower, I sold the 95 and bought his 96. With over 200k it is in great condition. I replaced both barn door catches (NAPA..not dealer) and an elec door lock, and catches on back of middle seats, and that's all. About 16- 17 mpg on road, no oil use, comfort, and hauls a TON!! We deal in Antiques, and recently bought 6 pieces of furniture at an auction and loaded them all in it, plus our own luggage. Not quite enough power when pulling our travel trailer to suit me, and gas mileage drops to 8. Super versatile SUV. When it's gone there'll be another in it's place.
The nickname for our 96 2WD is old leaky. We are the original owners and it now has 110K miles. It looks good and runs good except for when it is in the shop--which is often. No embellishing, here is the run down. Four alternators, one water pump, one A/C compressor ($1000), multiple A/C leaks, intake manifold gasket ($800), power steering leak, multiple coolant leaks from network of connections on the heater core hoses, multiple instances of coolant leaks from quick connectors, multiple brake refits (every 12K miles). The tranmission gave up the ghost at 70K miles ($2600) and most recently a significant oil leak from the timing chain cover ($400).
Comfort, power and room.
Work drive train and mechnaical reliability issues. Figure out why Japanese reliability is superior and duplicate efforts.
Due to an accident I had to make a
quick decision and buy a used vehicle
in a very short amount of time. I
found my Suburban at a small road side
dealer and couldn't believe the shape
it was in. I took ownership of the
truck and drove it 1000 miles to
Missouri from Florida THAT DAY without
a hitch, burp or hiccup. What an
amazing vehicle. I was especially
impressed with the fuel mileage I got.
Almost 17 on the open road loaded.
Lots of room and more power than I
could have hoped for. I am very happy
with my '96 and will keep it until it
finally dies. If this is any idication
or future performance, I'm going to
have it a very long time.
Size and value. Upkeep has been
minimal and the economy for fuel has
been wonderful. Happy all around.
Better access to 3rd seat. Better
knobs. They seem shaky at times.
I still get compliments on this vehicle
7 years and 157,000+ miles later.It has
the regency custom package and has been
great on long trips(too many 1,000+
miles to count)as well as around town.I
still get 17.5-18.0 mpg on trips,loaded
The quad leather seats are the most
comfortable.A friend rode with us to
Yellowstone(from Louisiana),and traded
his new Navigator in for a custom
Suburban upon his return.He
couldn't drive 100 miles in his
Navigator without back problems,but we
went close to 3000 with no problem.
first it's a truck and others know it.
Idrove long long trips and it is so
comfortale like no other car, you can
drive and i love the gas tank it holds
42 g.it was areal pleasure and now its
time to by a new one,thinking denali or