by jbradabadowski on Oct 11, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Suburban C1500 4dr SUV
I use this truck for a work truck. I usually haul from 1500 to 2000 lbs. of tools in the back of this truck and also pull a 5x10 enclosed trailer fully loaded with tools. It now has 260,000 miles and has never given me any trouble other than I had the transmission rebuilt at 175,000 miles. I have worked this truck much harder than was intended for it and it has never let me down. These older ones are stronger and tougher trucks than the newer ones. My wife drives a 2006 Tahoe and it is just not the work horse that my older suburban is although hers IS a good truck. If you can find one of these Surburbans from 1995 to 1999 with the 5.7 engine with decent miles, buy it. You'll love it.
by runner97 on Sep 29, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 4dr SUV 4WD
My 97 4dr k1500 has 228,000 miles and is doing great. Just used it to pull my travel trailer 6,000 lb through Penn, Maryland, WV, V, KY, and back to Michigan and did great! Other than regular maintenace as well it is doing good. Can't be more happy with it.
I don't think you can find anything better for pulling.
Things I wish they would keep in the new suburbans.
A simple, tuff, and not be afarid to get dirty suburban.
The new ones are to nice. Why would you use it for hauling things in.
by billman2 on May 28, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 4dr SUV 4WD
I must have got a lemon like most others. 9k in repairs to go 80k miles and it's due for more junk parts to be replaced. So far trans, intake, alt, a/c 3 times, brakes allways need work, window motors and a few other goodies. Nice work GM... the heartbreak of america.Even with the price of fuel I may burn it just so I feel better.
by james_nicklin on Sep 20, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 4dr SUV 4WD
Purchased used for $5k @ 150,000 miles.
20,000 miles later I still think it is the Best truck I have ever owned.
I have carried two families of 8 (4 car seats and 4 adults).
I have hauled 1,500 lbs of equipment with space to spare.
I pulled a friends crew cab truck out of 3 1/2 feet of running water (interior and bed flooded) uphill on gravel at idle.
It has protected my family through two car accidents in which the other vehicles were totaled and the Suburban withstood cosmetic/no damage.
Fantastic comfort for long drives, 3 leather rows.
Moving from Tacoma Wa to Phoenix AZ took two tank-fulls for a 1,600 mile drive.
Over my 20k miles I have averaged 16.3 mpg and maxed at 19.3
by hello on Jun 5, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 4dr SUV 4WD
My 1997 chevy suburban diesel is fantastic. the truck is very tough, looks great, and saves money on fuel( get 1300 km a tank, how can you beat that. barely have to put any money in to the vehicle, except for regular maintenance.
by lilcowgirl on Mar 17, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 4dr SUV 4WD
i bought it with about 150,000 miles on it,the 2nd owner had already replace the tranny & maybe one more thing. one of the tires is wearing a little on the outside so i'm having the front end looked at, which isn't going to cost anything to fix.i went from driving something small to driving it & the suburban was a big difference but once i got used to driving it i loved it.in fact every time i get in it,i don't want to stop driving it because i love driving so much. has plenty of room & i can't wait to go fishing. i would recommend this vehicle to anyone wanting a vehicle to drive for the family,its fun to drive,it has lots of room & lots of power. i hope to be driving it for a long time.
Dual airbags debut, and a cargo area power lock switch makes locking up the vehicle after unloading cargo more convenient. Variable power steering lightens low-speed steering effort, and automatic transmissions are improved. Two new exterior colors are added to the paint roster.