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Ultimate family hauler - 4wd diesel Sub
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By 4smiths
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1997 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K2500 4dr SUV 4WD


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After 20 months and 24,000 miles, my wife loves this truck for its overall capability and family friendliness. Gets 18mpg @ 75 mph cruising, and 15mpg in strictly around-town driving. The 6.5L turbodiesel is a remarkable powerplant for a full-size SUV, and the 4L-80E transmission is simply outstanding in every way. Surprisingly good handler for such a huge rig, although it will never fool a driver into thinking that it's a sports car!


Best Features

People / cargo capacity. Comfort in long-distance cruising. All-weather transport (with proper tires). Crash safety (hope we never need this).


Worst Features

Better cargo net for area behind rear seat. Duramax diesel engine / Allison transmission.


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Comfort, visability, Power
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By Kevin01145
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1997 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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I actually really am sorry to let this one go. I have a trailer and love to pull all sorts of things. This rig has been absolutly fabulous!


Best Features

Height, Road feel...secure feelin!


Worst Features

Gas Mileage needs improvements


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Lovin' it
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By Sub-2
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1997 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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This is my second Suburban. The firsat was a '92 2wd. This truck is a big improvement over my '92. The ride quality is awesome. There is a little corner sway that is common in big SUVs.I give Chevy an A for effort on this truck.


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Heart attack of America
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By Airmike
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1997 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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Where can I start, brakes inadequate for this heavy vehicle- rotors always going out - calipers replaced ,on the 3rd transmission - replaced fuel pump - universal joint - alternator - starter - water pump - heater control valve - a/c evaporator - battery post problems - fusible link - it now has 146000 miles, I have owned for almost 3 years , about $9000 in repairs. Every time I think nothing else can go wrong , it does. If you own one of these I strongly suggest joining AAA, they have towed me 3 times this year. Don't get me wrong, I have a 86 K1500 truck and it is great, I guess I got a Friday or Monday build.


Best Features

Size


Worst Features

Newer models have made significant changes - but I am not going to try one next time


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K2500 4WD Diesel
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By kegler
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1997 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K2500 4dr SUV 4WD


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I have the diesel version, so my experience is probably different than others. The diesel runs very well and is extremely reliable. It pulls a trailer without problems (both a heavy boat and a camper). Overall, a very nice vehicle that gets better than normal fuel mileage because of the diesel package.


Best Features

Diesel package, cargo room


Worst Features

the 3/4 ton rides a little harsh. Would like to see it be smoother. Would also like to see the diesel returned to the options for new Suburbans.


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