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American Beauty
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By David
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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Bought our 2003 Sub LT new in 2003. 130,000 miles later still going strong. GM has a real winner with this truck, and the LT has all the creature comforts for the long rides to the beach or skiing (and running around town). Some drama along the way: Seat memories early on, AC failure around 50K, fuel tank sender issues but darn thing is so much fun to have around we have kept her even after the family has grown up. My wife now drives a Lexus RX (and all her friends too) but I can't let this gem go.


Favorite Features

Seat comfort outstanding. Cool AC, plenty of heat (and seats). Radio/XM crisp and clear. 5.7 V8 is king of the road. Regular gas is nice. 4WD keeps us fat and happy during snow storms.


Suggested Improvements

Car is 7 years old, but 6 speed tranny and navigation would be nice to have now.


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I Used to Love This Truck!
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By Nikki
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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I bought this truck brand new in 2003. I love the interior space of this truck. Now, in 2010, the truck has 128,000 miles. Can't remember all the repairs I had done on truck. Most repairs was covered under warranty. When truck went out of warranty more problems increased. Now truck loses power while being driven (so dangerous), Front A/C control blows only on max, passenger airbag needs to be serviced. Took truck to Chevy dealership and they can't find the problem with any of the things I just listed. Got to keep 1/4 or more of gas in tank or car won't start. Wish I'd known to keep truck until warranty ran out & then purchased another SUV. However, I will really miss this truck. :(


Favorite Features

Spacious interior, so comfortable, running boards, seats, cargo area, privacy glass windows, automatic light sensor features, body of truck, good sound system, the powerful feel of truck, love the interior space, love the 4 wheel drive


Suggested Improvements

Fix Electrical Systems, Fix Fuel Pump Issues, Issue more recalls, Fix the a/c unit problems, Fix passenger air bag issues, More gas mileage


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Great vehicle
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By rob
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


Review

Very roomy for a family of 7. Great for long trips with the DVD system and interior comfort. Tons of storage space..for a family of 7. Gas mileage is excellent for the vehicle size we averaged 14.7 over the first several years. Powerful engine that can handle mountainous roads with ease.


Favorite Features

Seating for 8. Great for towing. awesome in the snow.


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Workhorse
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By Troy S
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


Review

We bought our LT brand new and now have 137k miles on it. Still runs great and we have had very few problems. We have replaced the water pump and brakes and the rear AC drain got clogged and flooded the back. Have experienced some electrical gremlins too but our LT has had a propensity to heal itself! The engine is strong and doesn't burn oil (we have maintained it well) and it is still tight after 137k miles. Leather seats are showing their age, but also have four kids! I expect that we will start having repairs based on miles and age, but knock on wood - so far so good. This is third Suburban - my dad drives a 99 with almost 200k on it.


Favorite Features

Great for long trips, roomy, comfortable, the DVD player and Bose system are excellent, great pulling our nearly 5,000 lb boat. Hope to get 200k out of her before we retire her.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage is not great but this thing is huge! Electrical system is questionable but knock on wood, things are working right now. Will certainly consider buying another when we retire her.


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Mama's Beast
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By CopperNcorn
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


Review

Bought this maxed out LT with about 15,000 miles, now has 99,000. Tows 30- foot travel trailer easily with 6.0L gas V-8. The 4-wheel steering is handy, but don't use Burb much now as am worried about costly repairs and it gets 12mpg, maybe 15mpg on long trips, 12mpg on long trips with the trailer. I can't believe the depreciation, especially when gas hit $4 per gallon - terrifying. Will drive it until the wheels fall off. Wife loves her Burb, but it's so costly to operate. Probably logging less than 5,000 miles per year now.


Favorite Features

It easily totes Mom, Dad, and 4 children plus all the stuff in the "way back". Very strong tow vehicle, zero engine or tranny troubles. Awesome for hauling family 700 miles in a day with built-in DVD player. Heated leather seats are great in winter.


Suggested Improvements

Front end makes a grinding noise in low- speed turns after 30 minutes of warm-up time. Problem comes and goes, mechanics have never resolved it. Had to wait 6 months for repair parts on a steering assembly recall. Replaced front hubs at 65,000 miles. Power extending towing mirrors.


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