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


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Where to begin, probably the worst truck I ever owned. Four Wheel Drive front end was replaced, steering box of some sort replaced, speedometer cable/control, catalytic converter, battery leaked and went dead (15K miles), acid ate through the pump for the windshield washer. Tons of problems. Biggest pile of junk I have owned. Latest problem I have is it slips into 4wd, but the indicator light does not go on, happened twice. I am going back to Ford.


Best Features

Size


Worst Features

Quality. GM spends more man hours to build a vehicle, but it sure doesn't show


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


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Good open view of the road. Roomy and comfortable to drive. Luxury feel with heated leather seat option. Stock CD and radio system have good sound quality. Handling very good for a high profile vehicle. No mechanical problems in 33000 miles. Smooth shifting tansmission. Overall rating is good to excellent.


Best Features

Heated seats, Z71 color keyed exterior trim. Prefer sunroof to dvd player however now both are available together a nice package.


Worst Features

Diesel option


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The Best Yet.
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By Z71
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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This is my third Chevy SUV(two suburbans,one K5 Blazer )and all have been 4wd. I enjoy surf fishing and going off road with this z71 model is great. Although I am not 100 % convinced that the electronic 4wd is better than the manual shifting 4wd it has its good points.The shift select sending module has required replacement once but now seems to work okay. Not having the shift lever on the floor enhances the interior appearence. The over all ride is very comfortable and is welcome on long trips(the wife sleeps easier and more). I will probably buy another when this one wears out or my son takes it over.Its the best vehicle for my purposes. I'm not rich but I don't let the gas mileage get me


Best Features

Roominess. It's used for every thing. I've even had a pallet of floor tiles loaded into the cargo area using a fork lift with no problems. All the electronic features(i.e. onstar,xm radio,gps)are a real convenience.


Worst Features

Increase the quality of the carpets and woodgrain the dash. It shouldn't have to be a Caddy to get the good treatment


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Keep your mini-van
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By ColoGSD
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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Z71 off-road package. Although this beast was supposed to be for my husband, it's MINE! I haul the kids, 2 large dogs, camping gear, you name it, with no problem. Sure beats driving a soccer mom mini-van anyday. It's been off-road on trails that may have been better suited for a Jeep but it sure was fun. towed a 25' loaded travel trailer to the mountains and the only problem was with the trailer. I am able to park the beast in a two car garage (remember to fold IN the mirrors FIRST) and still have room for hubby's commuter car. With the 2nd row captians chairs kids and dogs have plenty of room. Steroe is adequate, vents in roof liner are most welcomed.


Best Features

Heated seats and the Z71 package. Handles better than the LT we test drove.


Worst Features

Gas mileage and drop the plastic overload. Upgrade the interior knobs, buttons with something more durable. Stow-and-go for 3rd row, would be nice to have seat fold flat instead of up or taking it out.


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Glad I sold it before out of warranty
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By shenandoah75
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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS Rwd 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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This vehicle was built in Mexico which may be why I had so many problems when many with 1500's are happy. Had multiple electrical problems including airbag connection shorts, EBCM (brake controller) replacement, door sensors in the latches, alternator whine in stereo, door open false inmdicators. Piece of crap, but hauled our 6000lb trailer well. Any more than that and i would have wanted the big block (which i eventually got anyway to get out of this thing). For large families who two, the ride of this vehicle can't be beet. GM can certainly engineer a vehicle, they just need to build it to hold up better.


Best Features

The ride!!! sweet, beats the Excursion by a long shot. The seeting capacity, the bose audio and rear audio controls. Lots of zerk fittings for keeping the front well-lubed.


Worst Features

Build it so it doesn't fall apart so fast. Offer a the Duramax in it - Ford's been eating your lunch since you dropped this in the new body style. Use better plastics that don't stain and aren't so cheap.


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