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SofarSogood
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By AnthonyinCastleRock,
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2009 Chevrolet Suburban SUV LT2 1500 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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Traded in my 2006 Expedition. Loved the Expedi, but wanted more room and hated the look of the Expedi EL. Drove the Suburban for 800 miles around town and then took it 4,600 miles back east with the whole crew. Excellent truck. Great ride and the best looking SUV out there. The mileage was unreal, averaged 18.5mpg for the trip. Mostly highway, but 4x4 on the beaches of the Outer Banks for 7 days. The six speed tranny is good, but it does shift abruptly and awkwardly once in a while. The seats are super comfortable, but I went with cloth because I am sick of the leather looking like crap after a year. This is the worst Chevy cloth ever, everything pills up on it so get seat covers.


Best Features

Back up camera and sensors, Onstar, MPG, and the great looks.


Worst Features

Better cloth for the seats and smooth out the tranny.


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Shuddering Suburban
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By David DNO
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2009 Chevrolet Suburban SUV LTZ 1500 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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My 2009 Suburban is spacious, elegant and well built. The cabin is very quiet at any speed, and the handling for such a large vehicle is impressive. I have a large family and the Suburban is the only "Car" that suits my needs. The Suburban has the ability to cut down to 4 cylinders on flat or down hill surfaces to improve fuel economy. The down side to this feature, which is standard on ALL models, is the unfortunate tendency to "shudder". The truck will "buck" during a coast. Sometimes accompanied by a distinct clattering from the engine compartment. Additionally, when accelerating up hill, the truck will lumber, failing to accelerate, as the engine screams to answer the command.


Best Features

Sharp lines and very well done interior make this the most refined Suburban in the lineage. The LTZ spares no expense on refinements such as, the leather seats, wood grained dash, and quiet cabin. You'll never need more space than what this 2009 Suburban provides...and I have a family of 7.


Worst Features

The "tweaking" of the drive train is a disappointment. This is my third Suburban and the 2009 has lost a lot in translating the old "bullet-proof" pairings from earlier models. The unfortunate tendency to shudder and buck is concerning, and makes me wonder if the truck will be long term dependable.


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Very Pleased so far
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By 5th Suburban
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2009 Chevrolet Suburban SUV LT2 1500 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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Our 5th Suburban in the last 20+ years, this is the best by far. Creature comforts are significantly improved over previous years, and the 6-speed transmission and proven 5.3 V8 are strong and smooth. Looks like this will be a very good vehicle for years to come.


Best Features

Improved creature comforts and more efficient transmission/engine


Worst Features

Don't care for the increased use of plastic in the bumper cowling etc, but this seems to be the trend with all new vehicles


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Nice Truck
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Very Nice
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2009 Chevrolet Suburban SUV LTZ 1500 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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Just bought the Suburban LTZ for my wife and 4 daughters. So far VERY happy with the Chevrolet. Disappointed with cheap plastics but overall a very good feel inside. Truck is very smooth and relaxing for such a big vehicle. Not trouble at all to drive for the wife with the backup sensors. Love the big power tailgate and 20 inch rims with the Bridgestones. Rides great. Plenty of power and looks to be as good of mileage in town. If you're thinking about buying a mini van worried about mileage, suck it up and get the Suburban you won't be sorry.


Best Features

Styling best looking SUV on the road. Power tailgate, 20 inch rims, silky 6 speed tranny, 5.3 bullet proof AMERICAN V-8, Blue Tooth etc etc its got it all. Simple to drive and operate the way it should be.


Worst Features

C'mon Chevy, take some bailout money and buy some better plastics and interior trim pieces. Other than that, no issues. Still very nice on the inside.


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Buyer Beware
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By MR
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2009 Chevrolet Suburban SUV LT2 1500 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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Nothing but headaches since we purchased it. Back and forth to dealership to address shuddering/vibration and power issues. (5 times so far) No codes no TSB so they say no problem, car has intermittent shudder at low speeds occurring while accelerating up incline now occurs any time accelerating. Told vibration is normal for these vehicles due to electronic drive system.hesitation when pressing on gas going up inclines lack of power feels as if struggling to get up hill,could not imagine how this could tow anything,shuddering at times is quite severe in as whole vehicle feels as if it shakes, does not seem normal.Customer service at GM is less than helpful


Best Features

Passenger & cargo space, Onstar and hands free calling.


Worst Features

If shuddering is indeed normal it is a design flaw. After paying 40000+ for a vehicle you expect better performance and not getting the run around when there are problems.


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