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Love this car
By BigBrit66 on 04/10/07 22:48 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2dr SUV 4WD

Review

As others have said, this too was my first car. Being a typical high school kid this car took a beating, now I am older it is still reliable and I have had few problems with it. One thing I will say is that GM does not build very good drive trains, but the rest of the car makes up for this. It handles great on the road, and unlike most SUV's has very minimal body roll, it can also tow plenty and remain stable. The Z71 editions are great for offroad, decent ground clearnace and skid-plates help, I have taken mine to Moab many times and it works great. Bottom line is these things keep going and going, as long as they are maintained. I have 150K on mine!
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A dealer's delight
By steffko on 04/07/07 09:35 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

My wife and I bought this in 2000 with 60K on it. She loves it, and it loves the local Chevy garage. We have replaced the fuel pump at 90K, the alternator at 95K, the tranny at100K (as everyone I know with a '96 has), the old style transfer case solenoid with the new/improved version, and have put two batteries in it. It also has a drinking problem. I top off the coolant about once a month. It now has a leak out of the rear seal of the transfer case (which I'll fix if it ever stops snowing), as well as lifter rattle and high oil pressure readings when first started. The a/c crapped out last year as well. But to borrow an old juice ad, I never have to say, Wow, wish I had a V8 because when the 350 rocks, she rocks!
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A Classic
By 4CHVY on 01/21/07 22:43 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2dr SUV 4WD

Review

105K miles on it and the only major repair was a water pump, o2 sensor and serpentine belt. Still looks cool. I still get compliments and offers to buy it.
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Workhorse
By Magnus on 07/16/06 17:15 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I've owned for over 10 years, great for the family, boat and overall workhorse. Only wished I had purchased the larger Suburban. Chevy should build all thier car/trucks this well.
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We call her "BIG RED"
By Deborah on 06/28/06 09:58 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

She is a beauty & a real tall truck with big tires. I love my truck! I can never wait to drive it. We have 4 cars, so this one's dedicated to towing RV. The tires and the huge engine result in some poor mileage from this gas engine when towing. Hwy 2, Washington State is a real hard pull for anything less than a mighty diesel, but Big Red handles the job quite fine. We get about 9 mpg for that tough pull. Hiway we get 14 mpg but the monster tires r 2 blame. This is one sexy truck that gets looks everywhere I go. Both men & women try to catch a glance of what is behind the limo tinted glass with the real big bass. We'll invest money in her & keep her 4-ever! This truck rocks.
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Love my Tahoe
By Celtfire on 01/16/06 23:24 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I have owned my Tahoe for about 2 years. I absolutely LOVE it. The previous owner really rode it hard but she is still truckin'. I had to put a rebuilt trany in her when I bought her but I've had zero problems outside of the normal wear and tear. I just had a baby and I call her my rad mommy wagon. You won't catch me behind the wheel of a minivan. Her interior trim rattles inside at highway speeds and the windshield pops everytime I shut the door. The rear wiper desides when it wants to work and the paint on the top center of the hood is peeling. The CD player will not play when the truck is cold. All very minor problems that are easily corrected.
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Seems like a "One of a kind" SUV
By Rudys on 07/21/05 00:48 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

We bought it new, and it still looks like new, on the outside. Even though it's 9 years old, it makes rattling noises like a rattlesnake inside. The exterior looks like a classic, well- built beauty! As for the interior, seems that Chevy ran out of money, and put cheap plastic everywhere. What's with the sound system anyway? It sounds like all of the speakers are blown. Has anyone had trouble with the rearview mirror? The mirror keeps falling off of the windshield.
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Nice Vehicle
By rick on 07/01/05 10:42 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I always wanted a Tahoe, and luck was on my side at my local dealer. An older getleman traded a 1996 Tahoe in for a new one. The vechicle only had 36,000 actual miles! It has been a very good and pleasant experience so far. The mileage is about 17mpg which is pretty good. The only big problem was a miss it developed. It took the dealer several days to find the problem which turned out to be a bad plug and wire. The computer stated it was a misfire and the plug was the last thing checked. It runs fine now and is a joy to drive.
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Transmission problems
By bittle on 10/24/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

Have had to replace parts of the transmission three different times in the last two years. Head gasket replaced twice in same time. Timing chain replaced. EGR valve gone bad twice, and replaced 3 of 4 o2 sensors and still have trouble. Other than that, we like our Tahoe.
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Reliable
By Brad English on 09/22/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I purchased this truck/suv based on the look, but was soon won over by the power and versatility of this truck/suv. It has done everything I have asked it to do, and more. I regularly pull a 1989 24' travel trailer with it and it has not problems doing so. I thought the Tahoe would have problem with such an old heavy trailer, but it doesn't.
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