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1996 GMC Suburban

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350,000 Km and still humming
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By Bill Milne
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Vehicle

1996 GMC Suburban C1500 4dr SUV


Review

Purchased this vehicle coming off lease at 160,000km. Used to pull 24 ft 6000lb Bayliner boat for years and family to cottage and run deliveries for a business. Only problem is 3 replacements of fuel pump. Suggest use full synthetic oil for winter driving for quieter startups. Fuel milage: incredable for SUV this size, 21 MPG on highway and 18 in city. Great family and business vehicle


Favorite Features

4wd in winter heavy snow and pulling boat out of the water. Comfortable leather seats and good paint finish


Suggested Improvements

It has a very wide turning radius, can be awkward in tight parking conditions


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Problems before thier time
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By shade tree mech
on

Vehicle

1996 GMC Suburban C1500 4dr SUV


Review

Transmission went out at 43,000 miles. The fluid and filter was changed at 30,000. The transmission shop said a bearing in the "reverse plantary came apart. He called it a fluke. I pulled and installed the trans myself but it cost $900.00 to rebuild - an expensive fluke. The fuel pump went out at 51,000 miles. The rear end started whinning slightly at 45,000 miles. It was incorrectely clearanced at the factory. The shim on the left side was too thin resulting in the whin and some bearing chatter marks. I reclearanced the ring gear with the original bearing and it is still running quiet at 71,000 miles. Has anybody had similar problems?


Favorite Features

Large and roomy. A great "kidmobile". Carrys the whole family, luggage and our bass boat without straining.


Suggested Improvements

Move the second seat back for more backseat legroom. Assemble thes vehicles in the USA with the good old American quality control.


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