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best trucks I have ever owned
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By j_galt1
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1996 GMC Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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i own the suburban and the extra cab long bed version of this truck and couldn't be happier. only quirk is change the fuel pump every 70k and radiator at 200k otherwise flawless and economical. I baby my trucks as a rule and get 25 m,pg out of my truck and 23-24 out of the suburban. there are plabty of smaller truck I could load in the back of mine and drive around and i would get better mileage moving them that way than just driving them. oh truck has 300k and suburban has 200 both are still strong and could drive across country with out worry


Best Features

reliability and comfort. 4x4 is awesome in the heavy sierras snow as well


Worst Features

plan on changing the fuel pump every 70k and do your oil changes.


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350,000 Km and still humming
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By Bill Milne
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1996 GMC Suburban SUV C1500 4dr SUV


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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


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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


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Still going strong
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By Boze64
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1996 GMC Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought my '96 Suburban from my brother who bought it new. Except for new transmission at 140K, a new head gasket, and typical old vehicle problems, this truck has been very good. 4WD is great in the snow.


Best Features

Lots of room


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Problems before thier time
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By shade tree mech
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1996 GMC Suburban SUV C1500 4dr SUV


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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?


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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Best bet for hauling kids & tack
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By big boat
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1996 GMC Suburban SUV K2500 4dr SUV 4WD


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We needed this because mini vans don't go into the woods deer hunting. This is a man's truck, king of the road. Even when my wife drives it, she is Queen of the road. Stay out of the way or get smashed. It once hit a parked car & held not a mark...poor rear end of the other car was BAD. I recommend this to any one who has boats, jets ski's, hauls hunting gear, or just likes to cruise around. Very roomy & string. You won't even know that your're pulling that huge boat behind you.


Best Features

Anything fits inside, a couch, 4x8 sheets, dressers, seats fold down and 3rd row seat comes right out. Nice flat cargo area.


Worst Features

I'd like better MPG, with gas at $2.00 a gasllon, it's a hog. The 42 gallon large tank is expensive to fill.


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