I bought a 99 Suburban 8 years ago. It was 8 years old. It only had 100,000 miles on it. It was local. It also had a completely rebuilt transmission just weeks before I bought it. It is a 4 wheel drive and the 4 wd operates by a push button on the dash. I've read enough reviews and complaints about the push button 4 wd being problematic. This vehicle is bad on gas and very high maintenance. I'm a mechanic and so I save myself 1000's of dollars by doing repairs myself ; radiator, heater core, fuel pump, differential, and other mechanical and cosmetic repairs as well. I was willing to accept the fact that this truck would be more expensive to operate. I drove this truck 65,000 miles after I bought it then the detonator went off. it started back in January 2016 on a very cold day when the speedometer would not register when you first start it up and begin driving. Coincidentally the transmission would not shift out of first gear. This only lasted for a few seconds. By the time I reached 20 mph, the speedometer would begin working and the transmission would go into 2nd gear. This symptom would not occur again for another month and it would only last for a few seconds. Since I didn't know what was wrong, I took it to a local garage that I trusted and obviously they could not diagnose the problem because everything was working exactly the way it should. There were no engine lights on and no codes. Well when summertime came around it happened again accept in a huge way. This time you may be going down the highway and everything is working fine when the speedometer decides it doesn't want to work anymore. Well guess what ? You're going back into first gear, no matter where you are or how slow or fast you're moving. O it gets better. About a second or no more than 2 seconds later the ABS engages whether you have your foot on the brake or not. The brake pedal begins vibrating so bad that the sound it made would be very loud and you would have thought the brake pedal was coming out of the floor board. It still gets better. About a second or no more than 2 seconds later the steering wheel would try to lock up on you and then it would change and get very loose. It would be similar to playing a driving type video game at an arcade. I found out what that part was. There is a collar that fits around the steering shaft located close to the foot pedals. It supposedly regulates the flow of power steering fluid at various speeds. So there it is in that order. There is no need for me to take this vehicle to any garage since my 350 engine has thrown at least 1 rod bearing. I thought for sure I would be able to take this truck 200,000 miles. I've always used Mobil 1 synthetic oil, but this engine is not designed to run at 8000 rpms. I spoke to a "person" at the main plant in Michigan, but they could care less. Plus it's a 17 year old vehicle. I never had a car like this and never heard of anything like this happening with any brand vehicle. In my case. 1 computer sensor triggered another sensor. Just think about how much more complicated the computers are on new vehicles today. I guarantee you "if" the speedometer quits working on my 455 Olds, I'm not going back into first gear. I would like to know if there is anyone else in this world who has experienced the same thing.
Dad bought it used, hauled us up and down the coast thru my childhood and never a problem. The normal things went wrong around 150000, fuel pump transfer case radiator about 3000 in repairs , now it's mine and runs strong as ever. With a 3 inch body lift and 33in all terrains the thing gets me through everything! I go down to corrala beach every few weaks and ruts or no ruts that vortec gets me out of anything. Rip out all the stupid electronics and lights forget about ac and this trucks a badass.
My Dad bought my suburban new and put 170,000 miles on it. He replaced the fuel pump and the transfer case. I bought it from him and have put another 40,000 on it. I've replaced the starter and the transfer case(again). At 210,000 it still runs great, drives down the highway like a dream and gets 18mpg on the highway. I'm not going to downgrade to a smaller truck/suv to increase the mpg's by 3! When I wax it, it almost looks new....almost. I plan to take it to 300,000, the best part, no car payment, I always remind myself of that when I'm filling up the 40 gallon tank.
When we first purchased the car about 3 years ago, it kept breaking down, we had to put a whole new engine in it, new fuel pump, new tires, and a few other things needed to be fixed. The AC does not work, it sucks with the leather seats during summer. BUT!! This car is awesome, once everything was fixed up, all was well. It's been running great! Sounds like a beast. I am a girl so we're Beauty and the Beast together!! Even with all of these problems it's very convienent. With the horrible gas mileage I just ask the other 8 passengers to pitch in for gas. It's a great road trip car! I love it.
I absolutly love the seat heaters, it work wonders when we go up to Tahoe during the winter!! We put a new stereo and speakers in and it sounds great! It sounded awesome with a sub, we had to take it out because it broke. I love all of the room it has also.