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GMC Yukon XL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 320 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 0/0 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 GMC Yukon XL

  • One of our favorite SUVs thanks to strong engines, functionality and features.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Huge interior space, strong V8-engine lineup, Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system, extensive list of available features.

  • Cons

    Some cheap interior materials considering the price, questionable build quality.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Yukon XL gains numerous functional enhancements for 2003. The Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system is now available on 3/4-ton models for increased maneuverability and better stability when towing, while 1/2-ton versions now offer the Stabilitrak stability control system. Also this year, buyers get a choice of two new optional exterior mirrors: a multifunction power fold-away version with puddle lamps and integrated turn signal lights or extended camper mirrors that are also power foldable. The interior gets numerous upgrades that include tri-zone climate control, an enhanced driver-information center and a redesigned center console and instrument panel. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are now optional, as are second-row captain's chairs and power adjustable pedals. A revised lineup of entertainment options offers buyers a Bose audio system as well as XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based entertainment system. Finally, for increased safety, the Yukon XL now features a standard front-passenger-sensing system, dual-stage airbags and three point seatbelts for all positions in the first and second rows.

Full 2003 GMC Yukon XL Review

What's New for 2003

The Yukon XL gains numerous functional enhancements for 2003. The Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system is now available on 3/4-ton models for increased maneuverability and better stability when towing, while 1/2-ton versions now offer the Stabilitrak stability control system. Also this year, buyers get a choice of two new optional exterior mirrors: a multifunction power fold-away version with puddle lamps and integrated turn signal lights or extended camper mirrors that are also power foldable. The interior gets numerous upgrades that include tri-zone climate control, an enhanced driver-information center and a redesigned center console and instrument panel. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are now optional, as are second-row captain's chairs and power adjustable pedals. A revised lineup of entertainment options offers buyers a Bose audio system as well as XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based entertainment system. Finally, for increased safety, the Yukon XL now features a standard front-passenger-sensing system, dual-stage airbags and three point seatbelts for all positions in the first and second rows.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great s u v

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

love my Denali i am approaching 167K i only replaced the fuel pump this year i had it for 7 years, i put new tires 3 years ago




Transmission trouble

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I have had my 2003 yukon xl 2wd for five and a half years.I bought it used with 22000 miles on it.It now has 103000 miles. At 65000 miles the transmission went out,a $2200 repair. At 77000 miles the instrument cluster lost gauge function one by one,this is a recalled issue up to 75000miles. The dealer wanted $800 to repair it.I purchased a used repaired one on ebay for $150. At 90000 miles the transmission went out again,another $1800 for repair. The power window motor went out on passenger side,drivers side is now moving slowly,so if I do it myself $300 repair. It seats 9,handles mountian roads great,but repair costs has lost my faith in GM. Save up for repair costs,you may need it.



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After 7.5 years

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

The practicality of this vehicle is excellent. We tow a 4500 lb boat, live in the mountains with tons of snow, travel a lot in the summer heat, and this truck has served us well. Many drivers, wife, sons, daughter, all enjoy never having to ask "can we take this". GM has been poor on service, replaced costly front hub, speedo stopped working after warranty. Truck has 99k miles and working well with regular maintenance at non-dealer shop. All shops know Chevy engine so they can maintain it. Replaced battery, windshield washer hose, brakes, tires & snow tires, as usual. I believe there is not another utility vehicle out there as a choice for roomy loading and comfort. Leather seats last.




3 strikes and now what?

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

I loved my truck and for a house full of boys it is great. But why have we replaced the fuel pump system 3 times and now it has failed AGAIN? 1st in July 2008, then again in January 2009, then again in July 2009 and now just shy of a year it goes out again!




A great vehicle with over

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

I have over 100k miles and still have yet to have the first problem. The tires last to about 50k miles, it tows like a mule and rides very comfortably. It still idles like it was new; you can't tell it's running. GM did a good job with this machine!




Gm maintains its un-reliable reputation

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

Four years is all I could tolerate with this beast. Yes, it has tons of room and a lot of nice luxury features. However, regular major breakdowns and frustratingly fragile parts has me switching to Ford for my future vehicles. The transmission has had two major failures and another one is eminent. Fuel pump, water pump, various electrical glitches also frustrate. We bought it used but 60,000 miles later I'll probably have to give it away...



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2003 GMC Yukon XL Discussions See all Started By

bossmanatl
bossmanatl
03-19-2007
Can some-one PLEASE tell me what's the biggest rims that can fit on a 2002 or a 2003 Yukon XL Denali. I plan on buying one in a few months and I want it to have 26 or 28 inch rims....


3md_4ma
3md_4ma
12-12-2014
I bought my 2003 Yukon XL 4WD new, and just turned over 203,000. Lots of highway miles, plenty of 4WD use, frequent towing of 5000+ lb boat & trailer. Lifetime mileage 15.3 mpg. In the shop now...


multisurface
multisurface
07-15-2014
I purchased a 2003 Yukon XL new in April 2003. Until Last month I have been a happy buyer. Now I have had to replace the fuel pump, and this week (one week later) one of the front wheel bearings wen...



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