If you buy a '96 Suburban, you won't want anything else. However, it is extremely expensive. First, you might get 14 mpg. Have you ever used a gas card and had to use it twice at the same fillup (42 gal tank, Gas card stops at $75.) Next, prepare to spend a minimum of $2000/yr. I did the research here and bought it anyway. Have had to replace brakes, master cylinder, booster fuel pump, timing belt tensioner, alternator, and can't remember what else. A minimum of $400 whenever you take it in to the shop. However, can't seem to let it go.
Size is awesome, great for families. Pulls trailers very well. 42 gallon tank means at least 550-600 miles between fillups on hwy. However, also means $120 to fillup
Not very dependable. At least $400- $500 whenever something goes wrong. Improved gas mileage would be good too. 12-14 mpg
We really like our Surburban. It has all the options, and 156,000 miles to boot! For the size, the gas mileage is good. The big well (or center console) is appreciated, but it used to be bigger in 1986. The seats are exteremely comfy, a great highway car.Would appreciate a fold away in the floor 3rd row seat. We love the cargo space behind the 3rd row seat. Love the up high sitting, and it is very easy to get into. LOVE IT!
After 10 years this truck has proved that America can build a quality truck. Other than a few brake jobs and 2 sets of tires, 1 tune up and 1 fuel pump. This truck pulled a 25ft travel trailer 1 16ft boat 1 23ft cuddy cabin boat and a duel jet ski trailer and pulled my trailer thru a muddy field after we got blind sided by a thunderstorm that washed out the dirt road. In other words this truck was worked. Wasn't only used as a suburban assault vehicle. This truck worked hard and partied twice as hard without looking like it. She still shines, no rust and she lives outside in IL winters. I will put my 10 year old truck up against any new import SUV. She will out run, out tow, and all Oot off road head on
The nickname for our 96 2WD is old leaky. We are the original owners and it now has 110K miles. It looks good and runs good except for when it is in the shop--which is often. No embellishing, here is the run down. Four alternators, one water pump, one A/C compressor ($1000), multiple A/C leaks, intake manifold gasket ($800), power steering leak, multiple coolant leaks from network of connections on the heater core hoses, multiple instances of coolant leaks from quick connectors, multiple brake refits (every 12K miles). The tranmission gave up the ghost at 70K miles ($2600) and most recently a significant oil leak from the timing chain cover ($400).
Comfort, power and room.
Work drive train and mechnaical reliability issues. Figure out why Japanese reliability is superior and duplicate efforts.
Just the right size for my needs, and
fun to drive. Mine has a custom
interior (made by an aftermarket
company), so the aftermarket add on's
are great but the factory GM parts are
cheap plastic. Very nice vehicle, but
it can in NO way compare to a
Navigator; the Suburban is'nt even in
the same league.
Plenty of pep (even though the MPG
suffers), quiet and stable on the road,
and the engine is quiet.
When it was new, it was a very
expensive vehicle to have so much poor
quality interior plastic parts. Needs a
way to go to catch up with equivalent