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Nice ride, expensive to maintain
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By sharpe_012001
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1996 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

Not very dependable. At least $400- $500 whenever something goes wrong. Improved gas mileage would be good too. 12-14 mpg


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It's been good
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By it's good
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1996 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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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!


Best Features

Keyless entry buttons labeled. Cargo space. Roomy 3rd row. Awesome seats.


Worst Features

Fold in the floor 3rd row seat.


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Solid Like A ROCK
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By Ron
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1996 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K1500 4dr SUV 4WD


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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


Best Features

Made in the U.S.A.


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Mechanical disaster
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By B.C.U.
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1996 Chevrolet Suburban SUV C1500 4dr SUV


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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).


Best Features

Comfort, power and room.


Worst Features

Work drive train and mechnaical reliability issues. Figure out why Japanese reliability is superior and duplicate efforts.


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Good but not Great
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By davey753
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1996 Chevrolet Suburban SUV K2500 4dr SUV 4WD


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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.


Best Features

Plenty of pep (even though the MPG suffers), quiet and stable on the road, and the engine is quiet.


Worst Features

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 Ford products.


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