Where to start? Bought new off of lot. Rear axle seals leaked within 90 days, coated brakes with axle oil and reduced braking, dealership would not cover cost. Coolant problems (ate gaskets). Front brakes replaced frequently. Speed sensitive steering would freak out and send you across lanes of traffic. Wipers prone to going out (poor design, fixed with silicon). Master booster leaked. Plastic distributor. ac units and fan blowers went out several times. Drank oil between changes, even from day 1 - Chevy told me that's normal (yet another lie). Leather seats cracked within weeks. Fuel pump failed several times, till I added thicker wire. Dual positive terminals on battery, poor design I had to fix it. Positives - nice smooth ride for long trips. Sold truck to some guy who offered cash, truck is in Mexico.
I use this truck for a work truck. I usually haul from 1500 to 2000 lbs. of tools in the back of this truck and also pull a 5x10 enclosed trailer fully loaded with tools. It now has 260,000 miles and has never given me any trouble other than I had the transmission rebuilt at 175,000 miles. I have worked this truck much harder than was intended for it and it has never let me down. These older ones are stronger and tougher trucks than the newer ones. My wife drives a 2006 Tahoe and it is just not the work horse that my older suburban is although hers IS a good truck. If you can find one of these Surburbans from 1995 to 1999 with the 5.7 engine with decent miles, buy it. You'll love it.
My 97 4dr k1500 has 228,000 miles and is doing great. Just used it to pull my travel trailer 6,000 lb through Penn, Maryland, WV, V, KY, and back to Michigan and did great! Other than regular maintenace as well it is doing good. Can't be more happy with it.
I don't think you can find anything better for pulling.
Things I wish they would keep in the new suburbans. A simple, tuff, and not be afarid to get dirty suburban. The new ones are to nice. Why would you use it for hauling things in.
Love how it pulls and drives.
Also, it is great for hauling things.
On a wet day it is nice to put a 4 x 8 sheet of dry wall in.
Great for families!
Chevy Breaks are always a issue.
It is something they can learn from Ford about.
Where they put oil filters at.
Why in the world would you put a oil filter in a location that is hard to get at and put it in side ways.
Make a Truck / SUV that gets good gas mileage.
I have know clue why you spend more time in making small cars when amercians wants it's big trucks and etc....
I must have got a lemon like most others. 9k in repairs to go 80k miles and it's due for more junk parts to be replaced. So far trans, intake, alt, a/c 3 times, brakes allways need work, window motors and a few other goodies. Nice work GM... the heartbreak of america.Even with the price of fuel I may burn it just so I feel better.
Comfortable to sit in while waiting for the tow truck.
Purchased used for $5k @ 150,000 miles. 20,000 miles later I still think it is the Best truck I have ever owned.
I have carried two families of 8 (4 car seats and 4 adults).
I have hauled 1,500 lbs of equipment with space to spare.
I pulled a friends crew cab truck out of 3 1/2 feet of running water (interior and bed flooded) uphill on gravel at idle.
It has protected my family through two car accidents in which the other vehicles were totaled and the Suburban withstood cosmetic/no damage.
Fantastic comfort for long drives, 3 leather rows.
Moving from Tacoma Wa to Phoenix AZ took two tank-fulls for a 1,600 mile drive. Over my 20k miles I have averaged 16.3 mpg and maxed at 19.3
Safety, fuel-economy (for size), gas tank (42 gal), comfort, and most of all the unbelievable amount of torque from 600 rpm to 2,000 rpm.
Great rear visibility makes backing into a parking spot a cinch.
Handles like an aircraft carrier, I wish it had Quadrasteer.
Brakes mostly feel like they are politely asking the 3+ tons to stop instead of commanding it unless you press the pedal all the way down.
Also wish the third row was fold-flat, something they don't even have now for Subs.