2003 Chevrolet Suburban Consumer Review: Mama's Beast

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Mama's Beast
By CopperNcorn on


2003 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS 4WD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


Bought this maxed out LT with about 15,000 miles, now has 99,000. Tows 30- foot travel trailer easily with 6.0L gas V-8. The 4-wheel steering is handy, but don't use Burb much now as am worried about costly repairs and it gets 12mpg, maybe 15mpg on long trips, 12mpg on long trips with the trailer. I can't believe the depreciation, especially when gas hit $4 per gallon - terrifying. Will drive it until the wheels fall off. Wife loves her Burb, but it's so costly to operate. Probably logging less than 5,000 miles per year now.

Best Features

It easily totes Mom, Dad, and 4 children plus all the stuff in the "way back". Very strong tow vehicle, zero engine or tranny troubles. Awesome for hauling family 700 miles in a day with built-in DVD player. Heated leather seats are great in winter.

Worst Features

Front end makes a grinding noise in low- speed turns after 30 minutes of warm-up time. Problem comes and goes, mechanics have never resolved it. Had to wait 6 months for repair parts on a steering assembly recall. Replaced front hubs at 65,000 miles. Power extending towing mirrors.
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