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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 2dr SUV
I purchased my Tahoe in '02 w/74k. She was a 1 owner with a fresh tranny! This SUV is the bomb! Done the average repairs: fuel pump, pittman arm, brakes and rotors. Rides great @75mph. Just remember it is a heavy SUV! You can not drive it like a car and expect the same results. (brakes, fuel economy,maintenance) My tank- Tahoe is holding its own at 167,000 miles with no signs of engine problems. If you are going to buy used, forget Ford and Dodge. Go Chevy
Leather seats. Smooth ride. Super cargo room.
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LS 4dr SUV
I've always been a Chevy person. I owned their full size & compact Blazers, 1500 pickup & two extended cab trucks before throwing my money away on the Tahoe-Lemon. To test drive the Tahoe is to 'want' the Tahoe... roomy interior, smooth ride, just the right size. Unfortunately, to own the Tahoe is to 'be broke'. Poor mpg (less than sticker indicates) & Constant Repair! I have replaced the tranny, starter, alt, water & fuel pumps, windshield wiper moter (recall), front interior door handles, passenger seat belt assembly clasp/lock, idler arm, brakes & rotors several times, & plug sets too many times to count. Steering scensors fail on/off as do electronics, interior plastics are now breaking.
Roomy interior (no one in my family is under 6'), front bucket seats are very cumfy, large cargo area, smooth ride and tight turning radius.
Outside of making it mechanically sound so that every part doesn't have to be replaced I'd have to suggest that the dash-board drink holders be moved from in front of the air vents, redesign back-row doors to allow windows ro roll down more than 4 inches, and add rear windshield wiper(s).
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD
Reliability has been low in history of this vehicle. Fuel pump at 33K, water hose quick connect corroded and broken at 40K, tranny died at 55K, Driver door handle breaking at 60K, Alternator @65K, windshield wiper circuit board @70K. Had Delco battery leak acid that destroyed battery cables. Parts counter at Chevy dealer recommended I get another brand because he had a room full of leaking batteries and Delco did nothing to redesign to prevent problem. With all this no wonder the term of endearment for this vehicle starts with "piece of". Now that everything has been replaced it runs great and I intend to keep for some time as tow vehicle for boat.
Love the clean body style and roomy interior with well laid out instrument cluster.
Standard headlights are not bright enough and low beams should stay on when high beams are on, not an either or proposition.
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD
I've had a great experience with my 97 Tahoe. We're selling to make room for a Volvo wagon now that we have a baby, but if I could, I would have held onto this truck for another 20 years. Gas mileage is not the best, but reliable and safe.
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LS 2dr SUV 4WD
Unless they make a new model or Hummer makes a 2 door, the value will go up on the body style. Its value is also in the power to weight ratio. It can pull more than I think it should. The spline on the drive shaft can be damaged. If you sell yours, always remember, if the dealers say it's hot, then it is. Anything that ever broke was for a reason directly linked to the condition it was exposed to. Plastic tabs for example on the interior, were not designed for endurance, but for ease of assembly. Put Baer disk brakes on all four, and replace injectors. Cost of repair much less than interest on new loan alone, exceptional recreational second vehicle.
Size. Never too big, and never too small. Treads well, repair cost undercuts any new vehicle purchase of similar capability.
Invest in this vehicle's available aftermarket upgrades. That is what the market is for. Unless you spend a fortune on a LR3 HSE, you cant find the perfect utility vehicle off the assembly line. Brakes, shocks, floor mats, seat covers, Michelins, alarm, air filter, etc.