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Best SUV on the Market in 1997
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By Nick L
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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LS 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I have had a good experience with my Tahoe, I have put in about $2500 in general maintenance about 1600 was labor. I put on a new water pump, alternator, brakes and cleaned the fuel injector, as well as other general maintenance. For 116,500 miles you figure that replacements parts will be needed. Very dependable. Will get new shocks soon, as I am starting to bounce. The platform is old but my 97 rides and handles better than my dads 01 Expedition Eddie Bauer. It is also quieter and the seats are more comfy. I gave it a 4 for fuel economy other than that it's a great vehicle.


Best Features

Size! Ride is good, and has good power. My body never gets tired after driving long hours. The seats are very comfortable. The cargo area is big enough for my to dogs.


Worst Features

I have heard of problems for the fuel pump going out. My mechanic told me to keep the gas tank a a quarter full, as the gas keeps it cool. I wish Chevy would get rid of cheap plastic as some of my moldings have cracked. Also fit and finish, Why can't the Big 3 keep up with Honda and Toyota?


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so so
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By gt
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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Bought used with 51K on her. Ran great
up to 80K. Timing chain broke, dinged
the valves and $4,000 later had it back
for a week before the timing chain
broke again (dealer installed
incorrectly) Now at 120,000 mile have
had to replaced brakes and rotors three
times, replaced alternator twice,
transmission is going and the fuel
regulator is about to go as well.
replaced wiper motor as well.
Comfortable/powerful ride, but will
cost ~$10K to get another 100,000 miles
out of it. Ready to move on to
something else.


Best Features

Loved this SUV until the repairman had to be part of the equation. Comfortable and Powerful ride. Turning radius is great for such a large vehicle. Can carry anything you want to. Great in the snow.


Worst Features

Interior plastics are cheesy. Drive train, engine and brake reliability are substandard. Rear windsheild wiper would be extremely handy


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Love / Hate Relationship...
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By WillySLC
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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

We started looking for an SUV last year
and when we saw this one, we had to have
it. The Tahoe drives better than any
other SUV in it's class. It is very
solid on the road and gives great
confidence. This much I love. I HATE
the reliability. Immediately after we
bought it, we had to have several fuel
injectors replaced at about $500.00.
Some time later, the fuel pump failed.
We also replaced the alternator. All
this in about a years ownership. Oh
yeah, and the drivers door handle broke
off. We also find that the lack of rear
air conditioning is a major down side.
So, like I say, we love to drive it, but
it is a huge money pit.


Best Features

Solid driver, good performance, tows boat and trailer nicely.


Worst Features

Reliability, Reliability, Reliability... Beware...


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Fantastic
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By NYShorty
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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I just purchased my used Tahoe in March
of this year.I have to say I'm not
disappointed.About a month after I
purchased it I drove from New York to
Florida and back without a problem. It
took some getting used to but once you
get comfortable with its size its
smooth sailing from there. She drives
smoothly on the highway and equally
well on local roads.I was also
surprised at the fuel economy.I was
expecting to have to stop for gas at
least 6 or 7 times and wound up only
stopping 3 times.With gas prices these
days that was a definite bonus.
It's very spacious with lots of cargo
room.I was able to fit the contents of
a 1BR apt in it.I have no complaints.


Best Features

My favorite features are the running boards (i'm on the short side) and the very comfy bucket seats. Living in the Northeast 4WD on the fly is also a nice feature.


Worst Features

The location of the cup holders sits right in front of the heating vent. If you have a cold drink sitting there it warms up quite quickly.


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Reliability Problems
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By TahoeTrannyFailed
on

Vehicle

1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LS 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

This truck has reliability problems of
certain components. Steering sensors
have failed twice, fuel pump once $900,
transmission $3500. This truck has 75000
miles on it and never pulled a trailer,
nor been used off road. Fuel pump and
transmission will fail without warning
and leave you on the side of the road.
Steering sensors cause the truck to turn
off the road or into the oncoming lane,
but atleast you can get back to town to
the shop.

I paid 1997 prices and received 1977
reliability.

If buying one be sure to get an extended
warranty and a cell phone to call tow
truck when it breaks down on the road.


Best Features

Power Size Plushness


Worst Features

Transmission and fuel pump should be made to last longer or have some kind of warning to indicate they are failing. Suspension should be a bit stiffer, rolls too much when cornering.


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