2002 GMC Yukon XL Consumer Review: Beast of Burden

2002 GMC Yukon XL - Consumer Review

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1500 SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L V8 4x4 4-speed Automatic)

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Beast of Burden
By Eric on


2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


Bought it new in July 2002. Excellent vehicle, particularly if you do a lot of camping or fishing. GREAT gear space when all seats are in use. Only 1 early problem, parking brake cable stuck under warranty, wearing out parking brake shoes. Only other problem - oxygen sensors went bad at 60,000 miles, too early, perhaps got splashed hard with salt brine or water. Good:The front disc pads lasted 70000 miles, rear disc pads 80000 miles, battery 5 years, changed it when I had the Dexcool coolant changed at 5yrs. Original tires lasted 70000 miles. No problems with A/C or transmission. Overall very reliable. 15mpg city, 14 mpg city when very cold. 20mpg highway at 55-60mph; 18mpg at 70. 17@75.

Best Features

People room & luggage space GREAT for when we go camping or trips monthly. Highway ride is almost sinful it is so good. Snow performance in 4WD Auto is very competent. Overhead tailgate. Vision,Quality-Excellent. Handling very good for such a big vehicle. Best seats in a vehicle I have ever owned.

Worst Features

Protect oxygen sensors better against splashing. Steering feedback is better on the new 2007-2009 model than the 2002.
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