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Real Happy after 3 years!
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By Mike
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2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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I bought my Denali new and I do a lot of towing. At the ramp, it will jerk my 6,500 pound wet boat out of the water with ease. Never any skidding or hesitation. It has also held up much better than expected and has been exceptionally reliable. No problems except one battery in 3-years with 45k miles. Better than Japanese cars I have owned. I added an K&N free-flow air filter and acceleration has noticably improved. When punched, it really moves out. While no econo car, it will take me over 500 miles on one tank while cruising at 80+. I calculated it around 16 MPG. In pure city driving I get around 12 to 13. I would buy another without question; I just don't want to part with my 2003!


Best Features

Lots of power, exceptional towing capability, lots of room and exceptional reliability. Great looks.


Worst Features

Add the Duramax Diesel as an option please.


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By dana williams
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2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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I always wanted a Denali. Now that I own one I am happy. I am very satisfied with this suv. It drives well, Looks good, is big enough for my whole family. The engine can get loud but that all that horse power.


Best Features

It is a spacious vehicle. Looks good from the outside. It has enough space inside for cups and nick nacks. The seats adjust to your height and weight.


Worst Features

gas mileage


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Yukon XL
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By rsa240
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2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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This is the 2nd Yukon XL we bought and they are outstanding. Tried all the competition and they can’t touch the ride quality, especially with Autoride. Good power, nice ride, great utility, good looks, quite, you name it. We have had only minor issues that were covered under warrantee. Both vehicles have gone through multiple batteries and I cannot understand why GM uses the same battery on the Yukon that they us on a Malibu??? I wish they had better seating arrangements. Having to choose the bench seat with more seating or captain chairs that are more comfortable is tough. GM should offer an option to have 3 captain chairs in the middle row like some mini vans. On-Star not worth $.


Best Features

Bose system, heated seats, looks, Autoride, 10.4’ aftermarket video system, steering wheel controls, 3-way climate control, power folding mirrors, utility, Universal Home Remote, Driver Information Center. Great overall vehicle.


Worst Features

Rev. warning, 18” std tires w/ opt 20” priced right, bigger video system, bluetooth to radio, better battery, move seat heat switches, more fnt leg room (box in the way), more leg room in 2nd row, opt for 3 capt chairs in the 2nd row, radio cntl in rear hatch /remote for radio, 3rd row floor mats.


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Lemon law should have been used
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By gravy
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2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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This SUV has been towed three times for a faulty fuel pump. The dealership knew of an ongoing problem but would not replace the fuel pump until an in- flight recorder was used to determine that it was the fuel pump. I have had two replacements of a shaft in the front end that wasn't lubed from the factory. The right side electronics went out costing $450.00. The motor for the left driver window went out, the heater in the right side mirror went out, I have the same squeaking dashboard as others have complained about, and more. This is the second Yukon (1998 GMC Suburban) I have owned but will be the last. The first one had to have a rebuilt transmission. Major diappointment!!


Best Features

Smooth ride and good exterior look.


Worst Features

Higher quality and better serevice


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A Monday Yuke
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By FllRick
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2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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Must have been built on a Monday. Battery dead on third day. The two front wheel caps weren't aligned with the wheels. Hung a coat on rear coat hook, and it pulled out of the ceiling. Check master cylinder, and check stabilitrack messages. All within first 1500 miles. Engine makes a soft rattling noise like a bearing is off, but fortunately, the GMC service person assures me GMC designs the engines to make rattling noises, so guess I'll turn up the XM radio and relax. Except for the disturbing noise that can only be heard by me, GMC has fixed everything else under warranty. It's not that it's a lemon. I actually like the thing. I'm just disappointed with initial quality control.


Best Features

Drives well, comfortable, carries almost anything.


Worst Features

Just build it better. It wasn't cheap. I've bought a lot of new vehicles in my life, and I've had the good fortune to not have a single problem with any of them. This thing has been ridiculous.


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