IMHO these 1500 & 2500 series are killer trucks disguised as SUV's. Cheaper to register & insure than trucks, comfortable, got balls, reliable, good interiors , controls etc. My '97 Yuke w/234K on it ran great until a deer hit and got pushed across the road into trees & rocks. Busted up as it was, I kept it on the road another year & half until insp. ran out. That beast saved my life. Ran good with minimal maint. Got lucky & found a '99 long wheel base Sub. w/223K from private owner w/good documentation. Has all the goodies, 3.73 Posi, HD susp.,towing pckge. HD cooling, xtra battery set up, a/c. all power stuff & cloth buckets w/3'd seat interior, INSIDE spare tire mount, etc, etc. It also had taken a deer hit that wiped out driver's door, windshield, and almost the owner. Size & strength saved him. New w/shield, junkyard door, and back on the road. Drove it home after a quick test drive @ 70-80, ran great except for a bit of front wheel vibe @65-70 which went away around 75-80. Balance ? Big enough to fit 4x8 ply in the back and on the roof rack. Barn doors in back for easy loading. 5.7 (350) American muscle, 4 spd. auto, prev. owner used Castrol H/M oil, same as as the Yuke got, all good. LUV IT!! YES!!
We have done a LOT of driving in this vehicle. We purchased it about 3 years ago at 107000 miles. I knew that this model was prone to transmission and fuel pump issues when I bought it so that was no surprise when it happened. True to form we did both at about 120000 miles. We did the fuel pump AGAIN at about 160000 miles. We did a radiator & steering box shortly after purchase as well. The interior is ok. The seats aren't nearly as comfortable as the Expedition we own. It has a lot of room and can carry a lot gear. All in all it's not a BAD vehicle, but I didn't buy another one if that tells you anything...
When it comes to going through the deep snow, this vehicle performs with the best of them(providing your tires aren't bald). Out on the winter lakes in Wisconsin, your mind is put at ease that your in a Yukon!(see You Tube and search for an Eaton G80) It's comfortable, solid, has sufficient power. Drives like the first day it was purchased. I pull a boat and supply trailer with no problems. I have replaced the fuel pump, repaired the intake gasket @ 60K miles(costly), replaced drivers side door internal linkage, and air conditioner components (condenser, compressor, misc.). The gas mileage isn't great (12/17), but when your out driving in the wicked weather, you realize its money well spent.
Well put together(solid)almost like a rock? Yes, I would purchase again. I opted to upgrade the tires to Michelin ltx m/s 265/75/16. money was well spent.
GM should issue a notice of the common intake problems so consumer can look for it by watching the coolant level before it gets too late! Most leak externally, mine leaked internally (nothing visual to see). It started a ticking noise upon start up, which indicated the hydraulic lifter seals were bad
I have owned this truck for over 6 years and love it. It drives and rides great, holds necessary equipment I need for my job, have had some mechanical issues but were easy to repair (I do a majority of the work myself). Would purchase another once this one completely falls apart.
Leather interior, lift window and pick up truck style tail gate, 60/40 split seats in back.