I had to replace my Yukon with brand new engine at 110,000 miles because of cam/lifter failure. No help from GM or dealer. Apparently I am not alone. I have owned four Yukons/Suburbans. This is my last.
After owning a 2000 Dodge Durango for 10 years it was time to replace it. I like the space and comfort that a traditional truck based SUV provides and the GMC Yukon did not disappoint. Even though the price tag was pushing close to a base Escalade, a fully loaded Denali seemed like a better choice. This car has an impressive tow rating which helps me for work, the fuel economy is as expected from a large SUV and an average of 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway is okay coming from a previous guzzler so I'm used to it. This car is the ultimate road trip car with lots of space and comfortable seats. A good family car that can also hold its own during offroading and one of the best SUVs you can buy.
I just purchased a Yukon Denali AWD yesterday. I had three Escalades prior to this car. The Denali has the same engine, transmission, creature features, etc. as the Escalade minus the Cadillac badging and a few other non consequential items. The Denali has a better value per dollar than the Escalade. The Denali should get better mileage after it is broken in than my 2007 Escalade because of the active fuel management. Mileage of Escalade at 68-70 mph with a K&N air filter was over 21 mpg at times. In town average was 16.9 over three years. Denali should be better. Performance in deep snow should be excellent. Most driving will be long cross country. Will give updates after break in.
I live in Southern California and demand a lot out of my vehicles. I spend time in the mountains, off- road, towing a boat and a trailer as well as hauling people around. This past weekend I was able to take my new Denali up to the local mountains and as lucky enough to be there for a decent sized storm. The truck hard no problem at all driving through the rough conditions. It gave me and my 5 passengers a good sense of security as we tooled around town without any heart stopping moments. I have a 23' Centurion Enzo wake-boarding boat that weighs roughly 6,000 lbs. and is a piece of cake to tow with the powerful 6.2 L engine. Gas mileage isn't good but its what you can only expect.
I am a Ford girl. My last GM roduct was an S10 Blazer in 1987. I've been driving Ford Explorers since 91. My current '99 Explorer has over 260,000 miles, never had any problem until 3 months ago the alternator went out 2 miles from home. No problem, drove it home, put on an alternator good to go in 45 minutes.
My wonderful husband was concerned about me driving it on the 160 mile round trips twice a week to help care for my Daddy who was dying, so he convinced me to switch to a used 2010 Denali with only 85,000 miles on it. Sounds great, looks great, no accidents, beautiful SUV, so we bought it from an individual. I drove it 2 days and as I approached a stop sign the check engine light came on, the engine went to low power, the positive traction warnings came on. It has a bad lifter. It's been at our mechanic almost 2 weeks while he and my husband contacted GM trying to get some help with the repair costs. GM has refused because the time limit ran out in February. My 16 year old Ford never left me stranded!
If I can fix this piece of junk and get rid of it, I'll be buying a Ford. I'll NEVER BUY GM PRODUCTS AGAIN!!!!!! And I intend to share my story with anyone who will listen.