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2015 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $45,990

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Luxurious, efficient and even more capable than ever for 2015, our One Owner, Clean CarFax, Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 4x4 in Black is ready to take on your family's demanding lifestyle. Its EcoTec3 5.3 Liter V8 cranks out a healthy 355hp and is tethered to a responsive 6 Speed Automatic transmission to reward you with near 23mpg on the open road as well as impressive acceleration whenever and wherever you need it. Capable of towing 8,100lbs with ease, this sure-footed 4x4 machine rides like a luxury car with comfortable seating for up to nine.Our Suburban LTZ portrays a chiseled confidence with a modern, more aerodynamic profile. Step inside and see that the interior has also been redesigned with thoughtful touches as well as rich trim and supple leather upholstery. Ultra-plush heated and cooled seats, a power folding 60/40 third row and ample cargo space provide the versatility you require; while a central touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth, a Bose surround sound system with MyLink, satellite radio and plenty of power outlets keeps the entire family safely connected at all times.The engineers behind this machine realize you've got precious cargo on board, and they have meticulously designed features such as a rear vision camera, parking assist and a lane departure warning. You'll also enjoy the added peace of mind of OnStar featuring directions and connections. With a stellar reputation as the premiere SUV for space, capability and reliability, this Suburban makes a great choice for your transportation needs. Print this page and call us Now... We Know You Will Enjoy Your Test Drive Towards Ownership!



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2015 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $43,900

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Enjoy the benefits of GM Certified at Joseph Chevrolet. Large selection and great value. Up to 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.your first year of worry free maintanence, Relax, let us take your worries away with a GM Certified vehicle at Joseph Chevrolet. * 5.3 LITER 8 Cylinder engine * * Great deal at $43,900 compared to $45,900 offered elsewhere * * 2015 ** Chevrolet * * Suburban * * LT 1500 * Armed with a backup sensor, rear air conditioning, remote starter, backup camera, parking assistance, dual climate control, heated seats, hill start assist, stability control, and traction control, you won't be able to get enough of this 2015 Chevrolet Suburban LT 1500. With a gorgeous silver exterior and a jet black/dark ash interior, this vehicle is a top pick. It also includes Roadside Assistance, Courtesy Transportation. This vehicle also comes with 48,000 warranty miles and has been subjected to a rigorous, 172 -point inspection for condition and appearance. This one's a keeper. It has a crash test safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Interested? Call today and schedule a test drive! Joseph Chevrolet is pleased to announced our new LIFETIME POWERTRAIN COVERAGE, see if this vehicle qualifies! Ask your sales consultant for details about the coverage details and qualifications. Call/text/email.Where you will always get great service and a friendly staff Either way, You'll like Joseph Chevrolet! Contact Information: Joseph Chevrolet, 8685 Colerain AVe, Cincinnati, OH, 45251, Phone: (513) 741-8400, E-mail: rhill@josephchevy.com.



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2013 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $31,980

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Suburban 1500 LTZ and 4WD. The Robert Basil Buick GMC Cadillac EDGE!! THIS TRUCK IS LOADED!!!! **POWER RUNNING BOARDS**,**NAVIGATION**,**MOONROOF**,** REAR DVD NOT JUST ONE BUT TWO,WOW, What are you waiting for?! Are you looking for an used vehicle that is in incredible condition? Well, with this fantastic 2013 Chevrolet Suburban 1500, you are going to get it.. You just simply can't beat a Chevrolet product. CLEAN CARFAX!!If this seems like the vehicle for you, please call our Guest Services Manager Bob Bowers at 288-9622 to get your best deal with competitive internet pricing!


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2011 Chevrolet Suburban
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Cloth. You can kiss the odometer on this one. You can finally have your cake and eat it too. Don't pay too much for the family SUV you want...Come on down and take a look at this terrific-looking 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. This Suburban 1500 is nicely equipped with features such as Cloth. Designated by Consumer Guide as a Large SUV Best Buy in 2011. It will save you money by keeping you on the road and out of the mechanic's garage. Visit our virtual showroom 24/7 @ hennachevyaustin.com.com.




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2015 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $37,877

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CARFAX 1-Owner. NAV, Heated Leather Seats, Tow Hitch, Back-Up Camera, Rear Air, Power Liftgate, TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC, ELEC... ENGINE, 5.3L V8 ECOTEC3 WITH ACTIVE F... AUDIO SYSTEM, CHEVROLET MYLINK RADIO.. SEE MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Leather Seats, Power Liftgate, Rear Air, Heated Driver Seat, Back-Up Camera Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release, Steering Wheel Controls, Heated Mirrors, Electronic Stability Control. OPTION PACKAGES: WHEELS, 20 X 9 (50.8 CM X 22.9 CM) POLISHED-ALUMINUM, AUDIO SYSTEM, CHEVROLET MYLINK RADIO WITH NAVIGATION, AM/FM STEREO AND CD PLAYER 5 USB ports, 1 SD card reader and an auxiliary jack, ENGINE, 5.3L V8 ECOTEC3 WITH ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT, DIRECT INJECTION AND VARIABLE VALVE TIMING includes aluminum block construction (355 hp [265 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 383 lb-ft of torque [518 N-m] @ 4100 rpm) (STD), TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC, ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED with overdrive and tow/haul mode (STD). Chevrolet LT with SUMMIT WHITE exterior and COCOA / DUNE interior features a 8 Cylinder Engine with 355 HP at 5600 RPM*. EXPERTS ARE SAYING: Edmunds.com's review says . we're happy to see Chevy has finally integrated the third row firmly into the truck's floor. The fact that both the rear rows are power operated is an added benefit.. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: CARFAX 1-Owner VISIT US TODAY: At Huffines we believe the vehicle buying process should be hassle free. We are willing to answer every question you might have during your search for the perfect vehicle. Huffines has been satisfying customers & forming lifetime friendships in the Greater Dallas area since 1924. 972-538-7050 Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.


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2014 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $35,977

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*4WD - Heated Leather Seats - Dual Rear DVD - Power Sunroof - Assist Steps - Remote Start - Back Up Camera - Power Adjustable Pedals - Rear Park Assist - 8 Passenger Seating - 2nd Row Heated Seats - Power Lift Gate - Alloys - Trailering Package - Bose - XM Radio - Bluetooth - Onstar - New Tires - Newer Brakes - Non Smoker - Very Clean! *This vehicle is eligible to be a GM CERTIFIED VEHICLE for an additional $500 which means it would feature a 12-Month/12,000-Mile Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty * 100,000-Mile/6-Year Powertrain Limited Warranty * 2yr/24,000 mile scheduled maintenance * 24 hour roadside assistance * 172 point safety inspection from our Factory Certified Technicians *Vehicle History Report * 3-Day/150-Mile SATISFACTION GUARANTEE *Using strong relationships with over 20 Financial Institutions, we will provide you with the strongest, most competitive terms available! *Let us show you how the Lynch Family of Dealerships will treat YOU like family. Provide us with the opportunity to earn your business and you will agree that NOBODY Sells for Less than Lynch! **Advertised vehicle sale price subject to Tax, Title, Licensing Fees, and $299 Service Fee. *Se Habla Espanol



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The Suburban has been the top-of-the-line in the market for heavy duty covered wagon style trucks. The 5.3L V8 engine delivers all the towing capacity you need for light duty towing and hauling. With features like cab steps and three rows of leather seats, this truck is perfect for the whole family especially on road trips. A recent full safety and mechanical inspection have been performed with oil change and interior/exterior detail to ensure the highest level of quality in your next purchase. Located just off I-70 exit 205 in Silverthorne, Summit Ford delivers a five-star car buying experience and charges $0.00 in dealer handling fees. As a locally owned and operated business in Summit County, you get to deal with people you know personally who are here to answer your questions and address your concerns not only at the time of your purchase, but at anytime throughout the life of the vehicle. That's the Summit Ford pre-owned difference.El Suburban ha sido el mejor en el mercado para camiones con vagones cubiertos de servicio pesado. El motor 5.3L V8 ofrece toda la capacidad de remolque que necesita para remolcar y transportar cargas livianas. Con caracteristicas como los pasos de la cabina y tres filas de asientos de cuero, este camion es perfecto para toda la familia, especialmente en viajes por carretera. Recientemente se realizo una inspeccion completa de seguridad y mecanica con cambio de aceite y detalles interiores / exteriores para garantizar el mas alto nivel de calidad en su proxima compra. Ubicada junto a la salida 205 de I-70 en Silverthorne, Summit Ford ofrece una experiencia de compra de autos de cinco estrellas y cobra $ 0.00 en honorarios por el manejo del concesionario. Como un negocio operado y de propiedad local en el Condado de Summit, puede tratar con personas que conoce personalmente que estan aqui para responder sus preguntas y atender sus inquietudes, no solo en el momento de su compra, sino en cualquier momento durante la vida util del vehiculo. Esa es la diferencia seminueva de Summit Ford.


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2009 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $15,995

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Clean CARFAX. Tan 2009 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 4D Sport Utility LTZ 14/20mpg



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2012 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $26,588

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2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LTZ in Silver. 4WD and Black. Wow! What a sweetheart! Flex Fuel! Don't pay too much for the wonderful-looking SUV you want...Come on down and take a look at this stunning 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. Be prepared to be transformed when you get behind the wheel and feel the power surge right into your very soul as you mash the gas and zoom off over the horizon. We specialize in quality pre-owned vehicles at Jerry Hunt Supercenter. We have all of the major manufacturers in our inventory - Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, Honda, Cadillac, Lexus, Acura, INFINITI, Volkswagen, Kia, Ram and Toyota. With more than 450 automobiles in inventory, we're sure that we have a selection of vehicles that fit your needs and budget! We've been in business for more than 30 years and customer satisfaction is our top priority. We work with more than 30 lenders so we can get you financed on any deal with approved credit.


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2000 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $4,999

***NEW TIRES!!! 3/4 TON!! 4WD!!! CLEAN HISTORY!!!*** Nice SUV! Hurry in! Looking for an amazing value on a great 2000 Chevrolet Suburban 2500? Well, this is IT! This outstanding Chevrolet is one of the most sought after used vehicles on the market because it NEVER lets owners down. CALL 801-298-8090 OR TEXT 801-396-9685 FOR AN APPOINTMENT!


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2012 Chevrolet Suburban
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List price: $23,800

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WAS $27,999. CARFAX 1-Owner. 3rd Row Seat, Heated Leather Seats, Alloy Wheels, Running Boards, Rear Air, 4x4, Trailer Hitch, ENGINE, VORTEC 5.3L V8 SFI FLEXFUEL, MIRRORS, OUTSIDE HEATED POWER-ADJUSTA... LUXURY PACKAGE READ MORE! PREMIUM EQUIPMENT ON THIS CHEVY SUBURBAN INCLUDE LUXURY PACKAGE includes (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, (AN3) front bucket seats with leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, (KA6) heated second row seats, (ARS) second row, power seat release, (DL3) outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding mirrors with memory function and curb-tilt, (E61) rear power-operated liftgate and (UG1) universal home remote. AUDIO SYSTEM, AM/FM STEREO WITH CD PLAYER AND MP3 PLAYBACK seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed compensated volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack, and USB port (STD), TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC, HEAVY-DUTY, ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED WITH OVERDRIVE AND TOW/HAUL MODE (STD), MIRRORS, OUTSIDE HEATED POWER-ADJUSTABLE, POWER-FOLDING AND DRIVER-SIDE AUTO-DIMMING with integrated turn signal indicators and ground illumination Includes memory function with (AN3) front bucket seats.), ENGINE, VORTEC 5.3L V8 SFI FLEXFUEL with Active Fuel Management, capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (with gas - 320 hp [239 kW] @ 5400 rpm, 335 lb-ft of torque [454 N-m] @ 4000 rpm, with E85 ethanol - 326 hp [243 kW] @ 5300 rpm, 348 lb-ft of torque [472 N-m] @ 4400 rpm), aluminum block (STD) SUBURBAN: UNMATCHED DEPENDABILITY CARFAX 1-Owner. Qualifies for CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. THE PERFECT SUBURBAN AT THE RIGHT PRICE Reduced from $27,999. KEY FEATURES ON THIS SUBURBAN INCLUDE Third Row Seat, Rear Air, Running Boards Rear Seat Audio Controls Plus sales tax, title and license. A negotiable documentary service fee up to $150 may be added. Price contains all applicable dealer incentives and non-limited factory rebates. You may qualify for additional rebates; see dealer for details.


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2007 Chevrolet Suburban
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2011 Chevrolet Suburban
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CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Summit White 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT LT1 4WD 6-Speed Automatic Electronic with Overdrive Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI Flex Fuel 4WD, Light Titanium/Dark Titanium w/Custom Leather-Appointed Seat Trim. Thanks for taking the time to visit Jim Norton Chevrolet. We take pride in selling the cleanest, most well maintained vehicles in the Tulsa area. All of our vehicles are meticulously inspected for quality and safety for your piece of mind. Recent Arrival! The Norton family has been serving Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Missouri and Arkansas for over 80 Years. Jim Norton Chevrolet takes pride in providing the friendliest customer service possible for your next new or used Car, Truck or SUV. We believe the car buying process should be fun, informative, easy, and a low pressure experience. Visit us today at www.jimnortonchevy.com we would love to hear from you! Come join the Norton family.




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Chevrolet Suburban History

Note: Chevrolet and GMC Suburbans are virtually identical twins, save for occasional minor differences in grille inserts, body trim, and, in older models, engines. Therefore, all the following comments also apply to the GMC Suburban unless otherwise indicated.

1936-1940

Introduced way back in 1936, the Chevrolet (and GMC) Suburban was based on a commercial panel truck, but instead of having a huge, windowless cargo area there was a large passenger compartment. Basically truck-based station wagons, the early Suburbans had two doors (not counting the two-piece tailgate) and three rows of seats that seated up to eight passengers. The most common powerplant of the day, an inline six cylinder engine, powered the Suburban. With but 90 horsepower, the 217 cubic-inch six had its work cut out. Minor changes to the facade carried the first-generation Suburban through 1940.

1941-1946

1941 brought bullet-shaped headlights sweeping off the fenders. GMC's received a new, 228 c.i. engine (an inline six with 93 horsepower). However, as with all other American vehicle manufacturers, Chevrolet produced no civilian vehicles from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II.

For 1946 Chevrolet simply picked up where it left off, and as a result the 1946 models were virtually the same as the 1942s.

1947-1955

The 1947 Suburban received a restyled body with flush-mounted headlights and a more broad-shouldered stance with a wider grille and passenger compartment. This basic theme continued through 1953, when the big news for that year was GMC's introduction of the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and more power for its Suburban's engine, now up to an even 100 horsepower.

1954 saw a facelift consisting of a one-piece curved windshield (versus the previous two-piece unit) and a grille with a single horizontal bar split vertically in the center. More muscle was found under the skin in the form of a bigger (236 c.i.) inline six rated at 112 horsepower. GMC's were stronger still, with 125 horsepower produced by the company's 249 c.i. inline six. An automatic transmission became optional for the Chevrolet version this year.

Due to Korean War conflicts and the extent of the changes Chevrolet wanted to make for the next Suburban, early 1955 models (called first series) were basically the same as the '54s save for very minor changes, such as the striping color on the hood ornament.

1955-1959

All-new styling and the option of V8 power debuted later in 1955 (called second series). A wrap-around windshield, hooded headlights and a grille that resembled a big mouth (with a grid insert) were the styling highlights. The Chevy's optional 265 c.i. V8 was available in a few versions, the most potent putting out 180 horsepower. And the company's six-banger was up to 136 horsepower. The GMC's optional 287 c.i. V8 engine, though bigger than its brother's, produced less power than the Chevrolet, at 155 horsepower.

Power was on the rise again for 1956. As much as 205 horsepower was produced by Chevrolet's small-block V8. GMC followed suit with its six-cylinder engine (now at 270 c.i.) putting out 130 horsepower as well as its V8 (now at 317 c.i.) pumping out 180 ponies. The big news this year was the introduction of four-wheel drive for the GMC, and it could be had with either the six- or the eight-cylinder engine.

Chevrolet joined the four-wheel-drive party in 1957, but offered it only with the inline six. Grille design was revised, trading the grid insert for a wide, horizontal slot design, which only made it look even more like a mouth agape.

1958 brought a revamped body featuring dual headlights and some more body-side sculpting to the front fenders, all of which carried over through 1959.

1960-1966

A sleeker body, a low-profile grille and "jet pods" over this grille marked the 1960 Suburban. Contained in the pods were the front turn signals. Better outward visibility came by way of increased glass area and slimmer roof pillars. A new 305 c.i. V6 with 150 horsepower became standard on the GMC.

Front-end design was cleaned up in 1962, dropping the odd-looking jet pods and replacing the dual headlamps with single units, except on the GMCs, which retained the dual headlights. As with its pickup trucks, Chevrolet now used a "C" prefix to indicate a two-wheel-drive Suburban and a "K" prefix to indicate a four-wheel-drive version. GMC wouldn't adopt this naming system until five years later.

Offering more ride comfort and better control was a coil spring front suspension that debuted for 1963. Chevrolet introduced two new inline six-cylinder engines: a 230 c.i. base engine rated at 140 horsepower and an optional 292 c.i. version with 165 ponies. And once again the grille insert was changed on the Chevy version.

The former reverse-slanted A-pillars and wrap-around windshield gave way to a sleeker design for 1964, and the cab gained a revamped dashboard and a new instrument cluster.

Although the Suburban's looks didn't change for 1965, a few new options appeared. Air conditioning and (for the Chevrolet) a 327 c.i. V8 (with 220 horsepower) could now be ordered, making the big people-hauler more comfortable and more powerful. A bigger (250 c.i.) inline six with 155 horsepower became the Chevy's new base engine for 1966 as the GMC continued with its stout V6 underhood.

1967-1972

A much sleeker Suburban graced showrooms for 1967, when an uncluttered and broad-shouldered look appeared. The body was slightly longer than before and now had two doors on the passenger side (as opposed to the single door) in addition to the one on the driver side. The choice of either a tailgate or panel-style doors was offered for rear compartment access.

1968 saw the addition of government-mandated side marker lights.

A new grille with a wider horizontal centerpiece debuted for 1969 along with a foot-operated parking brake (which replaced the former hand brake). A quartet of new V8s debuted this year: a trio of 350s with outputs ranging from 255 to 350 horsepower and a 396 with 310 horses but more torque than the smaller V8s.

Changes for 1970 included a few new options such as a tilt steering wheel and a stereo radio with eight-track player. For the first time, the shiftless masses could drive the four-wheel-drive models thanks to the newly available automatic transmission for those trucks.

A new egg crate grille graced the front of the 1971 Suburbans. New trim level names debuted, ranging from the base Custom, to the mid-level Custom Deluxe, up to the Cheyenne.

Interior refinements such as molded door panels and an optional "Highlander" seat trim took place for 1972.

1973-1980

General Motors completely revamped its Suburbans for 1973. Simple, bold lines accented with a distinctive bodyside molding marked the exterior of the new trucks, which now had four doors. The redesigned interior featured a dash angled slightly toward the driver. A full-time four-wheel-drive system was available and ideal for those who lived in areas of the country prone to slippery driving conditions. Trim levels remained the same as before and engine choices ranged from a 100-horsepower 250 c.i. inline six to a 240-horse, 454 V8. Keep in mind that after 1971, horsepower figures were given as net (installed engine with accessories) versus gross (just the bare engine) figures.

1975 models were distinguished by a grille with larger internal rectangles along with a restyled tailgate. Trim levels were changed and now comprised base Custom Deluxe (why a base version was called "Deluxe" is a mystery), Scottsdale (with cloth seats and chrome exterior trim) and Silverado (with woodgrain interior accents, carpeting and additional exterior accents including wheel lip moldings). Corresponding GMC trim levels were, in ascending order, Sierra, Sierra Grande and Sierra Classic. Catalytic converters debuted (on non-heavy-duty trucks) to meet more stringent emissions standards, as did a high-energy ignition system and an optional (for four-wheel-drive models) 400 c.i. V8 with 175 horsepower.

1977 brought a revised grille insert, where the former 32 small rectangles gave way to 15 larger ones. A new 305 c.i. V8 rated at 145 horsepower was available behind that grille.

1978 marked the introduction of the 350 c.i. V8 diesel that became optional on the half-ton (C10) two-wheel-drive model. Minor changes to the interior, such as new seat fabrics and dashboard trim, also took place this year.

Not much happened in 1979 except that the parking lights were now incorporated into the front grille/headlight facade.

A more noticeable grille restyle took place for 1980 that featured square openings (instead of the previous rectangular slots) and, on Silverado models, square headlamps. A thermostatic cooling fan increased efficiency by running only when needed.

1981-1991

A nose job and a weight loss program improved the 1981 Suburbans. New, more aerodynamic sheetmetal from the windshield forward was grafted onto the truck, and the new fenders flanked a restyled grille with square headlamps (now on all models). Lighter materials helped reduce weight by as much as 300 pounds, depending on the model. A revised interior featured a new instrument panel, seats and door trim. A new 305 c.i. V8 with Electronic Spark Control debuted. The spark control allowed higher compression and power output (160 horsepower) that was equal to or better than the available 350 V8's numbers, with the advantage of better fuel economy. The 400 c.i. V8 was dropped, but still offered were the inline sixes (250 and 292 c.i.), a couple of 350 c.i. V8s and the stout 454 c.i. V8.

A new 6.2-liter (GM started using metric engine sizes at this point) diesel engine debuted in 1982. A much stronger and reliable engine than the old 5.7-liter (350 c.i.) version, the 6.2 was offered with both two- and four-wheel-drive as opposed to the 5.7, which was only available on two-wheel-drive Suburbans. A four-speed automatic gearbox was a new option that promoted less engine wear and better highway fuel economy.

Only sharp-eyed enthusiasts would be able to tell what changed for 1983: parking lights were relocated from the bumper to the bottom edge of the grille, which was now blacked out. Additional rust protection was provided by the use of anti-corrosion steel under the hood and at the front of the pickup box.

1984 saw more steps taken (such as galvanized inner door panels) to fend off rust.

A revised grille design with a thicker horizontal divider marked the 1985 trucks.

The only changes for 1986 were redesigned engine seals on all "V" type engines, except the 7.4-liter (454 c.i. in old-fashioned terms) V8.

1987, the last year of this long-lived (15 year) generation, saw the debut of throttle-body fuel injection (TBI) for all gas engines. As a result, the 5.0-liter (305 c.i.) and 5.7-liter (350 c.i.) V8s were more powerful, kicking out 170 and 210 horsepower, respectively. After decades of using the C and K nomenclature to indicate two- or four-wheel drive (for example, C10 Suburban), Chevy and GMC changed the two-wheel-drive truck's "C" to an "R" and the four-wheel-drive truck's "K" to a "V."

Although GM completely redesigned its full-size pickups for 1988, the Suburbans, which up to now were basically station wagon versions of the pickups, were unchanged and would have to wait four more years for their overdue overhaul.

A host of under-the-skin improvements took place in 1990. The 7.4-liter V8 was fitted with electronic spark control, and the 5.7-liter V8 received upgraded piston rings and intake valves. Antilock rear brakes debuted this year. In an effort to simplify ordering and production processes, many formerly individual options were now either added as standard equipment or grouped together in packages. The Cheyenne model had tinted glass, halogen headlights, a larger (34 gallon) gas tank, AM radio, intermittent wipers and instrument panel gauges added to its standard equipment list. Scottsdale got rally wheels, a custom steering wheel and bright grille trim. And Silverado had its standards raised with the inclusion of floor mats, a sport steering wheel and an AM/FM stereo radio. Corresponding GMC models received the same upgrades.

The 7.4-liter V8 was refined for 1991 with tighter combustion chamber tolerances and improved oil pan gaskets. A new automatic transmission was introduced for heavy-duty trucks. This four-speed automatic gearbox, dubbed "4L80-E," featured electronic control and the ability to handle 440 foot-pounds of torque.

1992-1999

Finally, in 1992, the Suburbans adopted the sleek body style and updated interior of their pickup truck brethren. In addition to their handsome looks, the new Suburbans boasted more glass area and a lower step-in height than their forebears. Functional improvement included standard four-wheel antilock brakes and two improvements for four-wheel-drive models: a new independent front suspension and a shift-on-the-fly "Insta-Trac" transfer-case control. Models consisted of the base Cheyenne and the uplevel Silverado. The C and K designations returned to indicate two- or four-wheel drive, respectively. The number after that letter indicated either half-ton (1500) or three-quarter-ton (2500) rating.

1993 brought more upgrades, such as a new four-speed automatic gearbox for light-duty Suburbans (called "4L60-E") that was electronically controlled for smooth gear changes. Interior refinements included new stereo controls, dual cupholders and Scotchgard fabric protection.

Safety and environmental strides were made for 1994 with the debut of side door guard beams, a center high-mounted third brake light and CFC-free A/C refrigerant. Engine news was big this year, as the 5.0-, 5.7- and 7.4-liter V8s were quieted down via intake tweaks. A new diesel engine debuted: a 6.5-liter turbo diesel that churned out 190 horsepower and 360 foot-pounds of torque.

The number of safety features once again increased in 1995 with the addition of a driver side airbag and a brake/transmission interlock (which required the brake pedal to be depressed before the automatic gearbox could be shifted out of "park"). A new instrument panel and upgraded door trim graced the interior, and the seats were redesigned to be more supportive. New sound systems made the more comfortable cabin even more welcoming. Trim levels were now comprised of base, LS and leather-lined LT. GMC's comparable models were base, SLE and SLT.

Pump it up! Among the many improvements for 1996 was more power for the gasoline engines. Now called "Vortec," these potent powerplants put up the following big numbers: Vortec 5700 V8 — 250 horsepower, an increase of 50 horses, Vortec 7400 — 290 horsepower, up 60. The numbers after the word Vortec indicated the engine size in cubic centimeters, which is easy to convert to liters; for example, the Vortec 5700 V8 displaced 5,700 cubic centimeters or 5.7 liters. Other enhancements of the mechanical variety included a beefed-up automatic gearbox to handle the stronger engines and a new, electronically shifted transfer case that eliminated the floor-mounted mechanism.

1997 brought a passenger side airbag. Electronic, variable-assist power steering was fitted that provided more assist at lower speeds (such as when parking) and less assist at higher speeds (to allow for better road feel). Other steering enhancements included a smaller turning radius for K1500 models, making these four-wheel-drive trucks easier to park and better able to handle tight spots when off-road. The 4L60-E and 4L80-E four-speed automatic gearboxes were tweaked for even smoother operation and better efficiency via improved fluid flow and greater lubrication.

To the chagrin of would-be thieves, a "Passlock" theft-deterrent system debuted in 1998, and disabled the Suburban if an attempt to hot-wire it was made. GM's OnStar system became optional and consisted of a cell phone integrated with GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) that linked the driver and vehicle to the OnStar center for directions, roadside assistance or help in an emergency. Once again, the automatic transmissions were modified for smoother and quieter performance. AutoTrac full-time four-wheel-drive became optional and operated in rear-wheel drive until four-wheel-drive traction was needed, at which point it would automatically send torque to front and rear axles. When in the four-wheel-drive mode, the torque split was continuously varied front to rear in order to optimize traction.

A couple of powertrain improvements took place for 1999, the last year of this generation. New materials were used in the cooling system to increase component life, and the Vortec 5700 V8 got the same starter motor used for the Vortec 7400 V8. The already superb automatic transmissions received a couple of tweaks (such as new seals and reduced friction components) to enhance durability.

2000-2006

The year 2000 saw the big 'burban's rebirth, just in time to battle Ford's massive new Excursion. Slightly shorter than its predecessor, the new Suburban was packaged more efficiently, preserving its vast interior room, and came in base, midlevel LS and leather-lined LT trim levels.

As before, the Suburban shared much of its styling and powertrains with GM's full-size pickups (revamped in 1999) on which they were based and were again available in 1500 and heavier-duty 2500 series.

GM's new family of V8 truck engines were drafted for Suburban duty. The 1500 was powered by the Vortec 5300 V8 that poured out 285 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque from its 5.3 liters, an impressive 30 horses more than the Vortec 5700 engine it replaced. Even more thrust was provided for the Suburban 2500, which featured the Vortec 6000 sporting 300 horses and 355 lb-ft of twist.

Ready to work, a properly equipped Suburban 2500 could tow up to 10,500 pounds. And keeping with tradition, buyers had a choice of two- or four-wheel drive.

GMC's version of the Suburban was renamed the Yukon XL and, apart from having an all-wheel-drive full-on luxury trim level dubbed Denali, was identical to its Chevrolet cousin.

The Vortec 6000 grew stronger for 2001, as horsepower went up to 320 and torque to 360 lb-ft. A new big-block Vortec 8100 (8.1-liter) V8 with 340 hp and 455 lb-ft also joined the powertrain roster. Lastly, oil change intervals were stretched from 7,500 to 10,000 miles.

The Suburban inched further upscale for 2002, as the base model was dropped and the LS gained dual power front seats, heated mirrors and a HomeLink system. Lastly, the 5300 V8 could now take gasoline-ethanol mixed fuel.

The option of Quadrasteer four-wheel steering (on 3/4-ton models) debuted for 2003. Quadrasteer made this hulk a lot easier to park by greatly reducing the turning circle (by a whopping 8 feet) and also improved stability when towing by smoothing out maneuvers such as lane changes. The half-ton models were not left out, as they received the option of the StabiliTrak stability control system. The side mirrors were updated with built-in turn signals, puddle lamps and the option of power extension. Making the cabin more accommodating were the addition of tri-zone climate controls, a new center console and newly available second-row captain's chairs and power-adjustable pedals. Helping to pass the time on long trips was a pair of new options — XM Satellite Radio and a DVD entertainment system.

Increased safety was the big news for 2004, as the half-ton models received Hydroboost brakes that provided even more power assist for improved pedal feel and modulation. A reminder for the right front passenger to "buckle up" also came online this year. The powerhouse Vortec 8100 lost some power, though at 320 hp and 440 lb-ft, it was far from significantly weakened.

An optional touchscreen navigation system was added in 2005. Rear barn doors were discontinued, and all models came standard with an overhead rear liftgate with separate lift glass. Two-wheel-drive trim levels got an optional Z71 off-road package, which was previously only available on four-wheel-drive models.

The Quadrasteer feature was eliminated in 2006, and the optional camping/towing mirrors were redesigned. Added standard safety features included OnStar and a tire-pressure monitoring system on all trim levels, as well as the addition of stability control on 1500-series models. Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio controls also debuted.

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A complete redesign in 2007 drastically improved the Suburban's handling and comfort rating. While it still remained a traditional body-on-frame SUV with a solid rear axle, the reshaped, slab-sided exterior offered improved aerodynamics. Chevrolet claimed body stiffness was increased significantly, and the old front torsion-bar suspension was ditched in favor of a coil-spring layout. Recirculating-ball steering was dropped in favor of a more precise rack-and-pinion system.

Interior build quality was dramatically improved with soft-touch materials, tighter gap tolerances and a more contemporary design. Three trim levels were offered: the base LS, midlevel LT (which was divided into three sublevels) and the luxury-laden LTZ.

The powertrain on the half-ton models included a 5.3-liter V8 with 320 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. A new cylinder deactivation technology helped to improve fuel-efficiency over the previous year's engine. The Suburban 2500 got a 6.0-liter V8 packing 350 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. Both engines were paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Side curtain airbags became standard on all models in 2008. That model year also saw the introduction of a six-speed automatic transmission and stability control on the Suburban 2500. OnStar turn-by-turn navigation became standard on the LT and LTZ trim levels.

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