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GMC Yukon / Yukon Denali

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hee hee!

    True true, but I know where the end of my truck is when I use those bars to push the other vehicles in the spots ;)

    I just couldn't fathom someone needing to use those sensors, yeah they are a cool gimmick, but if I wasn't comfortable enough to backup without hitting something I would not be driving such a vehicle! :)

    Thinking of getting an '03 or '04 Denali XL myself, need more towing, and travel capacity for http://TeamIAC.com :)

    -mike
  • greysgreys Posts: 6
    I was hoping that it had the sensors as well but not for me, for my wife. It's going to be an adjustment for me (going from driving an Accord to a Denali) but my wife is who I'm really concerned about. It would have definitely helped and made her feel more comfortable. No matter, I'm getting the Denali anyway and I'm the primary driver so I'm good to go.
  • dilbertzzzdilbertzzz Posts: 190
    Heard it before. It's your "wife", huh? ;-)

    Actually, I would love the rear sensors to feel a little better that I'm not going to run over somebody more than the concern about hitting something.

    We have a quarter-turn, up a slope driveway into our front garage. Obviously, we pull into the garage forward and so back out when leaving going over the front sidewalk of course. I always check behind the car before pulling out, watch the side mirrors all the way down (windshield-mounted rear view is useless for anything smaller than a Yukon or farther than 40 feet behind), and pause to look both ways up and down sidewalk as well as street before crossing the first and out into the second. Even so, blind spots are huge, children are fast, complacency grows with time, and I would hate to face the results of even a single mistake in hitting some person.

    I suppose, I could break down and get one of those fresnel lenses to stick on my rear hatch window. I am over fifty now, so I guess it wouldn't be the end of the world if my ride screams out "CODGER AHEAD!!!" as I drive.... ;-)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    inch out of your driveway, pretty easy not to hit somebody if you are inching out. Of course if you are one of those people doing like 40mph backward out yourdriveway I guess those sensors can help. Just a matter of care and responsibility IMHO.

    -mike
  • dilbertzzzdilbertzzz Posts: 190
    I do go slowly. 2 or 3 mph is crawling. Try running a multi-ton vehicle into a 2X4 wooden fence post (maybe even a 4X4) at 2 or 3 mph. The post will snap like a twig (and the bumper/sheet metal of the vehicle will suffer too).

    A child, who is not paying attention, could run behind my truck no matter how slowly I am backing. Even crawling backward, as I do, I'm afraid the child might suffer horribly from what might seem even the slightest bump. Plus, if the child got past my view and I didn't feel the impact (a child doesn't resist like a post, after all), I might well run over the startled child once s/he's down.

    I know, I know, it sounds like so much neuroticism, huh? But, I'd be willing to bet such things happen much more often than we think. And it is no small thing for anyone involved, I'm sure of that.

    I mean how many times do you hear about people dying by being hit by lightning? Doesn't seem common, does it? Even so, it is one of the most frequent nature-death-caused events. I think maybe only flooding kills more each year.

    Many of the lightning deaths happen on golf courses where golfers stay out in the open near thunder storms, no doubt buoyed in confidence thinking that the odds are low of being struck since they personally have never before known anyone hit by lightning.

    The same unscientific "common sense" approach to such things keeps people propagating all kinds of superstition, buying lottery tickets, falling for get-rich-quick scams, and -- all too frequently -- finding out the hard way that something bad which was easily-avoidable is much more likely to happen than they ever dared suppose. Just think of the surprise that must be common for talking-on-the-cell-phone drivers as they finally and too late become aware of the accident they are now a part of (or maybe caused)!

    Without the sensors (and even with them!) I will continue to be a little neurotic in hopes that I will at least avoid increasing the "accident" chances by adding complacency to the mix.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    hmm maybe back into your driveway?
    ;)

    -mike
  • You know you can have them installed after market?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    ”During the backup which I did slowly and carefully, using the rearview mirrors - everything right, I ran right over him. And I was in complete disbelief. Complete shock. Complete shock.”

    WBZ4

    A more recent story is here. At least 130 kids have died this way.

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  • You seem very knowledgeable. Any advice on the Tahoe LT fully loaded vs. the Yukon XL or DXL? We're torn between Tahoe & Yukon...

    Any thoughts on which is nicer or the better value (fully loaded with Nav & Rear DVD, 2nd Row bucket seats, etc.) ...3 kid's under 9....Thoughts?
  • Paisan, as a fellow ex-Trooper owner ('99 S w/ perf. pkg, auto. TOD) who upgraded to the Denali, I can express a few observations, although I am sure you have probably already done all of the research. Obviously, two different breeds of vehicles: Trooper is really an offroad Billy goat, whereas D is a great road-handling muscle car (truck) that works great in slippery conditions(mud, sand, snow, water). If you are using your vehicle more for street driving, the towing, comfort & performance, better gas mileage (hard to believe!) tip in favor of the D. Now, I've got the '01 D which has the old style LSD and AWD instead of the new style 4-wheel traction control. Too bad Isuzu did not adopt the Yukon/Tahoe platform for a new Trooper and put in one of their venerable diesels! They'll miss such a staunch customer, but what can you do.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Glad to hear your observations. I'm actually gonna keep my Trooper I think since the trade-in value is so low on it I might as well keep it for offroading and city driving. The Denali will do Team IAC work hauling the race car and team to track days and for when I want to head out to dinner with the family etc. Heck I'll be able to put the trooper on the trailer for offroad events and not worry about breaking something! ;)

    -mike
  • Looks like you'll be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. I look forward to you joining the D crowd, since you are sure to find out how to improve upon the formula. How about trying to fit an H2 low-range center diff into the Denali ;)
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Mike (paisan) and I were discussing the back up sensors over on the Cadillac Escalade thread. The reason the Cadillac jumped to the top of my list was because the rear sensors are standard on the Escalade. I was quoted $1,700 for adding the rear sensors to the Denali XL and was concerned about the interior monitor and how it might look cheesy and added-on.

    Mike seems to the think that having the sensors is an admission that you can't drive. I think it's an added safety measure since the "longer" ESV version is what I am considering would be helpful. Also I like the fact that when comparing the Yukon Denali XL to the Escalade ESV, the Cadillac has a longer warranty, includes rear seat heaters, three rows of leather, more horsepower on the 6.0, upgraded dash with the (drum-roll) "woodgrain" and "Bvlgari" clock, etc.

    I have a similar driveway problem that the above poster (dilbertzzz) mentioned, I live at a dead-end street where I get really close to a fence and flower bed when backing up, the sensors on my ML500 allow me to just watch the display without twisting my neck and raising up out of my seat when backing. I just watch the sensor indicator at the rear of the ceiling which allows for a quicker exit and I'm on my way. (I also look at all three mirrors too)

    Mark
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    The Denali has them unless they have been removed since 01.
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    I remember seing a device somewhere that will unlock all doors with one push of the keyfob on our SUVs. Now I can't find it. Anyome know where I can get a device that will do that.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    A lot of OEM fobs open all doors with two clicks or holding down a push button. JC Whitney has an aftermarket lock with a remote that'll open all doors with one click (link) and I sure there must be others out there.

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  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    I don't think that the 3rd row is leather. I know for a fact that the Yukon/XL and Denali/XL have vinyl 3rd rows for the durability of having to remove them. The vinyl can handle the abrasions and small hang ups that would damage leather during removal/transporting/storage. The grain is the same but the feel and smell is different, I would double check on that before you choose the ESV for that and the reverse sensors. I have heard that the '05 Denali/XL will have reverse sensors available as an option. Yukon/XL are still out of luck, must be because of the chrome bumper.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Just to clarify, the Denali has vinyl seating on the third row... the Escalade has LEATHER seating on the third row. (Reading directly from brochure).

    Mark
  • dilbertzzzdilbertzzz Posts: 190
    Must be because they don't expect anyone buying the Cadillac to ever stoop to removing the rear seat (much less to actually consider carrying any real cargo -- Icky!). ;-)
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