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Chevy Tahoe



  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    I bought the odyssey in december instead of getting an SUV. I thought I would let my brain make the decsison and not my heart. While the oddy is a really good car it is boring and the mpg are very similar to a SUV in town (the only way it is used right now). My wife and I are 26 and 27 respectively and really don't fit the soccer mom/dad image. I doubt if the oddy stays in the driveway another year. I figure it will be gone very soon. The moral of the story is your heart and head have to be happy with the decsion you make. "Buy and Drive what you like" as a couple guys around here say.
  • 03tahoe03tahoe Posts: 83
    On all four of my Suburbans, I run the OEM tires for about 30,000 miles and then use nothing but Michelins. Great tires.
  • I think that you probably won't have any problems getting three seats across, especially if one is just a booster. While, I do not have three car seats in ours, I do have two in the middle row (one in the center and one behind the passenger) and my oldest still has plenty of room behind the driver's seat. I'm pretty sure another seat would fit in there too.

    One thing I have noticed is that it only has LATCH attachments for two spaces (middle and behind the passenger side). For some reason there aren't LATCH points behind the driver, although you can still tether it on the floor behind the seat. Also, the auto-retractors make it nice if you are using the seat belts to hold in the car seats. No more messing around with those clips.

    However, the best way to be sure (although a major hassle, I'd admit) would be to take your seats out at the dealership and try it... Good luck with whatever you decide. My family loves the Tahoe.
  • I checked out the 2003 Yukon tonight. Very nice! Powerful, quiet and comfortable. Next step is to compare the Sienna.

    Thanks for the feedback on experience on the Van/SUV decision. You feel my pain and as you know it's a hard decision for many reasons.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    My '02 has Latch on both outside 2nd row positions. This lets you put a car seat in any of the three positions in the rear seat. Obviously there are compromises if you're using more than one Latch equipped child seat. I see no reason why all three child seats wouldn't fit, these are about as wide as any vehicle you're going to find.

    When we have an infant seat in, we put it in the middle and use the Latch connectors and the rear tether. That's the most secure way I've ever seen to hook in a child seat. Two adults have plenty of room on each side.
  • bcb1bcb1 Posts: 149
    I bought them at Sears, believe it or not. They will price-match ANY competitor's price -- so even though the regular Sears price is expensive, all you need to do is get an estimate from Sam's Club or Costco (Sam's was the cheapest I could find).

    The tire size on my Yukon is 265/60 16, and I paid $140 each, plus $14 for lifetime balancing. I didn't buy road hazard (it was too expensive in my opinion). Total was right around $640 for all 4 tires. That's a heck of a deal!

    The Sears sale price was $152 per tire, regular price is $174 -- so it defintately pays to get the best price from Sams Club. Sears won't give you any hassle at all about matching the price. In fact, when they are ringing up the sale, they have a button on their computer screen that says "Competitive Discount" it must be something that they do all the time!
  • bcb1bcb1 Posts: 149
    Many of us here have been in the same boat as you guys - deciding between a minivan (which admittedly probably makes more sense) and a SUV (which makes us smile and looks a lot better!).

    I can't stress enough...go with your gut! If you really want a Tahoe..Yukon...whatever...then buy it! You won't be sorry if you get what you really want up front.

    The mileage isn't really that much different (my Windstar got low 20s MPG, my Yukon gets about 17mpg). That's only a couple bucks per week in gas. Plus, darn it...they just look more you're ready for a week in the outback...even though the only Outback you'll probably be driving to is the one that serves steak and cheese fries!

    Have fun shopping for your new vehicle!
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 780
    The dealer is going to check out my Tahoe tomorrow. I'll let you know what they say.

    Has anyone else experienced excessive brake noise on their Tahoe? If so, how was it resolved?
  • garywgaryw Posts: 116
    Thank you for the responses. At $10K off sticker and my $4000 GM money it may be the ticket.
  • any information on your purchase would be appreciated. model/options
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    I purchased at Champion on 183 at the end of 2000 and have been very happy....
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    but I bought an Avalanche at Champion Chevrolet in Feb. Bought from Mark Cheatham, the Internet Sales Mgr. Other than the usual too-long wait to get through (or get INTO) the F&I office all went well and is well. Haven't used the Service Dept. yet.
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    Overall, I am pleased with the service department.....
  • ianshawianshaw Posts: 119
    I went out in the huge snow storm we had in the Rocky Mountains over the weekend. Our city closed all the streets except for medical and emergency personnel. I had to get employees from a nursing home to and from work. It is the first time I have had my Tahoe out in deep snow with huge drifts.

    I was extremely impressed with the Auto 4wd on my Tahoe. I assumed that it would be inferior to 4-hi. But, there appeared to be no difference in the performance. I felt no lag whatsoever between the time the back wheels started to slip and the time the 4wd kicked in. I blew through some enormous drifts that were 30-40 feet wide.

    On the other hand, I have a question about my 4-hi and 4-low. I got stuck twice this weekend when I was in 4-hi or 4-low. Both times, the truck got high-centered in huge drifts and my tires would just spin. HOWEVER, both times, one of my back wheels would not spin? I have the locking rear differential! I assume that, with the locking rear diff. and in 4-hi or 4-low, three of the four tires should be spinning? Both back tires should spin because of the locking rear-diff and one front tire should spin because of the 4-hi or 4-low. Both times, there was low-traction - so there is no chance that one of the tires was bound-up and not able to spin. Also, my truck is a 02 Tahoe LT - so I do not have the new Stabilitrac (or whatever they call it.)

    Can anyone give me any insight into why both back wheels would not spin? Any chance my 4wd system is not working properly?

  • yukon97yukon97 Posts: 30
    If you have option G80 this is the Eaton Locking rear diff. You are correct in stating that when one rear wheel spins the opposite should lock in. You should be able to feel the 'thud' when they lock up and both tire should be forced to spin at the same speed.
  • jeff331jeff331 Posts: 21
    I'm in Fort Collins, and had the samee fun of getting around on the back roads yesterday. With the G80 locking diff, you actually have to get the free spinning back tire up to a certain rpm before the mechanics of the diff lock in. There should be little doubt when it locks up. You should hear the spinning of the tire, and then a 'thud' or 'clunk' from the back end, as the two halves of the diff lock together. It is a little counter- intuitive in the snow, as you want to lift off of the throttle a little when the tires start to spin and bury themselves. Just give it a little more gas, and it should lock. It was very useful yesterday.
    Try for more information on the G80
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    The only place where I felt a difference between 4hi and auto is on turns. In auto, if you give it a bit of gas you can spin the rear around before the front has a chance to grab and pull you straight. In 4hi this won't happen. Of course if you drive carefully like you should in slippery conditions (RE: slowly) you won't feel much of a difference. I prefer just going to 4hi when the roads are completely covered though. I stopped on a very steep hill to test it out and it was very seemless. Didn't take much pedal to get the rear wheels locked-up either. It's obvious when they lock up when you're in 2wd because the vehicle will start drifting to the side.
  • dfwk2500dfwk2500 Posts: 68
    We purchased our '01 YXL (2500 4x4) from Champion in Austin. Everything went fine. When we ordered our truck in October 2000, no one in the Dallas area was working any deals on a special order 2500. Andy gave us the heads up on Champion in Austin doing very good deals on special orders. He was right, there were no hassles and at the time we got what was a very good deal. Everything was handled by telephone. When the truck arrived we drove down from Dallas and picked it up. They treated us very well (especially considering they knew they would likely never see us again for service). Their extended warranty price matched the best we could get off the internet. They had no objection to accepting the eloan check we had to pay for the truck and they even checked the alignment since we would immediately be taking the truck on a 100 mile drive. The only problem we had was they were a little late in mailing our license plates to us.
  • poc424poc424 Posts: 2
    I've purchased two z71 tahoe's from capital chevrolet off south IH-35. i purchsed one back in 2001 and then traded that one in this past dec for a 2003. So far i've been pleased with the service they gave me at the time of purchase, and the service they continue to offer. Plus they offered me the best price i could find and gave me more on my trade in than any dealer in austin or houston would offer me.
  • Here's a question, the rear locking differential isnt availalbe if the StabiliTrak is purchased. Not being much of an off-roader, what is the general thought on which option to get?
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