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Suburban Tahoe Owners Meet the Members

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited May 2014 in Chevrolet
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Suburban or Tahoe !

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

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  • lifeguardlifeguard Posts: 8
    I think the owners club is a great idea. I've waited 14 months for Chevy to build the Z71. My pewter "Z" now has 1000 miles on it with some of the miles off road. I guess I'm one of the few SUV owners who likes to get it dirty. It is an outstanding machine. I would be interested to know if other suburban and Tahoe owners run off road in the Mojave Desert. Mabey an off road activity could be planned in the future.
  • ssmilesssmiles Posts: 35
    I'm the proud owner of a White 2001 Suburban Z71. It was worth the wait. I just flipped over 3,000 miles on mine. Been off-road twice, at home in Orange County, CA and in the Spring Mountains near Las Vegas, NV. So far, so good. No rattles or squeaks. The "add oil" light came on today though.
  • btenbten Posts: 28
    I just purchased a Pewter 2001 Suburban Z71. Ordered it in late Feb. got it in late May. It was definitely worth the wait. I have been very impressed so far (1500 miles). I had a small problem with water dripping into the front passenger area - seal on the evaporator case - got that fixed quickly, before any carpet problems. I live in the Houston area, plenty of humidity, so this was critcal -the a/c is always on!
  • lseradlserad Posts: 15
    I ordered my Charcoal Tahoe LS 4WD in February 2000 and took delivery late May 2000. I've got 23K on it, and other than lube-oil-filter every 3,000 miles, a tire rotation and the brake hose recall, it hasn't had any mechanical problems. My only complaint with it are the garbage tires! I ordered the 265/70R16 All-terrains, and they gave me Wilderness LEs, which are all-seasons. I finally got them to admit that they (GM) were wrong and that they mis-represented the tires, but their attitude has been pretty much that they're GM and can do whatever they damn well please.

    I have large dogs and don't care for leather in a vehicle because they slide around too much, so I loaded my LS up with many of the LT features. I had to delete the luggage rack and on-star to fit it in my garage though!

    I've been off-road with it a few times, but didn't do any SERIOUS off-roading because of lack of confidence in those Wilderness LEs!!

  • dpayne1dpayne1 Posts: 8
    Hope this isn't just for 2001 model owners.
    Picked up the 1997 cherry ice burban Saturday.
    Traded the old '87 at 111K miles after 2.5 years of great service.
    I love burbans..well so far(fingers crossed)
  • adplusoneadplusone Posts: 66
    My current ride is 2000LT 2WD and it is by far and away the best Burb yet. Have 21,000 miles....owner modes include 18" tires/wheels, badge removal, painted mirrors, work truck (painted to body color) grill with billet insert, etc. Using Bushwacker Street Flares instead of the factories...much cleaner looking.

    Had all the initial problems (body mounts, rear windows, rocking seats, leaning of the body) and know all the fixes. Once these were done the truck has been troublefree!

    What would I change...1) Does anyone at Chevrolet design ever pick up clothes at the dry cleaners. The combo grab handle/hook is unusable. 2) Why take away the reading lights in the third row? It is a a great place for studying and reading on trips. I guess Chevrolet design folks have no kids.

    Jeff Schmatz
    McAllen, Texas
  • skipjack2skipjack2 Posts: 29
    I purchased a 01 2500 in Feb of this year. Replaced a 97 Tahoe, 2.42 with the 3/4 Suburban. Suburban has 6.0 engine, 4.10 rear end and 4WD. No major problems with running gear. Consumed quart of oil in first 2000 miles. Pulled my boat real well in overdrive, till I up-graded my Tombstones 245's to Michelin 265 75 16's. Noticed a loss of power in overdrive. Pulling not much better if any, in overdrive than my Tahoe in drive. Gas mileage pulling in OD worse. Around town mileage about 6.5 MPG, Towing 8000 LBS boat and trailer, about 8.7 and hi way about 13 MPG. Biggest gripe, (1) Have not been able to get the speedometer adjusted for the larger tires, giving me a 4% error. (2) GM Customer Service is a joke. Questions I wanted an answer to: (A) Is it possible to adjust the computer to compensate for the larger tires, mileage on the speedometer? If so, where is there a dealer that can do it? (I have tried three times and there was zip change in the error.) (B)If the computer can not be adjusted to compensate, then is a 4% error in the speedometer acceptable?? Now these are only questions about my $4600 list Suburban. You would think that someone could answer these two questions. My emails to Customer Service, were answered "we don't have that information". "Contact Tech Service" Emails to Tech service, response: "We don't have that info, contact Dealer". Dealer "Duh!"
    The 2500, 6.0 engine combo is a wash in my opinion. The extra weight of the 3/4 ton truck, eats up the extra torque. The 4.10 rear end kicks up the RPM to a point that to run in Drive you are turning up too high and in OD, under powered. My old Tahoe, V8 with the 3.42 rear end, got good gas mileage, and pulled my boat better in most respects in drive, than the Suburban can in OD. And the Tow/Haul is set so that I have to drive 55 (57 with speedometer error) on the speedometer to get into overdrive. I not sure that the mileage is any better in overdrive, because the engine is below its best power curve, till you get up to about 65 MPH. Right now I feel that I bought a Gas Hog, 4 months too soon, with border line power, sold by a company that put a computer in the truck and no one knows how to adjust it. I don't think I will own this truck very long, and I know I will take a major hit to get rid of it. Skipjack
  • campo57campo57 Posts: 94
    The problem you are having with the towing is due in part to going to the larger diameter tire. You have effective cut your rear gear ratio to 3.96 by going to a taller tire.

    As for being able to reprogram, the problem (from what I understand from others) is that the Tech 2 programmer that the dealer has can program any stock available tire size for that model. If I remember correctly, a 265/75-16 was not a stock tire size for the 2500s. Now, that's not to say they can't program that size with the Tech 2, the problem is that the dealer has to contact the Tech support folks and get a special download from them to do it and that's where the trouble begins. It's a hassle for the dealer (like asking them to do anything at all) and they'd rather not bother with it. I'm sure if you push the point, they can do it. The main problem you are going to have is not so much the speedo as the ABS and trans shift points, etc. are all run off the tire size settings in the computer to calculate the correct speed of the vehicle, therefore the ABS will not react like they should in the event of a panic stop, the trans may shift a little differently, etc. With the taller tires you should see an increase in mileage (not towing) but it might be so slight you won't notice it.

    So the answer to your question (A) is YES and (B) is conditionally YES. For the speedo it's no big deal as long as you know what the difference is so you don't get a speeding ticket, but it really should be recalibrated to make sure the ABS and other systems that work off the speed of the vehicle function properly.

  • jgilchjgilch Posts: 2
    I picked up my new Tahoe in June of 2000. I have 22k miles and loving it every day. It is my first SUV, I did a lot of homework and the new style sold me. The only con is the tires Wrangler ST's are terrible in the rain. I am in South Florida so mud and snow are not an issue. If anyone has a good review on some tires, I would appreciate any info. Really happy to see the Owners club. Good place to xchange info. and reviews.
  • Just got a new LT and thinking of replacing the boards with the tube step "nerf bars". I want one that fits as tight against the side as possible, black matt finish. Any suggestions. Thanks
  • I am a proud owner of a Quick Silver/Black Onyx 97 Tahoe LT with Gray Leather Interior. I love this truck. So far I haven't had any major problems with it. Aside from a six week MIA (my truck was stolen and I refused to except the insurance money) its back with me with no damage. I use my truck to haul three kids and two dogs and one very pretty wife. Its also the vehicle of choice to haul just about everything else including lumbar and dry wall. I've been toying with the idea of putting on 17 inch Z71 rims and tires. Its also about time I changed the shocks and I was wondering if I should stay with stock or go for an after market off road shock (to heck with the soft ride). I've been also toying with the idea of putting on a new cat-back system. Any ideas????
  • Found a white Z71 on dealers lot. Only one I might add. Sticker around $39k. What's a good price on this vehicle and how's the ride in comparion to a normal 4-wheel Tahoe?
  • jnj91jnj91 Posts: 55
    I have a '01 Suburban 2WD LT that we purchased in Feb. I really love it. I thought it would be truck-like and had to drive. It's really the opposite, the ride is much better than the 4WD Silverado. I have the second row bench which I chose because of the extra seating. (We have 3 boys with 1 still in a car seat.)

    I've had two items taken care of by the Service dept., one was a passenger window that rattled, the other was a 'sticking/clicking' noise in the accelerator pedal. I thought both were just annoying, not serious, but they had to order the pedal and didn't want me to drive it until they replaced it.

    There is quite a bit of road noise that seems more noticeable, I'm thinking it may be a tire issue. Any suggestions or ideas?

  • I've had my 2001 charcoal gray Tahoe since July. Just hit 3000 miles and am loving every minute driving it! I love the styling and its nice ride. I'm a true Chevy person and wouldn't buy any other brand.
  • Howdy folks,
    I own a 98 2WD Suburban. RED, Chrome, black glass, love it. EXCEPT for this nagging vibration thing that has plagued us since we bought it. I have been thru 2 sets of wheels and tires, and still it vibrates at 70 to 75 mph. Anyone got any advice for this stumped cowboy.

  • brikpbrikp Posts: 4
    Just got mine a couple of weeks ago, its still clean! Only 600 mile so far. I love it.
  • I am in the market for a 97 or 98 suburban and have been told that when the V-8 vortec engines start getting into the 100-200k miles that these engines start to wear out, mechanical problems,etc. If any owners or mechanics have know this is or is not true, please let me know. Thanks.
  • 4000 miles on her now, purchased new last November. Front suspension squeaks, something *near* glove box rattles like crazy, horrible squeak from under dash near drivers feet area (sounds like water).

    I have been a Toyota Land Cruiser owner and am not used to the fit and finish of a GM vehicle, Toyota's just don't sound like this. I am starting to second guess that 0% financing incentive to jump away from my beloved Toyota into this heap. Is there a cure for how shoddy this piece sounds with so few miles? The annoyances have all started within the last 500 miles. Has someone else experienced this as well?
  • I've recently bought a 2002 Tahoe LS, and now there's a horrible grinding/squeaking noise right behind the radio. I've taken it in to Chevy twice now, and they said it was the shift cable. Their fix was to tie-wrap the cable. The service mgr said the cable was hitting on the firewall and this should fix it. It didn't fix it and I'm wondering if someone else is having the same problem...
  • I've recently bought a 2002 Tahoe LS, and now there's a horrible grinding/squeaking noise right behind the radio. I've taken it in to Chevy twice now, and they said it was the shift cable. Their fix was to tie-wrap the cable. The service mgr said the cable was hitting on the firewall and this should fix it. It didn't fix it and I'm wondering if someone else is having the same problem...
  • Whats up everyone, my name is carlos and I am searching for information on a 01-02 Yukon. Informations as far as the best deals or how to pay for it at invoice price. Thanx for your help!
  • troidtroid Posts: 2
    I've lost about 6 of these damn plastic, ill-fitting caps. Is there anyway to prevent? the dealers charge $25. per cap to replace.
  • jaw2000jaw2000 Posts: 133
    Mine is an 02 Suburban LS, no issues (that are serious), 1300 miles, no noises or squeaks that cannot be found and resolved. I have the rattling seatbelt when my little girl gets out and does not give the belt time to 'untangle.'

    I have (maybe I'm not sure) some wind or road noise, maybe needs better seal at windshield or is road/tier noise, I can't fiure out which. But told dealer and they are most receptive to me bringing it in for a look.

    Basically I am about 95% satisfied to this short point in what I hope is long relationship.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • daju00daju00 Posts: 5
  • jack937jack937 Posts: 2
    I had the same problem. Dealer cleaned out throttle body sludge. My truck had only 35,000 miles. Runs great, now.
  • ealexand46ealexand46 Posts: 4
    I recently purchased a new 2002 Tahoe LT. Everything is fine so far but the drivers side seems to be lower than the passenger side when parked. My wife noticed this first and I thought it was just parked on a slight incline. I continued to check this when the vehicle was parked on apparent level surfaces and, by golly, it does sit lower on that side .I measured and it appears to be about 1/2 inch difference. This doesn't sound like much and probably isn't but now it's bugging us both everytime we look at it. I hate to be so critical but at $40K the darn thing ought to be level. Has anyone noticed this on their vehicle and any suggestions for correcting it. I have checked the air in the tires and they are all the same.
  • cddcdd Posts: 5
    Mine has only 550mi on it and runs nicely w/ no problem so far except some little rattling noise especially on roads w/ rough surface. I like the look of the Z71 better but found the LT is better value due to more dealer discount & more options.
    But since I swapped out a new set of wheels & tires, my LT now looks even better than ever.
    FYI: I've talked to a GMC Yukon dealer before purchasing the Tahoe and he told me the Tahoe is better value than Yukon at this time (more discount) because Chevy is competing directly w/ Ford for the best selling title this year.
  • pihenpihen Posts: 2
    I've just bought a '96 burb fitted with its original Delco radio-cassette sound system.
    It's really sufficient for me, the only thing I'd like is to add a CD changer...
    At first glance, I can see 4 possibilities, which one is the best ?
    1/ Is any CD/aux input socket available at the rear of the deck ? I think not as I could find no CD/aux switch on the front panel. In that case, what about those burbs coming with a factory installed CD player just below the radio ?
    2/ The second idea is to use a dummy cassette to put the CD signal thru the cassette playback head : I'm afraid the sound quality would be poor : any experience ?
    3/ The third idea, which does work, is using a converter between the CD deck and the antenna socket of the FM radio. The CD signal becomes an FM signal tuned to an unused frequency and it's OK (probably with some loss in quality as well)
    4/ Of course, I wouldn't like to use the 4th possibility : exchanging the original system for a standard ISO all-in-one sound system...
    Thank you in advance to anyone who could advise, all tips very much welcome ! Thanks
    Pierre (France)
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