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Chevy Tahoe



  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    I would go with the 5.3 as well. I have 5.3 in my Tahoe and 4.8L in my Silverado. The Silverado felt adequate until I recently upgraded tires (265/75's which is the stock size on some silverados) and with the 3.73 gears it feels a bit overwhelmed on the highway. Any decent hill requires a downshift to maintain speed. I'm not seeing a difference in mpg between the two either. The 5.3L will hold its value better also. I would have never bought this truck with the 4.8L new, but I picked it up slightly used and tremendously cheaper than a new one. I can basically drive it two years and likely get all my money back. I'll put up with it's "issues" and less than stellar power for that!
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    If you live in a hilly area I'd go with the 5.3. I also have had both in X-cab pickups and love the additional torque of the 5.3, but the 4.8 is very impressive. You will notice it on hills as well as towing though.
  • The information that you all have given is very helpful. Probably getting the 5.3 with a taller rear end ratio would be the way to get the best combination of power and fuel economy. I wonder if trucks/suvs equipped with the bigger engine get heavier duty cooling and electrical systems. Thanks again for your replies.
  • dardson1dardson1 Posts: 696
    I had a 98 EXP.with the bigger engine. Really liked it but hated the gas milage...11-12 around town. I consistently get 15+mpg city driving. I don't know how they do it or maybe why Ford can't. I have a 2wd '04 with the 5.3 and the standard axle. IMHO Ford does better with interiors, but Chevy has more power and much better milage. Hum? Love my Tahoe.
  • I live in the Vancouver BC area, and have always driven in what little ice and snow that we get, with 2WD. I am about to order an "05 Tahoe, and would like some feedback from some 2WD owners.

    Is the traction decent when the going gets slippery? Do you have traction assist, and if so, does it work well.

    I never off-road, and actually plan to lower it, so don't really want to order 4WD, if only for re-sale value.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    I had a 03 LT 2wd (Without the Limited slip) It was atrocious in winter weather! It would not move on flat terrain if ice or snow were present. Make sure you get the limited slip option if you get the 2WD version. I recently upgraded, and eventhough I live in the SE USA, I got the Z-71 package. It was my biggest dissappointment in the 03 LT. Good luck
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    I live in Texas and got 4 WD so that I would not have problems on slippery or unpaved boat ramps like I have had in the past. I would absolutely do it again. If I lived in areas with a reasonable amount of snow, I would definitelt get 4 WD. There is no substitute.
  • Does anybody know whether the navigation system used in the Tahoe has 1 or 6 CD capacity?
    From the description I read, it appears to be a single CD unit, which seems to me to be a fairly primitve system compared with comparably priced trucks offering 6 in dash CD with navigation.

    If this is a single CD unit, can the CD be played while the navigation system is in use?
    What other limitations does it have?
  • I have a 2001 Tahoe LT. If I turn the temperature to 82 it's "cool". If I turn it all the way (red indicator) it's way "HOT". What's up with that? Bad design?
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    Sounds like a climate control problem. Mine doesn't do that. It varies based on the temperature in the car.
  • lance1lance1 Posts: 3
    Just bought a brand-new 2004 Tahoe this weekend and already its acting bad. When I come to a stop, the back makes a soft raddle/gurgle noise. It sounds like its got air burping out of the gas tank or something. It makes the same noise when I slightly accelerate.
    Is this a new car thing, or a lemon?
  • lance1lance1 Posts: 3
    I have a 2004 with 180 miles with the same problem. Has the rumbling come back for you? Any other info. you can share. Do you happen to know the TSB?
  • dwgutwirdwgutwir Posts: 102
    The NAV system, near as I can tell is a 1 disc system for either 1 CD or the DVD navigation disc.

    You can get the 6 disc CD changer at the same time (mounts lower on the console) so you can have NAV and CD music at the same time.

    The 6 disc CD changer in these trucks as always been a separate unit AFAIK.
  • wdogwdog Posts: 21
    Getting both, at least as a factory order, is news to me. Chevy support wrote that you can't use CD if you put the Nav DVD in. Ordering the Nav gives you either a single CD or DVD navigation system. You lose the 6CD system. No one mentioned that you can have both 6CD and Nav.

    However, you can play a CD via the rear DVD. Don't know if it will play while the Nav is on. I just ordered a Z71 '05 so equipped. Expect delivery end of November.
  • lance1lance1 Posts: 3
    Yes, I'm replying to my own question, but would like to share the diagnosis the dealership came up with. Apparently, the muffler was the issue, for it was defective. It took a couple of hours for them to finally reproduce the noise on the shop floor.

    Like all bad noises a car makes, it never makes them when a mechanic is near by, but on the way out of the dealer parking lot where only you can hear it.
  • dwgutwirdwgutwir Posts: 102
    I think you can get them both factory.
    If you look on the GMC site at the 360 view of the Denali model it shows the NAV radio and the changer in the console.

    Don't see why GM wouldn't let you outfit a Suburban the same way.
  • I checked on a site that allows you to configure the Denali and receive a price quote, and the info there indicates that this is a single CD unit. I also found it impossible to configure the Tahoe with both the Navigation radio and 6 CD changer. The fact that you can't play a CD when the Navigation DVD is installed is a pretty serious limitation in my view. You would think that at this price level that GM would have more up to date technology. Competitive vehicles like the Durango have 6 CD changers on their Navigation units, and don't have the functional limitations of the unit in the Tahoe or Yukon.

    The only GM vehicle that I saw specifically having a 6CD changer with navigation was the Cadillac SRX.
  • I also have a HUGE pinging problem. The Dealer said that GMC is working on a fix and to do nothing in the mean time( It's been 5 months). This is not acceptable. For a $40K+ SUV, I should not have to be embarrassed when I park or come to a stop at a stoplight. It literally sounds like the muffler is shooting off a gun. Otherwise, the car has been great.
  • Have you been able to fix your pinging problem? My '04 Z71 is so loud when I park or at a stop light it is embarrassing. No help from my dealer in Stockton, CA.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    Try a different dealer. This isn't rocket science, but some dealers are incapable of diagnosing anything. I drive 30 miles to the dealer that services mine because they actually know what they're doing. The local dealer is a joker!
  • I got comparable information from a Chevy dealer.
    Only a single CD w/navigation can be factory ordered. It is also true that the radio will not work while the navigation DVD is loaded. However, the DVD is only loaded long enough to load the map information for the particular area of interest, then removed. The dealer also indicated that it would be possible to connect a remote mounted changer to the system.
    Not nearly as good as an in-dash changer, even somewhat primitive considering how many competitors vehicles are available with this feature.
  • Thanks for the help I received on the 2wd issue, in my last post, I have decided to go with the 4wd., and have ordered a 2005 LT.

    For those of you that have the Rear Seat Entertainment System, I have a question. Can the audio from the DVD be put over the speaker system, or just heard on the headphones?
  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    It can be heard over the Tahoes speakers by pushing the CD/Aux button on your head unit until it Displays "RSE"
        Also, while I have not tested it, I suspect you can even use plug in headphones on the back of the center console by turning the dual function on and placing the rear controls on RSE while you listen to other things with the front passengers
  • I got comparable information from a Chevy dealer.
    Only a single CD w/navigation can be factory ordered. It is also true that the radio will not work while the navigation DVD is loaded. However, the DVD is only loaded long enough to load the map information for the particular area of interest, then removed. The dealer also indicated that it would be possible to connect a remote mounted changer to the system.
    Not nearly as good as an in-dash changer, even somewhat primitive considering how many competitors vehicles are available with this feature.
  • jay_24jay_24 Posts: 536
    I think a few other manufacturers do the NAV system the same way. Honda Pilot and Acrua MDX make you put in the DVD too and loose the other radio/CD features. Not sure if you can then remove the DVD once the info is loaded. Learned this just by following the Edumnds boards...

    Think of it this way. The DVD is an easy way to load the NAV info. Its also much easier to update the info.
  • dwgutwirdwgutwir Posts: 102
    Ok - I stand corrected on the NAV/Changer issue.

    On the Denali models you can get the NAV and the CD Changer. I guess I don't understand why GM would package it differently for Tahoe/'Burbs and regular Yukons/XLs....
  • The Acura retains the 6 CD changer with the NAV system. It just seems like a primitive system when you compare it to the Durango and new Jeep, for example, which has the 6 disc changer and a separate slot for the Navigation DVD. You may lose the radio or CD funtionality while the system is loading the map info from the DVD, but the audio system is available thereafter.

    My whole gripe with the Tahoe is that you have to content yourself with only a single CD player if you want the NAV. The technology is there to provide the functionality in a changer. GM should pay more attention to what its competitors are doing.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    "GM should pay more attention to what its competitors are doing."

    If they did that we wouldn't have pushrod engines.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Now with over 7k miles on the clock, the new Suburban is still doing great but the exhaust popping/pinging seems only to be getting worse. Like you've all said, very embarrassing at a stop light or toll booth....sounds like either the truck is a real P.O.S. or we're shooting rounds off inside. The steering also does the usual popping like every other '04...also really easy to hear from the outside when you turn it all the way to the left and move forward.

    No real problems, but it would be nice if this $40k+ struck didn't always sound like a popcorn popper. Other than a very slight steering clunk that was fixed quickly, the old '02 Avalanche we traded in was quiet as a mouse for all of its 33k miles.
  • tdohtdoh Posts: 298
    A good guess would be that GM is least it would seem to be that way on the Chevy line. Why manufacture and install a slave external CD changer when they can just design a nav unit that can load map data into memory, as it appears to be with the current-gen GM navigation units.

    FWIW--the first-gen Acura nav units (the models before the current-gen versions) got away with being able to play CDs while the nav disc was loaded because the reader for the nav disc was located in a separate enclosure. I know this for a fact because my 2002 Acura TL-S had the factory nav--the nav disc sat in a reader mounted in the trunk.
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