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Chevy Tahoe



  • campo57campo57 Posts: 94
    I'd say the dealer is tossing you a load of crap. The Denali's all come with 17" wheels. Yes, the speedometer will be off but it can be recalibrated by the dealer or purchasing a Hypertech III (around $340 or so). I highly doubt the 'transmission will lock up'...unbelieveable what these people will tell customers. As for the extended warranty...ask him if the Denali's don't have an extended warranty available because of the 17" wheels.

  • There are a lot of people who are running wheel sizes up to 18", and nobody has reported any transmission lock-ups. You must either ask the dealer to reprogram you computer for the new tire size, or buy a hypertech unit and do it yourself. If you don't reprogram, you will definitely through off the computer, speedometer, and odometer, and you also give the dealer a reason not to honor the warranty on the power train. I have heard of some people reporting a little bit of a rougher ride when they upgraded to the new wheels. Another thing to keep in mind is the wheel travel in the wells. If you plan on doing any off-roading, or drive over lots of potholes, the top of the tire may impact the top of the wheel well, potentially causing some damage or a loss of control. I am not sure of the exact amount of wheel travel with the new springs on the Yukon...
  • coffey3coffey3 Posts: 2
    I see that some people have wrote in saying that
    they have no problems with their Tahoes or Yukons
    I think that the 2000 are the ones who have the
    problems, 2001 your safe b/c they have fixed the
    problems, so bless you, I did write in that I had
    problems with my back air conditioner, I picked it
    up today, ( which took a week to get back) then
    I needed to use my heater, well, guess what,
    It doesn't work know, so it's off to the shop agian in the morning, Oh! what fun, this is only my 6-7 time to be their, they know me by name up there now, that's sad, someone ask me about my fuel pump, I knew something was wrong with it b/c
    it was making a loud humming/buzzing sound near my
    gas tank, they replaced it and we have no noise,
  • madecynmadecyn Posts: 1
    I had the same vibration problem with my 2000 Tahoe between 65-75 MPH. As expected, the dealership did the same things I have read from other owners who posted the same problem to this discussion forum: checked tire pressure, balanced tires, switched tires, blamed it on the running boards I had installed in Dec 2000 (I brought the Tahoe in July 2000, which is when I noticed the problem), and the obvious thing of telling me that I was not feeling anything, it was just me. I had to go out on the road with the mechanic to point out the vibration because for some reason when you say the word "vibration" to a mechanic, they think the steering wheel is suppose to shake uncontrollably. Anyone with this same problem knows this is not how it is. THE FIX: the mechanic finally put the Tahoe on some type of diagnostic machine that measures and evaluates everything in your car that is rotating -- with this machine, he was able to narrow the problem down to the shims, which are some part of the suspension system (my male friend told me what shims for autos are because I've only known them to be used for windows and doors). Supposedly, the shims act in the same manner in the suspension system as a shim does for a door or window. I hope this helps EVERYBODY I have seen writing about this problem in this forum.
  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    Tire size will knock off the speedo/odometer, and if not corrected will only result in a ticket for speeding. The dealer that I purchased my Yukon XL form has several pickups with aftermarket tires and wheels on them for sales reasons, they just roll them into the service bay and have the guy hook up the "Tech 2" computer to it and set the new tire size and bingo, back to reality for all the readings. Takes about 5-10 minutes. If you get a chance to talk to the technician you could probably slip him a 10 spot to do it for you, the computer is hand held and powered from the vehicles aldl connector. So he could just go out into the parking lot and do it there. Dealer will be none the wiser and you save 40-50 bucks. Good luck.
  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    I was reading the owners manual on my Yukon XL and discovered that there is a passenger compartment air filter. It filters incoming air for dirt and dust. It is located on the passenger side right under the glove box. This is exactly where everyone says the problem is. If the closeout panel is missing or installed wrong it may be the cause of all the cold air problems, and would also explain why not everyone has this problem. FYI I found the information in the manual for the 2001 Yukon/ Yukon XL page 6-20. The Denali XL may be in a different spot in the manual, so check the index under filter-passenger compartment. Keep us posted if you find this to be the trouble spot. I checked mine and it is installed correctly, and I have no cold air problem to report. Hope it helps.
  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    Have you tried a different dealership? They are not all the same. It took me 4 different dealerships to finally find a good service department. Salemen are good, but when something goes bad the service department is the ultimate tell tale sign of a good dealership in my opinion. Just because you bought from that dealer doesn't lock you in to only be able to get it serviced there. Good luck with the heater. Demand a rental car that is to be paid by the dealer for screwing up something while fixing another problem, most of the time they will cough one up.
  • dave5319dave5319 Posts: 51
    I agree with what you say because the 2000 was a new body style. But I for one have had very good luck with mine. Yes I have had the rear window problems, and 1 water leak that I fixed myself, but all in all Its a good and well built truck. In my 47 years I have owned alot of new cars &trucks and there is always something that has to be fixed, but this is one of the best I have owned. I understand that some people will have more problems that I have, but thats the luck of the draw, I've been there.
  • Finaling pricing on Monday for a 2001 Tahoe. I've done the research to find the invoice price for the truck on the dealers lot I want. My question is this.....anyone out there paying invoice or close to it for their new tahoe?
  • nighter50nighter50 Posts: 127
    I have just started looking at Tahoes and Sequoias and have not begun negotiating with dealers - however Carsdirect is below invoice in my area (SoCal) with the $1000 Car Show Rebate. I don't discount CarsDirect prices because I had a friend buy from them. I drove him to the dealer to pick it up - took about 20 minutes and most of that time involved the dealer going over the car with my friend. I would certainly check out CarsDirect's price for the truck you want and consider this price when negotiating with a dealer. I hope this helps.
    Good Luck!
  • mitch43mitch43 Posts: 10
    I recall that through an order number on a factory ordered Yukon, you can track the status of the order, including getting a TPW. Does anyone recall the web site or how to do it? Thanks in advance.
  • dustyonedustyone Posts: 262
    for the info that you seek, plus alot of other goodies
  • onebuconebuc Posts: 28
    Close to purchasing a new Tahoe, and trying to decide the color. I saw a metallic blue Tahoe, with a gray bottom recently at a dealer (similar to a Ford's tan Eddie Bauer). There was no mention of the pait on the sticker only the metallic blue, there also is no such option. Has anyone elseseen a truck with this two tone color and can I order mine this way. Thanks Terry
  • I am considering leasing a 2001 yukon. I have read posts regarding the 2000's and it's problems. I would like some input from town hall members on their experience with the 2001 yukon ST. My tolerance to recurrent problems and B.S. answers from service managers is slim. Please advise

    Charles H.
    B.., LA.
  • I bought my 4WD Tahoe new in 1996 and have had a number of problems with it. Replaced front seals three times;two pinion seals;have had leaky rear window ( I fixed the problem--the dealer couldn't); entire seal around rear window and tailgate had to be replaced;three blower fans for ac/heater;alternator (went out 300 miles from home,leaving me stranded); vibration at 65-70 mph resulting in three new sets of tires (vibration still there!)new battery; three brake jobs with new rotors and pads; windshield washer motor circuit went bad; transmission value stuck causing vehicle to surge forward in first gear causing loud knocking noise; "popping noise" (loud!) in catalytic converter; as if that weren't enough, the planetary gear and transmission completely failed last weekend and is being rebuilt now. Has anyone ever heard the word "lemon"? My repair bills are at least$5000 and I'm still counting. Get this--the mileage on my car is only 86,512!!! And the dealer wants me to look at a NEW Tahoe?!?! Get real........Has anyone out there got a car that can beat mine?
  • soyuzsoyuz Posts: 1
    I have read a great deal about the mechanical problems with 2000 year Tahoes. I am considering buying a 2001 Tahoe in the next month or so and would like to know if the 2001 model year has worked out the kinks in the Tahoe. Has anyone had any problems with their 2001's? Should I wait another year?
  • After months of researching and debating, we finally took the plunge ... we bought a 2001 Yukon this afternoon.
    I think we got a great deal? MSRP was $42,390 and we took the vehicle home for $37,500. I'm pretty sure the invoice on the vehicle is $37,100.
    This Yukon (Storm Gray Metallic) is loaded to the gills, it's got everything.
    For what we got in this Yukon, we would have paid close to $45,000 for a Sequoia Limited. I couldn't justify that.
    Well, so far, so good ... we love it!
  • Do NOT lease a Yukon! There are really no good GMC lease deals, so you're better off buying one.
    As mentioned above, I just bought a brand new 2001 Yukon for $37,500. Our payments are $550 per month. We put $10,000 down and our finance rate is 7.4%.
    The business manager told me it's foolish to lease one. The monthly payments are astronomical.
    If you can, I would advise you to buy. Unless, of course, you have some incredible preference to lease. But I've heard, with Yukons, there are no advantages.

    P.S. - Love the Yukon, though!
  • ejwintejwint Posts: 9
    My brand new 2001 Tahoe has an annoying whistling noise in the right front area, ? right lower corner of the windshield, at speeds above 50 miles/hour. The door and windshield seem to be tight. Any thoughts? Thanks.
  • cmr239cmr239 Posts: 12
    The two tone option on Tahoe/Yukons was only available in year 2000. For some reason GM saw fit to drop the option after only the first year of the new body style. I believe the colors ONEBUC is talking about are Indigo Blue with Pewter on the bottom. Our 2000 Yukon is this color scheme. We where waiting to order a '01 model, then found out there would be no two tone option in '01.
  • larsonemlarsonem Posts: 7
    I'm reading all this stuff about people having problems with new trucks and all. I have a 2001 Tahoes LT with just about every option but a sun roof. I've had it about 5 weeks and put about 1600 miles on it so far. It's a great truck and I have no complaints and have experienced no problems to date. It was manufactured in Janesville, WI. I traded in a 1999 Tahoes LT from Janesville with 22K miles on it. It too was an excellent truck, however I liked the new body style better and my dealer and I were able to work out a good deal for both of us for me to do the trade. I liked the old truck, but really like the new one. With the 1999, the only thing I had done to it was to get the knockouts taken out of the lower control arms for a front end alignment under warranty, instead of me paying to have them taken out later. I thought the front tire wear was above normal at the first tire rotation so I asked to have it checked at my expense, with it being covered under warranty if it wasn't within specs. The Tech took it for a drive and said it pulled slightly, so they went ahead and did it. If my 2001 is as good a vehicle as the 1999, I will be extremely satisfied.
  • fclspatfclspat Posts: 61
    I have a 2000 Yukon SLT that I bought in April 2000. I paid 700 over invoice, which at the time was a great deal. In fact, for a metro NYC dealer it still is a great deal.

    I have read about all the problems people have had with their truck... but I am happy to report that after 14,000 miles the only service my truck needed was the intermediate steering shaft replacement (where the U-joint on the shaft produced a ciunking sound). The job took under one hour.

    The truck is absolutely phenominal. I highly recommend it.

  • zeddzeddzeddzedd Posts: 9
    I would check the passenger side for cold air leaks. Seems they can't figure it out at GM
  • philw2philw2 Posts: 36
    cloth or leather. Send me an email. I am a buyer ASAP. Thanks.
  • zeddzeddzeddzedd Posts: 9
    My dealer has had my new Tahoe 3 times to fix the cold air leaks into the passenger side.

    No success to date.

    Dealer has tried many things including stuffing foam into the passenger side plastic guards under the dash. This transferred the problem to the drivers side.

    The last attempt had the entire dash and covering removed (4 days in the shop) without success.

    Other owners I know have the same problem and decided to live with it.
    Not me. They will tire of seeing me at their door.

    Enough is enough! Does anyone know the answer.
  • zeddzeddzeddzedd Posts: 9
    Passenger side cold air leaks

    Message 611 by Evanse
    Dealer claims cold air leaks needed to cool OnStar module

    Message 649 by beersnob
    Dealer claims GM designed cold air leaks so carbon monoxide would not buildup in the truck

    Message 531 by jgmilberg
    message 456 by illiniyuk1

    Who are your dealers trying to kid?
    Air leaks to cool OnStar? Get real

    Air leaks to prevent CO in the truck? What do they think is going to happen when you get an exhaust leak in the engine compartment?
    Guess what? It will all end up in the inside of the truck through these leaks.

    I had a windshield washer fluid leak that sprayed on the manifold when I tried to wash the windshield and the smell was in the truck right now.

    This type of dealer response should be reported to GM

    Some dealers think they can tell you anything and make you believe it.
  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    I have a Yukon XL with a moon roof,onstar, manual climate controls, and NO COLD AIR LEAKS. It was built in Mexico. I made a post earlier about a possible cause, the cabin air filter under the dash near the glove box, maybe the cover for the filter is not on correctly or tight enough. Who knows!?

    The dealers are all full of it and GM really could give a care less. Everyone who has called the Chevy or GMC number gets the shrug off. People say they will call and never do, you ask them a question as to why the dealer can't fix it and they call the dealer for the answer!! What will that get them or you but the same BS the dealer gave the first time.

    I looked here to see if it was even listed as a potential problem, but didn't see it any place. what a surprise. See if you can find it.

    Good luck to all. At the very least we could crash their server!

    I never made any claim that I had the dealer tell me such a story nor am I that gullable! Here is the post, show me what you are talking about. I sat on the passenger side of my truck since then in below zero weather for a long trip, 250 miles, with no cold air on that side or from anywhere. I don't know if the cold air was from the window being cracked open in the back, I was in the driveway at the time and my brother in law was playing with the windows, and didn't close it all the way. I have not felt it since, and it was not like the other posts where the people felt "wind" coming form under the dash even when the fan was off. That is a definite leak from somewhere.

    The post:
    #531 of 720 Cold Air On Pass. Side by jgmilberg Feb 14, 2001 (01:27 am) I have read on the Yukon XL board about a problem with cold outside air entering the cabin and making for some cold legs and feet. Has anyone with a Yukon/Tahoe had the same problem? Was wondering because the vehicles are virtually the same in the front. They are
    however built at different plants and this may have a lot or a little to do with it. I have a Yukon XL and the wife hasn't complaind about it as of yet, but I did notiice a slight chill on that side.

  • The "White God" is finally sitting in the driveway. After months of pouring over this excellent site (thanks to all who posted which helped us shop effectively) my wife finally got her 2001 Yukon last week. Now my turn starts with all the "stuff" you gotta buy for it. She insists it has to have wheel flares (small ones-those on the Silverado/Sierra will not do) like the 2500 Yukon XL, but the dealer says $200 EACH!! Has anyone found any aftermarket flares which fit this truck? A local aftermarket parts dealer says the low-profile Street Flares will fit, but I don't believe him because they appear too wide to clear the rear bodyside moldings, and his catalog actually only lists them for the Tahoe. Any recomendations would be appreciated.
  • Purchased 2001 Yukon in 12/00. Previously owned a 1996. New Yukon has pulled to right and left. In dealer 6 times. Still follows cracks in road. 96 would stay on the road. '01 Yukon is terrible on road. If can't be fixed, going to get rid of it or exercise lemon law. Is anyone having this trouble? Is it just the "new" and "improved" handling? Hate it. Please let me know. Thanks
  • zeddzeddzeddzedd Posts: 9
    Steve6666 Steering Problems. I just took my new 2001 Tahoe on a 3000 Mile trip With a boat trailer in tow. It was great! No regrets on the Tahoe. The steering is fast and precise.

    My impression of the steering is:
    You need to pay attention to the road at all times.
    You better not try to tune the radio while driving 75MPH or you might wind up in the ditch.

    If you are accustomed to sloppy steering you will find that the Tahoe/Yukon is very precise and you can get into trouble turning too short or too fast. My wife likes to drive with both hands on the wheel and play the wheel back and forth, the fast steering makes for a jerky ride for the passenger in this situation. She is learning.
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