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GMC Yukon XL and Yukon XL Denali

meredithmeredith Posts: 577
This topic is a continuation of Topic 2658....

2001 Yukon XL/Suburban. Please continue these
discussions here. Thanks!

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  • Mike, I live on the west side of town in the motor city and believe me there is not alot of YukonXL's on the lots here. I put my order in on Sept 25th for my YukonXL at a big dealership and I still don't have a allocation. Although about 5 things that I ordered ( 8.1 vortec engine,autoride,assist steps,onyx black,graphite cloth ) are on limited supply. I think that I am going to have to wait along time before I get mine.
    It's nice to finally see someone from Michigan on this site.
  • fellersfellers Posts: 18
    Can anyone tell me what to expect for the interior
    color of the Denali with respect to the color
    "Pewter"? On the 2000 Yukon, Pewter Ultra Soft
    Leather was a Taupe. However, on the Sierra Pickup
    SLT for 2001, Pewter Ultra Soft Leather is a light
    grey. Which will it be for the tone on tone
    seating surface with the Denali. The description on the website is "Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali seating surfaces in Flint Gray with darker grey accents and Sandstone with Shale accents." My order sheet, however says Color 922, Pewter. Help, Clifford!

    Also, anyone have any definitive information as to
    whether they are building any Denali's as of this
    writing, presumably in Janesville, WI? My TPW has slipped from 11/6 to 11/13 to 11/27. Thanks.
  • I believe the build location for the Denali and Escalades will be in Arlington, TX., but I will have to confirm this with some paperwork I have at home (not with me while at work). As to the actual color vs. the names, only GM knows for sure what will be what.
  • We ordered a 1500 LT 4.10 axle, with liftgate and sunroof, pewter, neutral int. the first week of Sept. It arrived today and we are going to pick it up now. If it came without anything I will post tonight. The sales manager did not mention any constraints.
  • I just spoke with the dealer and he said that there is nothing for me to really worry about as far as getting the onyx black truck. He said that it is on available on a limited basis which simply means they make a bunch of them then stop, make a bunch then stop. I feel better now. Thanks for calming my fears yesterday. We'll be ordering by Friday.
  • kreykrey Posts: 41
    My friend who owns the local Chevy dealership tells me that he (the dealer) has no control ("zero" was his exact word) over the assignment of the factory TPW. He's had "about 10" Tahoe and Sub. customers who've been assigned TPW's in a matter of days, and he said he has "about 4" that have been ordered for over a month and no TPW has been assigned yet. The only difference has been the configurations.

    He tells me that his queries to GM have resulted in finger pointing, as in, "it's all supplier related problems...but don't worry, they're being resolved as we speak." He said that in truth we probably know about as much as he does.

    He did say that if you absolutely have to have a car within 90 days, "tell the salesman to keep his nose in the locator and that he agree to make the customer the same offer on dealer-trade vehicle...and, if necessary, be a little flexible on color and/or some of the options."
  • Tried to order a Garnet Red Yukon XL last week, but was told it was on constraint. Had them try again this week (I was ready to switch colors) and it went through. However, I got an estimated Feb 01 date! Does any one have or has anyone seen a Garnet Red Yukon XL? I've scanned through these posts and don't believe I've seen anyone who has one.
  • bgould1bgould1 Posts: 19
    Did you also order Z55 autoride and rear liftgate?
  • I appreciate all the info. Yes, I agree w/the dealer, I think you guys in this townhall know more than a lot of these dealerships.

    It sure makes it convenient. When I have a question, I just get online, and get an answer w/o the run around or the head scratching!

  • Yes Jerry it nice to see someone from Michigan on this site.
    I was at Pat Moran in Rochester Hills on Thursday of last week and they had 5 on the lot. 3 3/4 ton and 2 1/2 ton units. If I am remembering it right, 1 was a 3/4 ton with 8.1 in blue with the SD1.
    Let us all know when yours comes in and how it looks.
  • Before I took delivery of my '01 Tahoe, I talked to the sales manager who said that it would be built in Janesville, WI. When the Tahoe arrived, it was interesting to see the sticker on the inside of the driver's door that said "built in Arlington, TX". Guess that plant is up an running now.
  • No autoride or liftgate. Details: Yukon XL 1500 2WD with SLT (1SD), panel doors, and a sunroof. We decided on the panel doors because it's easier to open them in the garage. Not sure how I'll like the view out the back and no rear wiper.
  • slpeteslpete Posts: 7
    We ordered ours on 8/7, TPW was pushed back several times, but finally was produced on 10/9 and shipped on 10/12. Dealer still hasn't gotten an invoice and can't give me any real idea of when we should receive it. Said they usually only get the invoice a couple of days before the vehicle arrives. Is this true? I thought they usually got the invoice about a week or so before the vehicle's arrival. Anyway, even though he still hasn't gotten the inovice, he says we'd probably get the Yukon later this week, early next week at the latest. Does this sound right? I'm beginning to get REALLY frustrated.
  • Soudns right. My dealer told me he usually gets invoice 3 days before arrival. When he first told me the TPW (weeks of 8-25) , it arrived around 9-15 -- within 3 weeks of TPW. Guess he was right.
  • What doew TPW stand for? I was thinking it stood for, maybe, tenative production week. I want to know all the lingo I need to know so that the dealer won't be able to tell me anything I don't already know about. Also can anyone recommend a TV/VCP brand. We want a system installed in the headrests and would like to get a couple of quotes.

    I want to close by telling you all that a salesman at the GMC Truck Center in Alameda, CA told me that I was by far the most educated potential buyer he had had in his showroom. He said I knew more about what was on constraint, etc. than he did. That's only because of this site. I've said it before and I'll say it again that those who post here are great and I appreciate all the info I get here! Kim
  • If you look at the FAQ (frequently asked questions) page of my web site, you will find a list of all of the appropriate abbreviations and what they mean. The web site is at
  • slpeteslpete Posts: 7
    Wouldn't you know, the day I decide to gripe to you all a little bit, the salesman just called and told me that our 01 Yukon has arrived and we can pick it up later this evening. As of yesterday, he still didn't have the invoice, but magically, the vehicle has arrived today. At this point, I don't even care!! Can't wait to go pick it up. Thanks for the info guys - and Clifford, your site has been like a Bible to me since we ordered the vehicle back in August. Thanks for the info you have provided.
  • bodie1bodie1 Posts: 2
    We are just about to order a 2001 Burb, K2500, 8.1L, Autoride, etc. We pull a trailer now with our '96 Burb. I was wondering if the autoride interferes with the setup of a weight distributing hitch (i.e. setting the spring bar tension). Can the autoride be "turned off" manually. This is a great list, very helpful for collecting information. Thanks in advance.
  • just wanted to make a comment based on the barn doors vs. liftgate opinion...the barn doors look terrible, provide a much worse view out the back window, don't have a wiper, and did I mention look terrible?...

    I know that some of you are concerned about opening it in the garage but

    A: mine opens fine (try one at the dealer and you will see that it opens almost straight out...I am 6'4" and can still stand under it)

    B: you can also just open the glass and not the entire door for light/small objects which gives you even more clearance

    just my opinion
  • bodie1:

    Just ordered a K2500, 8.1L with Autoride and 4.10 rear myself. I had the same question. The Autoride is totally automatic and cannot be turned on or off. My understanding is that on the 3/4 ton models, Autoride affects shock damping only and does not include a load leveling feature (available on 1/2 ton models). Therefore, the autoride itself should not interfere with weight distributing hitch setup, however, you may end up with a different ball height with the 2001.

    Out of curiosity, what rear gear do you plan to order and what (weight) are you towing. I've been looking for feedback from anyone who has taken delivery of a K2500 w/ 8.1 L, Autoride, etc., but only saw one or two postings. I'd be interested in knowing anything you have heard about the big block.

  • My dealer is telling me that ordering procedure has been changed to Mondays only. So when do they get their allocation info?

    BTW...I live in the DFW mid-cities area, and have yet to see a Garnet red Yukon of XL. However I am almost positive I have seen that exact color on some Pontiacs. Interesting .....

  • bodie1bodie1 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the explanation of the Autoride damping. We have the EazyLift weight distributing hitch that is adjustable in height. I have yet to verify the measurements but assume only a few inches difference between our '96 K1500 and a new K2500.

    We plan to order the 4.10. We want the highest GCWR for the Suburban. Would love to entertain the idea of a K2500 with the Duramax diesel and the Allison 1000. Great torque, better gas mileage than the 8.1L and better acceleration when pulling the trailer. Oh well, maybe next year.

    I am slightly concerned about the 8.1L and the K2500's transmission. I understand that the system will limit the torque output. Not being a car mechanic, that raises questions in my mind about over working the transmission. Does anyone have thoughts on that subject?

    Rick, our current trailer has a GVWR of 6000, with a typical load around 4500. That's okay for our K1500. The next trailer (the next toy is always on the horizon) will be in the 7000 to 8000 GVWR. Thus the reason to be buying a new K2500. A 8000lb trailer should not tax the K2500 with the 8.1L.
  • bodie1:

    Check out some of the postings at There is a fair amount of discussion about the torque limiting controls on first gear by some guys that sound like they know what they're talking about. The 4L80E trans is GM's heaviest trans for this type of vehicle and, in fact, is the same trans they put in motorhomes. I don't think it should be a concern.

    I currently have a 2000 Suburban 1500 with the 5.3 L and 4.10 rear. We absolutely love the vehicle but it falls short when towing our travel trailer with a dry weight of 6630 lbs. We bought the Suburban before the trailer and put too much stock in the 8800 lb towing capacity rating. The 1500 can tow the trailer, but there are interstate grades in eastern PA where I can't even hold 50 mph. I also think the 3/4 ton suspension will give us a more solid and secure ride.

    I have ordered virtually the same vehicle (colors and options) except it is 3/4 ton with the 8.1L.
  • When I open my liftgate, the wiper arm touches the edge of the open garage door in the garage. I have partially solved this by keeping a foam swim "noodle" leaning nearby and place it between the lifgate and the garage door while it's open.

    Love the view out the back.
  • Bigkahuna is right on the money again! Every post is like I am reading from my long lost brother from Long Island. I agree with your assessment on the liftgate. We have had ours a couple of days and in the garage the lift glass is all I have used for strollers, boxes, soccer equipment etc. I like this lift much better than the one on our soon to be ex Town & Country. No more scabs on top of my head. If the T & C sells maybe I can get the video equipment Bigkahuna talks about. Now if can figure out why I can't get Gilligan's Island off my mind.....hmmmmmm, bigkahuna rings a bell...anyway stay in touch kahuna, I enjoy your posts. Maybe publishing is in your future!
  • Another comment on the liftgate. For those liftgates that are hitting garage doors, if you have a deep garage as we do, backing in solves the proplem. This also allows--fast gettaways--:c) The Figomoman
  • but dont't sit in your garage with it running while you wife is in the house looking for her purse :).

    yeah, I know I talk too wife reminds me all the time...hoepfully I can help others like I was helped when I was looking a year ago...people like Cliff Martin and many others helped seems most drop off the site after they get their vehicle because the problems are basically the would figure that GM could get it together after 15 months or so of production...I came back after months away because I wanted to see if GM had their act together...then I saw a few things that pertained to me and as a 9 month owner I figured I could save some people the time...and now I'm like Pacino in GFIII. "Every time I try to get out, they drag me back in!" Seriously I love the postings. Too bad GM is too big and slow to address all the problems.

    Mr. Woodpecker, where are you located? I have to go now, there is a World Series in town that I must attend. I hear the Prez will be there tonite. Anything you want me to tell him?
  • retractretract Posts: 13
    Yuck! I hate the minivan looking liftgate. The barn doors are so easy to open, they have very good detents to hold them in position, you can only open one, and best of all you can open them and step up to wash the last 1/3 of the roof. It look better as well.
    I (my wife's vehicle) have a expedition with the liftgate. In the Exped, you open the thing and all of your stuff falls out. One thing is for sure, if the Exped didn't have a wiper the rear window would be so dirty that you might as well paint it to match the truck. My barn door Burb's rear glass stays very clean in comparisom. Due to better air flow, the GM's don't "have" to have the wiper. Liftgate=minivan Panel Doors=Truck Of course this is my opinion
  • Does anyone's oil guage read high? With engine off, mine still reads 40 or so, if I bump the key it will go down to near 0, then while running - it near 65/70. Actual oil level is fine. Guess gauge needs replacing? 01 XL 5.3 L

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