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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Tahoe's any good?

I've owned a bevy of vehicles but never a Chevy. Thinking about taking my Cherokee off daily driving duty and picking up a Tahoe my sister is trying to get rid of for a good price. 2004, Z71, 5.3, 134,000 miles seems well cared but but she hasn't owned it but like a year, no service history. It will basically be a comfy road warrior, I drive 700 miles or so per week traveling the souteast for work. Could I expect it to last another 100,000 basically trouble free? It would also tow the XJ from time to time. Opinions?

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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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My sister has had one like that for about 4 or 5 years. So far she had to replace tires and change oil. But she only used it to haul her kids around.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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I have a 2007 and have used it to tow my jeep all over the place with it. It's been a good vehicle with no trouble, so far. Has about 88k on it now so thinking to trade it pretty soon.

Gas mileage is about 16 but I don't really check it other than the built in computer.

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Unread 02-21-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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Mom had an early 2001 suburban and now she has an 07 escalade, essentially the same Chassis, I think the escalade is the same chassis of the tahoe. Anyways, both have proven to be solid trucks, the suburban only needed oil, gas, and tires, that was about it. I had her still do the normal maintenance on it obviously but it never "needed" anything. Nothing ever really broke or made noises, it started every morning, ran great when she sold it with 150k on it, plenty of power. Mileage was pretty poor but those things have what, a 5.4 under the hood? Towed great. The escalade (tahoe chassis) is even better, she has a 6.2 in that thing and hooooly crud does it tow awesome. Its got onboard tranny temp readings in the display (check tahoe but I bet its included as well) and in tow-haul mode it automatically downshifts while you're braking to help you out.... great tow rig. We did a couple hundred miles with our 5k lb boat behind and it didnt sweat it at all. The suburban rode nice and the escalade...well thats just a given.

What am I trying to say? Despite people hating on GM we've had nothing but good experiences. The rigs have a solid chassis, the engines are adequate, and they seem to be reliable. The older ones seem to be blood and guts and a bit raw on the electronics and the newer ones seem to maintain that but implement some intelligent programming and nice features. I cannot exxagerate how effortless it was to tow with the Escalade. Thats not me trying to sell you on one in fact I think they're no different than the tahoe sans creature comforts so if you're in the market for a newer one definitely check out the tahoe! My reference to the suburban was to reinforce that even the older ones are good too.

OH and my mom's bf has an 04 GMC Yukon Denali AKA rebadged tahoe, its just as nice and has a couple cool features to make it stand out over mom's old base model suburban. Feels really nice to drive, high off the ground but still connected to the road. We did a 400mi road trip in it once and I slept like a baby when I wasn't driving
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Unread 02-21-2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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Mine (1999 K2500 Burb) is approaching 200,000 miles and every week something is broke. These are complex and effective but poorly made trucks and should not be expected to run that long.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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Just realized that your sisters has 135,000 on it. I'd try and look for one with lower miles I feel like 150k is that point where things are going to start going wrong. That being said that chassis is so spacious I bet working in it isn't too much of a trouble.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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Brothers got a 03 tahoe z71 5.3 with 160k on it. High miles still runs like a clock even after endless towing of a 3700lb boat. Go for it!
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I know people with the half ton chevy trucks (same engine and transmission) with over 200k with no problems. The GM trucks seem to last forever.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 12:01 PM   #9
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Brothers got a 03 tahoe z71 5.3 with 160k on it. High miles still runs like a clock even after endless towing of a 3700lb boat. Go for it!
The "new" v8s and 4l60 seem to be a very reliable combination.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 12:20 PM   #10
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Yes they are and the 5.3 stock sure is a peppy little motor! Highway is great too at 75 hes only at about 1800rpms.
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Unread 02-26-2012, 08:08 AM   #11
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A couple little mods to the 5.3 and they can have some serious power. Don't expect to be racing up any hills while towing but it will get the job done. I use to use a 96 tahoe but it got retired for a diesel. It was a little modified.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 07:31 AM   #13
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That does look badass! You get it dynoed?
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The orginal owner had the engine dynoed after it was built and said it had just over 600hp and 630lb of torque so he was guessing it made around 475 to 500hp to the rear tires. It will scratch the tires going into 3rd gear on the road. He built it tow a 30 foot toy hauler over the passes here in Colorado without ever downshifting.

I actually got it for doing some building work at his house. He was a good friend of mine so I was just doing the work to help him but he offered it to me so I couldn't say no. I have some of the receipts from just the engine and they total 8K. He said there was about another 6 to 7K in receipts he didn't keep.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 06:16 PM   #15
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I just rented a 2012 Tahoe LT to tow a 98 cherokee from PA to Detroit. The engine didnt bat an eye with a 2000lb car hauler and the weight of the jeep on it. Averaged 16mpg during the trip. I would recommend a Tahoe for sure!!

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