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Old 04-05-2018, 10:31 AM
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Used Full-size SUV for growing family

Hey guys, my wife and I are excited to be expecting our 4th child in October of this year. I think it's time to get a bigger vehicle that can tow the boat. I'm not looking to break the bank so looking to spend in the $15k range on something. I'm considering:
2007+ Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban
2007+ Expedition/Expedition EL
2008+ Toyota Sequoia

I've done some research now on engine options and gearing and all that. Without getting into a brand war, I'm just looking to be educated on anything to absolutely stay away from or common big failures in any of these. Sorry, it's so broad, but trying to do process of elimination.
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:07 AM
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I would pick the Yukon XL or Suburban. 2008 or newer would be your target. The roominess, handling, towing, and overall reliability is really good. We had a 99 that we ran and sold with 325k miles and our current 07 has 250k.
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:09 AM
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07+ Yukon Denali XLs can be had in that range. 6.2, and all the options!
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:49 AM
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Good input so far guys! I like the Denali's AND the 6.2, yes. My drawback is that AWD system. I wish is was able to go to normal 2WD and 4WD. Was the 6.2 available in anything but the Denali?

For the Yukon, is there a difference between 07-08, EPNAULT? they look the same to me.

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Old 04-05-2018, 11:58 AM
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Good input so far guys! I like the Denali's AND the 6.2, yes. My drawback is that AWD system. I wish is was able to go to normal 2WD and 4WD. Was the 6.2 available in anything but the Denali?
Only the Denali and Escalade.
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Old 04-05-2018, 12:04 PM
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I am bias and vote for the Sequoia. I have an 07 with 137k and it is still rock solid with no squeaks and rattles. The interior for a 10 year old still looks great and the dash knobs and instrumentation are still in great shape. I have been in similar aged or newer GM products and the dash knobs are all worn and the lettering is illegible. While the Toyota has less bling, it is a SOLID workhorse.
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Old 04-05-2018, 12:11 PM
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I realize it's not on your list, but I tow with a full size E150 Ford van. It's big, comfortable, and tows like an F150.
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Old 04-05-2018, 12:21 PM
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07' being the first year and best to steer away just because of the normal things that can occur during first year of new model.

There should be a 3/4 Suburban too, but with the 6.0L. Pretty hard to find though.
- 2007 4 speed tranny
- 2008+ 6 speed tranny
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Old 04-05-2018, 01:24 PM
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https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...lCode1=CHEVSUB
https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...lCode1=YUKONXL
https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...lCode1=YUKONXL
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Old 04-05-2018, 01:28 PM
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I second 2008 and later for bubran/yukon xl

2007 had some oil consumption issues with the 5.3L engine and also some electrical issue

I do own a 2007 with 170K miles on it but would recommend staying away from that model year
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