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Old 05-13-2017, 08:13 AM
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So we are starting to look at replacing the 2000 Suburban with another one. It will most likely be a 1500 which almost all have the 5.3. I'm fine with that, I don't tow long distances with any regularity.

I have two friends that have 07-09-ish Suburbans that both have had to have engine work done. I have heard that for a few years GM had problems with their engines trying to drop a cylinder or four at highway speed, etc. Definitely want to avoid that.

So my question is, what year did they get their act together so I can start my search at those years? I'm looking 2010 up through perhaps 2013 depending on what I can find and the price. I'm not in a hurry and if I didn't find one for a year that would be fine. I only put 7000 miles on our Suburban last year.
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:48 AM
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Old 05-13-2017, 04:17 PM
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1991 - GMPP 383 on a 3/4 with a 4L80 doo eet!
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:19 PM
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Huh???


I'm pretty sure he's recommending a 91 suburban 3/4 ton with a 383 cubic inch (6.3L) paired with a 4L80 4 speed transmission.

But ICBW.


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Old 05-13-2017, 08:43 PM
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CP, I will wait to hear what you find out. A few years ago, I got tired of my 2006 f150 5.4l engine and all the stuff that keep going wrong. Not able to go brand new and not sure I would have if I could have afforded, I reverted to a 2003 suburban with a push rod v-8 for the exact concerns you have. I have no idea what will be reliable. I don't regret the decision at all.
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Old 05-13-2017, 11:27 PM
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2006 of the old body style was flawless - get to a 2012 and above, or look for a great 08-14(body the same for 7 years) Yukon Denali with less than 80-100k on it; with maintenance records. I put 147k on my 2003 Z71 Suburban, and I have 136k on my 08 Yukon Denali XL.

My CPA has a 14 Burb and loves it, road trip warrior.

The private company that picks us up in New Orleans for transport to the heliports, has 14-15 -16 Chevy and GMC/Burbs and Yukons and the 14-15 are all over 200K and running great; the drivers say
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Old 05-13-2017, 11:33 PM
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I can tell you stay away from the 07-09. The tranny also sucked donkey balls in 07-08. In 09 chevy went to a different tranny , but lit of people claimed the shift patterns were atrocious and it was constantly "hunting" . 2010 seemed to get much better reviews on the shifting. Their fuel management system shutting down cycminders when cruising on the highway never failed me .


Front wheel bearings are the weak spots. They go quick , as does the water pump.



I've owned an 03, 05 , 07 , 09, 2011 ( 06 avalanche mixed in there ) My current vehicle is. 2013 Expedition . Towing with the Expo is way better , daily driver wise I still prefer the GM's. That's the extent of my basic knowledge . My 07 was the worst tow rig I ever owned. That tranny was awful
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:22 AM
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I dealt with the 5.3AFM woes on my 08 Sierra, GM fixed it at 60,xxx miles under warranty cost me 18.50 for a new engine dip stick. Life was great till 12.5 months at 80,xxx miles outside of the 5 year power train warranty. I took it back to the house on 5 maybe 6 cylinders and took all that crap out. 1200 bucks later my buddy tuned it up (which is required because the engine stays in 4 cylinder mode until told different) all is good now with 126,xxx miles and the 4l60 was tuned up and it is still hanging in there.
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:30 AM
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I had an 09 Yukon Denali, put 136k on it and it was a great car with lots of hp. Didn't get good mileage though. (Average 12) I had to replace two batteries, tires and an engine mount, the torque from the motor was too much for it. I believe it was very common and is covered under warranty if under 100k. No brakes or etc... it was a great car. We just got a 2016 as its replacement.

We test drive the Tahoe but never made it out of the parking lot once I gave it gas to leave, it felt like a 4 cyclinder to me. I had an 09 LTZ crew cab 4x4 with the 5.7 and it felt fine just not sure why I felt this way on the Tahoe test drive.

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Old 05-14-2017, 10:36 AM
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Yes, the left side engine mount will shear(6.2L) and you'll think the trans is slipping with the little knock it makes - the trans feels like its slipping because the engine twist off the mount when you hit the gas at a stop sign/light. It's the engine, coming off the mount and then sitting back down. I had that happen at 112k, but hey, $282 it was fixed and not the trans! I too have 136k on my 08 Denali XL. Get a CPO one next year or the next, I keep her in MCOCD condition.
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