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Suburban or Tahoe?

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My wife recently decided that she wanted to get rid of her Dodge Journey and go back to a car so we got a new Impala (awesome ride!). I am now looking at replace my "beater" (1999 Bonneville w/ 193k miles) with something that can be used more for my activities. Keep in mind that this will be a 3rd vehicle and will allow me to keep my 2014 Silverado "nice". I am a GM guy and have been looking at used Tahoes, Yukons and Suburbans. I am looking at the 1999 - 2004 range. I would like to stay under 160k miles and am on a $5,000 budget. I need something that will allow me to haul 7 passengers when needed, but still have enough room for the dog kennel in the back during the fall, and ice fishing gear in the winter. It is needs to be able to pull the new 6.5 x 14 (+3'V) shack, which weighs in at about 2800#.

I like the size of the smaller Tahoe and Yukon, but not sure if it has the room that I need. The Suburban and Yukon XL have the room, but at the expense of the added weight and length.

The guys who have them... what do you like and dislike? Would you choose the same model again and why (or why not)?

Thanks guys!

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I have had suburban's or xl Yukons

for I dunno how long

kinda disappointed in the newer ones the way the back lays down not nice and flat like the older ones

but I think the ones you are looking are good

I don't see no reason for the money to buy the smaller one unless

you have a small garage or something mileage isn't any better

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Thanks Greg. This vehicle is going to have to sit outside, so length in the garage doesn't matter. How about barn doors vs. hatchback in the Burbans... any preference?

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There's almost 3 times as much cargo space in the Suburban behind the 3rd row as there is in the Tahoe with 3rd row installed. My suggestion -- Go look at the smaller versions (yukon/tahoe) -- you're going to be surprised at how little gear will actually fit in there if you have 7 passengers using all 3 seating rows. Room for ice fishing gear and dog kennels is pretty limited with the 3rd row of seats in use. It's that reason that I went with the suburban when I was shopping for something used in this arena about a year and a half ago. I got the hatchback on mine. Can't think of anything I'd need to haul where I would prefer a barndoor style operation.

The only other real option for reasonably large cargo space behind 7 passengers is Ford Expedition EL or the Ford Excursion, but you're a GM guy so those are probably out.

One other thing I'd mention is that when I was shopping, I really found that I liked the model with the captains chairs in the second row. While this reduces capacity of the second row, it makes getting to the third row much easier -- especially if you have adults going back there. I wouldn't consider throwing 3 adults in that narrow third row seat, so basically I've got a 6-passenger vehicle now (2/2/2) for adults, or if I have 3 kids I can get to 7 with the smaller kids in the third row.

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Defintely go with the suburban. You will appreciate the extra space. If you get a Tahoe with 3rd seat there is very little space behind and you will be folding that back row down more often. Regarding the rerear door options I was always a barn door guy until I actually bought one with the hatch. Definitively go with the hatch simply because there is a rear window wiper and if you carry a long load like 2x4s then you can leave window open vs both doors.

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Was looking through some old posts of mine and figured I would update this one.... Ended up finding a 1999 Suburban last August with 165k miles for $2300 (name "Betty" from here on out, aka "Betty Burban"). Betty needed some work (ball joints, new bearing due to bad ABS sensor, slight leak in radiator) but I knew about it before the fact and was able to negotiate on price. Since August I have put $1200 into her and 12k miles on her and have been really happy all the way around. I drug the new house to and from the lake with it this winter and really like being about to have everything inside versus under the tonneau cover. I am even a little surprised on the mileage.... If I can keep it at 60 MPH, I can average just over 16 mpg in ideal, no-wind conditions. If you throw a side or head wind in there, I am down to 14 immediately. Anyway... things are getting slow around here, so I thought that I would throw an update your way.

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Bought a new Tahoe couple years ago. Had one before that and have also had 'burbans.  This Tahoe is a great truck. Firs thing I did was take out the third row of seats. I wanted the dealer to do it and keep them but he didn't want to.  Turned out he had a pile of them in back of shop!! Who needs 'em?!  I get mileage as high as 20-21 at little less than 70mph on flat highway. Put new Michelin's on it the day I got it which makes it ride a little more firm. Stable on the road and  a LOT more maneuverable in parking lots etc,  If you don't need that extra 20" of room with the Suburban the Tahoe will do fine. And the power rear window IS a nice feature and roof rack is actually useful.

Good truck.

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