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GMC Yukon Denali, GMC Yukon, SUV
#2569 of 3279 Transmission Blown! Ouch!!
Sep 28, 2004 (3:21 pm)
Our 2002 GMC Yukon XL just suffered catastrophic transmission failure and requires total replacement. The car has 67,000 miles on it, 7,000 miles out of warranty. This is my wife's car and she has made comments about the transmission, almost since day one. The dealer has two instances of her complaining about the transmission (at 30,000 & 42,000 miles), but other things were fixed. It died yesterday and the dealer wants $3,500. We feel like we complained about it enough that it should have been looked in to. GM Corp said it was a bad part and offered us $500 of help. What should we do?
Sep 28, 2004 (8:31 pm)
Given that there were 2 prior complaints, they should do more. My trans failed on my Denali XL at 17K, so it was full warranty, no questions asked. Mine wouldn't move in any gear after the failure and had to be brought in on a flatbed.
#2572 of 3279 Re: Trans [lobsenza]
Sep 28, 2004 (9:49 pm)
Well, new update from GM...
They called back this afternoon and offered to pay for half of the repair and that the reapir would not be marked up, so we are looking at paying approx. $1,200 with a new 5yr/30K warranty on the new trans...
Would you accept this and forget about pushing for more, or small claims court?
Sep 29, 2004 (10:38 am)
paisan--my previous post was referring to the fact that the AWD setup in the Denali is (was? dunno if there were some minor changes made in '04 but probably not) is not the same as that found in the AWD Yukon.
And yes, GMC offers an AWD non-Denali Yukon--at least they did for '03; the sticker in the engine bay says all-wheel drive but I was told the setup is technically more like full-time 4WD. Another way you can tell that the two are not identical--at least in function--is that the Yukon full-time 4WD offers a 4-LO gear, whereas (current) NBS Denalis don't have 4-LO.
In any case it is the distinction between the two aforementioned AWD setups I was talking about.
Sep 29, 2004 (7:44 pm)
That is much more reasonable. I probably would take it. You can decide later to try to get the $1200 back, if you feel it is related to the earlier problems.
Sep 29, 2004 (7:53 pm)
Went to GMC dealer today. These guys are total idiots. They don't even know what colors are offered on the interiors!
I guess most GMC buyers come in and buy whatever they feed them.
Anyways here is my question. Should I go for the Denali XL or Yukon XL 3/4 Ton with the 8.1L engine? I really want the Denali but the 7900lb towing is a bit low. What do you guys think?
Sep 29, 2004 (7:56 pm)
What are you towing?
Sep 29, 2004 (8:10 pm)
Car trailer for now. Boat trailer eventually. Also would like to get a double-flatbed car trailer to reduce the # of drivers we need when going to races.
Sep 30, 2004 (7:22 am)
I think a Denali can safely tow about 5000 pounds on a regular basis (better to leave a safety margin). If you are regularly going to tow more than that, you should go to a 3/4 ton. In the 3/4 ton you will need to (at a minimum) get the optional axle ratio. The 3/4 ton with the 6 liter will not feel as powerful as the Denali because the transmission is geared differently.
In addition, compare the ride/handling so you know what you are giving up.
4 wheel steering is available on the 3/4 ton and should aid in handling and towing. I really wish they made it available on the 1/2 ton vehicles. That would give me an excuse to replace my 2001. Unless there are significant enhancements, I don't plan on replacing mine until 100,000 miles and I am just over half way there.