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Chevrolet Tahoe, SUV
#1896 of 6471 dardson 1 - I'm no expert, but I sure have a lot of opinions, so I'll "share" some of them.
Jan 24, 2002 (5:25 pm)
I tried to buy a real basic Tahoe (aka "stripper") last summer. In 2001, Chevy offered a base Tahoe with 4.8, manual crank windows, cargo doors, vinyl seats, steel wheels, etc. for real cheap $$. However, I wanted rear air and cloth seats and it was not offered on the base model. (Some dealers order "special" vehicles from GM, and I found a dealer in Texas who had certain additional options added at the factory for a group purchase, but no rear air so no deal.)
In 2002, Chevy elimated the base model, so the LS is as low as you can go. My current plan is to buy a base LS Tahoe in July-August of this year and sell my loaded 2WD 2002 Yukon.
After a few years most of the doo-dads have little or no value, so I would agree that they are not an economically justifiable purchase. Some options are necessary for resale purposes - I would say the rear liftgate and third seat - that's all I plan to get on the 2003 Tahoe.
The only option I will miss on the Yukon is the heated seats. Even here in the desert it is in the 20s in the winter time at night/early morning and that bun warmer is nice on the drive into work at 5:30 a.m.
If you go to GM Buypower and "build" a base Tahoe LS and base Yukon SLE and print out the results you can go down the list line by line and compare the differences. If you like the extras you get with the Yukon, then the extra price is worth it.
Given the choices you cite above, I would go with the Tahoe, unless you really like the appearance of the Yukon (color keyed bumper pads, body side molding, door handles - no ugly black plastic trim to fade out). I don't think the Yukon will maintain a $2800 resale advantage throughout it's life.
The big plus on the base Tahoe vs. base Yukon is the Tahoe has standard outside electrochromic rear view mirror and running boards. The big disadvantages on the base Tahoe are the wheels with exposed plastic lug nut caps(hard to clean) and the black plastic trim. You are comparing a base LS Tahoe to a SLT Yukon, so it's not really "apples to apples."
I really don't care for the console in the Yukon because it takes up too much room and I really don't think cassette tapes are very common any more. Also, moving the inboard armrest up and down every time you get in and out of the vehicle so you can access the seat belt is the epitome of dumb design and a nuisance with bucket seats, so I prefer the bench seat. Leather shows wear (wrinkles) quickly, so I prefer cloth.
But, each to his or her own.
Jan 24, 2002 (5:39 pm)
I live in west Texas and am sitting here holding Sunday's newspaper ad advertising a Yukon that lists for $35412 for $29998 which does include the 2002 rebate. It is an SLE with bigger V8, console/tape deck/, liftgate, and axle. Seems to me that is pretty much invoice +700 less the rebate. He's the one that has the absolutely stripped Tahoe that list 2k less than the SLE. Beats me. Maybe the SUV market is soft in my part of the world. I feel kinda dumb....I've been waiting on a really good deal....lol...problem is the used car market is soft too and I while the new car $ is good, the money for my trade is about 2k under what I think it ought to be. Thanks for the opinion.
Jan 24, 2002 (5:48 pm)
all the deals I've quoted INCLUDE the rebate. And no, I wouldn't even be asking these questions if they didn't....I don't wanna sound like one of those guys who talks about what a great deal maker he is. I've had one offer for invoice but he cut and run when I started talking a straight buy with no trade. The guy needed to make the deal work with some money from my trade.
Jan 24, 2002 (5:52 pm)
I don't think they offer the Tahoe in anything but the LS version in 2002 and it comes with power seats/ windows/ rear air etc and list for something like 33.4k. You probably know that. thanks
#1900 of 6471 Sonjaab - 2003 Yukon redesign?
Jan 24, 2002 (6:57 pm)
Since the Avalanche and the Trailblazer are both chevys, what is the Yukon front end going to look like? An Envoy? God I hope not! I have a hard time believing the Yukon will change much. I think the Tahoe does need a different front end look.
Jan 24, 2002 (8:12 pm)
If 1999 was the last year that Chevy offered a two-door Tahoe model, is it common to see one of these on the highways?
#1902 of 6471 dardson1 - Do the prices you see in the newspaper include all dealer charges?
Jan 24, 2002 (9:23 pm)
For example, does the dealer later add dealer prep, advertising fee, documentation fee, etc., to the prices listed in the newspaper? Just curious.
Jan 24, 2002 (10:34 pm)
Me dumb...I meant Chevy front end
redesign .....not GMC !
Jan 25, 2002 (6:05 am)
The redesign is going to make the full size Subs and Tahoes look more Trailblazerish or Avalanchish. (I know those aren't REAL words). Supposedly the Chevy pick-ups will come out late this summer with the new front end as 2003 models and the SUVs will come out about a year later as 2004s. Which is pretty much the same thing they did last time they redesigned. Pick-ups first then SUVs. I have not seen pictures of any of these yet.
I am not real happy about the whole GM line-up taking the appearance of the Aztec/Avalanche/Trailblazer. Where is the GM design creativity?
#1905 of 6471 Tahoe vs. Yukon
Jan 25, 2002 (9:16 am)
I think the differences between the Tahoe and Yukon have been well documented above. However, when considering a Tahoe with a front bench seat, I would strongly suggest that you consider the fabric and foam issue that I have noted above. I love the bench seat on my new Tahoe. It has A LOT more room than you get with the bucket seats and still has a useful and not bad looking center console that can be folded into a back rest for the middle seat. However, the fabric and underlying foam on my Tahoe is noticeably inferior (and possibly less durable) when compared to the fabric and foam that I experienced on a Yukon. To be fair, the Yukon did have the bucket seats, rather than a bench seat. Perhaps both GMC and Chevy use a better foam and fabric on their bucket seats. Nevertheless, if you are going to get a Tahoe with a bench front seat, be mindful of the quality difference. Having said this, and having realized the difference at the time I purchased, I still bought a Tahoe with a bench seat. Although it is not as nice as the Yukon, it is still very nice, has lots of room and my Chevy dealer sold me a well-equipped Tahoe for $1800 less than a Yukon that had no extras. Has anyone else noticed a difference in the quality of the seats?