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#2756 of 6471 Trailering Package for Hot Climate?
Aug 18, 2002 (9:07 pm)
I've been reading this board for a few months now while I've been considering buying a new or used Tahoe (2001 or newer). I'm just about ready to make my purchase, if I can find the "right" vehicle. But here's my "current" question.
I'm in the Phoenix, Arizona area, where as you can imagine, the weather is INCREDIBLY hot (especially in the summer... current daytime highs are 105+ & have been most of the summer). At some of the Chevy dealerships, they've been trying to convince me that I should be strongly leaning toward getting a version with the Trailering Package. Not for towing necessarily (which I've not done yet, & am not likely to do much), but because the improved high capacity air cleaner and the transmission oil cooler. So, my question to the group is: DOES the Trailering Package REALLY make a difference in the life of a Tahoe in the hot climate?
I realize that for the '02 vehicles, my selection WILL be somewhat limited. But, if I have the choice between with and without, where theoretically I could save a few dollars, does it make any "real" difference?
Also, just, while I'm asking, anybody have any recommendations for where I "should" be looking for my vehicle? I'm willing to look pretty much anywhere in the state of Arizona, also as far as Las Vegas, NV, or Albuquerque, NM. I'm definitely looking to get the very best deal possible. My "ideal" vehicle would probably be a 2002 LS 4x4 with the 3rd row seating (but willing to skip the 3rd row, but the lift gate is a MUST HAVE item), plus with or without the Trailering Pkg, depending on everybody's replies. What am I "willing" to get? LS 4x2 (preferably with the Traction Pkg as someday I might well move back to, or at least visit, the NY & New England areas again), liftgate is still a must. In both cases, from what I've read here, it SOUNDS like I should be going with the 5.3 engine, instead of the 4.8, unless someone can give me a good reason that I shouldn't be.
Thanks in advance for the help!
Aug 18, 2002 (9:12 pm)
Was that "jerking" on a concrete highway? If it was, then it is a normal occurance created by the expansion joints in the highway. It will not happen all the time but will in that particular section of highway.
Michelin LTX M/S 275/70R16
#2758 of 6471 Thanks for the info...
Aug 19, 2002 (2:47 am)
After running the Vin through carfax and looking up the TMV plus other prices from Edmunds, Kelly blue book, and NADA, it looks like a good deal. I have private financing so 0% would not help with a new one. I am going to call a haggle a bit on the price, but I am going to get it regardless. All the sites I looked at show it at below what the dealer could charge by almost $3,000. So thanks for the info, and I'll be back to bug you and ask questions
Aug 19, 2002 (10:52 am)
The radio on my 2001 Tahoe has a low tone humming noise. This occurs even the radio is off. I've brought it to the dealer to no avail. Anyone else experience this annoying and elusive humming?
Also, I find that when I apply my brakes on uneven road such as railroad tracks and dips the braking seem to skip much like if the ABS is kicking in. Anyone else experience this phenomenon?
Please share your experience and your remedy, if any. Thank you
#2760 of 6471 Tahoe/Yukon question
Aug 19, 2002 (10:58 am)
I saw a Hummer H2 over the weekend and got to crawl around under it a bit. Is it built on the same chassis as the yukon/avalanche/suburban? Looked real similar chassis wise.
#2761 of 6471 RE: Trailering Package in Hot Climate
Aug 19, 2002 (12:18 pm)
I live in NH and not the southwest like you do, but I've had a 2001 Tahoe LS with the trailering package, 3rd row seats - pretty much as you're looking for - and we've had some pretty hot weather lately this summer (19 days at 90+). I can tell you firsthand that the temp meter never moves, even sitting in stop and go, running the a/c full blast, full of teenagers, stereo going. The main differences here are the external coolers you get with the package. Getting the tranny fluid into a second cooler really helps, plus I'm pretty sure they put a beefier fan clutch in since mine engages a lot of the time to really help things cool down. Also note there's a set of "dummy" plastic pieces in the front bumper that you can take out that allow additional air to the tranny fluid cooler which helps even more. Bottom line, this thing keeps cool as a cucumber even in desert-type weather....
#2762 of 6471 jerking motion
Aug 19, 2002 (2:08 pm)
We own a 2001 suburban z71 w/4500mi. On one occasion i noticed the same jerking motion that you describe. While it was acting up, i tried putting the shift lever down into drive.What i found was that while it showed that it was in od, the shifter linkage was not actually locked in,kind of like it was stuck in between drive and overdrive.
#2763 of 6471 Resonance/sound and vibration at Idle
Aug 19, 2002 (2:47 pm)
I just bought an 02 tahoe 5300 and am experience a "deep" resonance and slight vibration when hot and at Idle (500 rpm). The dealer put on a dampening device on the exhaust and did something at the exhaust manifold to exhaust connection but no difference. It is driving us nuts. You can make it go away if you increase the RPM's ever so slightly at the pedal. I asked the dealer if they could just reprogram the idle and they said that GM does not provide a way to do that in the chip. I had the dealer pull another off the lot and sure enough they all do it. The service manager said some folks have complained but GM has not issued a tech bulletin. I have an official complaint in but was wondering if you of folks have noticed it? When you put it in the garage (garage door open of course) you can hear it noise bouncing off the walls almost like it is coming from the muffler. Help!
#2764 of 6471 mrmagicmph - I am south of you in AZ about 100 miles
Aug 19, 2002 (4:34 pm)
and I never had an overheat condition in my 2002 Tahoe 4.8/3.42 rear - just the stock set up. If you are going to tow, you should have the trailering package with the extra trans cooler. I bought my Tahoe in Las Cruces NM to save 2% city sales tax (still paid the outrageous 5.6% state tax and about $500 in plates.) As you must have read above, I had the loaded Yukon 2WD and changed to a basic 2WD Tahoe, and I prefer the Tahoe. Unless you drive off road, I don't know why anyone would need 4WD - but each to his or her own. (Oh - I forgot about those winter snow storms in Phoenix . If GM extends the rebates into the 2003 model, I will buy a 2003 model in September-October, sell the 2002 to a private party, and probably go to NM again - probably a small dealer in Lordsburg just over the AZ border. BTW - check out the Yukon which I think has a transmission cooler and traction control standard, but I could be wrong on that. Good Luck.
#2765 of 6471 Picking Up 2003 Tahoe LT Tomorrow
Aug 19, 2002 (5:56 pm)
After weeks of searching, I finally settled into a nicely equipped 2003 Tahoe. It's a summit white LT 4WD with the second row buckets, both convenience packages with adjustable pedals and steering wheel controls, and the XM radio option. I also opted to replace the running boards with the Z71 type tube steps which I think are MUCH better looking. Vehicle lists for almost $44,000 and I'm getting for $40K (close to invoice) along with a $1,000 rebate and 5.9% financing. The dash layout is much better and the leather seats are firmer than the '02 I sat in...watch out for the cloth seat in the '03...they are like sitting in marshmellow foam. The XM radio is gonna be a nice option with the newly release Bose sound system. 2nd row buckets are nicely done with arm rests included. Now, if only the OEM tires were Michelin X Terrains!