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#4249 of 6471 RE: Downsizing a Tahoe
Dec 31, 2003 (7:25 am)
I assume that you are taking about the current style Tahoe. Years 2000-2004.
You can lower the front suspension some by removing tension on the torsion bars.
You will have to replace the rear springs to lower the rear suspension.
You will also probably have to replace the rear shock absorbers if your Tahoe has the manual self-leveling shocks or the autoride shocks. Most Tahoes have the manual self-leveling shocks.
The current style Tahoe has not been produced with a police pursuit package, which would have a lower suspension. However, Chevrolet will be producing a police pursuit package for the 2005 Tahoe. See this website: http://www.pfmmag.com/fall2003/fall2003chevy2005tahoe.htm
Chevrolet had a police pursuit package for the 1997-1999 Tahoe. See these websites:
#4250 of 6471 Floor mats and Yukon vs. Tahoe
Dec 31, 2003 (7:45 am)
Floor mats. I purchased the Catch-All "Extreme" floormats from the Cabelas website (NOT the Catch-All carpeted mats). Cabelas had the best price I could find. The mats fit very well and maintain a dressy look. They are expensive, but I would recommend them. (Unless you leave your 3rd row seat in the back all the time, I would not order the rear mat that accommodates the 3rd row seats. It has too many holes and doesn't provide adequate protection if you are throwing messy equipment in the back).
Yukon vs. Tahoe. I own a Tahoe because I could get a much better price on a Tahoe. It is an LT model and looks damn good! But, to my eye, the Yukon is a better looking vehicle. I like the Yukon grill, the hood lines are more rounded and I like the body-colored moldings that you get on every model. However, I really don't like the new wheels they have put on the Yukes. Although the differences aren't great, I think the Yukon gives the general impression of being a luxury SUV, while the Tahoe has more of a utility truck look. It is similar to the difference between a muscle car and a Jaguar (but, of course, much less apparent).
#4251 of 6471 dardson - I find the black book values to be the
Dec 31, 2003 (7:46 am)
most accurate. Your Tahoe displays $22,920, but would be $950 more with the third seat - so get the third seat and just store it somewhere next time. If some dealer wants to sell you a new vehicle they will give you $23K for your Tahoe, but the lack of 3rd seat is a negative. A 4.8 instead of a 5.3 takes $650 off the resale value.
The only thing that should make a difference between dealers in a big market is the value of your trade in. I would expand your search to many GMC dealers, via the internet and using a specific VIN off GM Buypower. Use a Saturday afternoon one day to research dealers off GM Buypower and send out email inquiries, including offers on your trade. This is the only way to get close to the best deal. Don't agonize over invoice price - just send our inquiries on specific VINs for vehicles on dealer lots and see what you get. I would be surprised if you don't get close to invoice pricing. You can leave out the trade in inquiry on the first contact to get a more realistic price. Worst case would be selling your Tahoe privately and doing a straight purchase.
If you want economy, I think a 4.8 with 3.42 rear end is the best option, but make sure you get a third seat. Nothing wrong with a Tahoe - just not as nice as a Yukon, IMHO (body color side moldings and front bumper pad, nice cloth on the seats, easier to clean wheels (no exposed lug nuts) etc. (one down side, somebody stole one of my Yukon hubcaps -$25 replacement - probably would not happen on a Tahoe with the double fake lug nuts.)
End of month (now) is best time to shop, but if you get out inquiries to the dealers and work them over the next month, the end of January would be a good purchase time.
#4252 of 6471 Color , floor mats, Yukon vs. Tahoe:
Dec 31, 2003 (8:03 am)
Best color: Silver Birch because it is the most popular. I had white - it shows the dirt too much and any small stone chip is very visible on the paint. Dark colors fade too fast and show streaks/scratches too easily. Buy a popular color if you want to trade/sell the vehicle within a couple of years.
Floor mats: Had Husky liners and they were nice, but my current floor mats came from Pep Boys for $20 for two front mats only. These are OK and nearly Husky liner quality - just don't have the side lips to retain spilled liquids. Tip - when buying mats from a local auto store, take newspaper and cut out the pattern of your floor. Fold up the cut newspaper, take it into the store, match the floormats to your newspaper pattern. You will get the mat that fits your floor most closely. I don't care for carpeted floor mats - same problem as carpeted floors.
Yukon vs. Tahoe: I have had 2001 Yukon SLT, 2002 Tahoe SLE, 2003 Tahoe SLE, 2004 Yukon SLE. I prefer the Yukon, for reasons mentioned above. Biggest problem with the Tahoe - trying to keep the black plastic body side molding and front bumper trim clean and non-spotted. This is a very low quality trim item on the Tahoes - note that the Tahoe SLTs have body color trim - only benefit is easier touch up if these areas are scratched/dinged.
#4253 of 6471 catch-all mats and looks
Dec 31, 2003 (8:18 am)
I bought the carpeted Catch-all mats for the front and middle rows. Very nice and holding up nicely. They are carpeted, but have a rubber backing and large lips and will hold just as well as the Husky liners. I've owned Huskys in the past and they suck compared to these simply because they're too slippery.
For the rear I went with the Catch-all extreme which is a hard molded rubber. Mine does have the 3rd row holes but they have a small lip around them so generally small spills should not cause a problem. I don't typically load real messy items into the back though so liquid spills wasn't my concern. If so you might not want the 3rd row compatible mats. I've had muddy dogs, bales of straw, chunks of wood, etc. thrown in and they protect just fine. The biggest advantage of the Catch-all extreme is the gritty rubber it's made out of. Stuff doesn't slide around at all like it would on carpet. I bought mine from www.summitracing.com as they've always treated me great and prices are good.
As for looks, I think the Denali is rather sharp for an SUV, but I'm not overly fond of either Tahoe/Yukon. I think they look better than any other full-size SUV, but I'll leave it at that.
Dec 31, 2003 (8:21 am)
For my money a Black Tahoe Z71 is the best looking of them all, followed by a Black Yukon Denali.
I would love it if the Z71 didn't have those gray colored portions on the front, back, and sides.
Has anyone colored or changed those pieces so their Z71 is a solid color?
#4255 of 6471 2003 Yukon driver side mirror issue
Jan 02, 2004 (12:29 am)
I have a problem with the driver side folding mirror on my 2003 Yukon 4x4 sle.
Because I have limited room in my garage, I must fold in the side mirrors each time I park, and open the mirrors when I leave.
Unfortunately when I open the mirrors the drivers side mirror doesn't remember where it was set. The mirror points down about half way between the correct position and the curb-view (which is set to off). The passenger mirror works without issue.
The dealers' suggestion to fix the problem is to open and fold the mirrors 3-5 times to reset the "computer". This worked once, but unfortunately does not work now.
Has anyone experience this problem and/or knows of a solution?
#4256 of 6471 Re: Post #4252
Jan 02, 2004 (6:25 pm)
Those were Tahoe LS models, not Tahoe SLE models - you would think that I would know the difference by now.
#4257 of 6471 Y ukon vs. Tahoe, continued
Jan 02, 2004 (7:59 pm)
Fortop, the 4.8 engine with a 3.42 rear end may not be the best way to go. Several posts a couple of months ago thought that this left an underpowered/under geared vehicle that was always hunting for a gear.
Interiors. For those that don't like either interior, don't forget about the nice aftermarket wood trim kits that you can buy to give the interior console and doors a much more luxurious look.
Pricing. Clearly the GM dealer body is less willing to wheel and deal on the Yukon and Denali than the more numerous Chevy stores. Plus, isn't it part of a Chevy store's DNA to get down and diry (i.e., invoice) on price? The mind set of the much fewer GM stores is much more conservative. I've yet to hear of anyone buying a Denali at invoice except at the very end of the model year when realistically it is already one year old. (Here's a topic for another day: does the year end discount on a new vehicle ever compensate the buyer for taking the one year old car hit on depreciation??)/
#4258 of 6471 blockislandguy - I have owned two 4.8/3.42 Tahoes
Jan 03, 2004 (5:58 am)
and two 5.3/3.73 Yukons. There is no difference in normal driving between the two choices. However, if you tow a heavy vehicle, like to tromp on the gas from a dead stop, weave in and out of traffic, etc., then you would notice a slight improvement with a 5.3 over a 4.8. I never experienced any "hunting for a gear" with the 4.8/3.42. In fact, I would say that both of the 4.8s ran smoother than the 5.3s. Anyone who buys a new Tahoe or Yukon without taking a thorough city and highway drive in both a 5.3 and a 4.8/3.42 is not going to make an informed decision.
Having said all that, I now buy only 5.3s because I trade every 6 months and the 5.3s are more marketable and have slightly better resale value than the 4.8s. For that I give up about 2-4 MPG. If I kept these vehicles for many years, I would definitely get the 4.8/3.42.
Each to his or her own.