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#1016 of 3150 Re: 2007 (Denali & Escalade) 6spd Trans Towing Review [awf_axis]
May 16, 2006 (3:44 pm)
Great feedback on the Denali, really enjoyed your comments. My dilemma is that I have a 2007 LTZ on order (no build date yet still waiting) to replace my 2004 Tahoe, and I also pull a boar (4500lb). Now that I have heard your comments on the 6 speed, I am second guessing myself. If the Denali (6.2 – 6 speed) and Tahoe LTZ (5.3 4 speed) were comparably equipped the Tahoe’s MSRP would be approximately $2300 ($53,770 - $51,490) less, however the Denali has an estimated MPG of 13-19 compared to the Tahoe with 15-21 (reg gas is still $3.05 here in upstate NY) Does anyone know if Chevy will offer the 5.3 - 6 speed comb in 2008. I would probably lose my $1000 deposit, however I would be willing to lose and wait. My 2004 Tahoe with 5.3 (290 hp) has more than enough power for my needs, and I expect that the 2007 5.3 with 300 hp even with the DOD will exceed the 2004’s ability, plus achieve better fuel economy.
May 16, 2006 (3:49 pm)
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#1018 of 3150 Re: Wheel Offset for 2007 4WD Tahoe [cecook]
May 16, 2006 (4:09 pm)
Nice looking wheel. The only comment is that the 285 isn't that wide a tire. If you get a chance to see a 2007 Escalade up close with 22s, this will be what you'll see coming and going. The 1/2" wider rim won't be that different.
The 20mm offset will push the entire wheel out just a tad, but nothing brutal. The factory 22x9 is 31mm, which is 11mm more tucked, and with your 1/2" wider wheel, will put a total of 26mm further out. Certainly not life or death, but again consider the wheel width.
You might play with doing a 305x40x22 tire, which might be less expensive, but will look more agressive. The only drawback is that the tire is about 4/10ths of an inch smaller in diameter.
Your tire person may help you out here with this by letting you try it on for looks.
And yes, you'll have a "firmer" ride with the 40's.
#1019 of 3150 Re: 2007 (Denali & Escalade) 6spd Trans Towing Review [junglegeorge]
May 16, 2006 (4:18 pm)
The 6spd will be a selling point for the Denali and Escalade line for up-sell reasons. There needs to be a distinction in the mechanics in order to draw the additional price-point. If you recall, the Denali and Escalade of previous years had a different 4-spd tranny (so called heavy duty), which was supposed to be better than that supplied in the Tahoe/Yukon versions.
As for the mileage, I'm not so sure that the real-world plays out like the EPA numbers say. I can get 21 mpg on flat road, doing 55 mph. At 65, it becomes 18.5. The DOD engine certainly sounds like it ought to squeak some mileage, but I've seen and heard numerous comments on the DOD kicking in/out, the harmonics being annoying, and many wishing they could disable it.
The differences would seem minor over the long haul, and I hate the feeling that I could have gotten something a little nicer. The resale is better on the higher end SUV's as well.
#1020 of 3150 Re: 2007 (Denali & Escalade) 6spd Trans Towing Review [junglegeorge]
May 16, 2006 (4:58 pm)
Lose a $1,000 deposit to gain 2 mpg? $1,000 still buys a lot of gas, even at $3 a gallon. If you think your 2004 with the 4-speed is sufficient for your towing needs, then the 2007 with 4-speed will probably also suit you just fine.
Having said that, I doubt you will lose your deposit. They can sell your LTZ to someone else if you do change your mind.
#1021 of 3150 Re: Wheel Offset for 2007 4WD Tahoe [awf_axis]
May 17, 2006 (5:32 am)
I saw a new Escalade with the 22s and I think it looks pretty sharp. I think I am good with the look of the 285 tires, so now my problem is trying to find an affordable wheel that is preferrably 22x9 with a large offset. I really dont want any tire sticking out because with a black exterior everything shows. I will settle for a little overhang if I need to. I also like the style of the wheels on the Escalade. I checked out Discounttire but couldnt find anything to my liking. Any other recs of good wheel sites besides the usual ones from google searches?
#1022 of 3150 Re: 2007 (Denali & Escalade) 6spd Trans Towing Review [junglegeorge]
May 17, 2006 (5:36 am)
junglegeorge, i think it's not legal for the dealer to keep your deposit: if you don't take delivery of the vehicle, you get your deposit back, end of story.
#1023 of 3150 Re: 2007 (Denali & Escalade) 6spd Trans Towing Review [elias]
May 17, 2006 (5:52 am)
Agreed on the deposit. I've backed out of 2 deals in the last 10 yrs on ordered vehicles. With the internet, I've managed to find the same configuration in dealer inventory, and because I'm very impatient, have cut and run. In each case, the dealer where the order was made never made a fuss. They "hoped" that some day, I may still do business with them.
#1024 of 3150 Navigation and Rear Camera
May 17, 2006 (7:20 am)
I live in the SF Bay Area and it seems that all the dealers have in inventory is Denalis without the Navigation system and rear camera (which I want). They have MANY Denalis without this. Any reason? They seem to have more Yukons with this option, but no Denalis!
#1025 of 3150 Re: Navigation and Rear Camera [sj110]
May 17, 2006 (8:39 am)
I understand that the nav systems went on constraint after the Yukon's came available and just after the first round of Denali's hit the ground. I hear it could be quite some time before you can get a nav system from the factory. I am researching aftermarket navs now but so far I haven't been able to find anyone who's got the adaptors for the bose/onstar/wheel controls/ or correct wiring harness as well as a mounting kit. I happen to have ONE factory nav to be installed on a yukon WITH dvd. Don't think there is any others available in the country!