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#464 of 607 Lemon or normal TSBs?
Mar 11, 2009 (9:59 am)
I am not sure if I'm buying a lemon. I found the Suburban we've been looking for used with 17000 miles on it. It is a 2008 LT 1500 4wd. The carfax is clean and states it is a rental vehicle. The Chevy dealership gave us the service records which shows that there was a power steering leak, fuel gauge problem, and tire indicator light problem. When we asked the dealer about this, he said that these were all TSBs (Techinical Service Bulletins). This just doesn't seem normal to me. I have a Toyota, and it has 100000 miles on it and it is approaching seven years old with none of those problems. The biggest problem I had with it was the power door motor pooping out. That's it. For a 2008, that seems like a lot of service, but reading other posts, it seems that GM has quite a few longstanding problems. Any insight?
#465 of 607 Re: Lemon or normal TSBs? [demstillers]
Mar 11, 2009 (10:09 am)
Personally, that wouldn't bother me.
The tire indicator was probably an underinflated tire, which easily can occur in the fall when the temperatures get colder. Thats exactly what the TPMS systems are supposed to do, tell you when the pressure gets low. The power steering leak could have been a loose fitting, or a bad part which was fixed...either way, thats fine. Have had Suburbans for 14 years now and haven't had a gauge problem, don't know anything about that.
If the vehicle is priced to your satisfaction, and you take it to an independent garage to check it over (which you should do with any used vehicle purchase), I'd go for it.
#466 of 607 Re: Lemon or normal TSBs? [demstillers]
Mar 13, 2009 (8:59 am)
demstillers said: but reading other posts, it seems that GM has quite a few longstanding problems. Any insight?
GM just doesn't build 'em like they used to. Fuel pumps go out at under 75K miles, speedometers are a problem with many Suburbans/Tahoes, transmissions fail regularly at low mileages, electrical problems galore...just check this forum for many more reported parts failures. The reason Toyota is the best selling brand in the world is.....because they build a great car that lasts. I wouldn't worry about the power steering leak, fuel gage problem or tire indicator faults...those are all minor things. If you buy the '08 just make sure you get the warranty with it. I have an '06
Suburban with 41K miles and zero problems....but I also purchased an extended warranty up to 75K miles because I read about too many parts failures on this forum.
#467 of 607 Re: Lemon or normal TSBs? [rockman59]
Mar 13, 2009 (9:25 am)
I wouldn't be too worried about TSBs. Just minor problems in a new production vehicle that need to be worked out. Your Toyota has 100k miles with no problems? I have a Suburban approaching 100k miles with none of those problems, either -- not even an electric door motor failure. Spend some time on the other forums on this website for other makes and models, and you'll see that they all have plenty of people complaining about issues, especially in bigger and more complex vehicles. But if you "need" a vehicle with the Suburban's capabilities, its a great (and only legitimate) option.
#468 of 607 Re: 1999 GMC Suburban Vibration [gangluff]
Mar 21, 2009 (8:36 pm)
I have the same issue. Started after I also started noticing a vibration on cold take offs. I changed the fluid and filter, seems better. But must have bumped the shift solenoid, getting p0745. I can attach the vibration directly with the trans issues. I also have a 99 suburban. Have you found anything different. .
#469 of 607 2004 Suburban Tire Issue
Mar 30, 2009 (7:19 pm)
I am so frustrated. I recently bought all new tires for my 2004 Suburban. The two front tires continue to lose air. I took them back to the store. They checked them out, thoroughly, and couldn't find anything wrong. I'm not having any problems with the rear tires. Has anyone else had this type of problem? We're driving out of state in June, so I'd like to gete everything resolved before we make the long trip. Thanks for any help or suggestions.
#470 of 607 Re: 2004 Suburban Tire Issue [aggie10]
Mar 30, 2009 (7:28 pm)
Did they check the rims for damage?
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#471 of 607 Re: 2004 Suburban Tire Issue [aggie10]
Mar 30, 2009 (10:50 pm)
I have Nokian Fativa's on my 2003 Sub and have not had any problems. Best tires I have ever owned,
#472 of 607 Re: 2004 Suburban Tire Issue [aggie10]
Mar 31, 2009 (4:38 pm)
If a tire is loosing air pressure it means somehow air is getting out of it, right? There is no magic in this.
If our shop did not find any leak then they either do not know what they are doing or someone is intentionally letting air our from your tires.
When they checked for the leak did they use soapy water spray or sink the tires in water?
If they just looked at them and did not take them off of the car then take it back to them to do the job right.
#473 of 607 tahoe abs rake light on
May 09, 2009 (6:27 am)
I have an 01 Tahoe. The abs and brake warning lights are on together and have been for months. The brakes seem to work fine. Any suggestions on the problem?