Last post on Nov 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon Denali, GMC Yukon XL, SUV
#19 of 28 Re: How long can they last??? [mtngrl05]
Dec 01, 2011 (9:21 pm)
I just bought my 93 Yukon 4x4 last year it has 185000+ miles on it and it is still a strong good looking truck. I hope it will last as long as my favorite truck did my 80 Chevy Silverado C10 it had 397000+ miles on it before it got stolen last year.
#20 of 28 2005 Yukon SLT
Apr 26, 2012 (11:57 am)
I have 92,000 miles on my Yukon and it still is going strong. When I hit 100,000 miles I will be draining all fluids, replacing with a quality synthetic (transfer case will be GM fluid for the autotrac) as well as new wires, and iridium plugs. I will have the body gone over and have replaced the leather seat covers in the front. (www.theseatstore.com is a great website!!!) New Radio buttons and I replaced the steeing wheel with a new OEM (ebay is great). I tow a 26 foot travel trailer in the summers with this also......so I don't baby it.
I believe I could drive this through the 7th level of Dant'es Inferno and it would come out clean. If you have the chance to buy one do it, but make sure that it is in good repair, and garaged if possible.
#21 of 28 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last? [chambergojd]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:33 pm)
In reply to your question on how long a 2004 GMC Yukon XL will last? My son's 2004 Yukon XL 4x4 has just past 440,000 and is doing very well in Alberta, Canada.
#22 of 28 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last? [madkat]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 10, 2013 (8:24 pm)
Kilometers or miles?
Either way is terrific.
#23 of 28 Re: 5.3 fuel management vs 6.0 and 6.2 engine [jbrew7]
Apr 16, 2013 (9:56 am)
I would NOT recommend any suburban or Yukon XL from 07 -10.
I currently have a 2007 Yukon XL 5.3. It has had numerous problems and currently needs a new engine (170, 000 miles). The new engine issue is a result of a defect that GM is aware and will sometimes replace if your truck is still under warranty. Basicially a part that controls the oil is bad and in the end it starts fouling the plugs and the emission system. Look under the "excessive oil consumption" thread.
In addition if you look at another thread on edmunds "reduced engine power" you will see that all the model years that you are looking at have a problem with the "throttle body sensor" again, GM is aware of the issue, but no recall.
These models look good, but have lots of problems! T
#24 of 28 Reliability of 2011-2012 SLT 5.3L V8 Yukon
Jun 26, 2013 (6:21 pm)
I am currently research and looking at getting a 2011-2012, or a possible 13 Yukon SLT 5.3L V8 with low miles at the end of this year. My biggest question is reliability. I mainly going to use this vehicle for work, which requires me to view properties, meet clients, meet with brokers, and going to closings, training, classes... pretty much on the go all the time. I am not worry about maintenance cost or gas mileage for that matter. I more worry about reliability issues, for instance I don't want to have a client riding with me to show them a property and all of sudden the Yukon dies with no warning as many in the posts/forums mention.
I have taken everything into consideration and my own concern is reliability. I have owned GM products before, but had several bad experiences with them. I figure when it comes to SUV and trucks I am willing to give GM another try, but not without feedback from other Yukon owners.
I have calculated that between work and occasional trips out of town to a neighboring state, I am planning on putting at least 45,000 - 50,000 miles a year on it (mostly highway). If I do decide to purchase a Yukon, I am planning on keeping the Yukon until whenever. So I am not planning on trading it in or selling it once I purchase one.
My biggest question is reliability on the 2011-2013 Yukons well enough to sustained the above average wear and tear in terms of daily driving?
#25 of 28 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last? [madkat]
Aug 05, 2013 (6:30 pm)
Your son (and others on here) must have good luck or I must have bad luck! I have an '05 Yukon SLE which I bought brand new from the dealer in November 2005 (with year end rebates from the OLD GM I actually got $11,500 off the sticker!). It's pretty stripped with only the "sun sound entertainment package" which means it has a sunroof and bose speakers. It even has cloth seats (which I wanted). For the first year and a half, it spent a few days every other month or so at the dealer for warranty work. Many sensors went bad and had to be replaced. The CD player stopped working and they had to replace the radio unit. The best was when the truck was 4 months old and the exhaust system fell out of it 90 miles from home! Being Thursday night of easter weekend, the local dealer would not honor GM's policy and give me a free car while the problem was looked at and fixed the following Monday! The truck now has 146,000 miles on it and I would say I've spent over $5,000 on repairs (not including all the warranty work). One of my biggest issues is a constant vibration I always seem to have. You can feel it on the floor and on the steering wheel. The dealer cannot seem to be able to diagnose it. One thing I had to have done 2 years ago is to have the rear end dropped as rust was wrapped all around the axle (I live in the northeast and drive it all winter in the snow). I just had the same issue with the rust around the front ball joints and calipers taken care of last week when I had new front brakes and rotors. Tires and brakes are an issue with this vehicle and I replace them about every 3 years. Tomorrow I get my 4th set of tires put on (although I DID manage to get 56K out of the last set which were general grabbers). What drives me nuts are all the little lights that burned out on the steering wheel buttons, radio, climate control and gear shift. They are soldered on and not easily fixed. I bought new steering wheel buttons and had them installed last week. Now I am trying to find a local car stereo shop or auto repair who knows how to solder to replace all the back lights in the radio and climate control. Finally, my front grille (not the insert) started to pit and the finish is wearing off. I have to look into getting that replaced. It's a WONDERFUL truck and I want to see if I can get up to over 300K like so many guys on here. I can get through any kind of snow storm or even what hurricane Sandy did to us last fall. Maybe it's just me, but I did expect a bit better quality for a $43,000 truck. Remember, all these problems happened when it had very little mileage. Also, I've never been able to get more than 14.5 MPG on the highway (since new) with this truck despite the fact some guys can get 18 or 19. One last thing the dealer cannot seem to fix is that I constantly have a "check tire pressure sensor" light coming on and even though 3 of the 4 sensors have been replaced, they cannot figure out what makes the light come on. What I am looking into doing now is to add a denali "honeycomb" grille insert and to install one of the burl wood dash kits in mine to make it a bit fancier. I need this kind of truck for my health (severe back and hip problems) and I will say that except for the exhaust system falling out, I've never actually gotten stuck or broke down with this truck so I DO want to keep it for as long as I can, especially given the price of new ones.
#26 of 28 1999 Yukon - Is it time to retire it?
Aug 15, 2013 (12:56 pm)
I have a 1999 Yukon that we bought new and have kept up all maintenance. It currently has 170,000 miles. We are not mechanical at all so all work has to be done by a mechanic. We have put an average of $2,000 a year in repairs for the last 6 years or so. Additionally, we replaced the transmission at a cost of $5,000. In the last 2 months we have but in $400 worth and now find we need a new catalytic converter at an expense of $1800. Our 4wd no longer works so we can only drive the vehicle in 2 wd. Other than that the body and interior is in excellent condition. The question is: do we spend another $1800 for the catalytic converter so we can pass emissions or do we say a fond farewell to a truck we dearly love? What more can we expect to go wrong at this point?
#27 of 28 Answer to original question...
Nov 09, 2013 (8:22 pm)
Replying to the original question: I don't like to go with stereotypes, as everyone's situation is different and you're going to hear what that particular person's experience left in their mouth in terms of an impression. However good or bad that experience was will result in what you hear when you ask this type of question on a forum. you never really hear what the mitigating circumstances were, only what that persons and result ended up being, so you really don't have very much to go on other than their opinion which of course may be clouded and does not necessarily represent the truth, if they had a bad experience. I've heard all kinds of stories both on the good and on the bad side for General Motors. Am I a GM man? Maybe. If you answer that question based on how many of their vehicles I have owned, then the answer is definitely yes. That is not to say that every GM vehicle I've owned has not given me problems. I owned a Camaro that gave me so many headaches, but I loved the car. I had a Pontiac Firebird with a huge 350 engine, but it was slow as hell compared to my 305 Camaro. I had a Buick Le Sabre that was like driving a couch on wheels, but it leaked when it rained. I had a Pontiac transport that during a snowstorm was the only vehicle that was able to not only start but stay on the road, but unfortunately the air conditioning nor did the heater ever work correctly. In 2003 I purchased and Yukon Denali XL, and I can tell you I've taken care of it, and as a result, it still runs today, same as it did when I pulled it off the lot with 5 miles on the odometer from me test driving it around the block, but now at 250000 miles plus, with original engine and original tranny, it does not stop. Has it all been a walk in the park? Hell no. I would be lying if I said otherwise. There has been a few recall items; issues with the speedometer, front differential bearings, and odd glitches from time to time. What I can say is that as long as I took care of this vehicle and maintained it regularly, it took care of me and my family, and never left us stranded(as long as we put gas in it). The truck has become literally part of our family; our kids grew up in this truck, and it has traveled 90 percent of the United States, and taken us safely back home. I don't know if this vehicle will last forever, but I can tell you this: we will move into the age of teleportation and flying vehicles, and in that age, I will still be faithfully driving this Truck. You can take that to the bank. I've owned beamers, mercs, all kinds of domestic and import vehicles. Not one has won my heart over like my 2003 GMC Yukon Denali XL. None.
#28 of 28 2005 Yukon XL Denali
Nov 26, 2013 (12:16 pm)
I'm almost at another mile stone with my car. I have 274,000 miles on my truck. I must say I haven't any real issues besides a couple of water pumps replaced. Now, I'm having a oil pressure issue with my oil pressure reading low. Oil pump works, but I think it may be the lifters going bad. I want to replace the engine and just get a remanufacture one from Advance Auto. Any suggestions?