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#11 of 23 Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last?
Dec 31, 2009 (3:12 am)
this is my first time posting anything so here goes. I am really interested in purchasing a 2004 GMC Yukon SLT 4x4 that i've been looking at. I have a family of 5, wife and three boys. I currently have a 92 Honda Accord with about 247,000 miles on it, I love it but it is really cramped for kids as they are getting bigger. My question is what is average life in mileage in a Yukon. I am expecting it to consume a lot of gas as it is large suv, but is there anything is that i should be aware of as far as cost? I understand that if you do reagular maintenance on any vehicle it will last you a long time, but should i expect it to last as long as my accord realistically or not? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
#12 of 23 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last? [chambergojd]
Dec 31, 2009 (7:38 am)
This is just my opinion... kinda long, but just want to share my experience...
When buying an used car from an unknown source not only has to do with some luck, but also how well the vehicle has been maintained/driven by the previous owner(s) and your ability to detect any potential problems (i.e. engine/transmission/axles fluid leaks...) before deciding to buy. In this Yukon forum, I have seen several owners with 200K+ miles on their Yukons & Tahoes, and yet for some with less than 20K miles are ready for a new one (not just Yukon or Tahoe, but, also on Honda Odysseys, Toyota Siennas, Jaguas, Land Rovers.... just to name a few). I guess what I am trying to say is when shopping for an used car, expect some imperfections, regardless of brand there are always some can disappoint. As far as I can say per my experience with my Yukon Denali, its one wonderful SUV, supper smooth highway cruiser, and sure footed in snowy and icy conditions in the Chicago area. FYI, I had traded-in my 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser (TLC) for my current Yukon Denali; the Denali, in my view its much more satisfying than my TLC, only except for being a true off-road vehicle. Best wish to you in finding a reliable Yukon for your growing family. BTW, my Yukon has the 6.2L V8, its almost as highway fuel efficient as my wife's 2005 Odyssey... Best Wish!
#13 of 23 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last?
Dec 29, 2010 (2:23 pm)
We have a 98 Yukon with over 200k. We have had know major problems with it at all other then normal ware and tear items
#14 of 23 5.3 fuel management vs 6.0 and 6.2 engine
Jan 10, 2011 (7:23 pm)
Wife and I are looking to purchase a used 07 -10 suburban or Yukon xl. Having a hard time choosing which engine. Is there that much difference in fuel economy between engines. We
Ike the denali, but noticed in only comes in the non fuel management engine. We are only pulling a pop up tent trailer
#15 of 23 Re: How long can they last??? [mtngrl05]
Jan 18, 2011 (12:01 pm)
I purchase my 2001 Yukon new directly from the GMC dealer. It had less than 10 miles on the meter when I drove it off the lot, currently I still own this vehicle and the meter now reads 314,007. I have change the tires, battery, water pump, alternator, various filters and of the course the oil at every 3000 miles. It still runs strong the oil pressure reads 60psi, it does not burn or leak oil. My air stopped blowing cold last summer and the front window motors need to be replaced. When this vehicle goes I would not hesitate to buy another 2001.
#16 of 23 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last? [chambergojd]
Mar 17, 2011 (5:14 pm)
Did you buy it? I can't say enough about the Yukon. I just turned 100k on my 04 Yukon XL SLT 4x4. I bought it brand new. I definitely didn't "baby" it, but I did take care of it. It's a Janesville, WI truck, not Mexican. And it was always garaged (except for during the three deployments I've endured during the last seven years). It's so gigantic, it only fits in my garage if I back it in and snug it against the workbench, then pull the Envoy in straight, also against the other wall, leaving an access path between the two mighty GMCs. My wife can't do that so when I went to Iraq, then Iraq again, then Afghanistn, sadly my precious Yukon had to sleep in the driveway. But I do feel that keeping it indoors does wonders to prevent those annoying electrical glitches which pop up over time. The only electrical issue I've had is the "Service 4wd." The dealer told me the push-button selector needs to be replaced, but it works fine. I think I had a tie-rod go in the first 15k miles, but GM replaced that. The 3rd brake light went out at about 90k--that wasn't cheap. And the XM radio dumps my presets sometimes. That's it! In 100k miles, which included tons of road trips between NC and PA, towing a cargo trailer full of furniture, tractors, you name it... trips to the beach, on the beach, to the mountains, in the snow... It's been a fantastic truck. I remember one time a friend of mine was in it, looked around at the leather, the space, felt the massive presence of the vehicle, and he goes, "You know, this is the nicest vehicle I've every been in." Just when you're starting to think of it as a luxury car, flip the seats down and the thing can haul two dozen sheets of plywood. With the long body (XL, Sub) there's at least two feet of cargo space BEHIND the 3rd row seat. Plenty of room for a double stroller, soccer gear, cooler, whatever. I have three kids, might have one more before the Yukon's time is done. You can't beat the truck for those road trips between NC and PA, and it's nice to not even care if there's a blizzard in the forecast. I have the 3.73s and the tow package. I took off the Bridgestone tires at just under 20k miles, put on a set of BFG All-Terrain T/As, and just replaced them with the same at 95k. That was over $1,000 at Sam's Club. Be ready for that if you buy a used one with thin tread on the tires. Hey, but that's the price you pay to be able to drive in loose sand on the beach or 2 feet of snow in the mountains. If you don't need that, buy a minivan. The only upgrade I did was to rip off the plastic running boards and replace them with Westin stainless tubes. I also added Air Ride air bags to boost the capacity of the coil springs in the rear.
I'm 35 years old and I don't ever see myself without this truck. It will have classic plates on it one day. They just don't build em like that anymore.
But I guarantee you I'll always have my little economy car to run around town. While the Yukon usually gets 15-17 mpg, filling that tank up is never fun, especially in times like these. $4.00 x 32 gallons = $128.00. Regardless of the price of gas, you can't fit seven people, a black lab, and 300 lbs of luggage in a VW Jetta. .
#17 of 23 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last? [tireguy]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 17, 2011 (7:14 pm)
Hi Tireguy, glad to see you checking in again. Good to hear that you are getting such great service out of your Yukon. And thanks for your tours! (but I still miss your tire shop stories after all these years).
#18 of 23 Re: Does anyone know how long a GMC Yukon will last? [chambergojd]
Mar 19, 2011 (10:13 am)
I currently drive every day 1993 GMC Suburban 227,000 miles. Big issues other than wear and tear was radiator at 38 months and another 34 months later but still on the 3rd 12 years later. Ingnition control module failed at 15 years with 190,000 miles. fuel pump failed at 12 years and 160,000 miles. My kids grew up in this car. Long camping vacations with popup trailer. This car is a keeper. I recently purchased a Mazda CX-9 but kept the Suburban as a daily driver to work and Home Depot/Lowes/Home Garden vehicle. I recommend buying one.
#19 of 23 Re: How long can they last??? [mtngrl05]
Dec 01, 2011 (10:21 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 23 2005 Yukon SLT
Apr 26, 2012 (12:57 pm)
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.