1991 Chevrolet Suburban Review

1991 Chevrolet Suburban Silverado 2500 7.4 V8 (454) from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 7.4 V8 (454) Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carGMC Suburban

Summary:

Good towing vehicle, bad daily driver

Faults:

Starter continues to fail.

A/C fails every year (both units). This vehicle also uses R-12 A/C freon which is harder to get.

Power locks, windows all fail eventually.

Back power tailgate window is under-built, fails every couple of years.

Latches for rear tailgate are hard to release.

Alternator has failed at least twice.

It has overheated before.

There is a very annoying exhaust leak that seems to be irreparable.

Headliner had to be redone.

Seat belts are troublesome.

Cruise control "leaks."

General Comments:

We do take grand care of our cars. We love them and consider them to be part of the family because they serve us daily. We do not drive the Suburban daily and it sits in a sheltered area when not used, so it's not as if it's being abused.

This is a very misleading vehicle because one would think that it rides like a dream because of its size when in fact it rides like crap. It doesn't handle well at all, especially in wet weather, and even though it has the huge engine, it accelerates slowly and gets dismal fuel economy (8-14 MPG). The seats are also shaped badly and do not "sleep" well on long trips. However, it does tow extremely well and we don't seem to encounter as many problems when we tow things with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2004

8th Feb 2007, 23:15

Wow. yours has the 454 in it, and mine has the 350. mine accelerates fairly well. I don't have to push the gas pedal very hard to speed up or pass someone. i also get an average of 16 mpg

25th Jun 2007, 22:10

Our first Suburban had the 350 and it was much more responsive than our second one with the 454. Also, the 350 seemed to be more reliable and was much more fuel-efficient.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review