1996 Chevrolet Suburban Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1996 Chevrolet Suburban from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles

Summary:

Best Car On The market for it's price

Faults:

Driver Seat is a little worn.

Steering wheel has foamy stuff that peels on your hands.

Can no longer shut off air conditioning.

Brakes had to be replaced a few thousand miles back.

When I was younger, we had to change the transmission.

General Comments:

This is by far, the most reliable, useful and safe cars to drive on the market today. It has great fuel economy for a car it's size, it's bacck seats can be taken down making room for huge amounts of cargo and still fits 5 people relatively comfortably. With a V-6 engine it still manages having a very high pickup when asked for it. THIS CAR HAS NEVER HAD A TUNE-UP.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2006

16th Aug 2006, 16:40

I don't think suburbans came with v6s I think they only came with 350s, 454s, and possibly 305 engines.

But stating its never had a tuneup doesn't say much about your ability to maintain a vehicle, its going to start running like crap real soon.

17th Aug 2006, 21:41

Believe me, if it needed a tuneup we'd give it one. We take pretty good care of it, but we don't go out of our way for it. If we didn't get another mile out of it, it was still pretty good value.

1996 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 5.7L from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.7L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Left me standed recently, but still a good deal

Faults:

I am very happy with this vehicle, but it did leave me stranded recently. The problem: bad starter, poor batter connections (corroded), replace distributor cap and cables.

Have a small oil leak possible between the transmission and engine block. It runs through about 1.5 quarts of oil every 3k miles.

Alternator went out about 80k miles. Front heater fan makes a clicking noise at low speed. Cooling takes some time during extreme weather (AC needs more power on hot days).

General Comments:

Overall, I am very anal about squeaks and rattles. Even though this vehicle is huge, it stays “tight” and I am very happy.

We only get about 12 mpg average, but it does have a nice 5.7l.

You can haul 9 people and a couple of dogs!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2005

18th Sep 2006, 00:38

I have a 1996 suburban also, and currently it's getting a third transmission, but I really put some miles on this vehicle.

As the previous writer stated, it is a tight vehicle, with 240000+ on the odometer, I'm fine with putting in the tranny.

The engine has the same leak as before mentioned, but with the only modification of the amount of oil seeped, which is only two quarts in six months.

I also noticed the seal at the pinion shaft has gone bad, so that's next.

Lastly, the distributor has a broken screw boss at the fire wall side, I think that happened when the person who had it before me changed the transmission. and that also explains that odd miss that was only occasional (the cap was loose).

Over all I am very pleased with this vehicle, and have had many wonderful hours enjoying my family on trips. every where.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews