1999 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.7 from North America

Summary:

Surprisingly well built

Faults:

Radiator.

Interior door handles and locks breaking.

Various electrical malfunctions.

Typical Passlock Security System problems.

General Comments:

Doesn’t even leak oil or hesitate in any way. Starts on the first try even in cold winter weather (like 0 degrees and below, really cold). I have to give it to GM on this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2020

1999 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.7 350 V8 from North America

Summary:

Incredible truck with reliability and room to spare!

Faults:

- 2 of the interior door handles broke and needed replacing.

- Several speakers were blown and needed to be replaced.

- Front seat warmers function intermittent.

- Wiper motor had to be replaced twice.

- A/C system developed large leak somewhere so the A/C did not work.

- TRANSMISSION. As most GM truck owners can attest, the 4l60e is the most prone to failure. This was the largest repair I had to perform on the truck while I had it... Just the nature of the beast unfortunately.

General Comments:

Hands down, the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. Even when the transmission was failing, it still got me home. Push button four wheel drive never had an issue. Matter of fact, with the exception of the intermittent seat warmers, all electronics worked and never had a problem.

And talk about versatility!! Not many vehicles can handle 6 or more adults plus a week's worth of camping or beach gear, but the Suburban gobbles it up and asks for more. Next you could clean it up well and go out to a nice dinner, but just as quickly turn around and run this truck through the woods on a trail. And weather does not stop this truck. Point it at a blizzard and drive, no problem.

Stopping power on the original brakes is pretty poor so I upgraded the front brakes to towing grade slotted and drilled disks with new pads and calipers. I recommend them to all the OBS GM truck and SUV owners as it completely changes the confidence you have in the truck stopping.

The Suburban was a great workhorse and never, ever let me down. Not to mention it was super comfortable. It loses a few marks because of the poor fuel mileage which was not friendly to my wallet, but that is to be expected of such a heavy vehicle and old V8 technology. The truck did give great power though, and a quick muffler and tailpipe change gives the truck a great sound. I do miss the big girl, so 10/10 would buy again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2017

13th Nov 2020, 04:52

Just wait’ll she hits 300k+ like mine. The ol 350 is still as quiet as a cat stalking mice on Christmas Eve. Better than my new round body 5.3.

1999 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 LS 5.7 from North America

Summary:

Awesome if you aren't afraid to fix a few things

Faults:

Electrical Problems:

Hazard light short circuit short circuits the turn signals. Solution: Take steering wheel covers off and clean all electrical leads for hazard lights. This solves the problem.

Towing hitch wiring rusted out, causing a short circuit and start problem. Solution: replace wiring harness, this solves the problem.

No start: New key made, produces no start and security key warning. Solution: Put the battery on the battery charger, insert the key and turn until all lights are on, but do not attempt to start the truck; the security light will remain on. Leave the key in place for 10 minutes until the security light goes off. Repeat the steps 2 more times. This solves the problem.

No start: Remove the key cylinder, clean all leads, put back in, this resolves the problem.

General Comments:

Love it, a beast in the snow. I don't have to shovel my driveway anymore. I just drive through it, even with 2 feet of snow on the ground. Was able to venture very deep with deep snow to go sledding. No other cars or trucks attempted this. It was fun being the only ones having fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2016