1998 Chevrolet Suburban LS 1500 from North America - Comments

6th Sep 2003, 21:43

My 1995 Suburban had 144,000 on the transmission when I traded it this month. It served me very well. I moved up to a 1997 Tahoe (more pulling power). I hope it does as well.

10th Oct 2003, 09:27

I own a 98' LT 4X4, I spend as much time on the road as off it here in Idaho. Soon I'll be moving to Alaska & I don't anticipate any problems. My truck is about to roll over 100,000 miles. & it still runs like new on the original motor, transmission, transfer case (only had to change a leaky output shaft seal), rotors turned awhile ago. Fairly basic up keep. I'm extremely happy & I'm sure she'll see me through another 100,000 easily.

15th Nov 2003, 06:02

I have a 1993 Suburban with over 150,000 miles on it and the transmission never had any problems. Keep in mind that @ 30,000 miles intervals, the fluid is replaced and the screens cleaned.

30th Nov 2003, 15:50

I have a 98 Suburban (67K miles). I've loved this truck since the day I got it. In the last year I've had quite a few problems... Water pump, windshield wipers (electronic chip for board), air conditioning, and just a few days ago some hoses that were leaking oil ($350). It's bean less than a week and I have a new "sound" to deal with... A very loud "clicking" noise when I accelerate. I'm afraid to see what this one is going to cost.

Has anyone ever had this noise??

Cara

San Ramon, CA.

9th Jan 2004, 16:58

I have a '98 Sub LT 4X2 that I purchased a few months ago with about 70K miles on it. I did purchase the extended warranty, but have (so far) had very little problem with the vehicle. I did have an AC valve that needed to be replaced (I overpaid for the replacement due to not going to the right mechanic, but oh well). Other than basic maintenance, though, it has been great.

Now, on to the questions. A couple of weeks ago I had a problem that was really weird. From the time I purchased the Sub, it has cranked up and started right up. Now, on occasion, it starts, but will not idle unless I coax it with the accelerator. At times it will also actually stall while in overdrive and actually moving down the street. It is just a miss, in that the lights and radio die and then it kicks back on.

Then, last week, the wipers would not turn on at all. I could hear the motor, but the wipers and washers would not come on. A few minutes later they all worked fine. All of this seems to point to an electrical problem, but I just wanted to check and see if anyone else is experiencing or has experienced this and if so, what was the outcome? A friend of mine said that the same types of things happened with his Jeep and it turned out to be a battery issue. Does this sound right? Any comments are welcomed at

trey.campbell@mci.com. Thanks.

22nd Jan 2004, 21:48

I recently purchased a 2001 Suburban LT, 4 X 4 with 78000 miles. No problems driving it back from La. (820 miles) to Mo. Had all fluids changed in transfer case, differential and transmission and now it does not always go into 4WD Hi. If anyone else has experienced this problem I would appreciate hearing from you at linker918@yahoo.com. All other items on the vehicle appear flawless.

27th Jan 2004, 18:01

I live in Europe and I've just bought a low mileage 99 suburban - I like it, I love the size of it and the large V8 engine, but I'm quite staggered at how poorly it compares with the European and Japanese offerings (of a similar age) in terms of build quality, ride, and standard of interiors. The interior is absolutely primitive in terms of the fit of everything, the standard of the upholstery is terrible. The electrics are shocking, the braking is terrible.

It costs an absolute fortune to run over here ($260 to fill it up), so I hope I'm praying that I don't get any of the mechanical troubles that others seem to have had. I don't think I could afford it on top of the fuel running costs.

John.

9th Feb 2004, 20:18

I have a 94 1500 GMC Suburban. I has 129k miles and ran great until last month when the transfer case had a problem and now it does not drive. Estimate to fixi is $3k. After reading these comments, I am not sure if I want to fix it.

15th Apr 2005, 11:11

I own a 1996 suburban 1500 4El60 and it has a 169,000 miles on it and no problems runs like a brand new truck little oil leak from rear main and cooler lines, but that's about it.

2nd Jun 2005, 02:23

I currently own a 95 Suburban and it has a whole lot of miles on it, 180,000, and it still has the same original transmision on it. My 18 year old boy has grown up with this SUV and he still drives it and has a huge led foot. I don't know what you are all doing to your trannys, but I would advise you to try to keep it easy. If my boy could drive this tank at the ages of 16-18 than your transmission should be able to take some abuse.

30th Jul 2005, 15:15

I have a 97 Tahoe 1500 4x4 LT. It has 193000 miles on it. Since it turned 190000 I had quite a few problems with the fuel pump and the brakes. This is the 3rd Suburban/Tahoe I've owned and my 1st was a 93 that I sold with 175000 (except normal wear and tear) trouble free miles. If you do regular maintenance (trasmission fluid changes at least every 50000 miles) and don't constantly pull heavy trailers, you will get good life out of your transmission. I've had both Toyota and Nissan SUV's and they are very under powered. They don't break as often for this reason, but when they do, get your wallet$$! I love these Chevy trucks and will continue to buy them. For there size and power I think they get phenomenal gas mileage.

18th Jan 2006, 09:16

I had posted a few years back when my 98 Suburban had 93000 miles on it.

At 135,164 I had to replace the engine, due to a blown head gasket. I put a rebuilt engine in there. The engine came with a 3 year UNLIMITED mileage warranty. Right now the odometer reads 140,655 and she performs like the day she rolled off the show room floor.

The transmission is great, I had added a transmission cooler because I put a trailer with it. I put on Light Truck tires and the handling improved.

I just took the truck down to Key West and that trip alone was 4500 miles. This truck is going to be around for a long time. I don't see any reason for me to buy a new one when this is just fine. Take care of your equipment and your equipment will take care of you.

I would recommend to ANYONE to buy any Chevrolet truck, Ford and Dodge don't even stand a chance!

budwisr6@aol.com

8th Mar 2006, 00:13

I bought a used 98 Suburban with 90500 miles on it. The fuel pump gave out 2 hours later. Than came the manifold leak. Now at 100000 miles the steering gear box and transmission need replacing. Hmmm lets not forget when the lights came on and drained out the new week old battery! New door switch was needed. Oh yes the wipers only worked when they felt like it. But I fixed that. I wrapped electrical tape tight around that little motor and they have worked ever since! Wish I could do that with the tranny: (